Rumor has it that Kel-Tec will be releasing the .22 Magnum CMR-30—the carbine version of the ever-elusive PMR-30—later this year. Oleg Volk, Shooter’s Log contributor and credible source writes on Alloutdoor.com that thousands of the CMR-30 carbine will be available in late 2014.
Cheaper Than Dirt! writers handled a non-functioning prototype of the CMR-30—then called the RMR-30—at SHOT Show 2011. As reported on the Shooter’s Log, the then-RMR-30 was to have the same locked-breach, blowback action as the PMR-30. However, the working model CMR-30 operates on straight blowback. Having to change the carbine’s name to the CMR-30 due to a Trijicon red dot sight named the RMR, Kel-Tec’s CMR-30 has a 50 percent increase muzzle velocity over its companion pistol the PMR-30.
The CMR-30 has a 4-positon collapsible stock, ambidextrous controls and a larger changing handle than its 2011 prototype and weighs just shy of four pounds. Fully extended, the CMR-30 is 30 inches long, while fully collapsed; the overall length of the rifle is a short 22.6 inches. The CMR-30 also uses 30-round PMR-30 magazines. Also in common with the PMR-30, the CMR-30 has the same single-action trigger, bolt stop and magazine catch.
The receiver of the CMR-30 is hard-coat anodized aluminum, while the grip—the same as the PMR-30—is glass-reinforced Zytel nylon. On top of the receiver is a long Picatinny rail. There is also a removable Picatinny rail underneath the receiver. Like the PMR-30 and the RFB bullpup, the experts at Cheaper Than Dirt! suspect the CMR-30 will not be readily available to the big distributors. If you have the cash, you can find the PMR-30 and RFB on Gun Broker. Few accessories for the RFB are available at CheaperThanDirt.com.
Kel-Tec tells me there is no set date for the CMR-30s release, but they do hope it is by the end of the year. The expected MSRP is $575.
With this news, it is my only conclusion that we will not see Kel-Tec’s M43 and RDB bullpups—introduced at the 2014 SHOT Show—until perhaps 2017.
|Barrel Length||16 inch, .5-inch-28 threaded|
|Overall Length||22.6 inches collapsed, 30 inches extended|
|Overall Width||1.2 to 2.3 inches|
|Weight Unloaded||3.8 pounds|
|Stock or Grip||Glass-reinforced Zytel nylon|
|Frame||7075 aluminum grip frame|
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