Kel-Tec P-3AT

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Kel-Tec P-3AT

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The P-3AT has five main component groups: barrel, slide, firing mechanism, grip, and magazine. The barrel is made of SAE 4140 ordnance steel, heat treated to 48 HRC. The slide is also 4140 steel, and contains the firing pin and the extractor. The rectangular frame is machined from solid 7075-T6 aluminum and houses the firing mechanism. The trigger connects via a transfer bar to the hammer. The hammer is driven by a novel free floating extension spring. The light weight firing pin transmits the energy of the hammer to ignite the primer. After firing, the hammer block holds the hammer away from the firing pin, providing a mechanical safety.

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Kel-Tec P-3AT Specs

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2 Category

Technical Data


.380 Auto (9mm Browning Short)


Double Action Only







Barrel Length



11 oz


5.2 Inches




0.9 Inches

Kel-Tec P-3AT Features

The Kel-Tec P3-AT is a polymer-framed sub-compact semi-automatic pistol that operates on a Browning-style short-recoil action with a tilting barrel and fires from a double-action trigger pull.  It is built with a stainless-steel slide that contains a 2.7 inch barrel that is paired with non-adjustable iron sights that are machined directly into the slide.  These sights are incredibly low-profile as this gun was designed to be used at incredibly close ranges.

Kel-Tec P-3AT Ballistics

.380 Auto (9mm Browning Short) Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Kel-Tec P-3AT Capacity

The P3-AT is chambered in .380 ACP (get it?  3-AT / .380?) and feeds from a single-stack 6 round magazine.  Even though this pistol has a locked breech, it is not rated for +P loads.  Aftermarket magazine manufacturers offer copies of the 6-round flush-fit magazine as well as 8 and 10 round magazines that stick out below the bottom of the grip.

Kel-Tec P-3AT Ergonomics

The P3-AT has a short, 2-finger grip that is molded with grooves along the front and back and checkering on the left and right sides.  Its magazine release sits behind the trigger guard along the grip like most pistols, however there is no external safety.  The slide includes grip serrations to aid the user in manually cycling the action against the rather heavy recoil spring, and the trigger has a long and heavy pull due to the gun’s small double-action hammer.

Kel-Tec P-3AT Fit & Finish

The P3-AT is made with a polymer frame allowing it to be made in a seemingly limitless number of possible colors.  The slides are black-nitride coated for models with black slides while the colored slides are typically Cerakoted.  This pistol’s surface finishes and easy detail-cleaning disassembly allow for easy customization by qualified gunsmiths

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Kel-Tec P-3AT Concealability

The P3-AT measures approximately 5.2 inches long, 3.5 inches tall and measures less than 1 inch wide allowing it to easily be concealed just about anywhere.  Whether it’s in an ankle holster, tossed in a pocket, carried in a handbag or tucked inside your belt, this gun can be easily concealed in almost any choice of attire.  Just make sure you have a decent holster.

Kel-Tec P-3AT Parts & Upgrades

How much is a Kel-Tec P-3AT worth?

In 2024 a new or used Kel-Tec P-3AT value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Kel-Tec P-3AT and most handguns. The Price for a Kel-Tec P-3AT has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Kel-Tec P-3AT Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $165.38 $216.27 $254.43
Excellent $152.66 $203.54 $228.99
Very Good $139.94 $203.54 $228.99
Good $127.22 $190.82 $216.27
Fair $89.05 $165.38 $203.54
Poor $63.61 $127.22 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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