Kel-Tec offers a compact pistol-calibre carbine that is both
effective and versatile at an afforadable price with the Sub 2000
Offered in both 9mm and .40 S&W (reviewed here) the Sub 2000
rifle utilizes popular handgun magazines in its different version.
One can purchase a Glock or Beretta grip model, and that model
will use the same magazines that the handgun uses. The reviewed
model pictured is configured in a Glock 22 handgrip and uses all
magazines that a Glock 22 handgun can use.
The 9mm SUB-2000 can be configured in the following magazine
types: GLK17, GLK19, S&W59, BERETTA92, SIG226.
The .40 SUB-2000 can be configured in the following magazine
types: GLK22, GLK23, BERETTA96, S&W4006, SIG226.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS - Kel Tec
SUB-2000 / MSRP $409.00
Calibers: 9mm Luger 40 S&W
Weight unloaded: 4.0 lbs. 1.8kg
Length Open: 29.5" 749mm
Length Closed: 16" 406mm
Barrel length: 16.1" 408mm
Aperture rear, Circular hood, Adjustable front Practical
range/ over : 150yds 150m
Rifle features an internal keyed deployment lock. Rifle can
be reduced to a size of16" x 7" to facilitate secure
storage: 406 x 178 mm
The bolt can be locked in the rear position by the operating
handle. The main safety is of protected push bolt type disconnecting
the trigger bar and interlocking the hammer and sear. By
rotating the barrel upwards and back, the SUB-2000 can be
reduced to a size of 16" x 7" to facilitate secure
storage and utilize the internal deployment lock which is
operated by a proprietary key. The rear sight is of aperture
type and the fluorescent front sight can be adjusted for
windage and elevation. The SUB-2000 can easily be disassembled
for cleaning or inspection without tools.
SUB-2000 USERS MANUAL (PDF)
carbine is made of space-age Zytel and only weighs 4 lbs. making
it the lightest rifle out of the pistol calibre carbines currently
available (the class would include Hi-Point Carbines, Berretta
Storm, Masterpiece Arms carbines, etc.)
Another unque feature of the Sub2k is that it folds in half .
It can be locked in the folded position with an integral lock
on the front sight, and is 16 inches across collapsed, allowing
it to be transported in a large pistol case or even thrown in
a backpack or briefcase.
-compact (folds in half)
-uses handgun magazines (cross platform with your existing handgun,
different capacity options)
-Hard to get. Long waiting period. Kel-Tec's fullfilment to shops
is notoriously slow. Online auciton may be your best bet for some
of the more esoteric models. (9mm Glock versions seem to be more
abundant than others).
Tec's online store.
has some nice accessories for the Sub-2000, including a buffer
cylinder, a bolt tube cover, and operating handle cover.
The aluminum quad-rail forend available directly from Kel
Tec allows for the mounting of optics, lights, and grips.
The adjustable front sight post is fitted on with adhesive.
One can dremmel the collar to remove it, and some after-market
options of barrel shrouds are available.
Testing the Sub 2000 at the Zombtac compound.
We tested the Kel Tec with both BVAC 180 grain hollow point (once
fired brass) ammo as well as Winchester bulk-pack FMJ target rounds.
Putting it throug a couple hundred rounds the Sub 2K had zero
failur to fires, and zero failure to ejects. Our old Glock 22
pre-ban (NY) magazines fed flawlessly.
After shooting 12 gauge shotguns the recoil on the Sub 2K felt
like an air rifle. Despite only weighing 4 lbs the muzzle jump
was minimal and the entire gun was very managable for follow up
sub rifle was quite accurate right out of the box, it's large
front sight proving fairly adequete at 50 yard range. The groupings
were decent and rapid fire magazine dumps went off without a hitch.
Sub 2000 with 31 round magazine.
- No other carbine on the market has the fold-in-half compactibility
of the "Sub2K".