View Full Version : Kel Tec owners ... I need some advice on new p-11

September 18, 2011, 04:11 AM
Just bought a P11... love the pistol!

I field striped it, cleaned it up, rem oil lube and decided to cycle a few rounds through it to test the action (I know this is not the safest thing to do) anyways....

I could easily load the first round...

ejecting that round was super tough.. Meaining i had to use alot of force. all were extremely tough to eject. Kinda felt like the barrel was jamed up but then would eject as i applied more force. It cycled the rounds, it just took some muscle. Not planning on cycling anymore but am going to the range tomarrow.... I did some research and found little on the subject.

I did notice scratches on the brass casings.. i also noticed i picked up some 147gr Nato rounds... from what i read they have a slightly thicker casing.. the p-11 is chambered for 9mm luger

Is this normal for a kel tech p11?
Do i need to break it in a bit?
i am going to get some luger ammo and see what happens

September 18, 2011, 06:28 AM
In my experiance with 3 or 4 P11s I have owned. They don't like 147 grain to much. The over all length of the 147 grain round is just enough to couse jams and bind and not a lot of fun.

With a brand new gun I would get a couple packs of Winchester 115 grain ball to break it in.

Plus all of my P11 liked lots of lube. The fist few times to the range they would almost be driping with CLP. I would also put greese on the rails.

If you have not yet, check out KTOG.org. Tons of info and a lot helpful people there.

September 18, 2011, 06:31 AM
Oh and welcome to TFL! :)

September 18, 2011, 09:08 AM
Welcome!! Whirlwind's got some good advice for you there.

September 18, 2011, 11:35 AM
My P11 has the hardest slide to rack of any pistol I have ever handled, even after 200 rounds.

September 18, 2011, 11:48 AM
This is pretty much the same question you asked in a different room on this thread.
9mm Nato, 9mm Parabelium, 9x19, 9mm... It's all the same size. The scratches on the ammo are from loading it into the magazine then feeding it into the chamber. The lips on the mag are whats scratching it. Once you have a round loaded and more in the magazine the extra drag you feel is the next round pushing up on the bottom of the slide. Perfectly normal.

Bill DeShivs
September 18, 2011, 12:39 PM
Actually, the P11's lockup is very tight when new. This is normal, and it should loosen a little with use. The initial "break" of the slide opening with a chambered round is normal.

Te Anau
September 18, 2011, 01:14 PM
With a brand new gun I would get a couple packs of Winchester 115 grain ball to break it in.

+1 on that

September 18, 2011, 01:45 PM
Welcome to the forums. The P11 I had only liked 115 grain rounds. Fun little gun, but needs some easing up on the trigger pull. Enjoy it!

michael t
September 18, 2011, 01:53 PM
No 147gr use the lighter rounds load and shoot the devil out of it . Their good pistols except for the trigger pull. I bought the PF-9 because of P-11 trigger..
Its a lot nicer.