Kel-Tec PF-9 Reviews

Discussion in 'Pistols' started by GlockRocker, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. jmarks

    jmarks New Member

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    I purchased this gun about a year and a half ago. Nothing but problems from the first pull of the trigger. It jammed probably 75% of the time, fixed that with the fluff and buff from the ktog website. I also found ammo that the gun likes, has to be 147 grain or it will jam. I sent several emails to kel tec, with no response. I carry this gun, now that the feed problem is fixed, on a daily basis. The back of the slide rests against my skin, guess what, completely rusted from the slide release to the back. Emailed them again about this problem. They actually responded, claiming they answer all emails, ok. Told me I should oil my gun every night, finish is not covered under warranty, though you could purchase a different slide with a better finish. I am very anal about with my firearms, whether they cost 300 or 1200, they are all taken care of. So I am very disappointed with this firearm. Do yourself a favor, if you're considering purchasing this gun, put the +/-$300 towards anything else. When I purchased this gun, the dealer told me "you get what you pay for", wish i would've listened.
     
  2. epwrangler

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    Different strokes for different folks. I recently built a shed which was a great kit. I have read good reviews and poorof it. It becomes obvious that some have no talent or skill with tools and others think they shold get three car garage for a grand. Ain't oing to happen. This gun is no Kimber 1911 but it is not a piece of junk either. If you were unsatisfied wiith it then do as I have done with others, either sell or trade it and go on to something you like better. don't think I would be happy with a Tarus Judgebut what the heck lots of people are. Nuff said.
     

  3. Patriot1

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    Does anyone here ankle carry this gun? Looking into sub-compact 9mms for a back-up weapon and was wondering if anyone has some experience in ankle carry. Seems to be a good little gun from all of my research. :)
     
  4. Gunsnbikes

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    Patriot1 - I ankle carry this gun quite often in a cheapo ankle holster that I picked up from sportmansguide.com. It hides really well there and draws quickly. I have been a big fan of my little PF9 and I highly recommend it whether you want to ankle carry, IWB carry, or waist carry.
     
  5. Missionx5

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    My PF9 was sent back to the factory for the 3rd time two weeks ago. It will carry anywhere sure. But CS from Keltec is extremely slow. From my experience with my PF9 it is unreliable at best. When it fires it shoots strait, but it has spent more time with Keltec than in my hands since I bought it brand new.
     
  6. saylurman

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    Misionx5 it seems this is not the gun for you. Just happens, sometimes. I have another cheap nine that people rave about and I can't get it to work. Luckily, it is neither small and lightweight nor accurate . . . so tossing it out to someone who loves it is easy.
     
  7. Patriot1

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    Thanks gunsnbikes! This gun is at the top of my list... now to save up some money for it (sigh.... ammo cost is eating into my gun fund).
     
  8. Missionx5

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    After waiting and waiting I called Keltec CS Thursday. They called me back Friday to inform me that my PF9 would be replaced with a completely different firearm. (Third Time Back) So let me just say I hope this one is not a lemon. I don't want to go another year w/o a CC. Keltec had it 5 out of the 7 months I owned it. Keep track of your receipts, its the only way you will get a refund.
     
  9. Glenmo

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    My Kel tec .32 had problems when I first got it .Sent it back to kel tec & they fixed all the BUGS..Be patient as years ago my Beretta .25 jet fire had a major defect & had to go back ..All 5 Jet fires on the Gun Shops Shelf had same defect & went back to factory..It just goes to show you NOTHING IS PERFECT..
     
  10. Missionx5

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    I am finished with Kel tec. My firearm has been in three times. Third time is a "charm," they "replace" it. Shoddy CS, workmanship ect. I fired my "brand new" "replacement" yesterday. Three rounds three jams. I promptly unloaded it and it is packed ready to go. It would be best for their company if they issued a full refund. Through this long process I have given them every benefit of the doubt and then some. I am extremely dissatisfied with KT.
     
  11. fomoco73

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    Missionx5

    Although your problem have been much more severe then all ot the others posted, I don't blame you at all for being so disgusted. As I wrote before, I was an exception to the rule when it came to having no problems with my PF9 from day one. If my experience was as bad as the one you're having, I would feel the same as you. I hope you find a more suitable pocket pistol. Good luck.
     
  12. Missionx5

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    Contacted KT today about my brand new gun. Three shots fired three failure to eject...jammed in tight against the next round. Took some work to get the shell out. Now they want me to foot the bill for sending it back, this time with a receipt. "If we experience the same kind of failure we will refund your money." With Kel Tec I will believe it when I see it. I would say by now I have had enough experience with them to say they have some serious quality control issues. I'm hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
     
  13. jackwebb182

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    I don't get get it. Did you do a deburr? I did and I have NEVER had any kind of failure. I have fired many different kinds of ammo and not one malfunction. I LOVE this pistol!
     
  14. smokinjoetex

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    I bought my pf 9 about 2 months ago and have run about 200 rds through it .The gun operated flawlessly! I did however take the gun completely down and cleaned it good and relubed it before i ever fired a round through it per my gunsmiths recommendation,in doing this i found metal shavings in various places.the gun is accurate and easy to operate.i have since put a hogue soft grip over the square patterns on the factory grip,it helps alot on a long day at the range!!
     
  15. Patriot1

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    Finally got my PF-9 a few days ago. This Sat I plan on putting some rounds through it, after a good clean and lube. First impressions of the gun are good; although I wish I could have gotten a ceracoated version; alas, none to be found in my area and I didn't feel like ordering one online this time. Pinky still hard to get on the grip even with the extension on the mag, but I do have x large hands. Can't wait to get her to the range!
     
  16. Patriot1

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    Well got the PF-9 to the range today and I have to say I'm impressed. I ran 50 rounds of jhp through it with narry a problem, and 5 rounds of JHP. 100% so far. I had intended to at least lube the gun before its first session, but for some reason it totally slipped my mind.



    The gun has a loud bark and a bit of a snappy recoil, but nothing unmanageable even though it will make your hand sore after a few mags. I fully expected a few jams in the "break-in", but none so far.
     
  17. smokinjoetex

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    well it has been a while since i last posted. Ihave bought anther firearm to add to the arsenal i have, it is a hi point 45acp carbine!!!i got it back in october and haven't been able to get to the range until 12/13 to shoot it!! well me and the wife grabbed the arsenal and 500 rds of 9mm and 45acp andheaded for the range and met another couple(retired naval 25year vets him and his better half) whom i talked into getting firearms for plinking and self defence!!! the pf 9 functioned flawlessly as did both of my hi points pistol and carbine!!! wow the carbine has no felt recoil what so ever and my wifey loved it and claimed it as her gun of choice...oh well until later guys!!!
     
  18. Patriot1

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    Well I have about 150 rounds through the PF 9 at this point, so still kinda in the break-in stage. I have had 2 failures to feed, both when the gun was dirty, plus a ton of various malfunctions with NATO surplus rounds from Winchester. The poor little guy obvisouly didn't like those rounds! Switched back to the cheapy federals and it's been fine ever since. I plan on running some mild handloads through it soon.
     
  19. hillside

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    PF9 solutions from an amateur gun smith... I'm glad that some of you got units that were within spec's, however it would seem that Keltec CNC needs better quality control. I got an "out of spec and there fore unreliable gun, but have been able to spend time and effort in diagnosing and solving it's problems.

    It's warranteed, but after 90 days you must ship ups or fedex overnight and in NYS you probably need to retrieve it from a dealer and pay the paperwork... ends up being the better part of $100. BTW - it's illegal to take or ship a firearm to any USPS!!! And it will be 4 weeks before they will look at it...

    First problem - after firing the spent round jambed against the nose of the next round. Solution was the center rail of the slide was machined too short allowing the mag round to ride too high too soon. Keltec replaced the slide for me when I sent the slide and barrel.

    Got it back.. fired OK in warm weather, but jambed or did not chamber in cold weather. Solution was the 2 barrel / slide springs were too tight and did not allow the slide to go all the way back to allow proper chambering. Don't permanantly remove one spring as it may eventually damage the slide or frame and cause damage. It is possible to shorten the inner spring 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch (not recommended) or better yet request new springs from Keltec.

    I got a +1 clip extender ... it often fails to chamber the last round - solution it to manually stretch the mag spring so the last round has enough lift.

    Fobus holster with this gun is great, but can not be used with laser or light. I prefer under-the-arm holster.

    My next comparative gun is the Ruger lc9.
     
  20. GOANRA

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    I got one of the early Kel-Tec PF9s years ago. I always strip & clean my firearms before even thinking of firing them.
    I ran a couple hundred rounds of +P ammo through it within a few days.

    used to be Kel-Tecs needed "Fluff & Buffs", like others in their price range, but I found 200 rounds of hot ammo breaks them in nicely.
    The PF9 is ultra-thin, 12 oz, 7+1 with a 3 inch bbl.

    I am retired LEO and I love this thing, only 9mm I own. It was made for self defense, not a range gun.
    I prefer .45acp, less than 1 inch thick, 22 oz max weight, with short grip for concealment.