Kel-Tec PMR-30 Out of the Box and into the Match Review!

The Kel-Tec PMR-30 has been out for quite a while, being introduced way back in 2011. But, in typical Kel-Tec form, PMR-30’s were functionally mythical: they were no where to be found, always out of stock, and you’d hear stories at the gun range about how somebody’s neighbor’s brother’s buddy got their hands on a PMR-30 and loved it (or hated it, depending on the story.) Then as PMR-30s started to become more plentiful, there was no .22 Mag ammo available. And so, our good friend Pat Kelley has held onto a brand-new, never-before-shot PMR-30 for over a year. Luckily for us, the wait is over and Pat is taking Kel-Tec’s 30 round .22 WMR handgun to the range for an Out of the Box and into the Match review! Watch here:

Despite the muzzle blast that is reminiscent of a recent Game of Thrones episode, the recoil seemed pretty light and controllable in the PMR-30. Pat noticed the Fiber Optic rear sight seemed to be sliding out during the match. But, that’s something a dab of Locktite can fix up. Functionally, the PMR-30 didn’t seem to have any hiccups. Semi-Auto rimfire weapons are often finicky and picky with ammo, but the PMR-30 seemed to gobble up the ammo without a functional issue. Accuracy was a little different story: Pat was able to get around a 2″ group at 25 yards with Federal 40 grain FMJ ammo, but had some major accuracy problems when using the similar CCI 40 Grain TMJ .22 ammo. The PMR-30 might be a little different than what you’re used to, having a 30 round handgun is pretty unique and a mag release located on the heel of the grip…just an odd combination that may take a little adjustment period. All around, thought, it seemed Pat really enjoyed shooting the Kel-Tec PMR-30.

Video courtesy of Patrick Kelley. Give him a like or follow to help him keep making these videos. Firearm courtesy of Kel-Tec. Ammunition courtesy of Federal Premium. Patrick shoots Savage Rifles with Burris Optics, uses MGM Targets, and is sponsored by us, Defender Outdoors. Got a question for Pat? Leave a comment on his video or on here and he’ll get back to you as soon as he can!

Have you shot the ever-elusive PMR-30? Care to tell us how you liked it? Leave a comment!

32 Comments On This Article

  1. I swear and place my life on the line with firearm. I own one and each of my son’s own their own and we could not be any more satisfied. As Patrick mentioned in his review, the PMR-30 is easy to shoot accurately, has high capacity and extremely reliable. It is easily concealable and can be taken anywhere. I strongly recommend this firearm to anyone. Oh by the way, my wife loves to shoot it also and she is tough to please… Anyone ever in South Florida and want to do some training/shooting, check out my website jlpsecurity.com.
    Be Safe…

  2. I have have one since 2011 but only had it to the range 5 or 6 times. Went through a spell initially of FTF’s. Turned to be a magazine problem not the action. KelTec was good about replacing mags when I let them know. Now I have 1 mag that works smoothly and 1 that FTFs 3 or 4 times with each load. I wonder if KelTec will still replace that one? Any how when it works it REALLY FUN TO SHOOT!

  3. I’ve had my PMR-30 for about 2 years and my CMR-30 (the carbine version) for about a year. Nice shooting pair. Each came with two 30-round mags that are interchangeable. The only “problem” I have had is the 30-round capacity. Seems like forever to empty one. :-) Have used CCI, Armscor, Remington, and other brands of .22 mag in both with no problems. Couldn’t tell you what the group sizes were as I don’t care. I was able to put full mags in a head-sized target so I know the guns will hit where they are aimed. If you don’t flinch/blink when you pull the trigger, you will see a nifty fire donut with every round. I had no recoil to speak of.

    • Yep, but the front can be drifted if needed but mine came dead on at handgun distances (25-30 yards & under with every load I’ve put through it with the fixed sights). The slide comes set up to accept a miniature red dot, just unscrew the entire rear sight assembly. I put a Burris Fast Fire II on mine & I can tag 8″ round plates out 75-100 yards repeatably from the bench. Get the adapter plate at Kel Tec’s web site, they have many accessories for the pistol & they’re all low cost. Trigger is awesome, almost no creep & breaks every time at 3lbs. Total package is so light you can forget that you’re carrying it. The mags cause the only issue’s I’ve had but following the factory’s recommendation of making sure the top round is on the left before you charge the gun & my self discovered tip of only loading 20 rounds max eliminated all issues. Mag will take 30 but trying to get all 30 in is a royal pain. I keep it at 20 or less & it’s been great. I love mine, I’m glad I bought one 5 years ago.

  4. I have the same problem with 22lr cci when shot in a CZ453 120 yards one and a half groups ! With fed ammo the same gun will shoot 12 ga shotguns shells laying flat all day long ! CCI has fat bullets that are shaved when I close the bolt ! But that being said they will shoot the same shotgun shells at 120 yards in my Savage Mark II TRR-SR !
    223 – 223 Wylde (is in the middle) – 5.56 NATO The significant difference between the .223 Rem and 5.56 NATO lies in the rifles, rather than the cartridges themselves. Both the .223 and 5.56 rounds will chamber in rifles designed for either cartridge, but the critical component, leade, will be different in each rifle.
    The leade is the area of the barrel in front of the chamber prior to where the rifling begins

  5. Own one love it. No problems. Getting used to peculiarities was easy enough. Tight 30 in the mag, picking good ammo and adjusting to distance was fun and simple.

  6. Never a problem with weapon and mags.
    As with almost all recent purchases weapons are pretty much dead on out of box.
    Accuracy was found, ( knit picking groups) through finding best round for weapon.
    Pin point accuracy is not weapons forte, but for plinking of hunting kill zones on smaller varmits it is more than capable up to 100 yards.

  7. I own the titanium model and simply love it! The only issue I have is trying to put 30 rounds in the magazine gets difficult after the 20th rounds. But with two full magazines you can stay in a fight for a while….lol

  8. No one refers to non-existent firearms as vaporware. The term was coined in regard to non-existent computer software and (rarely) hardware.

  9. I’ve got one, along with a matching CMR30. The latter sports an EOTech scope. (Nothing like putting a scope that costs twice what the gun did.) They share the same magazines, and the only issue I have is trying to get 30 rounds in. Very tight!

  10. Well then, if you don’t have the money, beg, borrow or earn some. I bought my first one after reading a review in a gun magazine. My next one I saw, I bought for my son in law. We both love them and just took them out shooting two weeks ago.
    It was like finding out how much fun they are all over again.

  11. Finally found one ’bout 4 years ago in Florida. Fell in love with it until I shot it. I couldn’t get more than 3 or 4 rounds off then it would jam every time. I clean and oiled it. Same thing. Cleaned and lubed the mags. Same thing. Ended up polishing the ramp. Same thing. Then I sold it.

  12. PMR 30 and CMR 30 both suffer greatly from jamming. I am not suggesting that we have a bunch of “factory sympathizers”, but I have tried every suggestion and none worked. In addition the PMR 30 blows back grit after only 60 rounds. Making wearing glasses a necessity!!! These are the worst gun purchases I have ever made except for a 870 Wingmaster I bought in 1969. It also never fed smoothly. If anyone wants to buy these rare guns, I have two that I would love to sell along with 6 extra clips!!!!!!

  13. My experience has been like James on Aug 20. Kel-Tec has been a great support. My son was going to put a red dot on his – time passed – changed his mind – could not find the screws that attach the rear sight plate – Kel-Tec furnished them at no charge.

  14. Only issue I’ve had is magazines not feeding well when loaded to capacity. Putting 26 to 28 rounds in mag and there are zero issues. A lot of bark and no bite as in the gun has a heck of a lot of muzzle flash with violent ejection of spent shells but the gun has the slightest amount of recoil. Fun gun, crazy lightweight. Poor man’s 5.7.

  15. I have the Titanium model which my wife loves to shoot with no issues. We only load 25 to a mag which is definitely easier than 30 and it makes the boxes of ammo come out even. Wish they made a .22 LR version or get the price down on the .22 mag ammo. No way .22 mag should cost 5 or 6 times more than .22 LR. CHEAPER TO SHOOT 9MM and about the same as .45 ACP. Just not right!

  16. I bought one 3 or 4 years ago. Love it! Very fun to shoot. I take a lot of my customers to the range and the PMR – 30 is always a favorite. I have read that the earlier models with the fluted barrels were a nightmare with jambs but I have never had any trouble and it shoots anything I put in it. I always take a slow motion video from behind the person shooting it and send them a still shot of the muzzle blast which usually ends up as their screen saver. In my opinion, the PMR – 30 is the hand gun version of the AK – 47. Its inexpensive, rattles when its empty but is very reliable.

  17. I have 2 and I love them. shooting short barrel pistol ammo is much better than standard rifle ammo. I only load 25 per magazine and have no problems,

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