Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kel-Tec KSG update

Everyone seems as excited about the KSG as I am, so I decided to put out a quick update about the new models that have been announced recently. Above you see first the standard KSG that I have already talked about and below the Patrol and Tactical versions, with a 16.1" barrel and 24" overall length for the Patrol and the a 13.7" barrel, 21.4" overall length Tactical. Both of these weapons would be considered a short barrel shotgun by the ATF and are subject to the rules under the NFA, namely a US $200 tax stamp is needed to purchase them. If you are from a state that tightly controls firearms, just keep dreaming. The "authorities" obviously know better than you and are there to protect you from yourself.

Both of the new models will obviously weigh a little less than the standard KSG and most likely have a little more felt recoil. I don't think there will be too much of a market for these guns as the original KSG is already so small and will be at a much lower price point and more easily available. (You know, for a Kel-Tec) But some police SWAT teams may buy them for use as a breaching tool or entry gun. It looks like the reduced length will translate into one 2.75" round fewer per tube for the Patrol and two fewer per tube for the Tactical. At 12 rounds for the Patrol and 10 for the Tactical, they still have more than almost any standard or mag fed shotgun.
For what it is worth, I wouldn't be that interested in the Tactical model even if it was easy to obtain and in my price point as the other two are plenty short enough. But that is just me. As they say, your mileage may vary.

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