Compact With Power

The Kel-Tec RFB Proves An Excellent Carbine In .308.

A few years ago, at the annual SHOT Show, I watched as design genius George Kellgren demonstrated a prototype of his new .308 bullpup. When he cycled the action, the dummy rounds did not come out the side, nor the bottom.

They came out an opening at the front! Well, I wanted to try one out right then, but he said it was still in the development stages.

The RFB is finally in production, and it was worth waiting for. The model letters, by the way, stand for “Rifle, Forward-Ejecting, Bullpup.” The .308 chambering will be welcomed by those who have always felt the .223 is a little too light. As many gun people well know, there are slight differences between commercial .308 and 7.62x51mm NATO rounds. The RFB will handle both.

The detachable 20-round magazine is of metric FAL sty1e, and yes, some regular FAL magazines will work. Some won’t, so you’ll just have to try them. For the poor souls who live in areas of government oppression, 10- and 5-round magazines are available. In those same benighted areas, the RFB is supplied without the A2-style compensator at the muzzle.

The controls are all conveniently located. The cocking handle is on the left side at the front but can be switched to the right side. The other controls are all ambidextrous. The magazine release and the bolt latch are both at the rear of the magazine housing. The safety lever is perfectly placed, at the top of the handgrip. The trigger pull on my gun is a crisp 6 pounds, with no take-up and minimal over-travel.
Story By: J.B. Wood

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  1. DetroitMan

    3 to 5 inch groups at 50 yards? That’s unacceptable, especially for a .308. Was this particular rifle checked for flaws? Was this a rapid fire test rather than an accuracy test? This article needs more information. I like the concept of this rifle, but I wouldn’t pay almost $2000.00 for something that groups so poorly.


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