Kel-Tec PMR-30

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New gen PMR-30 with red dot, flashlight, and flash reducer.jpg
A new generation PMR-30 with a Burris FastFire II red-dot sight, tactical light, and 5-inch threaded barrel with cone style flash reducer.
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin United States
Production history
Manufacturer Kel-Tec
  • 0.851 lb (386 g) empty [1]
  • 1.226 lb (556 g) loaded [1]
Length 7.9 in (201 mm) [1]
Barrel length 4.3 in (109 mm) [1]
Width 1.3 in (33 mm) [1]
Height 5.8 in (147 mm) [1]

Cartridge .22 WMR [1]
Caliber .224
Action Single Action Only[2]
Rate of fire Semi-automatic [1]
Muzzle velocity 1,200 ft/s (370 m/s) [3]
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine [1]
Sights Fixed sights; 6.9 in (175 mm) sight radius [1]

The Kel-Tec PMR-30 is a full-size semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Kel-Tec of the United States.[1] It was made available in 2011.[3] It has a single action trigger pull of 3.5 to 5 lbf (16 to 22 N) and a manual safety device.[1] It is chambered in .22 Magnum (AKA .22 WMR) and the factory shipped double-stack magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds.[1] The PMR-30 uses fixed fiber optic open sights.[4] The slide is also pre-drilled to allow for the mounting of various red-dot sights with the purchase of appropriate mounting plates from the manufacturer. It has a European style magazine release.[1]

Much polymer is used in the firearm to save on weight and cost, with a steel slide and barrel and aluminum internal grip frame.[4]


Since its initial market introduction, the PMR-30 has undergone several improvements due to problems with the early available design. The twist rate on the barrel rifling was increased to 1:11 to better stabilize bullets and reduce key-holing.[5] A stronger, lightly textured polymer is now used for the frame. This eliminates drooping of the frame that created a large gap previously seen between the front of the frame and the barrel. This also gives the frame a less shiny appearance, and a less slick feel in the hand. More metal was added as reinforcement at the breech to completely cover the rim of a loaded cartridge, presumably for increased user safety in the event of a cartridge case separation.[6] Additional improvements to the newer design include screws that may be loosened to adjust the front sight for windage, and ".22 WMR" stamped on the slide.

Kel-Tec also offers an extended 5" threaded barrel for the PMR-30 with an aluminum flash-hider to reduce the high amount of muzzle flash produced by escaping gases.[7]


While a standard 40gr .22 Magnum (.22 WMR) round reaches velocities near 2,000 fps (600 m/s) [8] at about 355 ft/lbs of energy (Energy = .5 * weight * velocity^2 / 7000 / 32.175) when fired from a rifle, the velocity and energy is significantly lower when fired from a handgun due to the shorter barrel. A standard 40gr .22 Magnum round fired from the PMR-30 is approximately equal in velocity and energy to a standard 40gr .22LR round fired from a rifle. At 1,200 ft/s (370 m/s), this is 127 ft/lbs of energy. Lighter bullets and various .22 Magnum ammunition with faster burning powder specifically manufactured for use in handguns can be expected to reach higher velocities and greater energies.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Kel Tec PMR-30 Pistol". Kel-Tec. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
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  3. ^ a b "Kel-Tec To Unveil PMR-30 22 WMR Handgun". Gun Reports. November 23, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "PMR-30 Status Update V". Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "PMR-30 Upgrades". Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "PMR-30 Threaded Barrel". Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "The .22 WMR". Chuck Hawks. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 

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