Shotguns are one of the most popular types of firearms ever.
While the compact handgun and long-range rifle are both beloved in their own right, there’s no substitute for the shotgun.
That satisfying click when we pump a new shell position, the broad pellet spread, and the immense stopping power – all of it comes together in a unique combination other firearms just lack. The shotgun is in a class all its own.
But the shotgun is a weapon with many uses. It’s a great engineering marvel for gun enthusiasts to study. More importantly, it is a proven method for home defense when missing a target at close range just isn’t an option.
On the topic of defense, we can move right into the tactical side of things. Tactical shotguns are some of the most widely used options for military operations, and there are many popular models to consider. The Kel-Tec shotgun stands out as one of the most popular options out there.
Today we’ll examine the Kel-Tec shotgun, its specs, and the variants found on the market. Also known as the KSG, this shotgun is sleek, quick, and powerful – a stunning and lethal combination.
An Overview of the KSG Before the Detailed Explanation
The Kel-Tec shotgun’s specs are unique, and there are few shotguns like it. It could be considered the most popular tactical shotgun out there – but is it?
There’s some subjectivity in that question, but there’s room for debate about it later. For now, we wanted to cover the basic specs of the Kel-Tec. We’ll go into a detailed overview of each and how it affects performance later.
To start, this shotgun uses classic 12-gauge 3-inch shells. This popular type of ammo is a mainstay in many gun shops, and it is very convenient having a tactical shotgun that can make use of it. As for the weight, this shotgun isn’t too heavy. It weighs in at just under seven pounds, making it easy to maneuver and handle despite the immense firepower.
How many shells can you bring along? You can enjoy a capacity of 6+6, giving you a little extra time between reloads if you opt for the dual-tube magazine. The downward injection system provides shooting stability throughout the 18.-5-inch barrel, which makes up about two-thirds of the shotgun.
With five pounds of trigger-pull, it is a gun that is easy to fire. This shows the Kel-Tec shotgun’s biggest strength – balance. It is a combination of smart ergonomic design and equilibrium in design. At just under $1,000, it is one of the more affordable and cost-efficient tactical shotguns on the market.
One look at the product manual shows layers of complexity – assembly, operating procedures, disassembly, cleaning/maintenance, and more is all covered within these pages. These are things every owner should know before they buy.
But rather than delving into those specifics, let’s explore the Kel-Tec shotgun and its specs. We can see a lot of smart design choices – let’s elaborate on them.
A Deeper Look at the Specs of the Kel-Tec Shotgun
When we’re talking about the specs of the KSG, we need to know exactly what each design choice offers. There has been so much attention given to detail with this gun, and for good reason.
Here we’ll examine a half-dozen of the KSG’s main features in separate categories and see how each one contributes to this weapon’s widespread appeal.
Caliber: An Easy-to-Find Ammo Type
Nothing can make a gun more frustrating than being chambered for ammo that is hard to find. It makes it difficult to get enough shells for the task at hand, and can cause any organization that uses these weapons to experience financial struggles.
Luckily, the KSG is chambered with 12-gauge shells. This standard 3-inch shell is incredibly common and is available at most gun stores. Even some of the world’s most popular shotguns of the non-tactical variety are chambered for 12-gauge shells.
With a good caliber, the Kel-Tec shotgun is already getting a mark in the “pro” category.
Magazine Capacity: More Ammo with Better Balance
When it comes to shotguns, usually it isn’t necessary to have too many shots. One well-placed shell can get the job done, but it is better to have extra and not need them than the alternative.
As it pertains to the exact capacity, the KSG can hold 6+6 shells in the dual-magazine plus one in the chamber. This provides plenty of ammo, but also loads them in in such a way that it helps provide better balance.
Let’s compare it to a rifle with a long banana clip – the KSG’s dual-tube mag is shorter, more balanced, and easier to handle.
Weight and Dimensions: Designed for Balanced Performance
The KSG weighs it at only 6.9-pounds or 3.1-kilograms. It is 26.1-inches or 633-milimeters long, with the barrel taking up 18.5-inches or 470-milimeters of that length.
The weight and dimensions of this gun are crafted very specifically. It is designed to offer a way to counterbalance the high-powered blast. Users can enjoy high firepower while still getting an accurate shot no matter the situation.
Some people believe the firepower of a weapon dictates its handling – but the trigger pull is only five pounds. That’s an impressive spec, and shows just how functional the KSG is.
As we can see, the Kel-Tec shotgun is one of the most impressive tactical shotguns on the market. In terms of its features and the value it offers, it is a top-quality weapon.
However, there are a few different variants of the KSG. Let’s briefly explore each of these options and see what it is they offer.
KSG-25, KSG Tactical, and KSG-NR
We know what the KSG standard model has to offer. It is sleek looking, built for top performance, and crafted to very specific specs.
The difference with the KSG-25 lies in its larger size and longer barrel length. Technically the entire gun is longer – 38-inches or 965.2-milimeters to be exact. The barrel takes up a whopping 30.5-inches or 774.7-milimeters of that.
It also has an extended capacity, offering room for 20 shells in total or 10 for each one of the dual magazines. Finally, it is 9.25-pounds or 4.2-kilograms. A bit heavier, but the longer barrel and added weight can met for a tighter pellet spread and more accuracy at range.
Despite the fact that the standard KSG is a tactical shotgun, there is a variant known as the KSG Tactical. It weighs in at 6.2-pounds or 2.8-kilograms and holds 4+4 shells in the dual magazine. It is 21.5-inches or 546-milimeters long, with the barrel taking up 13.5-inches or 343-milimeters.
This model is a bit more compact and thus better for covert or tight operations. When it comes to matters where space and weight are limited, the tactical is a good choice.
The KSG-NR is a unique combination of the standard and compact/tactical designs. While it offers a 6.8-pound or 3-kilogram weight when unloaded, it can still pack 4+4 rounds into the dual-tube magazine. The 26.1-inch or 663-milimeter length is taken up largely by the barrel, which is 18.5-inches or 470-milimeters.
As we can see, there are plenty of different variants of the KSG. But what about accessories? How many different options are there on the market for customizing your tactical shotgun and giving it a new layer of functionality?
Top Accessories of the KSG: What is Available?
The KSG has several accessories designed to offer more functionality. KSG aluminum followers are the type of durable parts that can add a lot to a weapon while holding up to the elements well over time.
There’s also angled grips available to make handling the weapon a lot less strenuous. The custom hand-stop can also help with this, making sure the pump hand doesn’t go too far up when a new shell is being chambered.
There are also padded bump pads and cheek rests for the stock, choke tube adapters, and soft cases to offer more support and comfort during firing.
Slings and cases make it easy to carry and store the shotgun when it isn’t in use. Whether it is being carted around the field or stored inside while not needed, having the right equipment is still important.
As we know, shotguns are a very popular type of firearm – but with so many features and great accessories, it is easy to see why the Kel-Tec shotgun stands out high above the rest.
Why the KSG Sets Standards for Tactical Shotguns
Shotguns come in many forms. From the old-school lever-action models found in the wild west to the classic pump-action standards found in many homes across the world, there are many popular shotguns.
But when it comes to tactical models, the standards are a lot higher. They are supposed to be faster, more balanced, and more versatile – and the KSG checks all those boxes. It sets standards for its weight/length balance and with its abundance of variants.
The KSG packs a punch and offers a combination of features that translate into success. Power, speed, and balance – that’s what you can expect with the Kel-Tec.