Kel-Tec has made some pretty significant changes to its folding 9mm carbine, the SUB-2000, now releasing a Gen 2 version. Despite the additional features and upgrades, it’s apparently easier to manufacture and production is doubling. Also new and already beginning to ship out is the Kel-Tec CMR-30, the matching carbine to the PMR-30 pistol. I’m excited to get my hands on one of those as soon as possible, as I own a PMR-30 (review here) and six mags, an AAC Element 2 suppressor, and almost 1,000 rounds of .22 WMR so I’m ready to put it to the test! Gen2 SUB-2000 and CMR-30 video tours with Kris from Kel-Tec, plus some photos and highlights follow. . .
Kel Tec continues to introduce more and more new SKUs to its catalog without ever seeming to devote any resources to actually manufacturing the boatload of products they already claim to supply. The newest unicorn in their lineup is the RDB bullpup rifle, shown here in its steel-and-wood M43 variant. Feast your eyes on it here (if you need to) because odds are you’ll never see one on the shelf of your LGS . . .
It’s been more than three years since I first reviewed Kel Tec’s diminutive and now somewhat infamous PF-9. My review from November of 2010 was quite favorable, and the PF-9 was my carry gun for the next year. It was a promising little gun once it got broken in, but things started to go wrong after less than six months. I don’t know if my experience is typical, but this gun has completely lost my trust.
In what I’d like to think is a nicely-timed FU to Andrew Cuomo (but probably isn’t) Kel-Tec is showing off higher-capacity magazines for their PF-9, P-3AT and P-32 subcompacts. The new PF-9 mag shown above gives you an extra round of 9mm (up to 8+1) and lets you wrap an extra finger around the grip; both of these are good things in my book. It’s available as a whole magazine, or as a 1-round baseplate extension to existing magazines…
With new manufacturing technology and materials speeding weapons evolution, it’s no surprise that Kel-Tec took another look at the tactical shotgun. Kel-Tec’s KSG Bullpup shotgun stormed the SHOT show like the Red Army into Berlin, championing its 14-round capacity, diminutive configuration and radical ergonomics. Sounds great on paper, but what’s it like in real life? Our favorite Russian émigré Oleg Volk, brought one to the Lucky Gunner Blogger shoot over Memorial Day weekend . . .
With the lyrics of Jim Morrison echoing in my head, the RSO called the final cease fire at 16:30. The 30-odd [in both senses of the word] gun bloggers assembled on the firing line lowered their weapons. Our weekend of full-auto frivolity had finished. We spent the morning in a pistol class run by Tom Given of Rangemaster. The afternoon was devoted to blasting away with full auto KRISS SMGs, Sphinx pistols and a bunch of Kel Tec goodness that Oleg Volk brought with him. I definitely want to say that Angela and her cohorts at Lucky Gunner organized the event with near-Glock perfection. Several junket vets reckoned they’d more fun this at the Lucky Gunner blogger shoot than they did at the Knob Creek machine gun shoot. Stay tuned for range reports, tank videos and full auto fun. Until then, here’s some of the hardware to tide you over.
After reading Don Gammill, Jr’s PF-9 review, I was compelled to get my hands on a PF-9 for myself. What was the source of this compulsion? I can’t say precisely, but I’m sure it had something to do with the considerable bulk of my other 9mm (a full-size Ruger P-95) and the marginal caliber of my other carry gun, a .380 Makarov.
The boss’s mouse gun malevolence notwithstanding, I’m still a fan of petite pistols and reserved revolvers. In fact, I was so impressed with Kel-Tec’s .380 P3AT that I just plunked down $239 of my own cabbage for one. Boy, has it been a dandy, reliably (and accurately) chomping its way through an inaugural 250 rounds of FMJs, JHPs, and assorted plastic-bagged reloads. All is good in my mouse gun paradise save one slightly-disturbing detail: those .380 bullets sure look small. For folks more bothered by this than me, the Kel-Tec Calvary has responded. Enter the 9mm Kel-Tec PF-9. Read More
Kvetch is Yiddish for complaining. Actually, more like bitching and moaning. Whatever you call it, yesterday’s arrest of rapmeister Bryan Leach has the mainstream media highlighting the fact that he loaded his illegal Kel-Tec .380 with hollow-point bullets. Hollow point bullets! The Associated Press, for example, would like you to know that “Hollow-point bullets, which are legal in New York, expand after impact, a feature that can make injuries worse.” As opposed to making injuries better, I suppose. Which would truly make the RCA Music Group’s senior vice president’s gun number one with a bullet.
Kel-Tec’s P3AT is one of the most popular pocket pistols pistol purveyors purvey. And no wonder. It’s small, light and cheap. And . . . there you have it. For most buyers, it’s enough; size, weight and price are the only three boxes a mouse gun needs to check. Especially one chambered in the doyenne of downsized destructive devices: 380. Of course, skin-flint gun enthusiasts want more. Safety. Reliability. Accuracy. Beauty. Ergonomics. Well, you can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you just might find . . .
Blogging about guns can be something of an academic exercise. Most of the time I’m sitting here, surfing the net for stories and videos. Some of the time, I’m out at the American Firearms School, The Providence Revolver Club, The Sig Sauer Academy and other reputable proving grounds, testing weapons and techniques, learning how much I don’t know about guns. My life is nothing like the lives of the people who live in high crime areas; people who see gun crime on a regular basis. Many of whom have a keen understanding that the Second Amendment—or its subversion by local laws—can be the difference between life and death. My life is even less like that of the criminals who plague these low income community . . .