When it comes to new ideas in gun design and manufacture, the true innovations are few and far between.
General improvements and detail changes are common. A truly different firearm may be refreshing.
The CP33 pistol is a large handgun that handles better than it seems it should. The pistol is balanced well.
Like most .22-caliber handguns, the CP33 is a straight-blowback operated pistol.
Other than the type of action, the pistol doesn’t have much in common with other rimfire handguns.
Load the 33-round magazine and then rack the charging handle at the rear of the long receiver to make the pistol ready to fire.
The handle doesn’t move as the pistol fires, it is used only for charging. The bolt rides inside the aluminum receiver.
The barrel is 5.5-inches long and threaded for a suppressor or muzzle brake. The pistol is 10.6 inches in overall length.
One of the best features of the pistol is a set of fiber-optic sights.
The pistol features plenty of real estate to mount optics — and it is accurate enough to make use of these optics.
The Picatinny rail is well-designed and easy to use well. I measured the sight radius and it came out to a long nine inches.
The dust cover also features an M-Lok slot that allows easy use. I don’t often use M-Lok attachments, but it is nice to have the option.
Look and Design
Unlike most modern pistols, the CP33 isn’t a striker-fired design, but a hammer-fired handgun.
The frame is polymer under an aluminum receiver and easily contains the single-action trigger.
The handle is quite far forward, but feels natural due to the pistol’s relatively light weight of 26 ounces.
The grip is pretty big in order to hold the 33-round magazine. Yep, 33 rounds of .22 Long Rifle.
This is a lot of fun and a great recreational shooter. Kel-Tec calls the magazine a quad stack.
Magazine and Reliability
This magazine demands that the user is careful in loading the magazine properly.
A bit of finesse is needed in order to properly stack the magazine, and clear instructions are included. If properly loaded, the pistol is reliable.
I have tested a few other loads and the pistol is much more reliable than many .22-caliber pistols.
The Kel-Tec CP33 pistol is a great recreational gun and the piece may be considered for personal defense.
On the basis of easy handling, it is as good as any .22.
The .22 and all rimfire cartridges are not as reliable as centerfire and you had best be adept at loading the magazine.
I find the pistol best suited for pure fun shooting. The pistol is plenty accurate enough for handgun hunting.
I have taken rabbit and squirrel with the .22 pistol and this one is more accurate than most.
Accuracy and Performance
The pistol handles easily. The safety is ambidextrous and easily operated — down is fire. A red dot is visible when the safety is in the fire position.
When loading the magazine, be certain to carefully load the cartridge and press it to the rear — it takes a lot longer to load the magazine than to fire the 33 rounds out!
The magazine is the heart of any firearm and most particularly the CP33.
The pistol features a crisp single-action trigger that breaks at 3.5 pounds on the Lyman digital trigger scale.
This trigger action and the pistol’s weight and handling make for brilliant accuracy potential. Plinking-type accuracy is excellent.
Don’t just go and burn up the magazine at paper targets — although this is fun — give the CP33 a fair shake for accuracy.
At 25 yards and firing from a solid benchrest for absolute accuracy, the pistol will put five rounds into two inches.
This is a credible handgun well worth its price.
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