‘A Simple Firearm,’ Expert Says of Kel-Tec Pistol That Killed FL Teen


Time magazine profiles the gun used to kill Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, which is being held in evidence by police. It is a black Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm semi-automatic pistol. George Zimmerman fired a single fatal shot from the gun that struck Martin in the cchest. Police arriving at the scene of the shooting found it in Zimmerman’s waistband holster. It weighs about 12 oz. unloaded, has a five-pound trigger pull and has an automatic hammer block safety, which prevents it from firing when dropped. It is also “double-action only,” which means the trigger must be pulled fully in order to fire.

The weapon, manufactured by Cocoa, Fla.-based Kel-Tec CNC, is a well-known device and not uncommon for police and private ownership, according to Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk, a Sirius XM radio show. “The particular model is a popular one for concealed carry,” he says. “It's a simple firearm, there is nothing unusual about it. This would be a gun any police officer would carry for personal protection.”

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