Kel-Tec SUB-2000 Gen2 – New Version of the Popular Rifle

At the 2015 SHOT Show, Kel-Tec introduced their new pistol caliber rifle: the SUB-2000 Gen 2.

The original SUB-2000 has been a very popular folding carbine, and one of the company’s better known products. However, based on the feedback provided by thousands of shooters, Kel-Tec decided to enhance the classic gun and release it as the Gen 2.

Let’s take a look at the new gun, and how it differs from the orignal…


Kel-Tec Fail

Kel-Tec PF9

Over at Gun Nuts Media, Caleb talks about quality control at various companies: specifically Kel-Tec and Smith & Wesson.

It seems that a shooter over at Reddit had a bit of a problem with a PF-9.  In this case the barrel lug sheared off after about 300 rounds of factory ammo.  Well, that’s not good…

Shooting Gear

Kel-Tec CL-43 Flashlight

Kel-Tec CL-43 flashlight

Kel-Tec is jumping into the flashlight game with the introduction of the unique CL-43.

The CL-43 definitely stands out from the crowd, by the use of a switching system that is backward when compared to many traditional lights.  The activation switch faces toward the target, and to activate the light, the user presses toward the back of the light.

The idea is the light can be extended out in an instinctive way and activated in a manner similar to simply closing one’s fist.  I don’t know if this design offers a superior way of using a while light in a stress environment, but the idea is intriguing.

Kel-Tec CL-43 flashlight tan

Kel-Tec claims the design of the flashlight “makes it possible to hold and operate parallel with a handgun without impairing a conventional two handed hold.”  Additionally, the company states “If required, and with some training, the light can be operated one-handed together with the gun.”

The switch has both a constant and momentary on mode.


New Kel-Tec RFB Accessories

Kel-Tec announced three new accessories for the RFB rifle.  The accessories are a short quad-rail, a front sight riser, a tactical operating handle and a muzzle brake.  The Kel-Tec RFB (Rifle, Forward-ejecting Bullpup) is a .308/7.62 NATO rifle available in target and carbine models.

RFB Short Quad Rail

Quad-rails are exceptionally popular on the AR15 platform guns, so it is not a great leap to think that rails for the RFB might be popular as well.  The quad rail for the RFB is a short system, measuring about three inches in length.  The rails run from the rear of the flash hider to just forward of the gas system adjustment.

The rails will accept any 1913/Picatinny mount accessories and is made from “…hard coat anodized 6061-T6 aluminum.”

MSRP will be about $45 and should be available for order next week on the Kel-Tec website.

Kel-Tec RFB Quad Rail


Kel-Tec PMR-30 in .22 Magnum


Kel-Tec had the new PMR-30 on display at the 2010 SHOT Show.  The PMR-30 is a pistol designed around the .22 WMR (aka .22 Magnum) cartridge.  The double stack magazine holds 30 rounds of the mighty rimfire, hence the “-30” designator in the name.

Kel-Tec was not at the range for Media Day, so we did not have a chance to shoot this new pistol.  However, I did get a chance to play with it at the Show.  There were things I liked, and disliked, about the gun.

The Kel-Tec PMR-30 was lightweight (only 13.6 ounces) and had many of the features shooters tend to prefer such as an accessory rail and a frame mounted safety (sweep down to fire.)  I liked the fiber optic sights, which had a green front and red rear.  The sights were easy to see, and the contrasting colors made for a nice sight picture.