Kel-Tec RFB now shipping

After being delayed a few time the Kel-Tec RFB .308 Bullpup is now shipping.

Kel-Tec:

We are happy to confirm that the RFB is in production and shipping to distributors (yes, it’s true!). We are currently shipping small batches, however full-scale production will commence in the coming weeks! On a similar note, we have purchased three (3) new CNC machines specifically for RFB production.

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More info on the RFB.





Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Fox

    I really like the design, but Kel-Tec needs to offer more barrel length options. 16 or 32… so, too short or too long for good accuracy. There seems to be some questions rolling around if 32 is actually so long that it no longer increases fps, but rather passes the top of the bell-curve and starts to slow it.

    • Fox, the current model shipping is the 18″ carbine. The long barrel may slow it down but it is designed for target shooting, not hunting or tactical.

  • Tom

    I agree that something in the 22-24″ range would be excellent as well, but I’d definitely grab one of the 18-inchers myself if I had the cash. I’ve read numerous reviews (and AGI’s GunTech mag is doing a thorough test as well) that really praise the trigger and all around comfort of the gun.

    The last range report I read showed pretty solid accuracy at a hundred yards, even for a short barrel. I really do hope I can get my hands on a carbine and write my own report someday 🙂

  • dogon1013

    barrel length is only one part of the equation when it comes to asking if the bullet will get slowed down while in the barrel. The other part is the loading and pressur levels of the cartridge itself.

    32″ is not even close to too long for the standard .308 cartridges out there (it is a high pressure cartridge).
    now, if you shoot subsonic ammo, you might have that problem, but the whole point of a 32″ barrel is to shoot special loads that take advantage of the extra barrel length, not to shoot wimpy loads.

    There are supposed to be 18″, 24″, 26″, and 32″ barrel lengths available (eventually). 16″ barrel on the RFB would make it an SBR (short barrel rifle) since the overall length would then be too short.

  • CanaganD

    There are 18, 24, 32 barrel lengths. 32″ version comes with a some other stuff like a 6 way adjustable trigger.

  • Don

    This is a really interesting concept. I get why ejecting out the front is needed, with the action back near your body. Only thing is, what if that tube jams? It’s gotta be hard to clear if a split case gets or mud or something gets lodged in there. The videos i see of this thing show the cases trickling out slowly. They don’t look like they’re pushed out with any force. Would that tube fill up and jam the next round if you were firing at an upward angle?

    -D

  • Zack

    Is there an MSRP, I plan to get one of these bad boys when I get out of Basic/AIT

  • Fox

    If it’s slowing the round back down, then it’s not being optimal to the ballistics of the round, and therefore would be less accurate… wouldn’t you think?

  • jdun1911

    Kel-Tec is putting a lot of money into this rifle. Three new CNC machine is not cheap (yes I know it depends on the model).

  • DK

    The MSRP on the RFB is $1880.

  • Edward

    do they make a california leagal 308 keltek ?

  • This looks very promising. Will you be offering this bullpup configuration in .223 cal. I think most of us in Law Enforcement would love to get one of these critters in that caliber?

    Thank You

    • Joseph, I just write about guns! Kel-Tec is the manufacturer. As far as I know they do not have plans to make it in .223. I suspect they do not want to compete with all of the .223 / 5.56 bullpups on the market.

  • Karl

    Well I’ll be definately getting one of these, probably the 24″ barrel. This looks great and for the quality I think 1.8k is a fair price

    Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these bad boys!

  • RFP Fan

    Does anyone have any recommendations were to get high grade after market barrel for the RFP.
    A wonderful weapon that I want to build on.

  • QuietMan

    They are shipping Nassau County NY.
    With a 24″ barrel what a hot little fire stick.
    Fits right in the back pack.

  • BP Smithy

    There are many local guys throughout NY that do a re-barrel lining in .308 base cartridges; RFB barrel relined to your favorite (cartridge) caliber.

    .243 Winchester, .260 Remington (aka 6.5-08 A-Square), the 7 mm-08 Remington, .338 Federal, .358 Winchester

    Same Cartridge size different size hole/tip.
    Clip are all the same.

  • Barrel Maker

    I know if the RFB sell well, that there will be many accessory and after market products for this weapon like the Ruger 10/22 & mini-14.

    RFB seems to be a well designed rifle that is based on a wonderful cartridge that can handle pressures well over 50,000 psi.

    I would be interested in rebuilding one of these baby’s to handle some very hot .260 Rem. 3400-3700 fps with 100g-120g bullet screaming through a 24″ bulk chrome molly barrel.

    I am getting excited just thinking about it.
    What an amazing semi auto flat shooting iron this will be.

    Note: Barrel twist is determined correctly based on
    pressure-projectile size & bullet weight.

    Beta Drums fit….

    Be care out there……….

  • LowLife

    The British SA80 is a well built 223 Bulpup design which has been battle field tested by our English brothers.
    It is a good choice if your looking for a 223 varmit rifle.
    Not too good for anything else beside people & varmits.

    Keltec RFB in 308 (7.62*51mm) is a hot little shooting Iron that will put down any creature that can be found in North America.

    Be careful our there.

  • wait4aGoodShotPIMP

    Keltec RFB in 308 is the hottest rifle -I have ever owned.
    It fits in a.gym or a large computer shoulder bag.
    With 2-4 power optic its easy to aim + hit anything quickly out to 250 meters.
    Break it down and slap in a 32″ barrel change optics and you’ll be knocking down targets out to 1200 meters. I’ve done it.

    I love this Rifle.

  • JimmyB

    I Love this rifle.
    But the only draw back is that it is that the bulpup design restricts you to max 30 round mags. I have tried several types of Drums.
    The only one that seems to work, but is hard to shoot, is the betatec 100-round drums.

    It is still a great rifle even with its restriction of only being able to spit out 30 rounds at a time.

    Give some 140 gr ap. rounds a try.
    Big fun shoot up a cinder block wall.
    Flies thru a piece of half inch steel plate like its butter.
    Lots of fun.