While on vacation in Florida recently, I was able to sneak away for a day and drive up to Kel-Tec CNC Industries for a tour of their facilities. Seems like a lot of people think Kel-Tec is four guys in a garage assembling a couple dozen guns a month, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cranking out over 150,000 firearms each year, Kel-Tec is the fifth or sixth largest U.S. firearms manufacturer, and the video above and gazillion photos below show how they do it . . .
Verifying spacing as well as extractor function. Basically every station in the assembly process does a QC check before sending whatever its output is onto the next stage. That could be measurements or just making sure trigger, hammer, safety, mag release, lifter, etc. operate properly.
Discussing the safety features of the new SUB-2000 (see like 20:20 into the video).
“No swearing” sign outside the offices of the customer service call center. Kel-Tec has 6 or 7 full-time employees manning the phones. Local customers can also bring their firearms directly into the front office, where Kel-Tec can service them on-site and even has a shooting range right there off the front office (not for pop-in range fun, but for showing a Kel-Tec rep what’s up with your gun if something is off, and for them showing proper function after any work is completed). Additionally, the front office has a full-on parts and accessories shop selling just about anything you could need for your Kel-Tec guns plus Kel-Tec shirts, jackets, flashlights, hats, and all sorts of other stuff.
I also snagged some wall art from the laser CNC station where CMR-30/PMR-30 firing pins were being cut from sheet steel. Kel-Tec recycles an incredible amount of scrap metal every day — two mammoth dumpsters — and donates its spent brass to a local police department that reloads for training use, but this piece of sheet metal scrap came home with me. I think I’m going to frame it and put it on the wall in my office.
Daughter #1 got some new glasses out of the trip, too.