American Rifleman - November 2009 - (Page 80)

TECHNICAL DOPE BAG KEL-TEC RFB CARBINE A lthough bullpup ri es have many positive attributes, most are, by the nature of the design, poorly suited for ambidextrous use. Their actions, located in the buttstock area, usually necessitate ejection of red brass near the shooter’s face. KelTec, a company known for innovative designs, recently developed a unique solution to this issue with its RFB, which stands for Ri e Forward ejection Bullpup. The short-stroke gas-pistonoperated .308 Win. RFB is part of an exclusive group of forward-ejection bullpups, which include the FN F2000 and the Kalashnikov-based A-91. What sets the RFB apart, however, is its completely ambidextrous nature and its .308 Win. chambering We received an RFB Carbine variant for testing, which features a scant overall length of 27½" and an empty weight of 8 lbs., 9 ozs. Simply put, this is an astoundingly compact .308 Win. ri e. The RFB features a full set of ambidextrous controls, from dual safety levers located above its pistol grip to the dual action release levers on the rear sides of its magazine well, to the paddle-style magazine release at the rear of the well. Also, the RFB’s reciprocating charging handle can be easily reversed for right- or left-handed use. Despite its short overall length, the RFB Carbine features an 18" barrel of Parkerized 4140 chrome molybdenum steel. It is chromelined for durability and topped off with an A2-style compensator set on 5/8"-24 TPI threads at the muzzle. The RFB makes extensive use of polymers in its construction. The most prominent example is the “grip,” a two-piece assembly that includes the pistol grip and spans back to the magazine well. Forward of that is the two-piece handguard assembly that features a Schnabeltype protrusion at its front to help keep the support hand from slipping in front of the muzzle. The cheekweld portion of the ri e, termed the “top cover,” is manufactured from 4130 sheet steel. The Parkerized top cover measures 13¼" in length and covers the RFB’s large, 14¼"-long bolt carrier assembly. Attached to the rear portion of the top cover is the polymer buttstock assembly, which features a 1/2"-thick recoil pad and a short strip of Picatinny rail on its toe. A 9¾"-long strip of aluminum Picatinny rail is mounted on the forward portion of the top cover. Kel-Tec designed the RFB to accept the affordable and readily available FAL magazine. In addition, the RFB also features a tilting In a matter of minutes, the Kel-Tec RFB can be broken down into its primary components. The polymer receiver shroud is hinged just above the pistol grip to allow clearance for disassembly. 80 N OVEMBER 2009 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - November 2009

American Rifleman - November 2009

Contents
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Fighting The Good Fight
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
A Perfectly Delightful Cartridge: 7x57 mm Mauser
A Step Apart: The Browning Maxus
Triggernometry 101
A “Clean” Barrel
Hunting With Modern Semi-Automatic Rifles: The AR Afield
Remington’s Model 10: “The Other Trench Gun”
Exploded View: ArmaLite M-15 A2 Carbine
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - November 2009

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