Confirming rumors and leaks, KelTec on Tuesday announced the new P50, a 50-round 5.7x28mm pistol, is inbound for 2021.
Using horizontally-oriented FN P90 mags secured under a top cover, the 3.2-pound large-format pistol runs 15 inches overall with a threaded 9.6-inch barrel. The gun is distinctive, with a look that recalls the futuristic polymer guns of the 1980s.
Expect this thing to be in every sci-fi feature for the next 30 years…
More in my column at Guns.com.
James with TFB TV plays some pocket pool with the use of a tiny purple coat and a Ruger LCRx (with an external hammer) and a Kel-Tec P3AT to see if it is a realistic option for self-defense.
Taking the idea of a “pocket pistol” to the extreme, he tries to see if the concept of firing *through* a jacket pocket if needed is really a thing.
With a revolver, it’s a reasonable prospect, but hoping that the slide of a semi-auto will cycle inside a tight space is wishful thinking. Especially with the women’s medium coat that James is going to war with.
One thing not broached when dealing with pocket carry sans holster is the aspect that you are never really sure where the muzzle is until you reach into said pocket– and the trigger well is open to random key chains, pocket change, and boogers, so there is that.
On the bright side, at least the gun didn’t catch on fire. I did a similar thing with a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44SPL several years ago and wound up having to stop, drop and roll.
In a world full of .380ACP pocket pistols, George Kellgren pulled a rabbit out of his hat when he came up with a design that beats most of them all day– and it’s been around for a decade.
In 1988, Kellgren was running his Kel-Tec forerunner, Grendel Firearms in Rockledge, Florida. He came up with a handy and innovative polymer-framed pistol, the P10, which used a standard M16 stripper clip to top feed an impressive 10-rounds (hence the name) through the open chamber into the internal magazine. Just 14-ounces in weight and 5.4-inches overall, this budget gun was interesting and ahead of its time. An improved version with a detachable box mag that held 9-rounds, the P12, was better received largely due to its more traditional design.
When Grendel folded and Kel Tec rose from the ashes, Kellgren came up with the P-32, a 6.6-ounce ultra-compact, ultra-light CCW gun chambered in .32ACP. When introduced in 1999 is became an instant hit as a BUG (back up gun) for law enforcement officers concealed in ankle holsters, as a deep-concealment piece for plainclothes or undercover detectives, or as a super light defensive pistol for civilian concealed carry practitioners.
The P32 was so well accepted in fact, that it just seemed logical to expand it to accept a beefier .380 cartridge…
Read the rest in my column at the KTOG