Keltec RDB-S: new on AllOutdoor

What that rifle is, really.

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14 Responses to Keltec RDB-S: new on AllOutdoor

  1. LarryArnold says:

    Great photos, as usual, except for the last one. Back in the day shooting over the lake was a no-no, and would have gotten me paddled and disarmed.

    Ever skip a stone? Send a bullet skipping over water, and who knows where it will end up. It’s a point I make in every Hunter Education class.

    Reading the article, however, made me realize I don’t have every gun I “need.”

    • Lyle says:

      Don’t ever defend yourself with a firearm if you’re near water then? That’s what you’re saying?

      News for ya; bullets skip off of dry land too, more often than not.

      • LarryArnold says:

        The photo didn’t seem to show self-defense.

        There are lots of shots I would never try while target shooting or hunting, but I might be forced to take in self-defense; like in my home, in town, where the bad guy was near someone innocent, etc.

        Over water is one such, over a skyline is a similar example.


      • Peter says:

        Exactly, I found that out the hard way when I shot .22LR tracers for the first time. Thinking the projectiles would go into the freshly plowed farmland, I saw them ricocheting away in directions I never thought possible.

  2. Ray says:

    1200+ dollars=OUCH! That’s far too expensive for a plastic 5.56. But that has become the Kel-Tech trade mark. Grossly over priced plastic, and stamped sheet steel. With MSRP’s in the 1200-2500 dollar range I can’t see myself buying one.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      How much are other plastic stocked rifles, like SCAR or BREN?

      • Ray says:

        About the same or MUCH higher. I don’t own(or want) one of them ether. I love finely crafted weapons. But the generation of weapons that has mushroomed since the 90’s has just left me cold. I really hate plastic guns. So I don’t buy them. Not rifles and not handguns. I don’t care if others do. I have yet to see one I considered worth the money. It just my “hang up”.

  3. Lyle says:

    That front sight bugs me, especially now that I’ve seen the close-up.

    As far as the price? I wouldn’t be concerned about that. I just now looked at a four thousand dollar flintlock rifle (not an antique, mind you) at Track of the Wolf. They have these for sale all the time, from about a thousand, up to around ten thousand dollars, and they sell. Would you rather have a flintlock long rifle for survival, or a twelve hundred dollar semiautomatic? Different rifles, totally different reasons for having them.

    There’s a niche market for anything you can imagine, and lots of things you cannot imagine. A twelve hundred dollar rifle, price-wise, is well within the mainstream. Have you priced an M1A recently?

    • Ray says:

      LRB M14SA ,was 2200++ USD last time I looked. And Yeh. I know about “Track of the Wolf” . I have more than a few original and custom rock poppers, as my brother, “Moose” has been building them for over 40 years, and seems to know everybody at Friendship. It isn’t so much the price I object too as it is for the price they want for stamped sheet steel and injection molded plastic. IMO. It simply is in no way worth the kind of money Kel-Tech is asking. Bulk barrel blanked, plastic stocked & stamped hardware are not even on the same page as something with a handmade ,forged and rifled , swamped barrel. Fold welded lockwork and furniture with P++++ fiddle back cherry rootwood , bass relief carved stock with silver and MOP inlay.

      • Lyle says:

        Yes I tend to agree with a lot of that. “To each his own” would be the operating phrase here. I love a well-made American Long rifle with fine wood and beautifully fitted inlay work, but others would scoff at the capability-per-dollar factor of such a piece. Some scoff at stamped metal and plastic, while others would exalt the unique handling and operational benefits. I’m still bothered by that front sight, and the extreme sight-over-bore offset that most bullpups exhibit, more than the price.

        • Oleg Volk says:

          3.25″ is a lot of offset! On the plus side, no muzzle rise at all.

        • Naaman Brown says:

          With a conventional gun you get a higher offset with glass sights than you get with iron sights.

          The RDB appears to have the same offset of line of sight between the irons and the glass sights.

          It is high, but that is not the type of rifle you carry to take headshots on squirrels (although that would be doable if you studied the line of sight, line of bore, and trajectory seriously.

  4. Antibubba says:

    With a pinned stock and a 10-round magazine, that should be completely CA legal.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      It would still be too short for the 30″ OAL requirement. But RDB-C with 20.6″ barrel would be legal.

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