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KelTec CP33 – Gun Review



Are you looking into getting a KelTec CP33? Before you fork over the cash, get to know this baby first!

KelTec CP33: Things You Need to Consider

The KelTec Competition Pistol 

The Kel-Tec CP33 is called such because CP stands for “Competition Pistol.” The CP33 is snappy, accurate, and prevents you from having to reload too often, thanks to its innovative design.

Magazine Design

Right off the bat, you’ll see that the CP33 has a quad stack magazine that can hold 33 rounds in total. You won’t find this magazine anywhere else because it’s been patented by the manufacturer. It allows two streams of ammunition to combine at the top for a single position feed and an unending flow as you squeeze off rounds.


As a semiautomatic rimfire pistol, the CP33 is designed with a straight, blowback action. This means that the energy made from the cartridges you fire pushes backward on the unlocked bolt and automatically cycles the firearm for another shot. This makes it satisfying to shoot and quite controllable as the body of the gun moves back instead of using a slide system.

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Furthermore, you’ll appreciate the inclusion of a Picatinny rail at the top of the weapon that allows you to mount various attachments or accessories like sights or lights.

We’d heavily recommend investing in a great pistol optic to increase your accuracy at a distance or help you hit your targets in low light environments.


Pulling the trigger feels particularly nice and crisp. The CP33 benefits from a single action internal hammer fire mechanism that means you can pull the trigger light and smooth to squeeze off a shot.

It’s also made with a larger than average handle with excellent texturing; this both makes the pistol difficult to drop in the first place and feels comfortable to grip tightly when you’re trying to be especially accurate. However, keep in mind that those without very big hands might need to look elsewhere due to the handle size.


It doesn’t weigh too much, though. Compared to smaller handguns it’s significantly heavier, clocking in at 26 ounces with an empty magazine loaded in place. It goes up to 30 ounces once you’ve loaded the magazine.

Speaking of magazines, you can purchase an additional extendable magazine. This will allow the CP33 to hold 50 rounds in total: truly nuts for a handgun!


The CP33 uses an ambidextrous safety shaped like a paddle, so it’s easy both to recognize and operate. A clear red oval indicates the safety status so there’s no miscommunication.


Next to the safety is a bolt release button and the magazine release in the shape of a knob and installed on the heel of the pistol grip. Again, this is to facilitate an excellent experience for both left and right-handed shooters.


Aesthetically, the KelTec CP33 looks a little futuristic, particularly compared to compact and more modern guns that you commonly find on the market. There are few pistols that are as notably “hi-tech” looking as the CP33.

Ideal Uses

The CP33 could excel as a self-defense firearm, thanks to its high ammunition count and its general accuracy and performance. It’s decently accurate at longer distances, so you can also use it for target practice or general fun with your friends.

However, the larger than average handle and the lack of a slide mechanism means that you may not be used to how this gun operates. Spend some time practicing with the pistol before you rely on it as a dedicated self-defense sidearm.

Additionally, we wouldn’t recommend it for concealed carry defense. It’s too large and bulky to be comfortably carried beneath your shirt.

The Verdict

All in all, the KelTec CP33 is a great pistol to check out if you’re any kind of firearm enthusiast given its innovative design and plethora of possible uses.

Watch this video from Guy In A Garage for another review of an upgraded KelTec CP33:

We’d advise giving it a look or seeing if your local gun store has any in stock sooner rather than later considering how COVID-19 is affecting local businesses.

What are your experiences with this gun? Tell us in the comment section below!

**Disclaimer: All content on this site is for informational purposes only.**

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 14, 2020, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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  1. Mark Montis

    May 15, 2021 at 9:01 PM

    Could it be as version of the PMR30, that is .22WMR, with a different magazine for the .22lr cartridges?

  2. Dragons

    February 6, 2021 at 2:44 PM

    Purchased my Keltec CP33 about 3 months ago, shot over 500 rounds and have problems with the ammunition or magazines I’ve used (Remington 36 grain Golden Bullet and Norma USA 40 grain). Both bullets are the same length, but I can’t find any of the Remington Thunderbolts on line anywhere. Are the Thunderbolts longer than the Golden Heads? Seems if the ammunition was a bit longer, the pistol wouldn’t have so many stoppages. I’ve shot pistols for over 50 years, and this one is the most fun, but has a major design flaw…plastic magazines. Purchased mags from Keltec at about $49 a pop and they are a bad design. Double stacking happens a lot, and yes, I’ve also bought the speed loading device from them as well. What ammunition is the best for the CP33?

  3. Bob

    January 9, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    It is fussy about ammo. I have found the Remington thunderbolts work well also. Get a speed loader, the magazines are otherwise difficult and time consuming to load. No problem once I got the speed loader.

  4. Johnnie

    January 4, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Please send me information how to Buy one Phone text 7863751167 if I don’t answer right away I do side jobs all day PLEASE LEAVE VOICE-MAIL ON BUYING IT OR YOUR PHONE NUMBER I PROMISE ILL CALL I WANT TO BUY ONE

  5. Thomas

    January 3, 2021 at 8:55 PM

    I’ve had mine for several months now after getting the mags dirty it became more finicky about ammo, it likes Remington Thunderbolts best failure to feed have decreased dramatically I’ve tried cleaning the mags but it doesn’t seem to make a difference ,is there’s a secret to cleaning the mags?

  6. Arthur Schimmelman

    January 3, 2021 at 1:29 AM

    Can you provide availability, price of both the CP33 as well as the extended clip?
    Is it suitable to Cary exposed and if so holster recommendations ?

  7. Sock Dollager

    January 2, 2021 at 5:27 AM

    “It’s also made with a larger than average handle with excellent texturing; ”


  8. Michael I

    December 30, 2020 at 5:13 PM

    Excuse me, Brothers! Did you not see that this is made to be a Competition Pistol?
    This is what the CP stands for. This is never meant to be a duty gun nor a self defense weapon although a .22 lr in the face would do the trick!
    As a Competition Pistol this is a beautiful pistol and would give a shooter a real advantage.

  9. Johnnie

    December 29, 2020 at 2:03 PM


  10. William

    December 29, 2020 at 10:17 AM

    Sorry folks I stand corrected it is a 22lr. I just didn’t think it could be a bigger caliber bit you can always hope.
    But that been said a 22 33 shot clip ain’t nothing to sneeze at. Still would like it

  11. William

    December 29, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    I have a KelTec.9mm and as an officer it is one of my favorite carry’ both for comfort to carry and ease to shoot. Now if this gun is 9 mm or even 380 it has my attention. I don’t think they would but so much into a new gun of a smaller caliber. I’am in when they on the market.

  12. Chris

    December 28, 2020 at 10:43 PM

    Gotta be .22 rounds with a mag of that capacity so like yeah no thanks

  13. Tim Secor

    December 28, 2020 at 10:12 PM

    No mention of the caliber, or calibers available. That’s absurd and the mark of an unscrupulous publisher! No more thanks.

  14. Frank

    December 28, 2020 at 10:04 PM

    What caliber is the bullet thirty rounds of what. And how much does it cost. And where can you buy it

  15. InGodWeTrust

    December 28, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Use Parler = Free Speech, lots of #2A patriots

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