KelTec has released a new compact, lightweight rimfire pistol chambered for .22 Long Rifle at an extremely affordable price point. Called the P17 for its capacity, the little pistol holds an impressive 16+1 rounds with flush-fitting magazines.
Unloaded the P17 weighs less than 13 ounces and measures just over 6.5 inches long with its 3.9-inch barrel. The barrel has recessed 1/2-28 threads for muzzle device accessory adapters.
KelTec has set the MSRP for the P17 right at $199, which is even more impressive when the company says that includes not one but two extra magazines for a total of three. That buys a lot of kit gun.
Like most of KelTec’s products the P17 uses a clamshell design and more than a few screws. That’s true even for the sights, which may indicate future mini red dot sight potential as far as mounts go. It also has a railed frame for other accessories like lights and laser sights.
The standard sights are placed far apart for a long sight radius which always helps, especially with smaller pistols. The P17 ships with a black rear sight and a fiber-optic front sight for fast target acquisition.
“Don’t let the small size fool you. This little pistol is a tack driver. The excellent trigger, fiber-optic front sight and adjustable rear sight help you extend the P17’s range. It’s a handy little .22LR that builds confidence and burns bull’s eyes,” says KelTec.
Additionally, the P17 features fully ambidextrous controls including paddle magazine release levers and manual thumb safeties.
KelTec hasn’t released all of the details so far. While the biggest feature is its low price, things like whether or not the pistol has a last round bolt-hold-open are still up in the air.
And while it’s obviously a polymer-framed handgun, we don’t know if it’s striker-fired or hammer-fired, whether or not it can be de-cocked, or how it takes down.
Still, for less than $200, those little details aren’t terribly important. Unless the P17 has some hidden surprises, based on what people do know, this will already be a hard buy or hard pass for anyone interested in an automatic rimfire pistol.
The P17 has the potential to be a real crowd-pleaser, though, and KelTec will be sure to sell them in numbers. And while it’s possible that they will list for less than their $199 sticker price, historically KelTec’s popular rimfires list — and sell — at points all over the map, even above suggested pricing.
KelTec has been working hard to produce guns that put smiles on everyone’s faces. Recently they’ve been polling customers to gauge interest in a .45 ACP or 10mm pistol-caliber carbine. Their 9mm Luger and .40 S&W carbines are already hugely popular.
What do you think of the P17? Will you be putting it on your buy list?