Kel-Tec’s newest revolutionary bull-pup design was announced over the weekend on the cover of the NSSF’s Shooting Industry magazine. Details of the new shotgun are sketchy, but presumably all will be made known at the upcoming NSSF SHOT Show.
The shotgun bears a stunning resemblance to the South African-designed Neostead pump action scattergun. You can move a switch located behind the grip next to the ejection port to select the right or left tube or move the switch to the center to eject a shell without chambering another round. The bull-pup design means an overall length of only 26″ with an 18.5″ barrel, while the bottom eject design makes the firearm truly ambidextrous.
Shown next to the box of slugs in the photo to the left, you truly begin to get a sense of scale. The bull-pup design of the KSG makes it ideal for home defense and CQB. The incredibly short overall length makes it more nimble than a sawed off shotgun and with a 14+1 capacity you don’t sacrifice ammunition capacity to get a shoddy shotgun in a small package.
Ammunition capacity is 14+1 with 2 3/4″ shells. The KSG is shown with a factory installed Picatinny rail with flip up sights and a pistol grip. MSRP is not known at the moment, nor is there an expected date of availability.
Update: We spotted the KSG at the Kel-Tec booth at the SHOT Show this year. There were a few different models on display, including this version in OD Green. The action was slick, but the trigger reset appeared to need some work. Kel-Tec assured us that this was only one of a few prototypes and that the actual production models would be fully functional.
Update 2: Kel-Tec has announced that the following design changes will be incorporated into the KSG shotgun before it hits full production:
- Trigger reset. This will be adjusted in the production model so that you can hold the trigger down, pump back and forward, release and then re-pull the trigger to fire the next round. No worrying about the trigger going dead and no Pump-firing if you hold the trigger down.
- Pump lock switch. A new latch button is in the works that will allow the trigger finger to activate the pump lock without reaching in front of the trigger guard, and potentially getting pinched by the pump. Only the KSG in the law enforcement booth had a similar latch button, made out of welded steel, but the production model will be a polymer button pinned to the steel.
- A removable rail mounted hand-stop will be available (and probably included) to help alleviate fears of sliding your hand too far forward in front of the barrel.
- Indicator holes in the top of the magazine tubes so you can visually see when you have 0, 1, or 2 rounds left in a tube.
- Extended butt pads. This would be similar to the SU-16 extended pad. Remove some screws and replace the existing pad with the thicker pad.
- Choke adapter. Remove the end muzzle nut, and replace with the choke adapter. This will extend a few inches in front of the existing barrel.
- Breacher attachment. Similar to the choke adapter, just designed for LE use as a door breacher.
- Single point sling mount.
MSRP is expected to be less than $800.
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