Finding that "perfect" concealed carry holster is almost a never ending quest for individuals who carry concealed. Most people go through a series of holsters in a trial and error process trying to find the perfect combination of comfort and concealment.

In most cases, handgun owners end up with the proverbial "box of holsters" that end up sitting around without being used.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Does The Kel-Tec P11 Work for Concealment?

The Kel-Tec P-11 was brought to the market in 1991 by Kel-Tec CNC in Florida. Like most of the other Kel-Tec pistols, it is produced for the concealed carry and self defense market.

Kel-Tec hired Swedish designer, George Kellgren, on board to create the P-11 design. Kellgren is best known for his prior firearm designs with Intratec. To reduce weight and mass, Kellgren designed the P-11 frame from a polymer material but kept the slide, barrel, and internals metal. In turn, the P-11 weighs a mere 14 ounces unloaded and around 20 ounces fully loaded.

The P-11 was designed to shoot 9mm rounds and the factory magazine carried 10 rounds. Kel-Tec later offered an aftermarket extended 12 round mag that incorporated a pinky extension. For a very short period of time, Kel-Tec also offered variants of the P-11 that were chambered for the .40 cal. (called the P-40) and the .357 Sig (called the P-357). These higher powered variants proved to be hard to control and shoot so they were discontinued after only 2 years of production.

Marketed as the lightest 9mm handgun currently in production, the P-11 makes a great choice for concealed carry. It works well in a number of gun holster configurations including IWB, on the belt, and on the ankle. About the only carrying method that may or may not work would be pocket carry as it's a little big for most pockets.

In terms of CCW pistols under $300, the P-11 is a clear winner. The 10 or 12 rounds of 9mm is enough firepower to deal with most two or four legged problems, and the 20 ounce weight means you can comfortably carry it all day. My only real issue with the P-11 is the heavy trigger that Kel-tec sets at a hefty 9 pound pull. Aside from that being a little too heavy for my tastes, I think the P-11 is a steal.

For information on holsters for this weapon, try here:=> Kel-Tec P11 Holsters.


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