The Kel Tec P17 is simple, affordable, and reliable. If you’re in the market for a 17-round, compact .22LR pistol with more bells & whistles than a Christmas Day parade, then this .22LR pistol is definitely for you!
Don’t let the compact size fool you. The compact KelTec P17 pistol is a tack driver. The excellent trigger, fiber optic front sight, and adjustable rear sight help you extend the range of the P17.
It’s a handy little .22LR pistol that builds confidence and burns the bull’s eyes.
Every tool has a purpose and having the right tool for the job sets you up for success. The size, weight, and caliber create the perfect storm when training that new shooter in your life.
For more experienced shooters looking to hone their skills, the KelTec P17 is a great training tool for when you’re on a budget.
We’ve recently seen several new rimfire pistols chambered for .22 LR arrive on the market, many of which are competing at around the $300 price point.
Kel-Tec undercut that competition with the P17, a compact semi-automatic that doesn’t skimp on features while rocking an eye-catching MSRP of $199.
Although you’re going to be hard-pressed to find the KelTec P17 for sale at that price point nowadays, it’s still worth the $200 to $300 price range that you’ll find it available in.
Kel-Tec P17 Construction
The KelTec P17 is a blowback-operated semi-auto 22 pistol that uses a hammer-fired system and weighs in at 11 ounces. The P17 designation is derived from its 16+1 round capacity.
Overall, its design has been simplified with the extensive use of polymer components to reduce both weight and production costs.
Instead of a one-piece molded frame, KelTec opted for a two-piece clamshell design. The internal components are sandwiched between the two frame halves, which are secured to each other using two bolts and eight frame screws. Some say the pistol is extremely ugly, but I’m going for function and reliability; not looks.
The styling of the P17 trigger guard and waffle pattern texturing on the grip frame follow KelTec’s typical M.O. The frame sports a molded-in 1.25", three-slot Picatinny accessory rail for light and laser modules.
The front of the trigger guard is textured to act as a finger rest if that’s your grip preference. Pull-down, Glock-type takedown levers are located just above the trigger guard finger rest.
The slide on the P17 is an exercise in minimalism, consisting of three major components. A flat, one-piece steel stamped slide, a pinned breechblock/bolt, and a wraparound polymer housing are secured to each other using two top-mounted, 2.5mm hex-head screws.
The one-piece stamped steel slide, which has a matte-black finish, is bent and ported to fit over the muzzle end of the barrel. The slide also contains the fiber-optic front sight which is secured with a pair of screws.
The breechblock or bolt has grooves on both sides that match up with two short frame-mounted rails located at the top of the magazine well.
The wraparound polymer housing acts as a cover for the breechblock/bolt, providing cocking serrations, and contains a fully adjustable, square-notch rear sight.
The 3.8" barrel is fixed onto the frame, allowing it to serve double-duty as the pistol’s guide rod, with a single, round-wire recoil spring fitted over it and secured in place by a flush-fit barrel nut.
A special wrench is shipped with the pistol to remove the barrel nut for cleaning or to install the provided threaded barrel adapter.
The thread pitch of the adapter is 1/2×28 for compatibility with muzzle devices such as flash hiders, muzzle brakes, and suppressors.
Like Kel-Tec’s other rimfire pistols, the trigger of the P17 is quite good, especially given the low price point of this polymer pistol. The single-action pull is listed at two pounds seven ounces (measured).
There’s a fairly long, smooth take-up before encountering resistance, followed by a bit of creep but then a surprisingly crisp break at just two pounds, seven ounces on average.
KelTec P17 Features
At less than 14-ounces fully loaded, and barely longer than a dollar bill, the P17 is concealable for pretty much anyone. Just don’t forget it’s there when you need it!
The threaded barrel, Picatinny-style accessory rail, ambidextrous safety, ambidextrous magazine release, and three 16 round magazines come standard.
That’s a ton of value-added in such a small package.
Don’t let the small size and light weight fool you when you handle this pistol. The Kel-Tec P17 is a tack driver. A few things contribute to the exceptional accuracy of the P17. The excellent trigger is at the top of the list.
The second is the fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight.
The third is the fixed barrel, meaning that the barrel does not move during the operation of the pistol. This inherently makes the pistol that much more accurate.
Those three features in the right hands will burn down targets on the range and outperform other .22LR pistols that are two or three times more expensive.
Every tool has a purpose and having the right tool for the job sets you up for success.
The size, weight, and caliber of the Kel-Tec P17 are the perfect combination for training that new shooter in your life. For more experienced shooters looking to hone their skills, the P17 is a great training tool for when you’re on a budget with ammunition.
I call my P17 the ‘skunk gun’ as I use it for controlling the skunk population on my property.
With the fiber optic front sight and a weapon light attached to the rail, The P17 works really well in the role of rodent control. Add to that the option of a can and your neighbors will never know what’s going on.
KelTec P17 Specs
Kel-Tec P17 Disassembly and Cleaning
Disassembly of a pistol does not get any easier than the KelTec P17. Three simple steps and the pistol is field stripped.
Remove the threaded barrel adapter, if installed, and reinstall the barrel nut
Ensure the safety is on and lock the slide to the rear
Pull down on the disassembly levers above the trigger guard. While holding the levers down, pull the slide back and lift the rear up. This disengages the slide from the frame and allows you to slide it forward over the barrel.
The only caveat to the disassembly is the threaded barrel adapter. You’ll need to remove the threaded barrel adapter and reinstall the barrel nut prior to disassembly.
If you do not reinstall the barrel nut after removing the threaded adapter, the recoil spring will dislodge once you remove the slide.
You’ll literally be done cleaning the P17 in about 10 minutes tops and that includes the disassembly and reassembly.
There are very few things that you really need with the Kel-Tec .22LR, but I wouldn’t go to the range without a mag loader, CCW holster, and I use a tactical light with every pistol.
Sunfire P17 Mag Loader
There’s really not much to say about a mag loader that hasn’t been said before. From what I’ve seen with this specific speed loader, it works well, reloads my magazine within 20 seconds, and is durable enough to be rough with it without worrying if it’s going to break or not. For me, that’s all I care about with a mag reloader.
This is their “LP" Low Profile IWB (inside the waistband) Kydex holster and fits the Kel Tec P17 rmfire pistol. These kydex holsters are handmade in the USA. Great concealment holster for everyday carry (EDC).
Can be appendix carried or small of the back with ease. All components are sourced from USA suppliers. Aggressive Concealment holsters carry a lifetime warranty. Features: .08 Kydex User adjustable cant, User adjustable Retention, Low Profile belt clip (fits 1.5"-1.75" belts) Lifetime Warranty Made in the USA.
There are many different reasons to like the TrustFire GM23 pistol light, but there are 3 features that stand out most to me. First, this light provides 800 lumens, which is more than enough to cause damage and completely disorient your target. Second, you can recharge the light with a USB connection, so you can always charge your light without having to spend money or worry about batteries. Finally, I love the quick-release button on the housing. You can easily remove the light from one pistol and attach it to another without any added tools.