Kel-Tec P-11

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Kel-Tec P-11
Kel-Tec P-11
Place of originU.S.
Production history
DesignerGeorge Kellgren
ManufacturerKel-Tec CNC Industries Inc.
ProducedSince 1995
VariantsP-40, P-357
Mass17.1 oz (480 g)[1]
Length5.6 in (14 cm)[1]
Barrel length3.1 in (7.9 cm)[1]
Width1 in (2.5 cm)[1]
Height4.3 in (11 cm)[1]

Cartridge9×19mm, .380ACP (discontinued)
ActionShort Recoil, DAO
Feed system10 or 12-round magazine[1]

The Kel-Tec P-11 is a compact, semi-automatic, short-recoil operated pistol chambered in 9 mm Luger. It has been manufactured by Kel-Tec CNC Industries of Cocoa, FL since 1995.

Design and specifications[edit]

The P-11 was designed by Swedish-born George Kellgren, the designer of many earlier Husqvarna (Sweden), Intratec, and Grendel brand firearms; the P-11 uses an aluminum receiver inside a polymer grip housing held on with polymer pins. The slide, barrel, and magazine are steel; the standard magazine holds 10 rounds, or 12 rounds in states not limited to 10-round magazines. Both fit flush to the bottom of the pistol. At 17.1 oz (480 g) unloaded, the handgun itself is comparatively light. The P-11 lacks an external manual safety, relying instead on a long and heavy double action only (DAO) trigger pull, which requires 9 pounds of pressure, to prevent accidental discharge. A firing pin spring and low-mass hammer prevent discharge if the gun is dropped; the P-11 will also accept some Smith & Wesson 59 series magazines.[2] An available adapter wraps around the base of 15-round Smith & Wesson model 59-style magazines. Smith & Wesson series 69 compact 12-round magazines will also work, with a matching short adapter sleeve, as well. Accessories such as trigger shoes, finger-rests, belt clips, steel guide rods to replace the factory installed polymer guide rod, gray- and OD green-colored polymer grip housings, night sights, and other accessories are also available from the manufacturer.


For a short period, the P-11 was offered in .40 S&W and .357 Sig with reduced magazine capacity. These weapons were designated P-40 and P-357; these models mated a P-11's frame to a larger slide width and barrel. Kel-Tec has suspended production of these pistols and conversion kits. In 2006, Kel-Tec introduced a single-stack pistol based on the P-11 with engineering improvements borrowed from the P-3AT; the resulting PF-9 pistol weighs about the same loaded as the P-11 empty and is somewhat slimmer.


The P-11 is designed for concealed carry by members of the general public and law enforcement officers, it is only slightly wider than the staggered-column magazine it uses. It is particularly attractive to users who want a concealable firearm, but also desire a "full-power" defensive cartridge; the barrel is near the minimum length possible with a Browning tilting-barrel system of operation. The gun easily fits into a pocket, small holster, or inside a handbag. All edges are rounded and smoothed allowing comfort while carrying concealed. Few protrusions on the pistol can catch on a pocket holster, a deep concealment, or inside of waistband holster.

In popular culture[edit]

The P-11 was mentioned in the American Dad! episode "Iced, Iced Babies" as indicated by Debbie, Steve's girlfriend, admiring Stan's service pistol.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "P-11". Kel-Tec. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "P-11." Kel-Tec. Archived 14 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine


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