Educational Zone #124 – Interesting Firearms – The Kel-Tec RFB Carbine

Today we took my friend Liem’s Kel-Tec RFB to the range.

RFB stands for Rifle, Forward-ejecting Bullpup.

It is a fine little rifle.

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The rifle is a bullpup design, meaning that the magazine is behind the shooter’s face, and the barrel and action are very compact.

The total length of the carbine is 27.5 inches long, including the flash hider.

It weighs 8.6 pounds. It is a gas operated, tilting bolt design.

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The rifle comes with a Mil-Spec Picatinny rail, and no factory supplied sights.

This rifle was outfitted with both iron sights and an Acog Trijicon scope.

The irons are a folding type, both front and back.

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Folded.

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Another view.

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The scope of a Trijicon Reflex with a simple red dot.

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It has a standard, AR-15 type flash suppressor.

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The rifle is in 7.62 X 51 NATO, and uses metric FAL magazines.

We tried several magazines, and it does not seem to be magazine sensitive.

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It has a simple ambidextrous Safety.

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The charging handle is also ambidextrous and can be installed on either side.

This one is installed on the right side to prevent interference with the scope mount knobs.

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The magazine release is located directly behind the magazine.

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The bolt hold-open is located to the side of the mag.

The mags drop free and go straight in, no tilting required.

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It has an 18 inch, chrome lined barrel, but since it is a bullpup design, it is very short.

Here it is compared to my FAL.

Here it is compared to my FAL.

The FAL is 43 inches long with a 22.5 inch barrel.

The Kel-Tec RFB has an 18 inch barrel, but is only 27.5 inches long.

The barrels are only 4.5 inches different, but the total length is 15 inches shorter.

One thing I noticed is with the muzzle only 16 inches from your nose when firing, it is very loud.

It has threads for a Suppressor, and it might be a handy thing for this little carbine.

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The rifle has a gas control knob that allows the amount of gas that operates the recoil to be adjusted.

We were to find this important as we shot today.

At first, we had a few failures to load the next round, but after making an adjustment with this knob, it ran 100% from then on.

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The system ejects spent round from a tube, forward of the gun.

This is important to allow the rifle to be used by both right handed and left handed people without adjustment.

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When you fire a round, if the bolt locks back because of an empty magazine, the last round of spent brass can be seen in the carrier.

It cannot go into the ejection tube until the bolt goes forward.

It is slightly disconcerting to shoot and not see ejected brass.

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But after shooting several rounds, suddenly several rounds of spent brass will fall out of the ejection tube.

It would make it easy to recover brass for reloading, as it stacks it all in a nice pile at your feet.

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Here’s Liem shooting a group at 50 yards.

Here’s Liem shooting a group at 50 yards.

Here I am doing the same.

Here I am doing the same.

It is a pleasure to shoot, although loud.

Here are our groups, Liem’s on the left and mine on the right, shot with military ball.

Here are our groups, Liem’s on the left and mine on the right, shot with military ball.

Handloads would surely shrink these groups.

I also shot my FAL today.

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And here’s a 5 shot group from the FAL.

And here’s a 5 shot group from the FAL.

It brings up an unrelated interesting fact. I notice that at 50 yards, I can often shoot groups with irons, just about as good as with a scope.

We ran the rifle standing up, and it is very accurate and easy to shoot.

The recoil is not bad, and the sights made hits easy.

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This is a fine rifle and seems to be well built.

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Conclusions:

If you ever have a chance to give one a try, don’t miss it.

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