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GUNS Magazine May 2012 Digital Edition - Page 38
CompaCt With A The Kel-Tec RFB proves an excellent carbine in .308. Power J. B. Wood few years ago, at the annual SHOT Show, I watched as design genius George Kellgren demonstrated a prototype of his new .308 bullpup. When he cycled the action, the dummy rounds did not come out the side, nor the bottom. They came out an opening at the front! Well, I wanted to try one out right then, but he said it was still in the development stages. The RFB is finally in production, and it was worth waiting for. The model letters, by the way, stand for “Rifle, Forward-Ejecting, Bullpup.” The .308 chambering will be welcomed by those who have always felt the .223 is a little too light. As many gun people well know, there are slight differences between commercial .308 and 7.62x51mm NATO rounds. The RFB will handle both. The detachable 20-round magazine is of metric FAL sty1e, and yes, some regular FAL magazines will work. Some won’t, so you’ll just have to try them. For the poor souls who live in areas of government oppression, 10and 5-round magazines are available. In those same benighted areas, the RFB is supplied without the A2style compensator at the muzzle. The controls are all conveniently located. The cocking handle is on the left side at the front but can be switched to the right side. The other controls are all ambidextrous. The magazine release and the bolt latch are both at the rear of the magazine housing. The safety lever is perfectly placed, at the top of the handgrip. The trigger pull on my gun is a crisp 6 pounds, with no take-up and minimal over-travel. There is a 10" Picatinny rail on top, so you can decide what you want in the sight department. I attached my trusty ADCO red-dot sight, and it worked well, as usual. I will note this unit costs a lot less than others of its type, and I have used it on several different guns, always with perfect results. Other features of the RFB include a rubber recoil pad, and comfortable handgrip. The barrel is offered in two lengths, 18" and 24". The one shown here is the 18" version. The barrel is The Kel-Tec RFB can fire both commercial .308 (left) and 7.62mm NATO. The Kel-Tec uses metric-style FAL magazines and comes with one mag. While the RFB worked perfectly with the supplied mag, be wary as not every used or aftermarket mag will work reliably. The empty cases come out at the port J.B. points to here. The ejection tube opening is on the left side, above the barrel, and the gas adjustment can be seen above the port. No sights are present and a Picatinny rail is factory mounted. Here, an ADCO red-dot sight was mounted to the RFB for the test. 38 The Kel-Tec RFB is a forward ejecting rifle of bullpup design (above). The controls are easy to use and empties eject forward out of a tube at the front of the fore-end. Controls are easily accessible. W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • M AY 2 0 1 2