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Rumor has it that Kel-Tec will be releasing the .22 Magnum CMR-30—the carbine version of the ever-elusive PMR-30
There is much debate over what makes the best trunk gun so to understand where the concept of a trunk gun came from, let’s go back a few years. Traditionally, farmers and ranchers had a ranch rifle hanging in the back of the pickup truck. The role of the rifle was to enable the easy elimination of varmints or to put down injured horses or livestock. Nowadays, many farmers and ranchers still keep a durable rifle hung in the window or stashed behind the seat for the same reason.
I am always interested in different opinions about home-defense firearms. The three-gun trifecta—handgun, shotgun and rifle—is often commented on, with recommendations given. Many times the recommended rifle is more useful for an Israeli police action than home defense. Comments range from “the .223 has a lot of blast indoors” to “the system is very expensive, but you must have one” all the way to “buck it up, lay down the credit card and get with the program.”
Earlier in January someone leaked a product sheet for two new Kel-Tec bullpup rifles named the RDB and M43. I heard Kel-Tec was pretty ticked off about the leak, but the flier circulated the gun blogs quickly. I wondered if maybe Kel-Tec was mad because the rifles didn’t exist, but sure enough, Kel-Tec unveiled prototypes of the M43 and RDB at SHOT Show 2014.
I’m not exactly sure why I always end up loving unusual guns. Perhaps it has something to do with my low expectations. When one outperforms its reputation, I get quite the pleasant surprise. What’s special about the .223 Remington-chambered Kel-Tec SU-16C “Charlie” model is its unique folding stock and ability to fire folded.
If you want to know more about buying, shooting, maintaining, and accessorizing Kel-Tec firearms, check out our top-10 most-read articles on care and feeding of the company’s products.
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The call came late on a Saturday afternoon. I’d asked an FFL friend to be on the lookout for a Kel-Tec PMR-30 at a reasonable price, and after three months of no-news-is-bad-news, this was it: “I’ve found two PMRs at a local shop,” he said. “If you can call them with a credit card in the next five minutes, you can have one for $600.”
The argument about the relative merits of these two pistols has gone on for years. Let’s take a look at the technical parameters and then compare the intangibles. The guns are roughly similar in size, with PMR30 just a little shorter and slimmer. Both have manual thumb safety. FN5-7 magazines are easier to load. PMR30 has less felt recoil and crisper trigger.
Most popular rifles have evolved throughout their service life. Lee-Metford action of 1888 lasted into the 1950s, changing in that time its stock shape, its sights, the method of loading, the safety, the trigger mechanism and even the type of rifling. AK47 evolved from a 7.62mm milled rifle into a 5.45mm stamped AK12 with hundred of minor changes and improvements.
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:
Not everyone feels the need for fifteen shot capacity of the KSG. Some people however want shorter length for the tight confines of police cruisers and other vehicles. Enter the super-shorties from Keltec.
Kel-Tec isn’t famous for over producing their guns. To meet the demands of Kel-Tec’s latest, most-desired guns, they switched their focus from design, to production. At the 2012 SHOT Show, Kelt-Tec showed off some improvements to the controversial KSG, as well as the famous RFB.
Instead of diverting precious resources to designing new guns, Kel-Tec chose to focus on maximizing production of their existing firearms this year. They did show off some wicked looking short-barreled versions of their Kel-Tec Shotgun at the 2012 SHOT Show, and our intrepid photographer Oleg Volk got photos for you!