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Stopped by the gun store tonight and they happened to have just gotten in 2 Kel Tec KS7’s. Price was MSRP at $500, but that’s to be expected considering Kel Tec won’t have these in decent quantities for a while (knowing them), so I said why not.

I obviously haven’t shot it yet, but I just compared it to my KSG and want to share my thoughts. My KSG was buttery smooth right out of the box. The action is fantastic. The KS7 is not nearly as smooth. It’s not awful, but it’s not like the ball bearing feel of my KSG.

The weight savings and slimness of the KS7 does come through. It feels smaller, as it well should. Both guns balance very well as they’re bullpups, but the weight difference is noticeable.

The triggers on the two feel the exact same to me.

The carry handle/sight on the KS7 is cheap as hell. I’m fine with Kel Tec polymer, but this handle is literally like something I’d expect to find on my son’s Neef gun...maybe worse. It’s like some of my plastic suit hangers I have. I can’t say enough bad things about it. Razz Not exaggerating, it feels like it will break as soon as it hits something remotely hard. I’ll be tossing the handle and installing a KSG rail.

The forend on the KS7 is much better than on the KSG. I installed a hand stop on the front of the KSG forend so my hand doesn’t slip in front of the muzzle. However, the rear of the forend has nothing and sometimes, if I’m not careful, I can pinch the meat of my palm against the trigger guard/bold release when cycling the action. The KS7 forend is great and protects both ends.

It will be a great truck gun so I’m happy with the purchase. If I could only keep one, I’d keep the KSG for sure though.

Hope that is helpful to anyone thinking about purchasing one.


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I'm actually contemplating the RDB-C, it is so damn compact. My RFB is great. I am tempted by the shotguns.


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Is the carry handle/sight user removable and replaceable? A mean, absent a Dremmel tool and permanent carry-ectomy?


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Is the carry handle/sight user removable and replaceable? A mean, absent a Dremmel tool and permanent carry-ectomy?


Yes, two screws and it’s gone. Looks to me like a KSG rail will fit on it perfectly.


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Thanks for the quickie review.
I'm with Arc, the RDB-C looks good.

But, if I were buying a KT today, I'd be on the lookout for a CMR-30.




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Is the carry handle/sight user removable and replaceable? A mean, absent a Dremmel tool and permanent carry-ectomy?


Yes, two screws and it’s gone. Looks to me like a KSG rail will fit on it perfectly.


Thanks! I'll wait for your range report but I think I might have found my new shotgun.


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Wow, they came out quick. Thanks for the review and the price is not bad,for now. I was hoping the hand/rail would be more sturdy as I kind of liked it overall. I love my KSG and have done the same thing, as far as adding a Magpul Hand stop to the KSG. I had a vertical grip but after hearing about horror stories with people having them breaking the rails and having their hands shot, the hand stop seemed like a no brainer. I wish Kel Tec would make it part of the forend/grip for the KSG (option/replacement)as they did with the KS7.
 
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I wish Kel Tec would make it part of the forend/grip for the KSG (option/replacement)as they did with the KS7.


Agreed, I'd buy one for sure.

As an aside, I just ordered a KSG top rail and the 2 screws to install it on the KS7. It was $40 ($30 for the rail, $2 for the 2 screws and $8 for shipping).

I'll confirm it fits and installs without issue when it gets here.


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Top rail for the KSG came in today. Fits perfectly if anyone is interested.

With the KSG






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Much better, aesthetically.




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I wonder how a standard AR carry handle would look on the rail on that KS7?




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So how’s the KS7 holding up?



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I just held a KS7 today and my very first impression was the garbage carry handle. It’s great to know you can remove it and put the rail on it. I immediately wrote the gun off based on that carry handle but I’ll have to give it another look when I go back now. Thanks for the info.




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I like the prices on these things from what I have seen, around $450.00 in my area. I might have to put it on my list of guns to get.
 
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