Thursday, August 04, 2022


There's a retrospective piece over at GAT Daily about the guns of Grendel, George Kellgren's previous gun company before he founded Kel-Tec. (Get it? Kellgren, Grendel, Kel-Tec?)

It's notable to me because the Grendel P10 was the first handgun I ever bought. Well, the first new handgun I ever bought at a gun store on a 4473, at any rate.

It was basically the forerunner to the Kel-Tec P11, except it was chambered in .380 and had a fixed magazine you loaded through the ejection port with the slide locked to the rear. You could either thumb your .380 rounds in one a a time, or you could purchase a little "saddle" that fitted to the contours of the slide and allowed you to thumb ten rounds in off an M16 stripper clip. (.380 and 5.56 having near enough the same case head diameter as makes no nevermind for using stripper clips.) 

This had disadvantages. You couldn't eject a half-empty mag and replace it with a full one, for example. Worse, unloading the gun was a fraught process that would probably give liability lawyers the vapors.

Still, it was a polymer framed pistol back when that was still a novelty, and cheap enough that a 21-year-old convenience store clerk could afford one that she could keep under the counter on third shift in clear violation of company policy.

There's a dude on eBay selling 3D printed stripper guides. The originals are scarce as hen's teeth.