Firearms

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

Picture shows a Kel-Tec KSG shotgun.

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 pump gun, 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)

  1. 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?

  2. 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!!

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. In the second sentence of the article above, talking about the typical police shotgun and not about the KSG. “…but the KSG is still shorter in OAL than the typical police shotgun with a 14-inch barrel.”

  7. Sorry, folks! I mis-spoke. Or mis-typed. Or something. My personal pistol grip shotgun is 27″ over-all, which allows a one inch margin for error in complying with the federal rules, i.e., 18″ minimum barrel and 26″ minimum overall. Oops.

  8. I’ve tried to buy one since they were announced and there is NEVER one available ANYWHERE. Why is CTD giving so much ad space and editorial space to products that are not available? Keltec produces prototypes of products that everyone wants but never follows through with production. Maybe they could outsource to a competent manufacturer and make their money from a cut of each unit. How do they stay in business by just creating, but, not delivering products that make us all drool? I would have one of everything they make if it was only available.

  9. No, to my knowledge a shotgun must have minimum barrel length of 18 inches and an overall minimum length of 26 inches. A rifle barrel may be 16 inches but the overall length must still be a minimuj of 126 inches as well. For what it’s worth, my AR actually has a barrel length of 9 inches with a permanently attached flash suppressor that makes the barrel the minimum 16 inches, and with the stock closed the length is the required 26 inches.

  10. Red Flag here! The video refers to the overall length of the piece as 26 or 26 1/4 inches. No matter how long or short the BARREL is, the overall length has to be minimum 27 inches (unless the law has changed recently), so I hope the demonstrator just mis-spoke.

  11. Sooooo…how many of these do you have in stock? When will you have them in stock? Kel-Tec is really good at producing slick ads and promotional pieces…not so good at getting the products they advertise to market!

  12. Neat idea. Love the capacity!
    I agree, however with Tim, the cops are required to use ‘legal’ barrel weapons, just like the rest of us. My Remington Wingmaster, the police shotgun of that era, was ‘short’ compared to others, but had the ‘legal’ length tube.
    This would make a great survival weapon, and out to 50 yards or so would be ‘nasty’!

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  13. Interesting new product. Its compact size could make it very handy in the home defense role. One comment about the article, though, not the shotgun. As a 40-year veteran of law enforcement, I have NEVER seen a “typical police shotgun with a 14-inch barrel.” Every police shotgun I have ever been issued, personally owned, or read about in a magazine or catalog has had either an 18 or 20 inch barrel.

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