Kel-Tec KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun) review

If you haven’t seen or heard about the Kel-Tec KSG, it is a bullpup 12 gauge shotgun with 2 magazine tubes and one barrel.

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Introduction

The Kel-Tec KSG shotgun is not your standard old faithful shotgun. It is not the shotgun that our grandfathers have been using since they were young pups. This is Kel-Tec’s entry into the modern day shotgun class. From first glance, you can see this shotgun is different. The KSG doesn’t have the look of that old American classic. This shotgun is part of the future of shotguns in both the LE/military market as well as the civilian market.

Specs

Caliber: 12 gauge up to 3” shell

Barrel length: 18.5″

Total capacity: 6+6+1 (using 3” shells)

Weight empty: 6.9lbs

Weight loaded: 8.5lbs

Length: 26.1″

Height: 7″

MSRP: $990.00

Materials: Hardened Steel and Glass reinforced nylon (Zytel)

First Impressions

The Kel-Tec KSG shotgun made its way on to the market a few years back. I had a number of opportunities to get some trigger time with this shotgun, prior to getting this one for review. I liked the look when I first saw this gun and I have always liked the bullpup design.

As I have mentioned in the past, I own a 20 gauge that is a bottom loader and ejector shotgun so I have had years of experience with that style. I have wanted to own the Kel-Tec KSG since day one.

Shooting and Feel

This shotgun is a 12 gauge and there is no denying that fact. Since this is a bullpup, there is not a lot of room to add things, like recoil dampeners, that you might have in a plastic butt stock of your favorite bird gun.

I am sure when Kel-Tec was building and designing this shotgun bullpup they weren’t designing this for a 10 year old child who might not be ready to shoot heavier recoiled shotguns. This shotgun has the recoil of a normal 12 gauge. For me, that doesn’t affect my personal take on this shotgun, because I own a number of shotguns and I have been shooting them for years. The compact size makes the gun easier to control because you are not sticking that 18.5” barrel past where it is comfortably maneuverable.

Operation and Controls

The Kel-Tec KSG is a pump action that offers the shooter dual 7 round (2.75 inch shells) magazine tubes so they can carry 14 + 1 shells in the shotgun. The magazine tubes are manually operated by a toggle switch behind the pistol grip. This gives you total control over the type of ammo the shotgun is shooting.

The most common question I have been asked is why do you need manual switch tubes? The best answer I have found, is that it was designed for someone in the LE/Military to use this shotgun to clear a building. The Kel-Tec KSG offers them 2 shotguns in one. You can load mag tube one with door breaching rounds or lethal rounds and load mag tube 2 up with something less than lethal. You can make the shotgun mission adaptable i.e. slugs in one tube and bird shot in the other to keep the spray pattern from over penetration.

For hunting, you might want that slug in one tube to take down your deer or hogs and buckshot or bird shot for varmint. For range commandos about 8 seconds of 12 gauge glory as you rain down fire and birdshot on your paper targets.

The pump release is right where you want it to be on the trigger guard. All you have to do is extend your trigger finger from a trigger control position to the lever to release your pump. The safety is a larger side to side push safety with clear written red “F” for fire and the left side a white “S” for safety.

Sights and Rails:

The KSG comes with a 12.25” picatinny rail on the top and a 5 inch picatinny rail on the pump. The shotgun does not come with iron sights or any kind of sight for that matter. The top rail offers the shooter a wide range of set ups from backup iron sights with a holographic sight as your main sight or even a shotgun tube sight. On the bottom of my KSG, I have put a Troy fore grip to assist in the pump action and keep my hands from being anywhere near the muzzle. There is enough room for a laser and fore grip on the bottom or even a fore grip/bipod combo.

Sling:

Kel-Tec ships a webbing and connectors to give the KSG a 2 point sling which is my biggest con of this gun. I have the sling attached and have had it attached since day one to insure I gave everything Kel-Tec sent a fair and honest review. I don’t like the connection points at the muzzle and at the butt stock. I have found I have almost shot my sling off a few times. The KSG hasn’t been designed with quick detach slings in mind and so you will not find QD points on the shotgun. I think that is something that would give this shotgun more to offer, having more freedom of sling options. I did find on the Kel-Tec website a metal single point attachment bracket for $21. If I keep this shotgun that is definitely one of the extras I would like to get.

Extras/Accessories:

As I mentioned about the single point adapter there is one more accessory I would want. That is the choke tube adapter. My other con I have for the KSG is that is it neither rifled for slugs nor choked for spread pattern. While the choke isn’t really a bad thing, as a hunter a rifled barrel would better serve the gun. Part of the reason I want a choke adapter is to allow me to thread on the new Silencerco Salvo 12 gauge suppressor.

Final Thoughts:

I have loved every second of reviewing this Kel-Tec KSG. This bullpup is fun to shoot, fun to show other shooters and most of all an extremely well built 12 gauge. There are other 12 gauge shotguns in this class that might not always be able to stand up to the forces that is modern day 12 gauge range commandos shotgun does. The KSG has even more applications than what I have mentioned. That to me, makes this shotgun such a nice tool to be added to anyone’s gun collection.

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PRESS RELEASE: SilencerCo Announces First Commercial Shotgun Suppressor

Press Release

For Immediate Release

SilencerCo Announces First Commercial Shotgun Suppressor

Utah Company Releases First Commercial Shotgun Suppressor

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – July 21, 2014 | Confirming its place as a trailblazer in the firearms industry, suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo has unveiled the first commercially-viable shotgun silencer ever produced. The company made the announcement today at an exclusive event near its Utah headquarters.

Every year, millions of sportsmen and women venture into the field to hunt. While advances in technology have spurred a record-breaking proliferation of rifle and handgun suppressors, shotgun owners have been without a real solution for sound protection. Some choose hearing protection in the form of earmuffs or plugs for relief in controlled environments, but most spurn their use in the field or in a home protection scenario, where the ability to detect other sounds is critical.

The new product, named the Salvo 12, provides a much needed option for shooting enthusiasts.

“The Salvo 12 represents a revolution in silencers, not just an evolution,” asserts Joshua Waldron, Chief Executive Officer for SilencerCo. “There is a huge installed base of shotgun hunters and shooters that has been waiting for a product like this for a long time, and we are proud to deliver it.”

In addition to its inherent novelty, the Salvo 12 is a modular design that allows the shooter to add or remove sections to balance length, weight and sound suppression needs. It arrives as a 12 inch suppressor, but can be reduced to 10, 8 and 6 inch configurations as needed.

For SilencerCo, answering the call for new products is nothing new. Since its origins in a Utah garage in 2008, the company has earned a fiercely loyal customer base by pioneering much-needed advances such as this. Among many others, its first and best-selling product, the Sparrow 22, is the quietest and easiest-to-clean rimfire suppressor on the market. The Osprey pistol suppressor still holds the only eccentric design in existence, allowing the host gun to maintain a flat sight plane.

Adding value to the sale, the Salvo 12 will carry with it the same celebrated lifetime warranty as all other SilencerCo products. To learn more or to find out how to purchase a SilencerCo Salvo 12, visit www.silencerco.com/salvo.

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About SilencerCo:
Founded in West Valley, Utah in 2008, SilencerCo started with a belief in the fundamental premise that firearms don’t have to be loud and has now become the market leader in sound suppressors, muzzle devices, and related products. By investing in innovation, customer service, organic manufacturing, advocacy, education, and talent, SilencerCo is now focused on making firearms hearing safe for all hunting and shooting applications, making products that have never been made before, and making the buying experience a better one.

Remington 11-87 Sportsman Field Review

I have been provided the materials needed for this review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Skeet shooting is one of my favorite past times, give me a thrower, clays, ammo and a shotgun and I will be busy for hours (or until the clays run out). I had the rare chance to meet up with Jessica of the Freedom Group (who owns Remington) at SHOT 2014 so we could review firearms from the Freedom Group. Naturally I was drawn straight to the shotguns because of my love of them.

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I was fortunate to grow up in a Boy Scout Troop who owned 2 Remington 870s and a number of other shotguns. During shooting campouts I would run (with the guidance of an NRA certified adult) the shotgun and .22lr rifle groups. Over the years we had various leaders of the troop bring in shotguns on the campouts that included semi auto, pump, bolt action and break action. I had a chance to really get a feel for many different kinds of shotguns and brands.

Remington 11-87 Sportsman Field

SPECS:

Weight: 8.25 lbs. (3.7 kg) with 28inch barrel
Length: 48”
Barrel length: 28”
Cartridge: 12 gauge
Action: Semi-automatic
Feed system: 4+1 rounds, internal tube magazine

KEY FEATURES:

· Wood and Satin Blued Configuration
· Solid Walnut stock and fore-end with Satin finish and Fleur-di-Lis checkering
· 12 gauge with 28″ RC barrel and Mod Choke
· Dual bead sights
· Nickel plated bolt and gold trigger

Shooting

I got this shotgun back in March 2014, we have taken it to our range every time and shot about 500+ shells through it. I have only cleaned it about 3 times. One of the shooters we work with was not a proficient skeet shooter. He just doesn’t have many hours logged on the shotgun range. After about 10 clays thrown, with the Remington 11-87, he started asking for 2 clays to be thrown at a time. He was hitting them about 75% of the time. He commented later that it gave him fast follow up time making it easier to hit the clay before it was too far out. He felt he did much better with this shotgun because of how smooth the recoil was and the fact it was semi auto.

Between myself and a friend of the GEARs crew we shot 95 shells for 90 clays.

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My Final Thoughts

I loved this shotgun. I really like everything, from the looks of the shotgun to the recoil to the smooth action. This shotgun just felt great in my arms.

The MSRP is $845 which is a middle of the road priced semi-auto 12 gauge. If you are looking for a shotgun that is going to last you for generations to come with easy maintenance, this is a shotgun you will want to put on your list.