Kintrek Model KBP-1 .22 Caliber
|Place of origin||United States|
|Feed system||17-round box magazine|
The Kintrek KBP-1 is a .22 LR Bullpup semi-automatic rifle chambered for the .22 LR cartridge. It was manufactured for only 1 year (1991) by Kintrek Incorporated in Owensboro, Kentucky. The KBP-1 is the only known model of firearm made by Kintrek, Incorporated.
The KBP-1 has a black finish, A-2 sights, and a grip safety. Its main attraction is the "bullpup" design, in which the chamber and barrel are seated in the butt stock under the cheekplate. This design greatly reduces the overall length of the firearm. This feature was uncommon in non-military weapons in 1991.
The A-2 sights are made of plastic, which becomes an overall design failure for an inexpensive firearm. As the sights protrude some 2 inches above the barrel, they are extremely easy to damage. Any damage to the sights nearly destroys the value of the firearm. The manufacturer went out of business in 1992, and no replacement parts are available.
The stock is a synthetic single piece design with a plastic butt plate.
The rifle has an internal firing pin block that is disengaged by depressing the grip safety.
The ejection port is on the right side of the butt stock, and is covered by a hinged plastic mud guard. This location makes the firearm strictly right-handed operation. However if you keep this cover closed the spent casings will fall through the stock of the gun to the ground making it an ambidextrous weapon.
The cocking lever is pulled toward the rear of the rifle. It has a very stiff pull, and is difficult to operate without a strong grip. The grip safety also acts as the cocking lever release to chamber the ammunition.
The trigger safety is located in the trigger housing in front of the trigger. It is a lever that blocks the trigger in the rear position and releases it in the forward position.
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