Kel-Tec RDB

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Rdb side.jpg
TypeSemi-automatic rifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
DesignerGeorge Kellgren[1]
VariantsRDB, RDC-C[2]
Mass6.7 lb (3.0 kg) (RDB-17)
7.1 lb (3.2 kg) (RDB-20)[3]
Length27.3 in (693 mm)[3]
Barrel length17.2 in (437 mm) (RDB-17)
20 in (520 mm) (RDB-20)[3]
17.4 in (440 mm) (M43)[4]

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt[5]
Rate of fireSemi-automatic

The Kel-Tec RDB (Rifle, Downward-ejection, Bullpup) is a 5.56×45mm NATO bullpup type semi-automatic rifle, manufactured by Kel-Tec Industries of Florida. It uses a rotary bolt with a spring loaded ejector and an extractor facing down, ejecting spent shell casings downward, allowing ambidextrous use.



The Kel-Tec M43 is a similar design replacing polymer parts with parkerized steel or with wood for the stock furniture. The M43 is fitted with integral folding sights, and accepts standard AR-15 magazines. It features an ambidextrous bolt release, a manually locked back charging handle, and a heat shield over the short stroke piston.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Gun Test: Kel-Tec RFB & RDB Bullpups". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  2. ^ a b "Shot Show 2016 – Kel Tec RDB-C". Soldier of Fortune. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Kel Tec RDB". Kel-Tec. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  4. ^ a b "M43 BULLPUP". Blue Book of Gun Values. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  5. ^ "RDB-17 Manual" (PDF). Kel-Tec. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  6. ^ ""New From Kel-Tec: KSG-25, RDB Survival – SHOT Show 2017"". Truth about Guns. Retrieved 2017-02-13.

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