At the SHOT Show we got to handle the prototype of Kel-Tec’s RMR-30 carbine rifle. Based off of the enormously popular PMR-30, the RMR-30 is designed to take full advantage of the .22 magnum cartridge with a longer barrel on a reliable semiautomatic platform. The model we handled had a full-length Picatinny rail with Magpul flip-up sights.
The RMR-30 shares the pistol grip and hybrid blowback/locked-breech action of the PMR-30 and adds a collapsible stock and longer barrel. While the PMR-30 has a muzzle velocity of 1230 FPS, the RMR-30 with its longer barrel is expected to have a muzzle velocity over 1,900 FPS, which effectively increases the muzzle energy of the platform by nearly 50%.
No word on when, or even if, this little carbine will ever make it to market. The model on display at SHOT was a non-functioning prototype, and Kel-Tec representatives were mum about any future production.
Still, it’s a neat concept, and with the PMR-30 slowly but surely making its way to dealers, full development of the RMR-30 can’t be far behind. We’re hopeful that it will make it into full production by the 2012 SHOT Show.
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