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.