American Rifleman | Kel-Tec PMR-30: One of 2019’s Most-Popular Semi-Auto Handguns
by Guy J. Sagi –
Saturday 20th June 2020
Kel-Tec presented the .22 WMR. Chamber PMR-30 in 2010 and it was an instant hit with enthusiasts. The futuristic-looking semi-automatic pistol features a flush-fitting 30-round magazine, Hi-ViZ fiber optic sights (front and rear), and an accessory rail for mounting lights and lasers.
It was ranked third in the GunBroker Gun Genius rankings in the semi-automatic pistol sales category last year, despite being nearly a decade old and housed in a rimfire caliber that some consider sub-optimal for self-defense or home defense purposes. Its popularity barely fluctuates, and it has remained in the top 10 for the past five years, even ranking second in 2018.
The PMR-30 has a 4.3 inch barrel and measures 7.9 inches long, 5.8 inches high and 1.3 inches wide. These dimensions allow it to be carried hidden, but it is a challenge. It doesn’t seem brightest there anyway. The empty gun weighs just 14 ounces, making the load easier for hiking, backpacking, and survival tasks. Its capacity is a bonus for any of these tasks.
The PMR-30’s steel slide is designed for optics and coupled with an aluminum handle frame to reinforce the mainly polymer construction. The barrel has a 1: 11 inch twist ratio, although the early versions weren’t as tight.
The magazine release is located on the heel of the handle, but instead of being pulled back to release it, it is pushed forward. This is a big difference from the traditional European style, and when testing on the American shooter B. Gil Horman he wrote, “I discovered this by pressing the heel of my non-firing hand into the release tab while looking at the front of the magazine base hooked up with my fingertips, it’s easy to quickly pull out a used magazine and insert a new one. “
Manual security is ambidextrous. A hybrid system of recoil and locked breech operates the semi-car. The MSRP is $ 478, and if you have any questions about popularity, it’s gone off the list of available handguns at many major retailers during the current gun purchase frenzy.