KEL-TEC KSG | Bullpup Tactical Shotgun

Compact overall length and balance of this design will find…

Compact overall length and balance of this design will find favor among LE operators working in close quarters.

The shotgun has long been an effective tool for both the hunter and the man at arms. So effective was it in the trenches of WWI that the Germans wanted it outlawed for the effective counterpoint it gave to their superiority in automatic weapons.

Almost all military and police shotguns have been adaptations of sporting arms, the most robust and reliable being chosen to receive the appurtenances of a weapon, such as bayonets and hand guards, and more recently pistol-grip stocks and mounting adapters for accurate sights and lights—in addition to specialized muzzle devices for a horizontal shot pattern, to provide standoff for breaching rounds, or compensators to facilitate rapid fire. There have been very few designs introduced that were purpose-built as tactical weapons. Such recent developments include rotary-magazine or full-automatic models, but for all their firepower these are cumbersome to the average overloaded G.I., and even more so for police work.

The 12-gauge cartridge, however, re­­mains an effective and adaptable round for both military and police applications. Because of its usefulness, this round always has and probably always will serve in loadings of ball, shot, breaching, less-lethal bean-bag or baton, gas, pepper, Taser, signal and other specialty projectiles. It has been only the platforms that shoot this capable round that have been found wanting. This is not to disparage rugged and serviceable designs by Remington, Ithaca and others that ably serve in uniform, but two characteristics that do not work in their favor are their dimension and magazine capacity.

View of underside shows intuitive right-or-left magazine selector.

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  • How sick would this be in semi-auto!? I heard that it is coming in fall of 2011. So in “gun time” thats more like summer 2012. Great vids on youtube.

  • General Jim M

    Right now i use various Remington 870s and Mossberg 500s,the new Kel Tec,if it works smoothly could be a great hallway defender for the home.I plan to get one,just like i plan to get a Kel Tec PMR30 22 magnum 30 shot pistol,the problem is getting your hands on one.

  • John Pinder

    Like the weapon system, typical cop question–how much and when will they be available.??