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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.
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.
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
Materials: Hardened Steel and Glass reinforced nylon (Zytel)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SilencerCo Announces First Commercial Shotgun Suppressor
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.
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
Weight: 8.25 lbs. (3.7 kg) with 28inch barrel
Barrel length: 28”
Cartridge: 12 gauge
Feed system: 4+1 rounds, internal tube magazine
· 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
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.
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.
A few months back I was contacted by Redring Shotgun Sights to see if we would be interested in reviewing their sight.
Of course I said yes since shotguns are one of my favorite firearms. They relate so well with one of my favorite quotes by Ashleigh Brilliant “To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.” With the shotgun I just pull the trigger and tell everyone that I wasn’t aiming for that clay pigeon but that there was a fly that I hit with extreme accuracy. Now that I have the Redring shotgun sight I have been refining my clay pigeon hitting abilities since they can be a trickier target to hit than that fly I mentioned earlier…
All joking aside, this sight has been a nice addition to my two shotguns. The sight compliments the Browning BPS and gives a look of tacti-cool when I have it on my Mossberg 500 Flex.
The sight is, in my opinion, over priced at this time at about $749. Since you can buy an EO Tech for $300 for an AR tactical platform that is battle proven with higher accuracy, for the consumer market this just seems high to me. Let’s face it, the sight can cost more than the shotgun it is attached to. However don’t take that comment as saying the sight is not worth having if you like shooting your shotgun for hunting or sport. The Redring shotgun sight quickly improved my accuracy and even helped retrain me back to using the bead when the sight was turned off.
After about the third trip with the Redring I was hitting about 9/10 or 10/10 and I was able to teach someone who had never shot clays before to hit 5/10 in about 15 minutes of shooting. I believe that says a lot for the product.
A few changes I personally would like to see:
If they would make the sight a quick detach since it takes a few minutes to change the sight from one gun to another.
A lower price would open the market to all classes of shooters.
I have enjoy using this sight and I keep it on my Mossberg because I am almost always hitting my intended target with it on. Flies no longer have to be on the lookout for me!
“A few months ago, Mossberg sent me a basic FLEX 500 shotgun, then sent me all the pieces and parts you see here. No single shooter would ever need or particularly want all of these modular components, but Mossberg wanted to demonstrate the mind-blowing versatility of their new 500. Whether you want a riot gun, a goose gun or a slug gun, the FLEX has you covered.” Click HERE to finish Chris Dumm’s review over at The Truth About Guns
Battery: AAAA 1.5V, Approx. 300 h life.
Redring® automatically shuts off after 4 hrs.
Weight: 134 g (4.726oz) excluding mounts, 192 g (6.773oz) including mounts
Length: 134 mm (5.275in), mounts included
Width: 44 mm (1.732in)
Height: 45.7 mm (1.779in)
Material: Anodized aluminum
MSRP: $899 (they have a deal going on now for $749.00)
The Redring® shotgun sight is not your typical sight with a red dot showing you where your round should hit. With a shotgun your shot will spread unless shooting a slug. With this sight you can keep both eyes open no matter which eye is dominant which improves the situational perception. The sight has built-in intelligence, called spot metering. The Redring® has an integrated processor that adjusts the brightness to the prevailing light. With a darker background it dims the ring and with it brighter, brightens the ring. It works well for hunting at all hours.
The size of the ring acts as a range-finder. The size of the ring is what the shot spread will look like at 20 meters(65 feet). It let’s the shooter know when it is safe to shoot or not so it lowers the chance of just injuring the game.
This sight dramatically increases the hit rate of what is being shot at.
The Redring® is mounted not on a rail but mounted free-floating onto the rib of the shotgun. It takes just a few minutes to mount without any changes to the gun and without messing with the balance of the shotgun. Redring® can be connected via USB to your computer and let’s you register your equipment, log personal stats, select advanced settings, and receive software updates from the manufacturer online. The Redring® has an energy-saving feature that will turn off the sight after 4 hours. The shut off time is counted down from the point the sight is turned on or from the last time the sight was intensity was manually adjusted.
The past few years shotguns have been making bigger splashes in the tactical side of firearms which has made me want to “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun”.
The Saiga-12 lets your AK training cross over to a tactical shotgun with minimal learning but uses large bulky 10 round box mags or the uncomfortable 20 round drum mags.
The Kel-Tec KSG gives you the short, close quarters that LE and military might look for in a shotgun but it is a pump-action and to switch tubes can be a little weird.
The video review from Gunblast talks about being able to color code your tubes so you can carry different rounds in each tube. This application is great for LE and military because you can keep 4 door breaching rounds in one tube, 4 beans bags in another and 4 buck and 4 slugs in the last two tubes for a total of 16 shells.
The Redring® shotgun sight is an optical shotgun sight. It mounts to the standard ribs on a shotgun, you simply attach it like you would a normal rail attachment with the exception of using the rib of the shotgun not a rail. Two little hex key screws lock the sight in place.
- Battery: AAAA 1.5V, Approx 300 h life. Redring® automatically shuts off after 4 hrs
- Weight: 134 g (4.726oz) excluding mounts, 192 g (6.773oz) including mounts
- Length: 134 mm (5.275in), mounts included
- Width: 44 mm (1.732in)
- Height: 45.7 mm (1.779in)
- Material: Anodised aluminium
- MSRP: $899 (they have a deal going on now for $749.00)
This sight is lets you keep both eyes open so when you look through the optic what ever the ring is around is where you burst is going to be.
Redring® has built-in intelligence, called spot metering, that reads the backlight in a diameter equivalent to more than double the ring diameter. An integrated processor momentarily adjusts the ring intensity to the prevailing light. Dark background = weaker ring. Bright background = stronger ring. The directed spot metering gives the shooter a great advantage in all types of hunting with varying lighting conditions, such as duck shooting in the sunrise. Light intensity can also be set manually
2. The Red Ring
Another advantage of using the Redring® is that it also is an effective rangefinder. The size of the ring on the target equals the shot diameter/burst at 20 meters (65 feet). This gives the shooter an instant indication if the target is within shooting range or if it’s too far away for a sure shot. When the ring looks right, pull the trigger. It surely improves the hit rate and reduces the risk of injuring the game.
3. Low mount with recoil absorption
Redring® is mounted free-floating directly on to the rib of the gun. It only takes a couple of minutes to mount and the sight is ready to use. No alterations or changes to the gun are necessary. As the lightweight sight is mounted low on the shotgun rib, it will not have any noticeable effect on the balance of the gun. Redring® comes complete with recoil absorbing mounts for shotguns with a rib width ranging from 5 to 11.5 mm.
TARGET DISTANCE INDICATOR
The ring gives the shooter perfect aim and indicates when it’s safe to shoot and when it’s not. When the targetlooks right in relation to the ring, that’s when it’s time to shoot. The result is greater accuracy, more fun and more reliable hunting. A sure hit!
Redring® enables the shooter to fire with both eyes open, irrespective of eye dominance. The open eyes principle improves the perceptual tendencies and helps the shooter to identify the target faster. Since Redring® is parallax free, what the shooter sees in the ring equals the target image, i.e., when the ring is right in relation to the target, the shot most certainly is a hit. The eye relief doesn’t matter.
Redring® can be connected to your computer via a USB interface. This enables the shooter to register the equipment, log personalized statistics, select advanced settings, and receive periodic software upgrades from manufacturer. Go to USB for instructions and downloading the necessary software.
Automatic Shut Off
The built in energy saving “shut-off” function will automatically shut off the sight after 4 hours. The shut-off time is counted from the time the sight is turned on, or from the last time the ring intensity was manually adjusted.
[From the Redring website]
Sadly at SHOT 2013 I missed this booth because I was busying trying to see everything I had planned, so I didn’t get to see this up close like I wish I had.