Monday, January 24, 2011

Kel-Tec KSG Bull Pup Shotgun

Kel-Tec CNC, Inc. continues to introduce interesting and innovative firearms, some of which I've posted about here before, from the much older Sub-9 folding 9mm carbine to the recent high-capacity .22 Magnum semi-automatic pistol: the PMR-30.

Now the engineers at Kel-Tec have designed the company's first shotgun - a Bull Pup pump action weapon with dual side-by-side 7-round magazines under the barrel that allow for a capacity of 14 rounds of 12-gauge plus one in the chamber.  Though not a bug-out gun due to it's bulk and impracticality for hunting, it looks like an impressive weapon for fending off the post-apocalyptic Zombie hordes, or for my use, perhaps as a good boat gun to deter would-be uninvited boarders:

I learned of this new shotgun from a Guns America email that included a write-up and this video describing the new weapon:

The KSG Bull Pup Shotgun is supposed to be released in the fall, but Kel-Tec is usually later than what is announced when it comes to actual availability of their new designs. It should be interesting when it does become available though. MSRP is expected be around $800.00. Here is the description from the Kel-Tec website:

The KSG is our first entry into the shotgun market.  The size, shape and design are similar to the currently available Kel-Tec RFB rifle, but the KSG ejects downward, instead of forward.  The KSG weighs 6.9lbs and is as compact as legally possible with a 26.1" overall length and an 18.5" cylinder bore barrel.  Even with this compact size, the internal dual tube magazines hold an impressive 14 rounds of 12 gage 2-3/4" rounds (7 per tube).  The simple and reliable pump action feeds from either the left or right tube.  The feed side is manually selected by a lever located behind the trigger guard.  The lever can be positioned in the center detent in order to easily clear the chamber without feeding another round from either magazine.  A cross bolt style safety blocks the sear, and the pump release lever is located in front of the trigger guard.

The pump includes an under Picatinny rail for the mounting of a forward grip, or a light or laser.  The included top Picatinny sight rail will accept many types of optics or iron sights.  Forward and rear sling loops are built in, and a basic sling is included.  The soft rubber butt pad helps to tame recoil.

MSRP has not been officially been set, but we are looking at the $800.00 range.


  1. Given the recent events in Arizona and various places since then, I'm thinking if you want one, better make this priority and buy ASAP. In fact, I'm guessing this will become a LEO Only item really quickly. Pity, it sure does look compact, much like that Ithaca Bullpup waaaay back in 70's.

    14 rounds - Wow!

  2. Yes, it's possible it could be banned because of the magazine capacity, but the fact that it's a pump-action rather than an autoloader makes that less likely. Saiga shotguns built on the AK action with high-capacity magazines are more likely to disappear first.

  3. I wouldn't count on a gun that goes dead if you work the action with the trigger pulled back.

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  4. ordnancecorner, thanks for that link. Good to know about that problem in advance. I wouldn't seriously consider this shotgun for my own use, just thought some of my readers would be interested in seeing it. I like the Saigas and Mossbergs better.

  5. Immediately illegal here in NJ, no shotgun can hold more than 3 round capacity.

  6. Actually it is technically NJ legal. It is a pump action shot gun and can legally have a pistol grip, and up to 15 rounds in the magazine. If it were semi automatic, it would be illegal just for the pistol grip. Read the NJ gun laws closely. Pump action shot guns have lots of perks.

  7. So it's like an upside-down Neostead?

  8. 3 round capacity only applies to shotguns if you're hunting.


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