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.
|Place of origin||United States|
|Length||7.9 in (201 mm) |
|Barrel length||4.3 in (109 mm) |
|Width||1.3 in (33 mm) |
|Height||5.8 in (147 mm) |
|Cartridge||.22 WMR |
|Action||Single Action Only|
|Rate of fire||Semi-automatic |
|Muzzle velocity||1,200 ft/s (370 m/s) |
|Feed system||30-round detachable box magazine |
|Sights||Fixed sights; 6.9 in (175 mm) sight radius |
The Kel-Tec PMR-30 is a full-size semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Kel-Tec of the United States. It was made available in 2011. It has a single action trigger pull of 3.5 to 5 lbf (16 to 22 N) and a manual safety device. It is chambered in .22 Magnum (AKA .22 WMR) and the factory shipped double-stack magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds. The PMR-30 uses fixed fiber optic open sights. 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.
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. 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. 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.
While a standard 40gr .22 Magnum (.22 WMR) round reaches velocities near 2,000 fps (600 m/s)  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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