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Kel-Tec PMR-30

Semi-Automatic Pistol [ 2011 ]

The PMR-30 .22 was added to the Kel-Tec CNC Industries arms lineup in 2011.

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The Kel-Tec PMR-30 is a full-sized, semi-automatic pistol chambered for .22WMR ("Winchester Magnum Rimfire" = WMR) developed by Kel-Tec chief designer Tobias Obermeit. Delivered to market in 2010, the product is a small-caliber (thus low-recoil), lightweight target-shooting / plinking solution firing from a 30-round detachable box magazine. Conventional sights (Hi-Viz) are fitted over the frame for basic ranging work and the top of the receiver accepts various tactical accessories including red-dot sights for improving ranged accuracy. Internally, there is a 4.4" long barrel and the 5lb trigger is of Single-Action Only (SAO), the overall operation utilizing an unlocked short-recoil system.

The pistol grip sports a patterned surface for an improved hold. A section of rail is fitted under the muzzle for the installation of additional tactical equipment such as a flashlight. The trigger sits within an oversized ring and ambidextrous safety controls are within easy reach of the thumb. The ejection port sits towards the right side of the frame. The grip handle doubles as the magazine well in the traditional sense and, beyond the 30-round magazine form, a 10-round model is available for export customers.

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Semi-Automatic Pistol

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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Compact nature allows for relatively easy concealment.
Inherent ability to provide suppression capabilities against target / target area.
Internal action allows release of single round per trigger pull, actuating a semi-automatic loading mechanism for successive shots.
An automatic, or pseudo-automatic, function is built into the system, allowing for repeat firing to be achieved.
Supports 'iron sights' allowing for inherent accuracy in ranged fire.
Design allows for user adjustability of certain components for customization.

Overall Length
201 mm
7.91 in
Barrel Length
109 mm
4.29 in
Empty Wgt
0.85 lb
0.39 kg

Iron Front and Rear; Fixed.


Semi-Automatic; Unlocked Short-Recoil; Single-Action Only (SAO)

One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
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.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

Sample Visuals**

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Rounds / Feed

30-Round Detachable Magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
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**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Muzzle Velocity
1,200 ft/sec
(366 m/sec)

PMR-30 - Base Series Designation.

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