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Kel-Tec P11

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Does anyone have expereince with a Kel-Tec P11? A guy I know from the range purchased one for casual carry and doesn't like it so he wants to sell or trade it. It's pretty much new as he's only had it for a month and been at the range twice with it. He hit me up and asked if I wanted to trade for my S&W M&P 9mm compact. I told him that the S&W was worth double the Kel-Tec. He's offering to sell it for $275 with two 12 round mags. I haven't shot it but have held it and it seems it would be a fair pocket gun. So what's your opinion of Kel-Tec as a whole and if you have owned or shot a P11 what do you think of it?

Thanks in advance.
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Wow nothing?
I expected a few would have experience with Kel-Tec as they are common pistol.
The S&W M&P 9mm compact is a nice gun. If it's your only pistol, I'd keep it over the Kel-Tec P11.

The Kel-Tec P11 is a reliable gun. Mine has never jammed and has gone bang every time I pulled the trigger. The main drawback of the P11 is it's heavy trigger pull, let's just say "it's an acquired taste". It's not a fun gun to shoot but it does it's job as a small, inexpensive, defensive pistol.

If I could only own one gun, the P11 would not be it. But fortunately, that's not the case.
I would have answered earlier but was put off by the server change.

I have a P-11 as well as a P-40 (the 40 S&W version). I carry them as a back up to my duty weapon or when I absolutely cannot get away with wearing a full sized pistol. As mentioned, they have a rather heavy trigger pull (9# on both of mine) though there are means of smoothing it out that makes it seem lighter while keeping it reliable. I found the grip to be a bit short for me but a magazine extension did the trick as well as adding a round or two to the capacity.
Overall, they are dependable guns but I would question their longevity if fired a lot. Their small size is a deterrent to that but I replace the recoil spring every 500 rounds on them rather than 1500-3000 rounds on the standard guns. I have never used Kel-Tec's customer service though the Kel-Tec talk group seems to have spoken highly of it when I frequented that site. that is where I found the info on trigger work and other modifications one can do to the gun.
As for the value, I don't think it would be a good trade between the M&P and the KT but I do have a Jennings/Bryce 25 ACP I will let go even up if you are interested. That would be a better trade for me, er you, I mean us.... If i were to be buying this gun I would look for a price someplace between $200 and $250 for it. I bought the P-11 a couple years ago for something like $190 while the P-40 ran closer to $230 a year before that. Then again, the P-40 had been discontinued and there was an unreasonable demand for the gun at the time. Today, I would hope to get $250-$275 for the same gun with the mag extensions and modifications so $275 may be a bit much if it is still "stock."
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THanks guys,
I have no intention of getting rid of my M&P's (besides the 9mm I have a 45). I was currious about the Kel-Tec as it seemed to be an easy pocket gun and with summer comming thought it may be a good addition. Next time I see the guy at the range I'm thinking of offering the guy $200 for the pistol.
The P11 fits the roll you described very well. Also For it's size, it has generous capacity with 10 and 12 round mags available. If it's near new as you mentioned, $200 is a good price for it.

If you find that you'd like something with a lighter trigger pull, check out the Kel-Tec P9. It's still a 9mm but slightly thinner because it uses a single stack magazine. However, the trigger pull has been greatly improved.
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