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Kel-Tec KS7 Compact 12 Gauge Shotgun KS7 on a tree KS7 slinged
Kel-Tec KS7 Compact 12 Gauge Shotgun KS7 on a tree KS7 slinged
  • Short overall length
  • Very light ~ 5.9lbs
  • Harsher recoil
  • Limited customization
Editor’s Note:

The KelTec KS7 utilizes a bullpup configuration to give users an 18.5-inch barrel while keeping an astonishingly short 26.1-inch overall length. Capacity remains a solid 7+1 despite how short this shotgun is, and at 5.9 pounds, it feels as light as it looks. The KS7 is a great option for home defense or any other roles that may require a compact, but controllable shotgun.

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KelTec KS7 Specs

Pump Action
Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
7+1 rds
12 Gauge
Black / Green
Front Sight
Fiber optic
Rear Sight
Overall Length
Stock Material

KelTec KS7 Features

18.5-inch barrel
7+1 capacity or 6+1 (3-inch shells)
3-inch chamber
Carry handle
Bullpup design
Modified choke tube
Fiber optic front sight, adjustable rear sight

By The Numbers - KelTec KS7

It gets perfect marks for use with buck and birdshot, but it’s not great with slugs.
It’s a pump-action shotgun. It’s hard to screw up to be honest.
There is some stuff out there, but very little so far, as the gun is rather new.
Everything about the gun is well placed and easily accessible. The controls are completely ambidextrous, and that’s a nice touch. The only downside is trying to load the gun in a tactical manner.

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final verdict

“The KelTec KS7 is a great little bullpup shotgun, and it takes all the features that would typically require a tax stamp and makes it available to everyone. The KS7 is light and short, smaller than a TAC 14 or a Shockwave, and you get a stock and a much more shootable weapon. KelTec has surprised me with the KS7, and I’m curious to see what they do next.” – Travis Pike

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