recently had to send my Taurus PT-738 back to the factory because of several failure issues. I really like the gun, but finally got fed up with the problems. So, I was bummed that I would be without a mouse-gun for several weeks. I happened to be in Gander Mountain and noticed a Kel-Tec P-3AT in their used cabinet for an extremely reasonable price. I jumped on it knowing that when my Taurus comes back, it would be an easy enough gun to sell.
I took it shooting today, and to my shock, had a FTE every single round. I tried three different typed of ammunition, so I knew it was the gun. I left the range a bit disappointed, but the gun included a one-year protection plan from Gander Mountain.
I got it home and cycled some rounds through it manually to find out that it was the magazine that was causing the problem. The next round was jumping up early and blocking the spent casing from being ejected. I experienced a FTE every time, however, when I removed the magazine, the round would eject without a problem.
I ended up carefully reshaping the lips of the magazine, so that the round would not pop up and prevent proper extraction. I cleaned the gun up, loaded the magazine, and cycled the rounds through by pulling the slide back (all safety procedures were followed). To my surprise, not only did the rounds cycle and eject properly, the ejected rounds were landing about five feet away from where I was standing. This gun is a power-ejector!!!
I ordered a replacement magazine and a few other spare parts from Kel-Tec. I have not tested this on the range yet, but from my off-range testing and before and after comparison, I would say that it is fixed. Iím not going to carry or trust it until I get the replacement magazine.
If you have a Kel-Tec P-3AT, and are experiencing frequent FTEs, instead of focusing on the extractor like most do on the Kel-Tec forums, look at your magazine lips and make sure they are not allowing the round to block extraction/ejection.