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KEL-TEC

A vented, full-length aluminum
housing supports the sight system and
provides an integral 7.5" Picatinny
optics rail. It is fixed in place to
stabilize red-dot and magnified
optics. It adds some weight but also
works to stabilize the pistol during recoil. The front sight is
a squared-off metallic housing with a bright green fiberoptic pipe. The fully adjustable square-notch rear target
sight is outfitted with red fiber-optic dots. The muzzle of
the barrel is threaded at 1/2x28 TPI for muzzle accessories,
and the pistol ships with a thread protector installed. A
vented, 2.75"-long aluminum housing is mounted below
the barrel and provides a single M-Lok accessory slot for
mounting a light or laser module.
The polymer charging handle is located behind the rear
sight. It's supported by two sheet metal action bars that
cycle the bolt assembly. The handle's sheet metal supports
seem a bit flimsy for a competition gun, but they held
up just fine over the course of this review without any
issues. Just below the charging handle you'll find left and
right lanyard loops, not unlike those found on point-andshoot cameras. Whether they'll be put to work as wrist
lanyard supports or single-point-sling attachment loops is
yet to be seen.
The external controls are the same as those on the
PMR-30, with a slide catch on the left side of the frame,
bilateral safety levers and a magazine release located in the
heel of the grip instead of behind the trigger housing. The
polymer single-action trigger is housed in an undercut trigger guard with a flat face that can serve as a finger rest.
The pistol tested for this review exhibited a 3-lb. trigger
pull that felt clean and smooth.
The wedge-shaped magazine is made of clear polymer
with openings on both sides that are nearly an inch long.
It's been called a quad-stack magazine because a central
steel post divides the ammunition into two double-stack
columns. The heel-mounted magazine release may seem
a bit odd for what is being marketed as a competition
pistol, but it does have its advantages. The chances of
unintentionally bump-releasing the magazine are close to
nil, and it's easy to operate either left- or right-handed.
Although the release may be slower to operate, especially
with magazines that do not drop free of the grip, the gun
holds three times as much ammunition as typical 10- or
12-round single-stack target pistols. There is no magazine safety, so the pistol will fire when the magazine is
removed from the grip.

The CP33 proved to be a pleasure to work
with at the range. Felt recoil is nearly nonexistent, making it a good fit for almost all
skill and experience levels.
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It's important to remember that semi-automatic .22 rimfire pistols tend to be ammunition-sensitive at least some
of the time. I have yet to find a single make or model that
runs reliably with every load the market has to offer. While
conducting a bench check of the 33-round magazine, I
tried to load it with some Winchester bulk-box rounds that
I'm currently using up for informal testing. Each round was
obstinate about going into the magazine, and when it was
about half-way full, the follower would go no farther. It
was frustrating, to say the least.
After picking those rounds out of the magazine, I tried
filling it again with different loads manufactured by Aguila,
Browning, CCI, Federal, Remington and even a different
load from Winchester. With the exception of that one
Winchester load, the magazines loaded smoothly and easily.
I took a few rounds of the stiff-loading
ammunition to the range where it failed
to feed properly with every shot fired.
However, all of the test ammunition that
fed easily into the magazine also ran
reliably in the pistol. With the exception of a couple of duds found among
bulk-box loads, the pistol hummed right
along nicely for hundreds of rounds.
The lessons learned are first, make sure
to test new .22 pistols with a variety of
The CP33 consists of few subassemblies (top).
Features include (opposite, top to bottom): bilateral safety levers; fiber-optic sights; and a heel
release for the quad-stack magazine (r.).
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