Civilian Rifles - Vol.1 | Magazine (Firearms) | Rifle


Armalite AR-7 "Explorer" survival rifle (USA)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity blowback operated, semi-automatic carbine 5,6x16R / .22LR 1,13 kg 889 mm 406 mm 8, 10, 15 or 25 rounds

Ar-7 survival rifle was developed at American company Armalite (division of Fairchild Aircraft) during late 1950s, with intent to provide suitable weapon for crash-landed or parachuted aircrew members and others who might find themselves in a wilderness survival situation. The basic idea was to design a lightweight weapon, suitable for hunting a small game, which will be insensitive to elements and easily stored in a compact package. It seems that Armalite team succeed in this task, as the Ar-7 rifle is still in production after almost 50 years since its introduction, although now by different company. During 1970s, manufacturing rights for Ar-7 rifle were purchased by Charter Arms Co (USA), which produced Ar-7 until about 1990. Between 1990 and 1997 Ar-7 rifles were made by Survival Arms (USA), and today same rifles are produced in USA by Henry Repeating Arms Co.

Original AR-7 "Explorer" survival rifle, manufactured by Armalite

Current production AR-7 rifle with optional telescope sight, as manufactured by Henry Repeating arms in USA


Ar-7 rifles are good wilderness companion guns, if you do not plan to face dangerous animals such as wolves or bears. The key niche for Ar-7 is to bring a food to the table of a backpacker or survivalist, through small game hunting. And while low-powered .22LR ammunition is not the best choice for self-defense against human beings (criminals, etc), it is still much better than a pocket knife, stone or bare knuckles - small .22Lr bullet is certainly capable of doing lethal damage to human body. Ar-7 also is a good gun for practice or recreactional shooting, as it is inexpensive, fires inexpensive ammunition and can be carried in a compact package to a safe place to shoot withouth getting unnecessary attention.

Original AR-7 "Explorer" survival rifle, disassembled to major components

Original AR-7 "Explorer" survival rifle, with parts partially inserted into the polymer stock. For compact storage and transportation parts are fully inserted into appropriate compartments in the stock and then closed by detachable rubber buttplate


Ar-7 survival rifle is blowback operated, semi-automatic weapon which fires from closed bolt. Its majost components, including receiver, barrel, bolt group and trigger unit are made from stainless steel. Shoulder stock is made from polymer. Rifle is designed for quick take-down: once gun is unloaded, barrel nut is unscrewed and barrel removed. Receiver is then detached from stock by unscrewing the take-down screw located in the base of the semi-pistol grip. Once major parts are separated, barrel, receiver and a spare magazine can be stored inside the hollow buttstock, protected by removable rubber buttplate. Feed is using detachable box magazines. Standard magazine capacity is 8 rounds, although magazines of large capacities are available as after-market options. Standard sights include front blade, installed on the barrel, and diopter-type rear on receiver. Current production models can be fitted with telescope sights using special mount.




Armalon pistol carbine (Great Britain)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity bolt action repeating carbine 9mm, .38 Super, .40 S&W, 10mm Auto, .45 ACP; also .357 Mag, .44 Mag, .50 AE 3,7 kg / 7,6 lbs mm 406 mm / 16" 7 - 15 rounds, depending on caliber

Armalon PC carbine, developed in around 1997 by British company Armalon Ltd, follows the general idea of the Spanish "Destroyer" carbine, which was developed between two World wars for use by Spanish Guarda Civil. Basically, it was a shortened and lightened conversion of the standard bolt-action rifle to significantly less powerful pistol ammunition, which resulted in much shorter effective (and dangerous) range, as well as in decreased recoil and noise. Armalon carbines also produced with idea of shortrange weapon which can be fired accurately at ranges beyond capabilities of most pistols. these carbines are suitable for security, training and self-defense purposes. Being manually operated, such weapons are more tolerant to variations in power of ammunition used, but practical rate of fire will be of cause slower, compared to semi-automatic carbines in same caliber, such as Ruger PC9 or others like that. On the other hand, in some countries civilian ownership of semi-automatic weapons can be limited by law, and bolt-operated pistol caliber carbine might be a good choice there.

Armalon PC carbine with iron sights

Armalon PC carbine is based on famous Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield No.4 (SMLE No.4) rifle action, with manually operated rotary bolt. The basic action and bolt are highly redesigned for better work with short pistol cartridges. Original barrel is replaced with shorter one, in appropriate caliber. Original magazine is also discarded and a magazine adapter is installed, which will then accept pistol magazines in appropriate caliber. In "semiautomatic pistol" calibers, such as 9mm, 10mm or .45ACP, Armalon carbines use Tanfoglio pistol magazines in respective calibers. In "revolver" calibers (.357, .44) and in .50AE, these carbines use modified IMI Desert Eagle pistol magazines.


Armalon carbines are produced in two basic versions, with adjustable iron sights or with no iron sights and with proprietary scope rail, which is removably attached to the top of receiver. Standard stock is three-part walnut, although an alternative polymer stock is also available.

Armalon PC carbine with polymer stock and optical sights Image: Armalon Ltd



Australian International Arms M10 rifles (Australia)

Type / action Caliber Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity

M10A2 M10B1 M10B2 manually operated bolt cation 7.62x39 mm Russian 7.62x51 / .308 Win 3.8 kg 3.5 kg 4.1 kg 4.97 kg 1048 mm 950 mm 1125 mm 1200 mm 508 mm 410 mm 560 mm 640 mm 10 rounds 10 rounds 10 rounds 10 rounds


The M10 line of bolt action rifles was developed in Australia by Australian International Arms Pty, a small company dedicated to produce quality rifles for civilian use. Initial intent was to produce bolt-action rifle with high capacity, detachable magazines. Starting with time-proven design of the famous SMLE No.4 Mk.2 rifles of British origin, AIA engineers developed new and improved version of the venerable "Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield". The AIA rifles feature all-new components machined from modern steel and quality wood. First prototypes of the AIA improved No.4 mk.2 rifles appeared in 1998-99, and since then company has produced several versions of the basic design, of which most notable are M10 rifles and carbines, chambered for popular 7.62x39 M43 Russian and 7.62x51 NATO / .308 Win ammunition. The 5.56x45mm / .223 Rem version of the same design was planned but apparently is still not in production at this time.

AIA M10A1 rifle, 7.62x39 caliber

AIA M10A2 rifle, 7.62x39 caliber


AIA M10 rifles are manually operated, bolt action rifles with rotary bolt of Lee-Enfield type. Bolt design is improved by utilizing only one size of non-rotating bolt head (as opposed to original design that relied on several sizes of bolt heads to maintain proper headspace on different rifles). Bolt is locked into newly manufactured receiver using dual locking lugs at the rear of the bolt. Feed is from detachable box magazines, and, in 7.62x39 version, M10A1 / M10A2 rifles will accept high capacity AK / AKM type magazines holding 20, 30 or even 40 (RPK-type) rounds. Manual safety is of lee-Enfield type, located on the left side of the receiver. Standard sights include L-shaped flip-up diopter rear sight, adjustable for windage and set for 100 / 300 (M10A 7.62x39) or 200 / 400 (M10B 7.62x51) meters range. Receivers are pre-machined to accept Picatinny type rail which is used to install various telescope sights. Stocks are made from teak timber, in variety of shapes and sizes.

AIA M10B1 rifle, 7.62x51 / .308 Win caliber

AIA M10B2 rifle, 7.62x51 / .308 Win caliber with optional bipod and Picatinny rail



Benelli MR1 / Beretta RX4 Storm rifle (Italy)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity gas operated, semi-automatic rifle 5,56x45mm / .223 Remington 3,18 kg / 7 lbs 942 mm / 37,1" 406 mm / 16" (also 317 mm / 12,5") 10, 20 or 30 rounds

Beretta RX4 rifle, which was first announced in 2006, is quite unusual in that it is an adaptation of a medium-caliber hunting rifle (Benelli R1 ARGO) to smaller-caliber "home defense" weapon. The close relationships between Benelli and Beretta companies must not surprise the reader, as Beretta holding owns the Benelli company, and thus has direct access to all Benelli projects. Beretta RX4 looks like it was assembled from parts of different guns, and actually it is. The receiver and gas system are based on Benelli R1 rifles, but with alternate polymer magazine housing attached below, which will accept M16 / Ar-15 type magazines. Buttstock is apparently borrowed from Benelli's combat shotguns such as M4 Super 90. Nevertheless it appears to be a practical weapon, suitable for home defense, practical shooting, and security / police work. For a variety of reasons, Beretta decided to change the brand name on this design, and now it is manufactured and marketed under the "Benelli" brand, as Benelli MR1 semiautomatic-rifle.

Beretta RX4 Storm rifle (pre-production version) with 10-round magazine, right side. Retractable butt extended

Benelli R1 hunting rifle, a parent design for Beretta RX4.


Beretta RX4 / Benelli MR1 rifle is gas operated, semi-automatic rifle. Benelli's patented auto-regulating gas system (ARGO) consists of a gas block with dual short-stroke gas pistons, located below the barrel and concealed under the forearm. Barrel is locked by rotating bolt with three lugs. Gun is fed using any M16 / Ar-15 compatible magazines, which is a plus. Since the return spring is located in the butt, Benelli MR1 cannot be easily adapted for side-folding buttstock. As issued, Benelli MR1 rifle is equipped with adjustable open sights, and a Piactinny type rail on the top of receiver. Additional accessory rails can be installed by user on 3-, 6- and 9-o'clock positions of forearm.

Benelli MR1 rifle (previously known as Beretta RX-4) with 30-round magazine, right side



Beretta CX4 Storm carbine (Italy)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity semi-automatic, blowback operated carbine 9x19 Luger / Parabellum, 9x21 IMI, .40SW and .45ACP 2,57 kg / 5,7 lbs 755 mm / 29,7" 423 mm / 16,6" 10 -20 rounds, depending on caliber

Beretta CX4 Storm carbine is the first in the new line of Beretta's "xX4 Storm" firearms, which now also include PX4 pistol and RX4 semi-automatic rifle in 5,56mm/.223 caliber. CX4 carbine first appeared in 200x, with intent to provide civilian shooters with compact and handy sporting and defensive weapon in all major pistol calibers. In developing this weapon, Beretta's designers paid a great attention to both aesthetical and practical aspects of weapon. CX4 Storm carbine has elegant appearance and is comfortable to use; it can be easily adapted for right- or left-hand use (requires a disassembly and probably a visit to gunsmith - at least it is recommended so by manufacturer). Beretta also provides a number of useful accessories for this weapon, such as user-installable Picatinny rails, stock extension pads, etc. Like any other pistol-caliber carbine, it can be fired accurately to ranges of up to 100-150 meters, especially if fitted with low-magnification telescope or red-dot sight. All in all, it is a versatile short-range carbine, with minimal recoil and excellent handling characeristics.

Beretta CX4 Storm carbine in basic configuration, right side

Beretta CX4 Storm carbine is blowback-operated, semi-automatic weapon which fires from closed bolt. Bolt is of wrap-around type, with most of its weight being located in front of he beech face, around the barrel. Cocking handle can be installed on either side of the gun and extractor and ejector can be set up for left- or right-side ejection (gun has ejection ports on either side). Receiver halves (upper / front and lower / rear) are made from impact-resistant polymer and assembled using one cross-pin, located in front of the trigger guard. Trigger is of single action type, with internal hammer and a number of integral automatic safeties which prevent firing if gun is bumped or otherwise handled roughly. Manual safety is of cross-bolt, push button type, located above the trigger and


can be set up for left- or right-side operation by any competent gunsmith. Gun is provided with bolt hold-open device which can be engaged or disengaged manually through the lever above the grip. Magazines are inserted into pistol grip, and magazine release button also can be set up on either side of the weapon. Beretta CX4 Storm carbine uses Beretta pistol magazines, either of Beretta 92 / 96 type (in 9mm and .40SW respectively) or Beretta 8000 / 8040 / 8045 type (in 9mm, .40SW and .45ACP respectively). Type of magazine used is determined by special grip inserts. Standard sights include front sight, adjustable for elevation and windage (for zeroing) and flip-up rear sight of diopter type. If user desires to install a telescope or red-dot sight, an optional Picatinny rail shall be attached to the top of receiver. Up to three optional short accessory rails also can be installed at the front of receiver, at 3, 6 and 9-o'clock positions. CX4 Storm carbine also is provided with sling swivel studs.

Beretta CX4 Storm carbine in basic configuration, left side

Beretta CX4 Storm carbine accessorized with optional Picatinny rails, forward grip, red-dot sight and tactical light



Heckler-Koch SL-6 SL-7 rifles (Germany)
HK SL-6 HK SL-7 roller-delayed blowback 5.56x45 / .223 Rem 3.6 kg 1010 mm 450 mm 3 or 10 rounds 7.62x51 / .308 Win 3.8 kg 1010 mm 450 mm 3 or 10 rounds

Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity

The SL-6 and SL-7 rifles were developed by German company Heckler & Koch during early 1980s as a para-military weapons for training reservists and possibly arming police. Those rifles, which differed only in calibers / ammunition used (5.56mm for SL-6 and 7.62mm for SL-7) were based on hunting rifles from the same company, the HK 660 and HK 770 respectively, sharing same roller-delayed blowback action and general layout, but featuring shorter barrels and military-type sights and furniture (sling swivels, steel buttplates etc). Due to high price and German gun laws limitations, overall production of SL-6 and SL-7 rifles was limited and now those weapons are collector's items.

7.62mm / .308 Heckler-Koch Model 770 hunting rifle

5.56mm / .223 Heckler-Koch SL-6 rifle with 10-round magazine

The HK SL-6 and SL-7 rifles use roller-delayed blowback action, similar to that used in HK G3 rifle. Chamber is fluted to assist extraction. The cocking handle is located on the right side of the receiver (as opposed to HK G3), and folds forward when not in use. Manual safety is located on the left side of the stock, above and in the front of the trigger.


Feed is from proprietary detachable box magazines, holding 3 (flush-fit) or 10 (extended) rounds. Stock is made of wood, with additional wooden handguard (ventilated on SL-7) and steel buttplate. Standard sights include hooded front post on the barrel and drum-type diopter sight (similar to that used on HK G3), with settings from 100 to 400 meters in 100-meter increments. Receiver is fitted with mounting points for proprietary HK scope mounts.

7.62mm / .308 Heckler-Koch SL-7 rifle with 3-round magazine

7.62mm / .308 Heckler-Koch SL-7 rifle with 10-round magazine and telescope sight



Heckler-Koch HK SL-8 rifle (Germany)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity semi-automatic, gas operated rifle 5,56x45mm / .223 Remington 4,1 kg / 9 lbs 980 - 1030 mm / 38,6-40,5" 510 mm / 20,1" 10 or 30 rounds

The SL-8 rifle was first presented to the public at IWA-98 show, and manufacturing commenced late in 1998. This rifle was designed by famous German arms-making company Heckler und Koch GmbH on the basis of its 5,56mm NATO G36 assault rifle, which is a standard issue rifle of German and Spanish armies. SL stands for (SelfLoading in English or Selbst-Lade in German), 8 is the consecutive index of civilian rifles made by HK. HK SL-8 rifle can be used for hunting small game, but it is also suitable for para-military training, security and self-defense use, and practical sport shooting. Because of modular design, SL-8 can be modified to a number of variations, which will accept reduced 10-round capacity or standard 30-round capacity magazines, various handguards, sighs etc. This rifle is accurate, comfortable to use and very reliable, but also somewhat expensive, like most other products of Heckler und Koch.

HK SL-8 rifle with white stock and standard sight rail

Heckler-Koch SL-8 rifle is gas operated, semi-automatic weapon. It uses patented shortstroke gas piston system, located above the barrel, which is very reliable and requires minimal maintenance. Barrel locking is achieved by rotary bolt with seven radial lugs, which engages barrel extension and thus relieves polymer receiver from most of the firing stress. Cocking handle design is copied from G36 assault rifle, and when not in use, folding cocking handle lies in line with the gun at the top of receiver. For cocking, it can be swung to either side, and once released, it will straighten itself back automatically. Feed system has bolt hold-open device. Polymer stock is of modular design, and forearm and magazine housing can be easily replaced; basic disassembly requires no special tools.


Manual safety is ambidextrous and is conveniently located above the grip. Shoulder stock is of thumb-hole design, has adjustable cheek rest and can be adjusted for length of pull using special rubber pads. Standard sighting equipment includes a detachable sight rail, attached to the top of receiver. In basic configuration, this rail hosts protected front sight and fully adjustable flip-up rear sight. A variety of optional optical sights can be installed on the rail between front and rear open sights. Alternatively, a raised Picatinny-type rail or G36 / G36E carrying handle with integral sights (red-dot, low-magnification telescope or both) can be installed in place of standard sight rail. Feed is using detachable box magazines. Because magazine housing is detachable, rifle can be easily adapted for a variety of magazine types - proprietary 10-round magazines, G36-type 30-round magazines or Ar-15 / M16 type 30-round magazines.

HK SL-8 rifle with black stock and raised sight rail



Heckler-Koch HK USC carbine (Germany)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity semi-automatic, blowback operated carbine .45 ACP 2,7 kg / 5,9 lbs 900 mm / 35,4" 406 mm / 16" 10 rounds

Heckler-Koch HK USC carbine is a civilian adaptation of HK UMP-45 submachine gun, developed by famous German company Heckler und Koch GmbH. USC stands for Universal Self-loading Carbine. HK USC was designed mostly for American civilian market, and thus it fires very popular "man-stopping" .45 ACP ammunition. Indeed, HK USC is best suited for self- and home defense, as well as training and recreational shooting. The main issue with this reliable weapon of high quality is that it is quite expensive for such a simple design.

Heckler-Koch HK USC carbine, left side

Heckler-Koch HK USC carbine, right side


HK USC carbine is semi-automatic weapon which uses simple blowback action and fires from closed bolt. Receiver and stock are made from impact-resistant polymer. Gun is fitted with magazine hold-open device, which can be manually disengaged through the button on the left side of receiver, just behind magazine housing. Additionally, bolt can be manually locked back for inspection or maintenance by its cocking handle, which is located on the left side of the gun, above the forend. Manual safety is ambidextrous and located above the pistol grip. Housing for polymer magazines of proprietary design is located in front of trigger guard. Standard sights include open-type front and rear. Additional scope rail (Picatinny type) can be installed on the top of receiver, and three more accessory rails can be installed on forend at 3-, 6- and 9-o'clock positions.



Hi-Point Model 995 carbine (USA)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity semi-automatic, blowback operated carbine 9x19 Luger / Parabellum and .40SW 2,6 kg / 5,75 lbs 825 mm / 32,5" 420 mm / 16,5" 10 rounds

Hi-Point model 995 carbine is one of the least expensive pistol carbines produced in USA. Still, it is sufficiently reliable for purposes of training, plinking and self-defense, and can be fired with reasonable accuracy out to 100-150 meters, especially if optical or red-dot sight is used. Its appearance in standard configuration is somewhat ungainly, but it can be improved with after-market polymer stock manufactured by ATI in USA.

Hi-Point model 995 carbine, with optional muzzle brake and laser aiming module

Hi-Point model 995 carbine with ATI stock, which is designed to mimic Beretta CX4 carbine


Hi-Point model 995 carbine is blowback-operated weapon which fires from closed bolt. Receiver is made from aluminum alloy, with stock (pistol grip, butt and forearm) being made from polymer. Bolt is of wrap-around type, with most of its weight being placed around the breech of the barrel. Cocking handle is located on the left side of the gun, ejection is to the right side only. There is no bolt hold-open device, but bolt can be manually locked back by pushing the cocking handle inwards once it is pulled all the way to the rear. Manual safety is located on the left side of the gun, above the grip. Magazines are inserted into pistol grip; only proprietary Hi-Point magazines (compatible with HiPoint pistols in respective calibers) can be used. Magazine release button is located at the base of the trigger guard. Standard sights are of open type, adjustable for range and windage. Optional Picatinny rail can be installed instead of the rear sight base; this will accept any compatible sighting device (a red-dot sight is a preferred type for pistolcaliber carbines).

Hi-Point model 995 carbine, with camo-painted stock and optional red-dot sight



Kel-tec SU-16 rifle (USA)
Kel-tec SU-16A Kel-tec SU-16B Kel-tec SU-16C Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length 2,3 kg / 5 lbs 950 mm / 37,4" ready 670 mm / 26,4" folded 467 mm / 18,4" semi-automatic, gas operated 5,56x45 mm / .223 Remington 2,0 kg / 4,5 lbs 912 mm / 35,9" ready 632 mm / 24,9" folded 406 mm / 16" 2,1 kg / 4,7 lbs 1,7 kg / 3,7 lbs Kel-tec SU16D

901 mm / 35,5" ready 823 mm ready 648 mm / 25,5" 569 mm folded folded 406 mm / 16" 297 mm / 12" (also 234 mm / 9,2")

Barrel length Magazine capacity

10, 20 or 30 rounds

The SU-16 rifle (SU stands for Sport Utility) was introduced by American company KelTec CNC Industries Inc in 2003, and today is available in several versions. From the start this weapon was designed as all-around carbine for civilians who might need a compact yet relatively powerful weapon for small game hunting and self-defense. This rifle / carbine also can be used as a survival weapon for tourists, backpackers, pilots and anybody else who might find himself or herself in a variety of 'unfriendly' situation. It also can be used for practice, plinking or even as police weapon. SU-16 rifle has two major features which distinguish it from other 5,56mm / .223 semiautomatic rifles - its folding capability and light weight. A full-size Kel-tec SU-16A rifle can be easily folded to package only 67 cm long, which will fit easily into backpack or automobile trunk. SU16A and more compact SU-16B rifles also have special storage compartments in buttstock which will hold two spare 10-round magazines or one 20- or 30-round magazine, which is a good feature for bug-out / survival weapon. SU-16C and SU-16D rifles are oriented more toward "active" defense or police use, as those can be fired with the stock folded; furthermore, SU-16D has very short barrels (2 versions available), which makes it good CQB / urban weapon for police or security forces. It must be noted that civilian circulation of such short-barreled weapons can be limited by laws; for example, in USA rifles with barrels shorter than 16 inches / 406 mm are subject to special registration and approval for purchase under the BATF regulation (Class III weapon Short Barreled Rifle) According to available information, Kel-tec SU-16 rifles provide adequate accuracy at all practical ranges (up to 200-300 meters), and the most limiting factor in accuracy is that factory sights are very basic in design. However, each SU-16 rifle is provided with integral Picatinny style rail on the top of receiver, and thus it may benefit from the


installation of low magnification telescope or red dot sight. Reliability is also quite adequate for all intended purposes.

Kel-tec SU-16B rifle in various configurations

Kel-tec SU-16 rifles are gas operated, semi-automatic weapons which use well-proven long stroke gas piston system, located above the barrel. Barrel locking is achieved by multi-lug rotary bolt which engages the barrel extension, thus relieving polymer receiver from most of the stress. Cocking handle is attached to the bolt carrier, reciprocates when gun is fired and thus can be used as forward assist in the unlikely case of feeding troubles. All Kel-tec SU-16 rifles use Ar-15 / M16 compatible magazines, which are readily available in USA. There is no bolt hold-open device in SU-16 rifles. Manual safety is of cross-bolt, push-button type and is located above the trigger guard; it can be easily adapted either for right- or left-hand users. The key feature of Kel-tec SU-16 rifles is the "break-open" design of the gun, with the trigger unit / buttstock being hinged to the receiver just behind the magazine housing. In "ready to fire" position trigger unit is rigidly held to the receiver by the cross-pin, which can be removed for folding or disassembly by pushing it out with the tip of the bullet or any other pointed object. SU16A and SU-16B rifles have buttstocks integral to the trigger unit and thus cannot fire when folded. SU-16C and SU-16D rifles have separated underfolding buttstocks which do not interfere with rifle operations when folded. Kel-tec SU-16A and SU-16B buttstocks are hollow at the bottom, and can store two 10-round or one 20- or 30-round magazine. SU-16C and D buttstocks have no such compartments. Furthermore, forearms of Kel-tec SU-16A, SU-16B and SU-16C rifles are designed to unfold into an integral bipod, which might be useful for firing at extended ranges in the field, especially when using a telescope sight. Forearms of Kel-tec SU-16D carbines are short and of solid design. Standard sights include an adjustable front sight, installed either on the barrel (SU-16A and B) or on gas block (SU-16C and D), and non-adjustable removable dioptertype rear sight, which is installed on integral Picatinny rail.


Kel-tec SU-16A rifle in various configurations

Kel-tec SU-16C rifle in various configurations; note that unlike predecessors it can be fired with butt folded


Kel-tec SU-16D short-barreled rifles with 10- and 16-inch barrels



Kel-tec SUB 2000 carbine (USA)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length Barrel length Magazine capacity semi-automatic carbine 9x19 Luger / Parabellum or .40S&W 1,8 kg / 4,0 lbs 749 mm / 29,5" ready to use 406 mm / 16" folded 408 mm / 16,1" 10 - 17+ rounds, depending on grip version

Kel-tec SUB 2000 carbine was designed in around 2000 by George Kellgren, chief designer and president of Kel-Tec CNC Inductries Inc, USA. This handy carbine was based on earlier Kel-tec design, known as SUB9 carbine. Kel-tec SUB9 appeared in around 1997 but turned out to be somewhat expensive to manufacture, so it was completely redesigned to become SUB2000, which is currently in production. Kel-tec SUB2000 carbine is a compact and simple weapon, which can provide accurate semiautomatic fire out to 100-150 meters, using any standard pistol ammunition in respective caliber. With minimal recoil and simple operation, as well as affordable price, it can be used for firearms training, plinking, and home defense. To add to these features, Kel-tec SUB2000 has some more to recommend it. First, it can be easily folded into a small package about 476mm/180mm (16"x7") in size, so it can be carried and stored in a briefcase, backpack or car trunk. When folded, it can be locked with integral lock, providing for safe storage and access control. Once unlocked, it can be rapidly unfolded and brought into action. Another useful feature is that Kel-tec SUB2000 carbine is designed to use widely available pistol magazines, and can be had in several versions, which will accept Glock 17, Glock 19, SIG-Sauer P226, Beretta 92 or S&W 59 / 659 / 5906 magazines in 9mm caliber or Glock 22, S&W 4006, Beretta 96, SIG-Sauer P226 in .40SW. If you own one of these pistols, it is reasonable to buy a Kel-tec SUB2000 carbine that will use compatible magazines, for obvious purposes.

Kel-tec SUB2000 carbine, top in ready to fire position, bottom in folded (storage / transportation) position


Kel-tec SUB 2000 carbine is blowback operated, semi-automatic carbine which fires pistol ammunition. It fires from closed bolt and has a separate hammer, which operates the firing pin once trigger is pressed. Receiver of Kel-tec SUB 2000 carbine is made from Zytel polymer. Barrel is hinged to the receiver at the base of the rear sight, and can be pivoted up and backwards for compact storage. In working position barrel is held in line with the action by the positive lock, which is controlled by the pivoting trigger guard. To disengage the barrel and fold it, you must first clear the gun (unload magazine and check that chamber is empty), then pull the trigger guard down and fold the barrel up. It then can be locked by the integral lock, located at the top edge of the buttstock. Gun controls include cocking handle, that is located below the stock tube, the conventional single action trigger, cross-bolt push-button type safety, and a magazine release. Magazines are loaded into the pistol grip, and it is possible to use extended magazines compatible with any particular version, i.e. 17-round Glock 17 or 33-round Glock 18 magazines in Kel-tec SUB 2000 carbine with "Glock 19" grip. There is no automatic bolt catch feature in SUB 2000, but bolt can be manually locked back by pulling the cocking handle all the way back and then turning it to the left. Standard sights include diopter-type non-adjustable rear sight and fully adjustable front sight. Front sight is installed in well-protected base on the barrel, and the rear sight folds and unfolds automatically if entire gun is folded or unfolded. As issued, Kel-tec SUB 2000 carbine is zeroed for 100 yards (91 meters) range but actual point of impact may vary with various types of ammunition.



KRISS Vector CRB/SO self-loading carbine (USA)
Type / action Caliber(s) Weight unloaded Length (shoulder stock open/folded) Barrel length Magazine capacity semi-automatic carbine, patented delayed blowback action .45ACP 2,27 kg (5 lbs) 884 mm / 673 mm (34.8" / 26.5") 406 mm (16") 13 or 30 rounds

KRISS Vector CRB/SO self-loading (semi-automatic) carbine is a derivative of the Kriss Super V™ submachine gun, which was recently developed in USA by Transformational Defense Industries, Inc. (TDI). The key points of the KRISS Vector CRB/SO carbine is its longer barrel (as required by US laws for unrestricted civilian guns) and redesigned, semi-automatic only firing system. It is expected to hit the shelves in 2008.

KRISS Vector CRB/SO self-loading carbine, right side. Shoulder stock is collapsed, and an extended magazine is inserted

KRISS Vector CRB/SO semi-automatic carbine utilizes patented Super V™ operating system with light bolt that is connected to vertically sliding weight. According to the manufacturer, this system decreases felt recoil and minimizes muzzle jump, thus allowing for fast and accurate follow-up shots. Fire control group is situated above the barrel. Folding cocking handle is located on the left side of the gun, and does not move when gun is fired. Manual safety is ambidextrous and is located just above the pistol grip. Feed is from 13-round Glock Model 21 magazines, but TDI company also designed an 17round extension for said magazines for full 30-round capacity. Magazine is inserted into a


housing, located in front of the pistol grip. KRISS Vector CRB/SO semi-automatic carbine is fitted with two Picatinny type rails, one above the receiver and another below the barrel, and two additional rails can be installed on either side of the lower receiver, providing ample mounting space for all necessary accessories, such as laser-aiming modules or tactical flashlights. The upper rail can accept a variety of sighting devices, such as open or red-dot sights; lower rail is usually fitted with vertical foregrip. The front of the upper receiver / trigger housing above the barrel is hollow and shaped as to accept tactical flashlight. A side-folding polymer buttstock is provided for more accurate shooting.

KRISS Vector CRB/SO self-loading carbine, left side. Long barrel is encased into jacket that simulates a sound moderator (silencer).



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