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KEL-TEC

The KS7... is a more practical
configuration for those in search of
a trunk gun, a backpacking shotgun for
protection against dangerous game or a
handy home-defense option.
nuts. The smooth-bore 18.5" barrel has a fixed, cylinder
choke, which is to say, no constriction for maximum shot
spread at close-quarters distances. The magazine tube has
a knurled cap that can be twisted off manually in order to
remove the magazine spring and a white polymer follower
for cleaning. One feature of the KS7 that other defensive
shotguns would benefit from is a series of view ports. These
left- and right-side slots allow the operator to visually
verify the load status of the magazine, much like the witness holes often found in semi-automatic pistol magazines.
The lightly textured polymer fore-end slides right up to the
muzzle, so it has a flared ridge around the front end to help
keep the support hand from slipping into harm's way. Behind
the fore-end gripping surface are additional M-Lok accessory
slots and a pair of action bars to cycle the bolt assembly.
The textured pistol grip and trigger guard, along with
the remaining external controls, are integral to the polymer lower, which extends back and around the ejection
port. The lower is secured to the steel upper that houses
the bolt assembly by way of two steel pins. When removed
from the receiver, the pins can be placed in storage ports
located in the pistol grip just behind the trigger.
The bilateral bolt release is mounted to the front of the
trigger guard. The polymer bow trigger had a clean, smooth
pull that measured 6 lbs., 4 ozs., according to a Lyman
digital trigger gauge. The square push-button safety, located
just above the pistol grip, is pressed to the right side of
the receiver for "safe" and to the left for "fire." The nonadjustable shoulder stock provides a length of pull of 13",
a shoulder sling slot and a 1/2" thick hard rubber buttpad
that's textured for improved purchase.
One key difference of the KS7 when compared to the KSG
is that ammunition cannot be loaded directly into the chamber. Instead, every round must be loaded into the magazine

tube first. Shells are pressed in from the bottom-facing port
with a channel to help align each round. The textured shell
retainer also works as a loading guide. Fresh shells are lifted
up into the chamber with spent cartridge cases ejecting
straight down onto the ground.
At the range, the KS7 was test-fired with sporting- and
defense-grade 12-ga. shells manufactured by Remington,
Winchester and Hornady. Although Kel-Tec's tendency to
leave visible mold marks on its gun stocks can be distracting at times, the company carefully smoothed out the
action, trigger and controls for clean, easy operation. There
were no malfunctions in the course of testing, and the gun
reliably fed, fired and ejected every shell. This gun directs
recoil straight back into the shoulder in order to minimize
muzzle rise. It was manageable with all loads fired, but the
felt recoil with full-power loads was not for the faint of
heart. If you're already comfortable with 12-ga. shotguns,
then the KS7 will be a good fit.
At the time of this writing, the market is replete with
non-NFA 12-ga. firearms, including the Mossberg 590
Shockwave and the Remington Tac-14. These Raptor-grip
scatterguns are popular because of their Hollywood cosmetics and compact just-over-26" size. The KS7 is just as
compact and cool to look at, but it's much easier to work
with. The pistol-grip, bullpup configuration allows for an
18.5" barrel, seven-plus-one ammunition capacity and it can
be shouldered for more precise, aimed shots.
The KS7 may not offer as much firepower as the 14-round,
dual-magazine-tube KSG (and certainly not as much as the
24-round KSG-25), but it is a more practical configuration for
those in search of a trunk gun, a backpacking shotgun for
protection against dangerous game or a handy home-defense
option. For more information, visit keltecweapons.com.
The KS7's crossbolt safety has square buttons that are clearly
marked "S" for safe and "F" for fire, and a bilateral bolt release
is at the trigger guard's front (above). A downward-facing port
serves to both load live shells and eject spent hulls (l.).

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