Looking at the Kel-Tec KSG SBS 12-gauge tactical shotgun, the first word that comes to mind is “versatility.” Featuring dual magazine tubes, the KSG can carry specialty rounds, like breaching, gas or various less-lethal shells, and lethal ammunition simultaneously, giving shotgunners the ability to transition from entry or crowd-control to combat seamlessly and instantly. A bullpup design, the 21.5-inch-long-overall Short-Barreled Shotgun (hence, SBS) makes working in tight spaces a cinch.

South Lake, Utah, SWAT practitioner and Guns & Weapons correspondent David Bahde had the chance to take the KSG SBS out for a spin in his private shoothouse, running the steel and polymer gun through a rugged series of trials, blasting doors and targets alike. How did Kel-Tec’s handy pump-action bullpup perform? To find out, pick up a copy of the January 2014 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, available on newsstands and digitally October 8, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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