If you’re interested in the Kel Tec KSG, read on to discover how this firearm measures up. We’ll look at the spec for this bullpup 12 gauge shotgun, check out what it does well, and provide some extra resources for the KSG.

Reliability: B
Customization: A
Accuracy: A
Ergonomics: D
Value: A

Final Grade: C

Kel tec ksg Background


Kel Tec KSG SpecIf you’re familiar with Kel Tec as a brand, you know that they produce weapons with a sleek, futuristic look, that are often available in short supply and hard to get your hands on.

The KSG is Kel Tec’s first foray into the shotgun market. In fact, the gun is so significant to the company that KSG simply stands for Kel Tec Shotgun. It is very much a signature product accordingly.

So how does the Kel Tec KSG Bullpup shotgun stack up?

As you’d expect from a brand that is a byword for innovation, the KSG contains a number of unique and interesting features that sets it apart from the more standard shotgun. These include dual tube magazines, which allows you to load different types of projectile into the weapon.

In a home defense scenario, this grants a number of advantages. You can easily switch between projectile types according to how the situation develops. Also, the Kel Tec KSG has been created in the bullpup style. This is a more compact form of shotgun which allows for greater maneuverability and is easier to handle.

Although the KSG may sound great on paper, it’s not without its problems.

Therefore, before you go ahead and settle on the KSG as your next purchase, it’s vital to read on and get the full picture.

kel tec ksg – Our Take

The Kel Tec KSG looks cool, seems cool, heck, we’ll admint it, it’s cool.

But, it left a bit to be desired once we spent some time shooting it.

First off, the high capacity and bull-pup design is amazing. Kudos to Kel Tec!

However, like many Kel Tec products, it is high on innovation and low on execution. What I mean is this… Kel Tec really knows how to think outside the box but their firearms always seemed to be “budget-level” guns.

The plastic on the KSG, of which much of it is, feels cheap. And, the cross-bolt safety. although effective, is also on the cheap-end of things (at least in perception).

The biggest issue I had with this gun is this: it literally causes me an injury to shoot it. That’s right, I can not shoot more than 3-5 rounds out of this gun without blood coming from my right wrist.

The Kel Tec KSG ejects the shotshells down and slightly right behind the main pistol grip… that’s exactly where the bone in my right wrist sits. Talking with others, they’ve shown where the KSG cuts them open too.

If you want a pump action shotgun with high capacity and short overall length, then this is it! The KSG really is an awesome gun.

However, it has some ergonomic issues that could be improved.

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kel tec ksg Pros and Cons

High Capacity

Short Length

Ability to Switch Magazines

Awkward Ergonomics

Minor Reliability Issues

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Reliability The KSG works…mostly. Occassionally it hangs up on loading and operating the gun.


Accuracy As accurate as a shotgun can be.


Customization There’s not much to add but the full length top rail makes adding accessories easy.


Ergonomics This gun is awkward to operate and in many cases, down-right painful


Value You get a lot from the low price of this shotgun.


Final Grade: C


Now that you know the Gun University take on the Kel Tec KSG, here are some extra resources for you to gain a greater understanding of what it is like to own this particular shotgun.

After all, a shotgun isn’t an insignificant purchase. It’s important to know as much as possible before making your final decision.

If you want to gain a greater understanding of what it is like to be a Kel Tec KSG owner, we’ve got you covered.

It’s time to check out:

  • The official Kel Tec KSG owner’s manual, to save you the time and effort of seeking it out.
  • The technical specifications for this bullpup shotgun, so you know precisely whether it’s suitable for your needs or not.
  • Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the KSG, as here at Gun University we know exactly what people tend to ask.
  • How to stay in compliance with the warranty offered by Kel Tec on this firearm, so that you are properly prepared to own the bullpup.

Let’s get to it!

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Other Resources and Documents for the kel tec ksg

Kel Tec KSG Manual

Frequently Asked Questions on the Kel Tec KSG

What Are The Weight and Dimensions Of The Kel Tec KSG?

The KSG has been designed in the bullpup style, making it a compact weapon when compared to more traditional types of firearm.

So how exactly does the size and weight of the KSG measure up?

  • Total Length = 26.1”
  • Total Width = 2.2”
  • Total Height = 8.0”
  • Width Of Grip = 1.2”
  • Width of Forend = 2.1”
  • Width of Stock = 2.1”
  • Weight = 6.9 lbs

What Type Of Ammo Is Available For The Kel Tec KSG?

The KSG from Kel Tec is chambered for 12-gauge 3” shells.

You are able to use both steel and lead shot with your KSG.

It is possible to use shells shorter than 2-¾”, but anything within that range should be thoroughly tested, to ensure the KSG is able to consistently and smoothly feed and eject them.

How Do I Ensure I Don’t Violate My Kel Tec KSG’s Warranty?

Kel Tec officially suggest using only US-manufactured, SAAMI standard compliant ammo.

Any use of faulty or otherwise substandard ammo can void the warranty that comes with the Kel Tec KSG.