Though I am sorry that our good man Rivrdog was.
I have never been impressed with KelTec. Ever. In any way. They were a sort of non-entity to me as far as firearms manufacturers go. If somebody brought them up as a possible brand of purchase, I would say something along the lines of “I know a number of people who own KelTecs, and they seem to like them.”
Rivrdog’s experience means that from now on I will lead with his story before getting to anything even neutral about them.
I have used this method with Kimber products ever since another frequent RNS commenter, Mollbot, had a horrible experience with them. I can say that I have easily stopped a dozen (though probably more) purchases of Kimber pistols via this method, where I know that the people I spoke to bought pistols from different manufacturers.
I would also host Mollbot’s story about that experience if he were to write it up.
Yes, I know it was a bad reload that began Rivrdog’s problem. But the list of things KelTec did wrong on this was pages long. From not bothering to call or write to him to say that the damage wasn’t covered under warranty and would therefore cost him out of pocket; to the half-ass “fixed it”; to their returning of an unsafe firearm as “good to go”.
Zero out of Five Stars.