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.

Press Release: SilencerCo & Noveske Partnership

Press Release
For Immediate Release
SiIencerCo & Noveske Partnership

SilencerCo
www.silencerco.com
5511 S. 6055 W.
West Valley City, UT 84118

West Valley City, UT– SilencerCo and Noveske Rifles announce a multi-faceted partnership to make the best rifles in the world even better. To start with, every Noveske rifle going forward will feature a SilencerCo muzzle device – Trifecta RS flash hider or muzzle brake – ready to mount a SilencerCo silencer. The first Noveske rifle (8.2” 300BLK Gen 3) featuring a SilencerCo muzzle device was auctioned this past weekend at the NRA/ILA live auction in conjunction with day and night optics and a hog hunt in TX.

In addition, all lowers for SilencerCo’s Saker 556 promotion, which ended January 30th, will be provided by Noveske. Customers can expect their lowers to arrive by the end of June.
Finally, the SilencerCo sales and marketing staff will shoot Noveske 5.56 and 300 Blackout platforms for live fire demos and content creation.

The partnership was born of a mutual dedication to performance, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. SilencerCo and Noveske share a focus on quality in order to make sure that their loyal and discerning customers receive the very best products possible.
Customers can expect future collaborations between Noveske and SilencerCo to include short barreled rifle and silencer combinations starting this year.

Image download: https://silencerco.box.com/s/oi32t9y1yh0pmn6a92pb

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Founded in 2008, SilencerCo continually transcends conventional firearm suppression. SilencerCo was named #202 of INC. Magazine’s Top 500 Companies due to the creation of flagship suppressors such as the market-leading Sparrow 22 as well as the eccentric Osprey. Through a focus on unparalleled sound reduction and durability, SilencerCo has positioned itself as the world’s premier suppressor manufacturer.

Answer Name that Gun 2-22: 9a-91

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Designer: KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Russian)
Designed: 1991
Manufacturer: KBP Instrument Design Bureau
Produced: 1994-present
Cartridge: 9x39mm Grom
Caliber: 9mm
Weight: 4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)
Length: 23.8 in (60.5 cm) (stock extended), 15.1 in (38.3 cm) (stock folded)
Action: Gas actuated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire: 700-900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity: 886 ft/sec (270 m/sec)
Effective range: 200m
Maximum range: 400m(w/ optic)
Feed system: 20-round box magazine

The 9A-91 was designed as a PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) for the Russian army but founds it way into the hands of the MVD and Russian Police Troops to replace the SR-3 Vikhr.

This rifle uses a long stroke piston much like that of the AK family of firearms. The receivers are made from stamped steel  making the rifle cheap and easy to produce in large numbers. The pistol grip is made of polymers.

One of the features I like about this rifle is the stock folds to the top of the rifle allowing the stock to be unfolded without removing the magazine. 

The safety selector is on the right hand side of the rifle just above the trigger guard. Modes: Semi-auto (pointing to the rear) Safe (pointing straight up) Full-auto (pointing forward towards the barrel)

The charging handles handle is spring loaded to keep it from getting hung and caught, which is a nice feature when maneuvering in tight spaces like in cars or in clearing building. 

 
The rifle fires the 9×39 Grom which was designed as a subsonic round for suppressors (see the second and third pictures). The effective range on this rifle is 200 meters supersonic and 100m sub, the 9mm projectile insures at ranges out to 400+ meters the projectile still has good penetration. If  you would like to learn more about the 9×39 Grom cartridge you can find that HERE.

Advanced Armament 1911

Advanced Armament 1911

Advanced Armament 1911

This 1911 is a Remington R1 Enhanced Threaded (both the Remington and AAC version feature high sites and threaded barrel), with a Blackened barrel threaded .578-28, custom Grey VZ “Grenade” AAC logo grips, the Skull Xguns logo on the right side of the slide and “Advanced Armament Corp” on the left. The pistol will come in a Pelican case with custom cut foam and a TiRant45 silencer. This awesome package is available to dealer through AcuSport and is limited to 1000 units. AcuSport is taking orders now.

THE NEW REMINGTON® MODEL 1911 R1 ENHANCED THREADED BARREL

The accuracy and reliability that have made the 1911 an American icon now shine brighter than ever. Features include a crisp trigger, dovetailed front and rear sights, precision-machined slide and frame, and available fine-checkered American walnut grips. The new Model 1911 R1 is truly the finest blend of exacting craftsmanship and out-of-box performance available today. Every element is produced with ultra-tight tolerances on equipment representing the height of modern technology. The result is a sweet-shooting advancement of a legendary design we’re more than proud to put our name on.

The Remington Model 1911 R1 Enhanced is manufactured with pride and precision, to the exacting standards you’ve come to expect from Remington. Right here in Ilion, New York.

Key Features:
  • Tall Two-Dot Sight System Allows Use With Silencer Installed
  • Front/Rear Slide Serrations
  • Beavertail Grip Safety with Checkered Memory Bump
  • Enhanced Hammer
  • Blackened Trigger
  • Enhanced Wide Thumb Safety
  • Flat Checkered Mainspring Housing (20 LPI)
  • Match Grade Stainless Barrel With Threaded Muzzel & Thread Protector
  • Front Grip Strap Serrations
  • Custom Grips with Thumb Groove and Ambi Cut
  • 8-Round Magazines with Bumper Pad (2)