Kel-Tec Sheds Light on the Shortage of PMR-30 Pistols

By CTD Blogger published on in Handguns, News

Click here to check the current in stock status of the PMR-30.

I get literally dozens of calls and emails nearly every day with people wanting to know if they can get the PMR-30 yet, when it will be available, and what the hold up is. We’ve been bugging Kel-Tec as well to find out what the hold up is.

Kel-Tec gave us this response today:

No, we are not at full production on PMR-30s. It has nothing to do with the product but more with the time line we set to release the PMR-30.

Back in January we announced that Q2 was the release date. It was based on estimated time to move from prototype to full production. What we had in January was a working model, but was not made on production CNC machines.

Our estimation proved to be quite off in terms of development. We noticed it before release but felt if we really pushed ourselves we could meet the Q2 release. The first batch of 80 or so, were done by that deadline, but had not been tested extensively (as we do with any first production run). After testing we found some inconsistencies in the CNC work and did some re-tweaking to fix it.

Since that first batch we’ve sent several other batches out, each with it’s own new little fix. All of the fire arms that have been sent out work, but in the course of production we’ve found little adjustments here and there that are improvements.

In all honesty this is stuff that should have been going on before release.

What should have happened (because hindsight is 20/20) was that we push back that official release date until October at the earliest.

Basically we underestimated the time it would take us to get these badboys into full production.

So we had a choice: either stop production completely and just wait until a later date (angering those that were told July as a release date) or release smaller batches so the guns can at least see the light of day as production catches up (also angering customers as they see guns coming out but can’t seem to get one). Obviously
we chose the latter (the right choice? this remains to be seen). The PMR-30s going out now are in working condition, but we’ve made that they may want to upgrade to, depending on serial number.

These parts will of course be free.

One thing we’ve discovered since shipping is that the PMR-30 does NOT like ammunition made in the Philippines (Armscor/Fiocci). The brass is weak and blows out.

So in conclusion: We are still making and shipping PMR-30s while production can get on track. They are still in small batches (30-70) and we are waiting on various redesigned parts to come back from heat treatment so we can start producing them in larger quantities.

Simply put we jumped the gun a bit on release (no pun intended), we acknowledge it, accept it, and are doing everything in our power to get things moving. In the meantime we are still sending out PMR-30s in small batches as we make them.

I hope this clarifies some things. My suggestion is to just pretend as if we set a release date for sometime in October and if you happen to come across a PMR-30 then it will be a pleasant surprise.

So, there you go. We’re still waiting for our next shipment of PMR-30 pistols. If you want to be one of the first ones to get your own PMR-30, follow this link and sign up by clicking on the link inside the red box to receive an email as soon as we have more PMR-30 pistols in stock.

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  • Roger Plock


    I have gotten feed back from Kel Tec that PMR 30s are in full production. How many a week is not known. I do know that gun brokers are selling the PMR 30s to the dealers only if they buy X amount of products from them. Then the dealers put the majority of them on the inter-net at a price to make a big profit.

    I suggest that everyone stop buying the PMR 30 to drive the price back down.

    I have called and talked to my Senator about the high cap. magazine/pistols and assault weapon band and they tell me that back ground checks MAY repeat MAY PASS in the senate

    call and talk to your representative about what may pass and then buy/ pay accordingly


  • mike


    talk about a walk through time! I just read the above article and thought it was fairly recent because I only just learned of the PMR-30 this year and then I started reading the comments and noticed most started almost two years ago so apparently nothing has changed, you still can’t find a PMR anywhere and those that you do find (cough cough gunbroker) are almost double what the MSRP is, and these should have been readily available BEFORE all the gun and ammo hoopla that arose THIS year.
    I’m kinda waiting on them to come out with a PMR in .17hmr tho


  • Kel tec fan


    Kel Tec should get in a different business since they don’t know how to make and sell guns to the public. I’ll never buy another even if they were available. The pmr 30 & KSG are two examples of their poor business plan!


  • Nunyabiz1


    They have been saying the same thing for 3 years, so whats the excuse NOW 3 years later?


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