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I'd like to know if Kel-Tec has a conceal carry version of the P17 in the works? The P17 seems to be a hell of a gun at a terrific price, but I wish it was small enough for conceal carry. It's 1.8 inches longer and 1.6 inches taller than the Baretta Model 21 Bobcat. As I'm getting up in years and becoming an easy target for criminals, I need a gun that I can keep on me when I'm out, is easy to handle and affordable. A conceal carry P17 would be perfect for me.
 

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I dont know. I am not knocking the P17 for being used for protection but I would rather go with a larger caliber handgun such as the SCCY CPX line of handguns. My SCCY CPX2 is smaller in height and length compared to my P17 and did not cost very much more than the P17 msrp is. Pics of the two in comparison to each other.
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I dont know. I am not knocking the P17 for being used for protection but I would rather go with a larger caliber handgun such as the SCCY CPX line of handguns. My SCCY CPX2 is smaller in height and length compared to my P17 and did not cost very much more than the P17 msrp is.
Two things: from what I hear, small 9mm pistols kick like a son of a gun, and as I said I'm getting up in years. I'm assuming the only time I'll need the gun is when someone tries to jump me like in a parking lot at night. I want a gun I can wield with one hand and shoot quickly and accurately. Secondly, I'm going to have to spend a lot of time at the range because I'm a newby. I'd much rather shoot $20 worth of ammo every time I go rather than $60.
 

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I understand. Some of them do, some of them do not. I personally dont find my SCCY to have bad recoil because of the design and material that the grip is made of. I dont have an issue with shooting it, my wife does not have an issue shooting it, and my 11yr old son does not have an issue with shooting it either. With that said, recoil does affect many people in different ways.
 

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I'd like to know if Kel-Tec has a conceal carry version of the P17 in the works? The P17 seems to be a hell of a gun at a terrific price, but I wish it was small enough for conceal carry. It's 1.8 inches longer and 1.6 inches taller than the Baretta Model 21 Bobcat. As I'm getting up in years and becoming an easy target for criminals, I need a gun that I can keep on me when I'm out, is easy to handle and affordable. A conceal carry P17 would be perfect for me.
No Problem for Me. I can and have carried my P17 in my front right Pocket in a De Santis Pocket holster! Just wear Cargo Shorts/Pants and it works. Very light and has 17 rounds ready to go!
 

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I'd like to know if Kel-Tec has a conceal carry version of the P17 in the works? The P17 seems to be a hell of a gun at a terrific price, but I wish it was small enough for conceal carry. It's 1.8 inches longer and 1.6 inches taller than the Baretta Model 21 Bobcat. As I'm getting up in years and becoming an easy target for criminals, I need a gun that I can keep on me when I'm out, is easy to handle and affordable. A conceal carry P17 would be perfect for me.
I live here in Central Florida and I have had no trouble at all with Pocket Holsters, as I wear Cargo Shorts with great deep front pockets. I Have carried my Glock 26 for many years and my EDC now is my G43 in a front pocket holster. I recently purchased a P17 and I have been carrying this gun in my front pocket with the Safety On and even though it is larger than a G43 or G26, It is very much lighter and holds 16 + 1 rounds which I am confident with for self defense!
 

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I live here in Central Florida and I have had no trouble at all with Pocket Holsters, as I wear Cargo Shorts with great deep front pockets. I Have carried my Glock 26 for many years and my EDC now is my G43 in a front pocket holster. I recently purchased a P17 and I have been carrying this gun in my front pocket with the Safety On and even though it is larger than a G43 or G26, It is very much lighter and holds 16 + 1 rounds which I am confident with for self defense!
Just curious. What do you use for a Pocket Holster. I use Alabama Holsters, and I really like them.
 

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I'd like to know if Kel-Tec has a conceal carry version of the P17 in the works? The P17 seems to be a hell of a gun at a terrific price, but I wish it was small enough for conceal carry. It's 1.8 inches longer and 1.6 inches taller than the Baretta Model 21 Bobcat. As I'm getting up in years and becoming an easy target for criminals, I need a gun that I can keep on me when I'm out, is easy to handle and affordable. A conceal carry P17 would be perfect for me.
I don't have any problems with my P17 in my right front pocket, without using a holster! This gun is so light and holds 17 rounds for self defense, which IMO is more than enough for self defense. I just make sure the Safety is engaged and I just put it in my right hand pocket of my Cargo Pants. I can draw it out with ease and I do practice my draw, making sure I disengage the safety at the same time. I feel very confident when I carry this gun for self defense and for me, this works! (y)
 

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I thought it would be a good alternative to my heavy pistol for concealed carry. Unfortunately, my new P17 has not been reliable. I tried two different manufacturers of ammo and it fails to fire about 10% of the time. After about 40 or 50 rounds I sent it back in for repair or replacement. The firing pin hits don't look light, but the firing pin area looks pretty small. I put the rounds that failed to fire in another pistol and they all fired okay.

The gun arrived at Kel-Tec last Monday and so far I've not heard that they have even received it.
 

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I thought it would be a good alternative to my heavy pistol for concealed carry. Unfortunately, my new P17 has not been reliable. I tried two different manufacturers of ammo and it fails to fire about 10% of the time. After about 40 or 50 rounds I sent it back in for repair or replacement. The firing pin hits don't look light, but the firing pin area looks pretty small. I put the rounds that failed to fire in another pistol and they all fired okay.

The gun arrived at Kel-Tec last Monday and so far I've not heard that they have even received it.
I just received an email this morning that said they shipped it and it should be available for pickup tomorrow. Can't wait to see how it performs.
 

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I just received an email this morning that said they shipped it and it should be available for pickup tomorrow. Can't wait to see how it performs.
It was delivered to the FFL place on Tuesday and they have yet to process it. They told me it would take about four hours and would be ready by 6 pm since they were busy. Nothing yesterday and so far nothing today.

Since it seems like I won't see the gun for a while I contacted Kel Tec to see what they did to fix it.

They did a lot:
Updated bolt. Replaced barrel, slide cover, rear sight, firing pin, firing pin spring, and extractor. Adjusted mag catch. Polished feed ramp. Inspected and test fired without any malfunctions occurring.

If all that doesn't fix it I don't know what will. I'm happy with their customer service so far.
 

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It was delivered to the FFL place on Tuesday and they have yet to process it. They told me it would take about four hours and would be ready by 6 pm since they were busy. Nothing yesterday and so far nothing today.

Since it seems like I won't see the gun for a while I contacted Kel Tec to see what they did to fix it.

They did a lot:
Updated bolt. Replaced barrel, slide cover, rear sight, firing pin, firing pin spring, and extractor. Adjusted mag catch. Polished feed ramp. Inspected and test fired without any malfunctions occurring.

If all that doesn't fix it I don't know what will. I'm happy with their customer service so far.
Testing after the repair:
I fired about 60 rounds during one range session and had one jam (extraction fail) and one fail to fire.

In the second range session I tried three different types of ammo, about 80 rounds total, including rapid fire, with no failures.

I think it's fixed now.

It is hard for me to get the mag fully loaded. I usually stop at 10 rounds for shooting at the range.

I'm going to look for a loader that will work with these mags.
 

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Testing after the repair:
I fired about 60 rounds during one range session and had one jam (extraction fail) and one fail to fire.

In the second range session I tried three different types of ammo, about 80 rounds total, including rapid fire, with no failures.

I think it's fixed now.

It is hard for me to get the mag fully loaded. I usually stop at 10 rounds for shooting at the range.

I'm going to look for a loader that will work with these mags.
I got the loader and it works well, I had to do a little work on it to get it to fit the fatter than normal magazine.

I also added a laser sight to it. It shows how much I shake, which is helpful, so I can try to hold that down to a minimum.

After several trips to the range, it has been fun to shoot, but it will still jam, fail to fire, or fail to extract occasionally. The main jam I get is that the bullet nose wedges at the top of the frame and barrel. Clearing it requires removing the magazine and manually removing the bullet from the magazine, which takes too long.

I shoot the same ammo in a Neos and it has never failed using the same ammo and about the same amount in each session.

The intermittent reliability makes it a no-go for my carry gun. The Neos is just too big and heavy for that, so I'm sticking with my little 9 mm in the winter and .380 in the summer.
 

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