The Shooter’s Log has exclusively learned that Kel-Tec has begun building 200 RDB rifles in an initial factory production run of the new downward-ejecting bullpup. And though you can see pre-production versions of the Kel-Tec RDB in Booth 2711 at the NRA Show, don’t jump in line with a fistful of cash just yet. As Gene Taylor of Taylor Made Media Group reports in the accompanying video, the first 200 RDBs aren’t headed to your local gun shop. Instead, they’re being sent out for extensive field-testing and evaluation.
Kel-Tec has been particularly careful bringing new models to market — to the exasperation of many in the shooting community who like the company’s products.
Based on feedback from this round of testing, Kel-Tec will make any appropriate changes, with plans to begin full factory production in the third quarter of 2015.
If we receive one of the coveted 200 first-run production test rifles, we’ll tell you how it shakes out.