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Kel-Tec CP33

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CNobbe, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. CNobbe

    CNobbe Member

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    I was able to acquire of these, complete thanks goes to Bud's for filling my order of one which went out of stock twice before they received one and reserved it for me.

    I used to shoot bullseye with a Buckmark slab side, great gun but as I always hated the 10 round capacity of most .22 pistols - this was right up my alley.

    It's fairly easy to break down, and reassemble - the manual makes it seem more difficult than it actually is.

    First off, the mags are easy to load. If you follow directions, and load the mags as described, you shouldn't have any trouble getting all 33 into the mags if you pay attention. Basically, just remember to push the round all the way back when loading so it pops upwards. I had one round I missed this on, was rim mocked and failed to feed.

    I shot about 400 rounds of Federal Champion bulk high velocity, and one box of CCI standard velocity and all cycled perfectly. The manual states to high velocity ammo, but it handed the standard stuff fine.

    Other than that, there's a ton to like about the CP33. It's sort of an AR/pistol hybrid in that it has a substantial charging handle as well as a Magpul M-LOK accessory attachment on the dustcover.

    The sights are excellent, easily adjustable rear sight as well as a full length picatinny rail to add the optic of your choice.

    I'm still getting to know my CP33, have not found anything I hate about it yet.

    I cannot wait to get it to the range again, and try some other ammo to see what it likes.

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  2. TTv2

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    I'll be buying one when they're more available and not price inflated thanks to price gouging. The only thing I can think of off the bat that would improve it is the trigger. Kel Tec loves their plastic so much they just had to make another gun with a plastic trigger. They flex, they feel cheap, and I don't see why they couldn't have put in some die cast zinc or aluminum for the trigger instead.

    Besides that, there's nothing I can think of that Kel Tec could do to improve it that's within reason. The heel mag release isn't my cup of tea, but I guess they can't find room to put a standard mag release on the gun or maybe the heel mag design helps lock the mag in the well better and helps keep the feeding with rimmed ammo more consistent.

    I like that there's no slide, that it's much like the Ruger Mark and S&W Victory pistols, but better because you have a full rail on the top to mount optics. The CP33 is the one pistol I would put an RMR on and have it not feel out of place.

    I can't wait to see what the carbine version will look like in the future. Hopefully by that time the issues with feeding hollow points will be resolved as I've seen others have complained about that in their CP33's.
     
  3. CNobbe

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    Yeah I luckily didn't have to pay what they're going for on auction. The trigger is very good, it shoots as well as any other .22 I've owned and has a nice reset. I don't even notice the polymer trigger. The mags fit quite snug when locked into place, and for me as the owner of a few European guns with heel mag releases, it doesn't take long to get used.

    Supposedly there are 50 round mags coming as well as a pistol brace. I'm sure Tandemkross will have some upgrades available as well.
     
  4. bannockburn

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    CNobbe

    Interesting design for a high capacity .22, especially the magazine. The gun itself kind of reminds me of a MAC 10.
     
  5. Jim Watson

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    How is the "balance?" Looks like a lot of rear overhang to a conventional pistol shooter's eye.
    I see the MAC 10 resemblance in general. I think they designed the carbine first and sawed it off to get the pistol on the market first.

    I can imagine somebody taking that magazine design to build a real high capacity .22 conversion for a 2011 or PO.
     
  6. CNobbe

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    The balance is perfect in my opinion. It's a light pistol and I think the way the upper slide assembly slides into the rear of the polymer frame helps keep it perfectly balanced. The position of the grip helps too, it's near the middle. I don't really notice the overhang as the rear sight is at the very rear of the slide. The sight radius is at least 12."

    The only thing I need to get used to is the charging handle under the rear sights. It looks like you're shooting something from a Sci-Fi film, but the fiber optics are easy to acquire.
     
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  7. TIMC

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    Congrats on you CP33. I picked mine up on Saturday. So far an awesome shooting pistol I have only done some functions testing but will get out next weekend to see what accuracy I can wring out of it. What I have shot functioned flawlessly.
    Lots of good stuff about this gun, my dislikes:
    Louder than my Walther suppressed.
    Grip should be a little fatter for a better. feel with the length.

    So far I think this one is a keeper.
    Mine...
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  8. earlthegoat2

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    Reminds me of a scaled down Stormtrooper blaster.
     
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  9. CNobbe

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    Agreed, it is a tad thin, I'm sure there'll be a grip sleeve for them eventually. I like that setup, I was just thinking about what kind of optic to put on mine. Perhaps a Romeo 5.
     
  10. TIMC

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    LOL don’t know about scaled down. This gun is huge, here is a pic showing it with a Kimber Ultra Carry II in .45 acp. I do however agree with the blaster part!
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  11. TIMC

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    The scope on mine is an old Weaver 1.5-5x20mm with seethru mounts. I had this setup on a desert eagle years ago. I sold the gun and the scope has set for years without a home. I used to put some nice groups with it at 100 yards. I’m sure it wi do well on the CP33 and I can still use the fiber sights.
     
  12. Boarhunter

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    I think I bought one tonight....

    I was getting ready for a defensive pistol practice earlier this evening; the LGS manager stuck a new one in my hand and told me that if I shot it I would buy it...well, I shot it a dozen rounds or so.... Guess I will square up with him tomorrow.

    I don't need another 22 pistol (I just got a Taurus TX...).

    I just can't resist. I am weak, I guess.

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  13. TTv2

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    I don't need another .22 pistol either, but this one is so different and high capacity compared to other .22's it's worth getting on that alone.
     
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  14. Boarhunter

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    I guess that is what I was thinking, too....

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