Safety Harbor Firearms KES for AR-10

Safety Harbor KES

Safety Harbor Firearms is working on a new version of its Kompact Entry Stock (KES) that will work with AR-10/7.62×51 platform rifles. The following videos show a rifle with the prototype KES and associated buffer, carrier and spring being test fired.

There are a variety of these kinds of compact stocks on the market for the AR-15 platform. A number of them require the use of a special bolt carrier group and buffer. The KES is one of those.

Although information on the AR-10 version of the KES is relatively limited and certainly not finalized, the existing KES can suggest where the company may be taking the new model. Existing KES models can be had with two position (open/closed) or four position adjustments.

The existing kits ship with a stock assembly, buffer, buffer spring and bolt carrier. These allow the rifle to function correctly with the reduced buffer tube length. Kompact Entry Stock pricing for the AR-15 is $350. I would expect the new .308 version to be in the same neighborhood.

For those not familiar with Safety Harbor Firearms, the company is based in the Tampa Bay area. They manufacture a number of different gun products including .50 BMG conversions for the AR-15 and short barreled shotguns like this Kompact Entry Gun (KEG).

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  • BattleshipGrey

    I like the innovative attempts at shortening the AR, but the cost involved for a few inches difference doesn’t seem worth it.

    • thedonn007

      Saving my money for a .308 Bullpup.

      • iksnilol

        A Korobov TKB in 308 w/ 18 inch barrel using M14 mags would be nice.

        Would be like less than 60 cm long.

    • Jason Lewis

      Agreed, especially with a 308. You really gonna clear rooms with something that can penetrate walls like a 308?

  • KestrelBike

    TooSexyTooExpensive: 3-0-8 Driffft.

  • DIR911911 .

    i like everything but the price , find me a $150 off coupon and i might have to get one

    • Sianmink

      Keep in mind that it comes with its own recoil spring, extension, bolt carrier and buffer, so that’s 4 fewer components you need to buy adding to its value.

      • Jason Lewis

        Building from scratch it sounds like a good deal.

  • Cymond

    I’ve seen a lot of comments about how sliding-style PDW stocks suck, but several companies offer them, and the list seems to be growing. A few years ago, NEA in Canada was the only company making then for the AR-15.

    • Paladin

      There’s definitely a market for them, whether that market is there because of actual practical value or sheer LCF is up for debate. But far be it from me to criticize someone for putting something on their gun just because it looks cool, I’ve been guilty of that more times than I can count, even with taking my socks off.

      • Cymond

        Yeah, I know there must be a market since production is expanding. It’s just a weird juxtaposition between the negative comments and the actual commercial success.

  • Kinda looks like the Troy M7 PDW stock kit

    • Anonymoose

      I wonder if it has to use a crappy proprietary bolt carrier, like the M7 PDW…

  • Steve Truffer

    And to think, an individual on ARFcom made an m231 pattern stock & buffer tube work with only the need of a special buffer. The solution is not at all complex.

  • Y K

    Only a FOOL would waste money on this “compact” stock -no big deal, a few inches shorter on an AR-10. Just take 3 – 100’s a fifty and flush them down the toilet.