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INNOVATION

KEL-TEC KS7

ften, around the time that the shooting industry
settles down into a comfortable routine regarding
one product niche or another, Kel-Tec will come
along and give it a good swift kick in its complacency.
For instance, most pistols of the past century that were
chambered for .22 Long Rifle and designed for competition or casual plinking have featured single-stack, usually
10-round, magazines. Kel-Tec's new CP33, on the other
hand, uses an innovative quad-stack magazine design that
holds 33 rounds-and it challenges rimfire pistol design on
other levels as well.
In similar fashion, the company's dual-magazine-tube,
pump-action bullpup KSG shotgun took the market by
storm in 2011 with its compact 26.1" overall length and
15-round ammunition capacity. Since then, longer and
shorter versions of the KSG have been developed, but now
the company has taken it in another direction with a
slimmed-down single-magazine version called the KS7. The
result is a handy, lightweight defensive shotgun that costs
half as much as the original KSG.

The Kel-Tec CP33
In 2010, I had my first opportunity to handle Kel-Tec's
initial foray into the world of rimfire handguns at the annual
SHOT Show in Las Vegas. It was the PMR-30 semi-automatic
pistol chambered in .22 WMR. The pistol stands out from
the crowd because of its unloaded weight of 13.6 ozs., light
single-action trigger and unconventional pie-wedge magazine that holds up to 30 rounds of ammunition. Fans were
quick to request a .22 Long Rifle version of the platform
that would be significantly less expensive to feed.
But not too long after the PMR-30 started shipping, the
United States experienced a serious ammunition shortage-one that many enthusiasts (and industry experts)
didn't see coming. In particular, there was a dearth of
.22 Long Rifle ammunition as concerned consumers and
speculators cleaned out the shelves of sporting goods and

KEL-TEC CP33

With their unconventional lines-
and unmistakable Kel-Tec DNA-the
KS7 and CP33 represent the kind of
forward-thinking design for which the
company has become well-known.

big-box stores across the nation. Some folks were so discouraged by the ammunition shortage that they traded in
their rimfire guns for center-fire models. But by 2018 it was
clear that the rimfire ammunition shortages were well and
truly over, making 2019 a good year to bring to market the
.22 Long Rifle CP33 semi-automatic pistol with its 33-round
standard-capacity magazine.
Although the CP33 sports controls, a grip frame and a
magazine lifted from the PMR-30, the upper half of the pistol is noticeably different in several ways. The lower pressure levels produced by .22 Long Rifle ammunition allow
the CP33 to employ a simple blowback-operated action
instead of the hybrid blowback/locked-breech system
required for firing .22 WMR. The PMR-30 has a slim 0.95"
profile, a reciprocating slide assembly and just enough of a
grip extension to protect the shooting hand from slide bite.
The CP33's fixed aluminum upper is 1.16" wide and
extends 2.5" beyond the backstrap of the grip. It's interesting to note that the softer-shooting .22 Long Rifle
pistol weighs 10 ozs. more than the .22 WMR version.
But these differences make sense because the PMR-30
was designed as a lightweight trail gun while the CP33 is
built for competitive target shooting and casual plinking
at the range.

KEL-TEC'S CP33 PISTOL AND KS7 SHOTGUN
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