When the Kel-Tec KSG appeared at the SHOT Show 2011, it was a strange and odd appearing shotgun. Appearances aside, how can you pass up a shotgun with 14+1 capacity and the ability to change between 2 different types of ammunition by simply sliding a lever to the other side in a total length of 26 inches? Well with all great new ideas, there are problems.

When the KSG was introduced in 2011 it suffered from a “dead” trigger. After you fired, if you still had your finger holding the trigger back and cycled the pump, the trigger would not reset and you would get a “dead” trigger.


Another rather significant issue was the placement of the action release lever. It was directly in front of the trigger guard and if you happen to have big fingers or bad placement, when you rack the slide back you could slam into your finger causing pain to you and the shotgun to possibly short stroke.

Fast forward to 2012 and Kel-Tec KSG has been improved by directly addressing the issues it previously had. Just a side note here, if the manufacturer listens to its customers and addresses and fixes the issues they are having, they are alright in my book.

This YouTube video shows you the differences between the original model and the new model of the KSG without the major flaw.

If you don’t want to watch the video here is the issues they address and fix with the new model

– Trigger reset is fixed now

The new action release can be reached easier

– Updated the action release bar- Instead of having to reach your finger around the trigger guard to reach the release, you can reach it by simply extending your finger straight across the trigger guard

– Added cutouts along the magazine tubes so you can see how much ammo you have left in each tube

– A quick release choke adapter is being worked on now

Now, one possible issue that has not been addressed is the lower rail. The top rail is made of metal, however the bottom rail is made of plastic.

Over at TheTruthAboutGuns.com a reader had posted on their site saying that the bottom plastic rail had broken off within 10 shots of first firing it with a new fore-grip.

Now, this is the only time I have seen this problem posted on the internet. And being plastic, I am sure it was bound to happen sometime. But, at the same time it could just happen to be one lemon out of the lot.

This is a new issue that is being brought up. How Kel-Tec decides to answer it is any ones guess. It could just be a bad batch of plastic that got used and that would be the end of it. It could call for a material change, either a different type of plastic or change to metal. Who knows for sure.

The Kel-Tec KSG has caught my eye since the beginning. 14+1 capacity. Extremely short bullpup shotgun design only 26 inches long. The ability to switch between 2 different types of ammunition with only a flick of the switch and a rail on top to mount whatever type of optics you want.

I am not a fan of the bullpup design, but because of the functionality of this shotgun, it will have a place in my collection. However, I am going to hold off just a little bit longer to see what direction Kel-Tec is going to take this shotgun in before I buy one.

So, is the Kel-Tec KSG a good shotgun? Sure it has had it flaws and I am sure there will be a few more before all the kinks are worked out of it. But every firearm has issues when it first comes out, if these remaining flaws get addressed and fixed, the KSG has the potential to be a really great, fun and useful edition to your firearms collection.