Kel-Tec PLR 16 Field Strip (SBR)

The Kel-Tec PLR-16 (Pistol Long Range) is an impressively light 5.56 caliber pistol that shares the same action as the SU-16 rifles. In this field strip, we take a look at one that has been SBRed and take it apart.

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– [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C with TFBTV and for today’s field strip we’re going to go ahead and look at a Kel-Tec PLR-16 that I’ve just gotten my stamp back and went ahead and SBR’d, put a nice shoulder stock on there.

Even with the shoulder stock and everything it only weighs four pounds, six ounces and that’s under two kilograms for you folks that base your system of weights and measures on an arbitrary chunk of platinum that they keep stored somewhere in France.

But, I digress a little bit, even with the stock it’s very handy, it’s very light, very pointable and shootable it even looks a little bit cooler, I think with that stock on there but it still probably not the best looking firearm I own.

So let’s go ahead and do a quick chamber check the bullet does lock to the rear on an empty magazine.

It does not however have a release like a ping-pong paddle on a AR-15/M16.

But to start the disassembly process, go ahead and press this pin out that’s located to the rear of the lower receiver and then you can separate the two halves.

Once you’ve done this, go ahead and turn your attention towards the gas tube.

Push it forward and rotate it upwards.

As this point, you can go ahead and pull the charging handle rearwards a little bit and free up that piston.

Once you get to this point remove the charting handle rotate the piston upwards and remove the bolt carrier group from the bottom.

Now to further disassemble the bolt carrier group go ahead and use your charting handle to poke out firing pin, retaining pin remove your firing pin from the rear take out your Cam Pin and take the bolt out of the front.

You can also remove your extractor if you wish.

So I just grabbed a simple pin punch and did that.

Now, to take off the piston head for cleaning, go ahead and use a bullet tip or punch or anything available to you to poke out a little cross pin and yank it on out of there.

Now that’s actually all that’s required to field strip the Kel-Tec PLR-16.

These are very light, very handy cool guns.

The SU-16 series uses the same action basically.

Which are also cool. They’re very compact and they, a lot of them fold it together in themselves which make great backpacking, camping guns, things like that.

Or if you want to keep a gun inside a small boat or something like that.

Take a look at the Kel-Tec Su-16’s. Cool guns.

If I’m not mistaken, quite a few of them are California legal, so they’re popular options out there.

And in the PLR form, they’re just plain cool, I think.

But, I might be a little bias because I’m just very, very excited and happy that I got to stand back.

Anyways guys, we hope you enjoyed this video.

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Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Slim934

    How reliably do these keltec rifles run?

    • I can do a full review if the readers would like me to.

      • random reader

        really looking forward to watch a full review

      • Gorilla Biscuit

        I for one, would like to see a case of M855A1 bump fired through it.

      • ozzallos .

        If you’re going to do that, do a head to head– PLR16 vs Extar 556.
        They’re effectively the same class of weapon. Extar comes in as cheaper and lighter.

    • Pete Sheppard

      If you can stand him, Nutnfancy did several videos on the SU16C where he found them very reliable.

      • David Harmon

        That dude babbles too much, and he’s a Ted Cruz fan….

        • Pete Sheppard

          Yea, he doth babble much, but Cruz is a point in his favor. After all, Cruz has consistently and energetically supported RKBA, along with the rest of the Constitution, even when it greatly irritated everyone else…

          • David Harmon

            Yeah, sure he is…

            Right before he became a citizen he was 100% pro-Constitution. That’s why he’s running for the only office that makes mention of being restricted to only natural born citizens.

          • Pete Sheppard

            That argument has been settled so many times…
            OTOH, a Certain Candidate is on record as being for an AWB, before it became convenient to be against it–along with just aqbout every other conservative issue. One wonders when the wind will shift again…

          • David Harmon

            If it had been settled, the courts wouldn’t be talking about it right now, which they are.

            That other candidate isn’t bought and paid for, so he’ll be more likely to be pro-whatever the people that put him into office want, as opposed to being bought and paid for by foreign interests and corporate interests.

          • Doug73

            That other candidate will most certainly be bought and paid for by the time he raises the half-billion dollars he’ll still need to compete with the financial juggernaut that will be his opponent. He ain’t spending his own money on that. Some even say he doesn’t have that kind of money in liquid form anyway. And I can only laugh at people who would donate money to…a billionaire. One who constantly brags about his wealth, no less.

            Moreover, if you think him changing his mind about guns is more about “the truth” than pure, craven opportunism, well…I would call that “being gullible.” It’s not as if he was anti-gun 30 years ago or something. He was anti-gun as recently as seven years ago, as a 62 year-old man. How many 60+ year-old men do you know who do a COMPLETE 180 on several political and policy issues?? I can’t say I know many, because usually by that age you sorta believe whatever it is you believe. To think a person changes their views on guns, abortion, taxation and a lot of other important issues that late in life, is a little unbelievable. More than a little, really.

            Trump has figured out and applied an old lesson: if you merely tell people what they really, really want to hear, a surprising number of them will fixate on that and completely forget that nothing in your background suggests you even remotely believe a great deal of what you’re saying.

            Trump is a good salesman. He could sell ice to an Eskimo. For the love of God, his first book (from 1986 I believe) even mentions that sales is all about manipulating peoples’ perceptions. I.e., this guy has flat-out said (in so many words) “I am a bullsh*t artist!” Yet, millions can still be fooled by him.

            Pro tip: never trust what a politician says. Look at what they DO if you want to see their true nature. Trump saw that the GOP has become a self-made disaster, and in that he saw an opening for himself…regardless of the fact that little in his life background suggests he believes much of what he’s currently saying.

            And none of this is to even mention his crudeness, lack of suitable temperament for office, rash judgment, and a whole host of other factors that make him a joke of a candidate for POTUS. He will get CRUSHED in the general election, because most Americans will see him for what he actually is. There aren’t enough “true believers” for him to scrape up even 1/3 of the electoral college vote (which is what actually decides the Presidency.)

            But as is often the case with drug addicts, the GOP will have to hit rock bottom before it decides whether it wants to live or die. Trump as the GOP’s standard bearer is a symbol that “rock bottom” might be getting nigh close.

            P.S. Imagine if a Democrat called a POW a “loser” because that POW got captured. Trump supporters, and conservatives in general, would absolutely LOSE THEIR SH*T if that happened. And rightly so! But Trump says it, and his supporters are like, “Meh, whatever. I like him, so I’ll put up with that kind of unforgivable insult. Because…TRUMP!”

            I swear, I increasingly think his supporters might like him because they’re as unprincipled as Trump himself.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Would look cooler with one of those collapsible wire stocks.

    • randomswede

      An MP5A3 style stock could look cool too.

  • KestrelBike

    These are going for $500 for just the pistol on gunbroker; I don’t see why someone wouldn’t just buy/build an AR for the same cost (before you buy the plr’s stock adaptor) and then have ultimate parts compatibility. Even in lame places like CA, the pistols and carbines are legal, but the SBR factor is moot because CA prohibits NFA items for all but the deepest-rolling players (think Schwarzenegger… guys like him can get away with it. Oh and Taran Butler’s enterprise).

    Nevertheless it’s cool and beauty in the eye of the beholder, but..the only real saving grace here has gotta be the weight savings.

    lol edit: http://www.gunbroker dot com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=554380142

    • ProLiberty82

      It’s dat weight bruh, and SBR’ed these guns look to be the perfect “Truck gun”, I can even see these as a survival rifles in some cases.

    • If you could build me an AR SBR that’s under 4lbs for $750, you would have a point. I own several AR-15 SBRs, and I still think the PLR-16 SBR (SU-16D9) is amazing for a rifle-caliber weapon.

      • ProLiberty82

        It’s even lighter than their SUB-2000 9mm carbine!

    • ozzallos .

      “I don’t see why someone wouldn’t just buy/build an AR for the same cost ”
      …Buffer tube. The real value in these is a folding stock.

  • ProLiberty82

    Looks handy as heck! I would have put on a Aimpoint micro and a Noveske KX3 for comfort. Is that a thread protector on the end btw, and did you get the papers for a suppressor as well?

  • randomswede

    For the record Alex; the Imperial units are standardized from the metric units these days, gone are the days of barleycorn.

    • I base my pounds on grains of cereal and hire people based on the recommendations of my phrenologist.
      **posting from carriage**

    • nadnerbus

      “My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead!”

      • nadnerbus

        dang, that pic was big sorry lol

  • Arthur

    I had one and it was great! Piston driven with a red lion trigger. It was very accurate and easy to shoot. However, it would not extract steel ammo which I have accumulated a significant amount of. I didn’t know Kel-tec advised against steel ammo. I wouldn’t say it had battle rifle longevity but I would trust it just as much as my Shield, Glock or Ruger.

    • Doug73

      Yup, reliable and fun guns. But steel-cased ammo should not be used. I tried it, and the SU-16 I owned was a jam-o-matic with steel-cased, regardless of how clean the rifle was.

  • Sid Collins

    Are there stock adapters for the SU-16? If so, it would eliminate the SBR stamp to put the collapsible stock on an SU-16.

    Seriously considering the PLR-16 with SBR stamp as my next acquisition.

    • DW

      Keltec sells them, and the complete gun is called SU16E

    • Gorilla Biscuit

      Found this on google

  • Pete Sheppard

    If you have the SBR paperwork and approval, you can attach any SU lower receiver and trigger group, so the ‘Charlie’ underfolder would fit nicely on the SBR’d PLR16.
    Also, as long as you keep the chamber clean, they run just fine on steel, manual restrictions notwithstanding. I’ve run lots of steel through my SU16, and didn’t have problems until chamber fouling caused cases to stick–to the point I had to hammer them out using a cleaning rod section. After a good chamber scrub, the rifle ticks along perfectly.

    • Cymond

      Yeah, but judging from the Lucky Gunner Labs article, bimetal bullet jackets will wear out your barrel in 4-5 thousand rounds. That’s fine if the barrel can be replaced for $100, not so good on PLR SBR.

      • DW

        IIRC you have to have the rifle/pistol shipped back to keltec for barrel replacement, usually not a big deal but some lucky SoB SBRed them, making it complicated.

      • Pete Sheppard

        Thanks for that tip. I have decided to minimize use of steel ammo, just to be extra careful.

    • The Raven

      Had the same thing happen to me with my 16C…

  • Badwolf

    Sevres, France. And the ipk’s mass seems to be changing.

  • Vitor Roma

    The very short barrel begs for .300BLK.

    • ozzallos .

      Pretty sure keltec promised that at one point and failed to deliver. I think it was even posted on this site.

      • ChierDuChien

        KelTec has been too busy making pellet pistols for Crossman under a subcontract.

        Those 300BLK folks want more shooters in their caliber to drive the cost of ammo down.

  • Arthur

    If steel works for you then you have a keeper. The tolerances in mine wouldn’t allow for it.

  • Don Ward

    Shots fired! Imperial system is Best system!

  • town22

    12 parts, not bad. How will it shoot in different climates and weather?