Kel Tec Su-16CA

Okay, here this goes. Kel Tec has created two of my favorite weapons. To be fair to everyone else, I have a rather extensive favorite list that is based mostly off of practical application of novel and helpful changes to what seems like the “standard” weapon designs. As expressed in my short article highlighting some first impressions on the Kel Tec SU-16CA I am a huge fan of the efficiency of this gun, and having put it through its paces (although I was not able to be there for much of the testing) it has proven to be a very sturdy weapon as well as a novel idea. Some day when funds allow I would love to keep one around for a bugout bag.

Since I had very little range time with the SU-16CA I’m going to keep this part brief.


-Very easy to use, and a lot of cool features. (Magazine storage, folding stock, bipod, threaded barrel)

-Had no jamming problems/misfeeds while I was firing other than the SIG magazines which didn’t want to feed the last two rounds.

-I love the piston driven gas system for its simplicity and brutal efficiency.


-Not much you can do with the gun as it was shipped to us. (Notably it has a few accessories built in.

-Not the most comfortable gun. I wasn’t a fan of the blocky charging handle and it just didn’t sit right on the table. More than likely that has to do with my gangly arms though.


On another note, and partially an apology for the lacking amount of content in my most recent posts, I will be taking a bit of a writing sabbatical due to extenuating circumstances. Hopefully I will soon regain both the time, and mental capacity to continue writing for GoG. Until then, Shoot smart and have fun!

First Impressions: Kel-Tec SU-16CA

Ah, Kel Tec. Makers of nifty folding rifles and the KSG. I was stoked when I heard that the GEARS crew got to play with one of the first firearms that got me interested in Kel Tec CNC, the SU-16CA. After a few productive hours at the range on Saturday, now comes the time to lay back on the sofa and say “how I feel about it”.

Overall, the SU-16CA was a pleasure to shoot, and I will eventually be following up with a much more thorough review of this very interesting rifle. The first thing that came to my mind when I got my hands on the gun was how amazingly efficient Kel Tec was with space. The magazines both fit into the stock, The fore grip folds out into a bipod, and the whole gun folds up into a tidy little backpack sized package. I really have no substantial complaints thus far with this gun. Of the various (5.56×45).223 magazines we fired from, only one had a failure to feed on the last round, and even though the bipod was a little jumpy on the bench we were firing from, I don’t think that will present a problem from a prone position. The only thing that I wasn’t really crazy about was the charging handle. We had fun with it today. I’ll get back to you once we have tortured it a bit more about whether or not you should go grab one for your backpacking adventures. We are also planning on bringing it to the suppressor shoot this month since it does come with a beautiful threaded bull barrel. Until then, check out the crazy muzzle flash on this guy.