The New Kel-Tec RDB and M43 Bullpups

Kel-Tec logoKel-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.

Takeaways
  • 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
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Richard Johnson is a gun writer, police trainer and really bad joke teller. Check out his other writing in Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, on The Firearm Blog and at BlueSheepdog.

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