Thanks for the report!!!Well, I finally made it to the range to try out the new PTR 9KT. I have to say it was an almost perfect first outing. I say "almost perfect" because of out of 180 rounds I experienced three failures when spent rounds failed to clear the chamber and caused a jam. After a thorough cleaning before going to the range, I followed PTR's suggestion for break in by shooting the first round and then cleaning the barrel, shot the second round and cleaned the barrel, etc. I continued this routine for the first ten rounds, cleaning the barrel by first running a swab with bore cleaner down the barrel, followed by running a brass bore brush through the barrel 5 or 6 times, and then ultimately by running a bore snake through the barrel to dry it and remove any residue after each round was shot. Starting with round 11, I shot 10 rounds and then cleaned the barrel and continued this routine of cleaning the barrel after each 10 rounds were shot until I had reached the 130 round mark. I have to admit, it sure detracts from an enjoyable range session when you have to clean the firearm so often, but hopefully it will be well worth the effort. This first 130 rounds was entirely Winchester WB 124 gr NATO. The next group of shots were increased to 20 rounds between cleanings and I switched to Blazer Brass 124 grain. The final 10 rounds were Blazer Brass 115 grain.
I have to say, with the exception to the three failures, the 9KT was a joy to shoot. Recoil is mild, it is extremely accurate (although I wasn't concentrating on accuracy at this stage), and it proved to be a great, fun to shoot pistol. The first failure happened in the first group of 10 that I shot, and the other two failures were within the first 100 or so rounds, and they all happened while shooting the Winchester WB 124 gr NATO. The last 50 rounds were Blazer 124 and 115 grain and they shot flawlessly.
While I am somewhat disappointed with having any failures at all, I'm not too concerned and hope that the next outing will be even better. PTR says they recommend a break in period of 200 to 300 rounds, so I'm a little over half way there. I'm not sure what to blame the failures on. They all happened with 124 gr NATO ammo, but that ammunition has always been flawless in whatever I was shooting it in, so I can't really blame it even though the 50 rounds of Blazer Brass ran flawlessly. I'll try to make it back to the range in a couple of days to finish the break in process.
All in all, I'm very satisfied with the PTR and think it's going to be a fine shooting pistol. I just need to decide which brace to install as it desperately needs one to really enjoy shooting it.
What is up with all of the newly-manufactured guns and "break-in periods"?