In a word: WANT. It seems that with the AWB firmly in the dirt, and the Obama administration running as far away from gun control as they can, that Kel-Tec decided the time was ripe to resurrect the former Grendel P-30, which was a 30 shot semi-automatic pistol chambered for .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, or more commonly “.22 Magnum”. The new gun Kel-Tec PMR-30 is clearly styled after the FN Five-seveN, which is definitely a step up in appearance from it’s technological father.
For my part, I want one of these guns so bad it hurts a little bit. I have a sick, twisted obsession with the .22 Magnum cartridge, and own more than a couple of guns chambered for it. Semi-auto pistols in .22 Magnum have always been something of a rarity, as it’s hard to get the long, skinny cartridge to feed right in an autopistol. That’s also not even taking into account that the .22 Mag is designed to be fired from a rifle, so you have to work some neat engineering tricks to manage the chamber pressures.
But you know, all that doesn’t matter. Sometimes you see a gun, and you go “I must have one of these”, and this is that gun for me. I’ve never owned a Kel-Tec, but it looks like there’s a first time for everything.
I wholly applaud your desire to own the ugliest production gun introduced in a decade. This thing looks like it should be in the glove box of a VW Thing.
If it was in .22 LR I’d be down to my nearest 3 funshops to put deposits down on it, bit in .22 Mag it’s just idiotic. Why would I shoot $10/50 rimfire ammo in a gun no sane person would carry when I could shoot $11/50 9mm in my daily carry gun?
Show of hands: How many people KNEW Caleb would love this pistol?
Oh yeah, it’s got Caleb written all over it. They might as well have called it the Caleb-30.
Maybe I can leverage that into actually a T&E gun out of them.
That’d be AWESOME. This is one of those guns that I want for no other reason that it looks like it’ll be fun as hell to shoot. It might make a decent trail gun, assuming that they’ve managed to overcome the reliability issues that plagued it’s predecessor.
I like the idea of bringing it to the indoor range…
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I’d like to see one in 22HMR. It should be an easy enough conversion.
Just tell us that you’ll keep it clean . . . the gun that is.
My how gun boards threads will start out “I done lost me an eye ’cause somehow this here pistol gun done exploaded all over my face. I never clean my .22lr, or my teeth.”
Groan, not looking forward to the civil litigation on this thing.
Yeah, .22 Magnums is/are dirty as hell. I’ll clean it every 100 rounds.
Clean it every 100 rounds? You couldn’t shoot four magazines without cleaning it. :^)
I want one of these bad, but unlike Caleb, I’m cuckoo for Kel-Tecs. Not their pocket pistols, but everything else they make. What I really want is a PMR-30 in .22 LR, and a .22 WMR version with a 10″ barrel. The .22 magnum is a rifle cartridge and it doesn’t perform well in a short barrel. You get a lot of noise but not much velocity. With a 10″ barrel, the ballistics would exceed the much more expensive FiveseveN pistol with its much more expensive and less available ammo.
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