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Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc.
Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)
FounderGeorge Kellgren
Area served
Key people
George Kellgren (President)
ProductsPistols, Rifles, Shotguns

Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. is an American developer and manufacturer of firearms. Founded by George Kellgren in 1991 and based in Cocoa, Florida, the company has manufactured firearms since 1995, starting with semi-automatic pistols[1] 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 a Swedish designer who also designed many earlier Husqvarna, Swedish Interdynamics AB (in Sweden), Intratec and Grendel brand firearms. The company has been developing and manufacturing a wide variety of firearms, ranging from semi-automatic handguns i.e. pistols to semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.


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 5.56×45mm 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.

A new pistol design from Kel Tec in 2010, is a light weight, full-size, .22 Magnum 30 shot semiautomatic pistol, the PMR30.[2] In 2016, Kel-Tec introduced the CMR-30 carbine, based on the PMR30.[3]

Lightest, thinnest semi-automatic 9 mm pistol[edit]

Kel-Tec PF-9

The PF-9, a flat 9×19mm 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.[4] It was launched in 2006.

"High-Efficiency Rifles"[edit]

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."[5] 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.[6] Distribution of the RFB rifles in the USA was scheduled for February 2009; as of 2013, it has been publicly released for sale. As a further Revolution of the Bullpup, the RDB (Rifle Downward-ejecting Bullpup) was released in late 2015.[7]


Kel-Tec breaks down their product line into three main categories: pistols, shotguns and rifles.[8]






  1. ^ Johnston, Phil W. "Little Kel-Tec P-11 Pistol Features New, Practical Design." GunWeek. 2001. [1]
  2. ^ "Products." Kel-Tec.
  3. ^ Horman, B. Gil (January 11, 2016). "Tested: Kel-Tec CMR-30 .22 Magnum Rifle". American Rifleman. Retrieved April 9, 2016 – via NRA.
  4. ^ "PF-9." Kel-Tec.
  5. ^ "News." Kel-Tec.
  6. ^ "Brochure: Kel-Tec RFB High-Efficiency Rifle." Kel-Tec. SHOT Show 2007
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  8. ^ "Our Guns". Kel-Tec. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
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