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Check This Out: The KelTec P50

There are several videos on YouTube regarding this weapon, some favorable and some not so favorable. What I thought I’d do, was place what information I could find, here in article form and let you (the reader) decide, sound good, then let’s go.

KelTec is an innovative manufacturer of high-performance firearms. They specialize in innovative designs and are proud to have pioneered concealed carry handguns in the United States, starting with the P11. I have published an article here at Great American Outdoors about the The KelTec KS7 compact 12ga shotgun. Not only was that design cool as all get-out, it wasn’t very expensive either.

About the KelTec P50:

The P50 is a single-action, hammer-fired semiautomatic. It is 15 inches long and has a 9.6-inch barrel. The barrel is threaded 1/2×28 and comes with a thread protector. Unloaded, with an empty magazine in place, it weighs 3.2 pounds.

The P50 is chambered in the small bottleneck 5.7x28mm cartridge invented by FN for their P90 PDW. More in a bit on the cartridge and the P90, but what separates the P50 from the other pistols chambered in this caliber is the fact that it is fed by those same iconic P90 magazines. These translucent 50-round magazines are as unusual as anything you’re likely to see in the firearms world.

They lie horizontally on the gun and the cartridges in them crosswise to the chamber. That disc you see at the end of the magazine contains a spiral ramp that rotates the rounds 90 degrees as they feed up, so they can then slide into the chamber. This may sound convoluted or unreliable, but in fact the select-fire P90 has proven very reliable over the past 30 years.

For most of its length, the P50 is only 1.8 inches wide. The round end of the magazine is two inches wide, and the steel wings at the front of the gun that keep the magazine in place are 2.2-inches wide.

The entire top half of the pistol breaks open for loading and unloading. The hinge is in the front, and the lever to separate the two is at the rear of the receiver, just above the web of your hand as you grip the gun. The lower receiver is polymer and contains the safety and fire control group. The upper and lower receiver mate very tightly, with no side-to-side movement.

If you wish to, you can go directly to KelTec.com and checkout the specs on the P50 for yourself by clicking HERE.

H/T – gunsandammo.com

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