Kel-Tec PLR-16

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Kel-Tec PLR-16
Kel-Tec PLR-16.jpg
PLR-16 fitted with 30-round M16 STANAG magazine, compact forend, and Levang linear recoil compensator
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer George Kellgren
Manufacturer Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc.
Produced 2006-present
Weight 3.42 lb (1.55 kg)[1]
Length 18.5 in (47 cm)[1]
Barrel length 9.2 in (23 cm)[1]

Cartridge 5.56mm NATO[1]
Action Gas-operated[1]
Muzzle velocity 2,600 feet per second (790 m/s)[1]
Feed system STANAG[1]
Sights Iron sights[1]

The Kel-Tec PLR-16 is a gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol chambered in 5.56 NATO, manufactured by Kel-Tec Industries of Florida.

The PLR (Pistol, Long Range) was designed for recreational target shooting, and small game, varmint, or predator hunting.[2] Due to the PLR's 9.25 in (235 mm) barrel, the 5.56×45mm bullet's velocity is slightly reduced compared to its velocity from a traditionally 20 in (510 mm) barrel.

The PLR-16 combines the multi-lug rotating bolt design and breech-locking system of the AR-15 with a gas piston system.[2] The pistol accepts the same STANAG magazine that is used in the M-16, AR-15, and other NATO rifles chambered for 5.56×45mm.[3]

The PLR-16's frame is constructed of reinforced polymer, making the pistol both durable and light-weight. The frame incorporates an M-1913-style Picatinny rail molded to the top of the receiver to accept various optical sights.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "PLR-16". Kel-Tec. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Taffin, John (2007), "Chainsaw Utility KEL-TEC's 21st Century Hunter", American Handgunner, 31 (5): 44–45 
  3. ^ Friedman, Ed. "Kel-Tec PLR-16 Pistol: It’s not an AR, but it can take AR magazines. What is this…this thing?" American Rifleman. 2011. [1]

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