Quick & Dirty Video: The Kel-Tec KSG 12-Gauge Pump in Action

By Woody published on in Firearms

The Kel-Tec KSG pump shotgun is a 12-gauge bullpup that’s as short as most submachine guns. The Cylinder bore barrel is 18.5 inches long, but the KSG is still shorter in OAL than the typical police shotgun with a 14-inch barrel. The gun will feed and chamber 3-inch ammunition, but 2.75-inch shotshells provide higher capacity and lower recoil. The accompanying video shows what it looks like in action:

We fitted our test gun with a vertical foregrip on the forend, an Insight MRDS atop the included Picatinny rail, and a flashlight. Because the forward hand sits further back than on a conventional pumpgun, the vertical foregrip helps the shooter get enough leverage to rack the slide.

It uses two tube magazines, allowing the shooter to use different ammunition types simultaneously, such as slugs and buckshot. Placing the selector switch in the middle permits loading directly to the chamber.

As you can see from the video, recoil is on par with a Remington 870. After complaints in the initial production, the trigger now resets properly during the pumping cycle.

Also, the magazines now have witness holes to show load status, the butterfly slide release is larger, and raceways have been added to guide cartridges to the magazines.

All the controls are large and ambidextrous and can be operated from the firing grip.

To read more about the KSG, click here.

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Comments (16)

  • Hanh Rutecki

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    I keep listening to the news update lecture about getting boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i get some?

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  • CHRIS

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    HEARD LOTS OF NEGATIVE STORIES ABOUT THE “JUNKY AND COMPLEX” KSG AND RELIABILITY OF 9MM AND 380 ACP KELTEC PISTOLS.. KELTEC IS A IMPRESSIVE BUT WEIRD “FLORIDA” CO, A LOT LIKE THE BASTARD TAURUS CO.. I WOULD USE A MID CHOKED BARREL “NOT THE LUCY GOOSEY CYL BORE” SPRING IT FOR REDUCED RECOIL PLUS ADD A TRUE COMPENSATOR, MAKE IT SEMI-AUTO NOT PUMP AND LIGHTEN GUN DOWN TO 5 LBS WITH USE OF TITANIUM.. IF DONE RIGHT YOUD HAVE AN NEAR BEST/AWESOME $1500+ SHOT BOOMER!!

    FEDERAL FLIGHT CONTROL AMMO TIGHTENS SHOT PATTERNS AND MAYBE ACCURACY… THE LATE TO RACE COMPETITOR WINCHESTER OFFERS BLIND SIDE AMMO THAT USES SQUARE/HEX OUT OF ROUND SHOT “THATS O.K.” BUT THE DIAMOND CUT SHOT WADS/CUPS HAVE IN/UP WIND RANDOM OPENING/REACTING SIDE PETAL ISSUES THAT AT BEST RESULT IN RANDOM, POOR ACCURACY AND WILD ALMOST DANGEROUS SHOT PATTERNS!!

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  • Johnathan

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    The Secret Service configuration of the 870 has a 14″ barrel.

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  • Dave

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    Well I don’t know where you guys are but I don’t have a problem with getting to them. They are all over the gun shows and local shops. THE PROBLEM is the dealers know its a hot item and I have yet to see one for less than $895. For that price range I’ll stick with my standard Tactical Shotgun, Ex- Mossberg 500, Rem. 870

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  • Tim

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    And I’ll stick with my trusty Mossberg 500, although I am tempted by a 14-round magazine capacity. OK, Kel-Tec, when and where will these be available?

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  • John

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    You guys know what? I will stick with my 870. And I agree with the posts above about it being hard to get a weapon from Kel-tec. They always seem to be sold out or on back order.

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