KelTec Shakes up the Gun World Again With a New .22 LR Pistol

kel tec p17

We just got a hold of the P-17 Pistol from well known firearm manufacturer KelTec. This literally was just released and we wanted to get it out to all of you because it looks like it is going to create quite the stir.

Here are the specs:

Caliber: .22LR

Unloaded weight: 0.8 lbs / 366 g

Magazine capacity: 16 rounds

Overall Length: 6.65″ / 169 mm

Barrel Length: 3.39″ / 100 mm

Barrel Threads: 1/2- 28 TPI

Looks like it will come with 3 magazines, a fiber optic front sight, and an adjustable rear sight. Also notable is the fact that you can stick a red dot on it and, according to Jacob, the trigger feels fantastic. You can watch Jacob's interview with Chad from Kel-Tec, here:

Incredibly the MSRP is $199. With a street price likely in the $150 area.

If it runs as good as it looks, and it should because Kel Tec's other firearms are great, you're bound to see a ton of these pop up at the range.

Kel Tec has already reportedly made a lot of these, as per Chad in the video, and will start shipping at some point in November.

Leave your thoughts on this new Kel Tec pistol in the comments below.

About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. James A. Moody on September 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I have a pmr30 and I love it. As soon as I can find a p17 I will buy one. Great products and customer service, thank you Kel Tec. I visited the factory in cocoa Florida and the people there were just GREAT.

    • Alejandro Martinez on December 1, 2019 at 11:55 pm

      is there a date when these will be available?

      • Jeff Jones on January 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm

        When will you be able to purchase this gun ?

  2. Kenneth Davila on September 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    How many rounds does it hold and what type of 22 round?

    • Riley Bowman on September 6, 2019 at 11:03 pm

      16-round magazines, .22 Long Rifle.

      • Scouse on September 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm

        Very interested in this new .22 LR Pistol. What would it look like placed against the Glock 43X? For comparison

        • Jacob Paulsen on September 21, 2019 at 8:46 pm

          Lighter than a G43x but probably a similar profile.

          • Don on March 14, 2020 at 5:59 pm

            The 43x is a 9mm the 44 is a 22lr

      • Tim on October 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm

        First gen pmr30 owner and i will never purchase keltec again . Nothing but junk very unreliable FTF FTE sights fall off . Magazines cracked . Firing pin breaks . Worst $400 i have ever spent . Keltec builds quanity not quality and the we the customers pay for it with a worthless paper weight / gun .

        • Charles Rodgers on December 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm

          Would you be interested in letting me purchase your junk pmr 30? I could do you a favor by taking the paperweight off of your hands. Email me at ch***********@gm***.com

    • Michael antonini on September 7, 2019 at 10:50 am

      You’re joking right?!? Those questions are clearly answered numerous times in the article

      • KEN_W on September 29, 2019 at 5:04 am

        Another hall monitor.

    • Danny Killpatrick on September 11, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      16 round mags. .22lr

    • Mark Gardner on September 18, 2019 at 8:04 am

      Read the article duh

    • Jamie Dixon on February 1, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Just got one today,it holds 16 +1. I’ve only run one clip through it with standard bulk ammunition and it ran fine but it says to use high velocity ammunition.

  3. Liberty4Ever on September 7, 2019 at 1:17 am

    My PMR-30 and CP33 are getting a baby brother!

    I was hoping Kel-Tec would make the tiniest possible six to ten round 22 LR pocket pistol with all of the modern Kel-Tec goodness, and I’d still love to see one of those, but honestly, the P17 looks a lot better.

    I felt bad for Taurus when they thought they were introducing a high capacity 22LR at last year’s SHOT Show and Kel-Tec stole the thunder from the 16+1 Taurus TX22 by introducing Kel-Tec’s 33+1 CP33. Ouch. Oh well. Taurus was instantly relegated to owning the mid-capacity market… for a few months. Now Kel-Tec is introducing their 16+1 22LR pistol, with one more magazine, a fiber optic sight, and the ability to mount a micro red dot sight… at a street price that’s $50 to $60 less. The P17 is going to violently murder the TX22.

    • Mike on September 11, 2019 at 12:59 am

      Not to mention its threaded

      • Chucker on September 17, 2019 at 9:05 am

        I wouldn’t put the TX22 and the CP33 into quite the same class. For one, the price point is quite different. But for another the TX just runs and isn’t picky about ammo. It has a great hand feel and is comparable in size, appearance, and action to a lot of mid-sized defense guns on the market. This one could indeed pressure that market considerably if it runs well without a special diet and doesn’t have a plasticky, toylike feel.
        It will be interesting to see the shooting reviews when they get ready to hit the market.

      • Herman Doolin on June 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm

        tx 22 is a good shooter also with threaded barrel. bought it for my wife. she loves it. im a kel tec fan.gone buy the neww 22 soon as I find it. my pmr 30 runs like a clock. once I learned how to load it. keep up the good work kel tec.

        • O. Peoples on February 12, 2021 at 8:22 pm

          The loading is definitely important. Had a few ftf only to find out I wasn’t loading it correctly

  4. Blair on September 7, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Any idea if it would be good for my wife who doesn’t have strong hands? She loves the s&w 380 ez. But prefers 22 over 380. And this would be great. However. How easy is it to rack etc etc for a not so strong handed wife?

    • Don Winstead on September 17, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      When my youngest son was about 14, he couldn’t rack the slide on several of my guns. I bought an air soft gun and had him shoot it 50 times a day at a target I made in the back yard. After 2 weeks, he could rack the slide on anything I had better than I could.

    • Jamie Dixon on February 1, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      She shouldn’t have any problem racking it at all it’s super easy

  5. Greg on September 7, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I want one

  6. David on September 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Add it to the list amazing

  7. Bernard Jeffries on September 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Dear kel tec nice gun but if you wanna kill the gun market i would really love to see tht some gun in 22 magnum I’m telling u that would shake up the gun market real good i shot a own your guns a would love to see this in 22 magnum

    • BOhio on September 12, 2019 at 7:30 am

      PMR-30. As in 30+1 capacity, if you can manage to load 30 rounds into the (two) supplied magazines. Mine is new, and I’ve only loaded the magazine once, and got 25 in there with some significant effort. May need to invest in a Maglula gizmo… 🙂

      Fully-loaded, the PMR-30 weighs just under 20 ounces, which is about 6 ounces more than the loaded P17. But that’s 30 rounds of .22 WMR vs. 16 rounds of .22 LR.

      I used to shoot smallbore pistol metallic silhouette competition, and am very comfortable hitting small targets with a .22 LR (I used a Ruger Mk II with 5.5″ bull barrel) out to 100 meters, so I’m excited to try the firepower and extra range of the PMR-30 for target practice and utility (raging armadillos) on our ranch.

      The P17 sounds like the perfect carry option for road bicycling (always check the laws in your area, people) for those of us who want lightweight, low recoil, plastic (i.e. sweat-resistant), and ample rounds in a full-size grip package. Sure, a derringer of some sort might be lighter, but I would much rather have a handgun that is way easier to shoot in a variety of applications. YMMV.

    • Herman Doolin on June 29, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      they have a great 22 mag, the pmr 30 it come with 2 30 round mag. check it out

  8. Ric on September 9, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I own a PMR .22 and the KelTec P17 has some nice features but one thing I hate about KelTec is the plastic/polymer they use. It seems so cheap. I own a Tarus TX .23 and the polymer is nice. It feels like a firearm should. The Tarus is also full size which I think is good as a trainer. I’ll check out the P17 but it won’t replace my Tarus. I don’t think I would mount a Rmr on such a small gun either. The KelTec appears to be the size of the PF9 and I have owned several of those.It just appears a lot smaller than I would want. Just my .02

  9. Rebel Rouser on September 9, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Bernard they did it’s called PMR30

  10. Rick B on September 18, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Wow, looks fantastic. I’ve been looking for a nice pocket .22lr for some time. I have not been thrilled by the current offerings and pricing. This Kel-Tec P17 looks like what I’ve been seeking. I too, would love to see this model offered in 22WMR. Keep up the great work.

  11. Ronald Thomas on September 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    After wasting money on a PMR 30 that even after a trip back to Kel -Tec shoots patterns not groups (It came back with a note that it meets factory accuracy standards) I swore I’d not buy another of their guns. I own or have owned at least 1 of every handgun they have manufactured except the SU-22, own three of their rifles and the KSG. I will probably wait a year before I consider this, by then they may have the bugs that seem to always come with their early releases corrected. They have excellent concepts but their early execution is spotty.

  12. Andrew on September 22, 2019 at 8:53 am

    It needs to have a 10 round mag and non-threaded barrel option to be legal in my state.

    There also needs to be a short+chopped = compact version that still has the adjustable sights!

    A compact version would be the catz azz.

  13. Lionel Ruffin on September 23, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Ready to buy please keep me posted

  14. Louis Babycos on September 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Wish the P17 and the PMR 30 would have a love child . A compact 22magnum pistol .

    • Frank on October 2, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      @ Lois Babycos, I agree whole heartedly, I would really like an lcp chambered in .22 mag. Especially with Keltec’s magic staggered magazine so it would hold ten rounds. Just reading your comment, made me wonder though if I would need to carry a fire extinguisher with me? The way the flame comes out of my PMR now, a shorter barrel would really light up the night sky. But I’d love a .22 mag lcp. I’ll buy one of these .22’s if I can find one.

  15. Tee jayy on October 2, 2019 at 8:37 am

    This is a nice firearm.but it needed to be chambered in .17…just my thought on it..

  16. Chris Smith on October 11, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    All I know is I want one !!!!

  17. Jeff Jones on January 27, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Is anyone going answer these ???? Hello…

  18. Jamie Dixon on February 1, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Just got one today,it holds 16 +1. I’ve only run one clip through it with standard bulk ammunition and it ran fine but it says to use high velocity ammunition.

  19. Steve on March 8, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Great gun! I ran 50 rounds of Remington Golden Bullet High Velocity Plated Round Nose through it and no issues and very accurate. I’ve read a few bad reports about it but I’m extremely happy with it.

  20. Reilly Pizzed on April 23, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Keltec has become too corrupt for me to waste more money. Bought a defective KS7 they refuse to replace. Now a wortless paperweight.

  21. Jim R on July 24, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Winchester came out with this ‘Wildcat’ round “optimized for semi-autos”. You can run those and any CPRN going 1200 FPS – 1300 FPS as fast as you can pull the trigger. It will even shoot Remington Golden Bullet (just pull out the dented case ones). And with a 2 pound trigger it don’t take long.

  22. KENNETH L ROBERGE on October 22, 2020 at 12:53 am

    FOR $300.00. KEL TEC P17 .22LR PISTOL IS

  23. Nelson Ferris on January 22, 2024 at 10:53 pm

    where can I purchase a bright gold P 17?

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