Kel-Tec appears ready to launch two new bullpup carbines in 2014: the RDB and the M43. The guns have the same general configuration as the company’s RFB rifles but will be chambered in .223 Rem, 7.62×39 and even 6.5 Grendel.
I figured something new was coming from Kel-Tec when I saw this pixelated photo of Oleg Volk recently. Knowing he does a lot of photography for Kel-Tec, and that the configuration is similar to the RFB carbine, it did not take a rocket scientist to make the leap to “new Kel-Tec gun.”
However, things were made clear when I got an e-mail from Exurban Kevin who has a photo posted on his site of a Kel-Tec advertisement. The ad shows the two new guns and provides a small amount of information about them.
The RDB looks about right for the company: black polymer. The M43, on the other hand, has wood or brown colored polymer furniture with the rest of the gun having a stamped metal look. I presume it is polymer, but it looks liked stamped metal in the photo.
The guns have 17.5″ barrels with the .223 Rem model, and use a long stroke piston system. I expect we will have a lot more information from the SHOT Show in just two weeks from now. I sincerely hope Kel-Tec will ramp up production to meet demand. I know that getting some of the more popular guns in the catalog have been difficult.
- two new bullpup carbines from Kel-Tec: the RDB and M43
- .223 Rem available in later 2014
- 6.5 Grendel and 7.62×39 “coming” at an unknown date
- .223 guns will take Magpul, USGI mags
- no MSRP yet