Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc.
is a United States
manufacturer of firearms
. Founded in 1991 and based in Cocoa, Florida
, the company has manufactured firearms since 1995, starting with small, affordable semi-automatic pistols
and expanding to rifles. Kel-Tec is a privately-owned Florida corporation
. George Kellgren is an owner and Chief Engineer. He is the Swedish
designer who also designed many earlier Husqvarna
(in Sweden), Swedish Interdynamics AB (in Sweden), Intratec
, and Grendel brand firearms.
According to the ATF
, Kel-Tec is the third largest handgun maker in the U.S.
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
that fold for storage. In addition, the company offers a family of 5.56mm
known as the SU-16
series. November 2005 saw the introduction of the PLR-16
, an long-range pistol design based on key design elements copied from the earlier SU-16 rifle design.
Lightest, flattest semi-automatic 9 mm pistol
, a flat 9 mm single column magazine
semi-automatic pistol based on the earlier P-11 and P-3AT designs, is claimed to be the flattest and lightest 9 mm pistol ever mass-produced. It was announced on February 9, 2006, and was released into production in the fall of 2006.
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. 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 the major drawbacks of Bull-pup rifles, which may not be readily usable by left-handed shooters and cannot be fired from the hip.
Full-scale production and marketing of the RFB rifles is scheduled for late 2008.