|Key people||George Kellgren, Owner & Chief Engineer|
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. is a United States manufacturer of firearms. Founded in 1991 and based in Cocoa, Florida, the company has manufactured firearms since 1995, starting with semi-automatic pistols and expanding to rifles and then shotguns. Kel-Tec is a privately owned Florida corporation. George Kellgren is the owner and Chief Engineer. He is the Swedish designer who also designed many earlier Husqvarna (in Sweden), Swedish Interdynamics AB (in Sweden), Intratec, and Grendel brand firearms. According to the ATF, Kel-Tec is the third largest handgun maker in the U.S.
Weapons manufactured by Kel-Tec include the P-11 pistol (caliber 9 mm); the P-32 pistol (Caliber 32 ACP); the P-3AT pistol (Caliber .380 ACP); the P-40 (Caliber .40 S&W)(discontinued); the SUB-9 and the later SUB-2000, both semi-automatic pistol caliber carbines that fold for storage. In addition, the company offers a family of 5.56mm caliber rifles known as the SU-16 series.
November 2005 saw the introduction of the PLR-16, a long-range pistol design based on key design elements copied from the earlier SU-16 rifle design.
Lightest, thinnest semi-automatic 9 mm pistol
The PF-9, a flat 9 mm single column magazine semi-automatic pistol based on the earlier P-11 and P-3AT designs, was upon its release touted as the thinnest and lightest 9 mm pistol ever mass-produced. It was announced on February 9, 2006, and was released into production in the fall of 2006.
At the 2007 SHOT Show held in Orlando, Florida, Kel-Tec introduced a series of new "High-Efficiency Rifles" called the RFB, standing for "Rifle, Forward-ejection, Bull-pup." The RFB is a gas-operated semi-automatic rifle with tilting breech block locking mechanism, loads the 7.62×51 NATO cartridge and uses metric FAL magazines; the RFB "family" consists in a series of Bullpup rifles with three barrel lengths (18" barrel carbine, 24" sporter and 32" target versions), and a patented forward-ejection system via a tube placed over the barrel that ejects the spent case forwards, over the handguard of the rifle. This eliminates a major drawback of Bull-pup rifles, which is that they may not be readily usable by left-handed shooters. Distribution of the RFB rifles in the USA was scheduled for February 2009; as of 2013, it has been publicly released for sale.
Kel-Tec breaks down their product line into three main categories: pistols, shotguns and rifles.
SUB-2000 9 mm with 15 round Beretta magazine
PLR-16 5.56 mm with compact forend and Levang linear recoil compensator
SU-16C 5.56 mm, with after-market collapsible stock, pistol grip, and telescopic sight
RFB 7.62 x 51 mm, with holographic weapon sight and sling
- Johnston, Phil W. "Little Kel-Tec P-11 Pistol Features New, Practical Design." GunWeek. 2001. 
- ANNUAL FIREARMS MANUFACTURING AND EXPORT REPORT (PDF)
- "Products." Kel-Tec. Kel-Tec-CNC.com
- "PF-9." Kel-Tec. Kel-Tec-CNC.com
- "News." Kel-Tec. Kel-Tec-CNC.com
- "Brochure: Kel-Tec RFB High-Efficiency Rifle." Kel-Tec. SHOT Show 2007
- "Our Guns". Kel-Tec. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kel-Tec.|
- Official Kel-Tec firearms site
- Hi-res photos of Keltec firearms
- Kel-Tec RFB forward-ejection bull-pup rifles flyer as seen at the 2007 SHOT Show
- Kel-Tec Owner's Group on Yahoo! Groups
- KTOG – The Kel-Tec Owners Group and forum
- PF-9 Review and Photos
- Urban Survival Range – A Kel-Tec discussion and general discussion forum