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KEL-TEC CNC

INDUSTRIES INC

1505 Cox Road
Cocoa FL 32926
tel:
321-631-0068
fax:
321-631-1169

Hello!

We've had a lot of questions come in regarding possible new ammunition recommendations in response to the updated barrel design. The overall list of recommended ammunition hasn't really changed, however there is something we feel is worth noting.

After extensive testing with various ammunition we have concluded that all remaining key-holing issues have been isolated to one particular brand and weight of ammunition. Unfortunately this seems to be the most common and available ammunition: CCI Maxi-Mag 40gr.

The 30gr and 50gr varieties of CCI shoot flawlessly, as do other brands of 30gr., 40gr., and 50gr. ammunition. For some reason, though, it seems that the 40gr. CCI Maxi-Mag in particular still has sporadic key-holing. At this point in time we have deemed it ammunition specific and recommend trying a different grain or brand of ammunition if your PMR-30 is still continuing to key-hole with an updated barrel.

This in no way means that all of your CCI Maxi-Mag 40gr. will key-hole; it just means we have experienced occasional key-holing with that particular ammunition and feel we should make everyone aware of it in the event you experience the same thing we have.

We'll be sure to keep you updated if we find out anything more!

As it stands, continue to steer clear of non-USA manufactured .22WMR rounds as they have a higher risk of case-rupturing due to inferior quality.

Thank you.

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10
Jul 2011

KSG Update II

Hello from Kel-Tec!

We have been receiving an abnormally large number of calls pertaining specifically to seeing the KSG for sale on sites like Gunbroker.com.

The bottom line is this: they are hoaxes. Kel-Tec has not shipped any weapons that are allowed to be sold. Up until this point all weapons shipped are for testing and evaluation purposes only and any testers caught selling a testing weapon will be dealt with on our end.

We have personally investigated all instances of KSGs being sold online and have deemed them all to be untrue. We caution the public to be wary of these sales as they do not have the product to provide to the winner of these auctions.

When the KSG starts shipping to distributors for resale we will make an announcement here on the site to let everyone know.

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16
Jun 2011

KSG Update I

Hello from Kel-Tec! We have been receiving numerous inquiries on the status of the KSG, so we felt an update was necessary. There had been some rumors that we had stopped production on the KSG, which we'd like to quell right now. The KSG is in early production at the moment with small runs going out for testing and evaluation. Things are moving along nicely here in regards to getting the KSG out on time. We are confident that the KSG will be shipping in full quantities by year's end as previously anticipated. We appreciate everyone's interest in this phenomenal shotgun design! If there are any changes we will be sure to post them here on the News section.

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The new barrels are finished and we've resumed normal PMR-30 shipments. The new twist rate of the barrels has eliminated the potential for key-holing. It ended up coming out to a 1:11 twist.

IMPORTANT: If your PMR-30 is experiencing key-holing (the bullet tumbles end over end rather than spiraling), please notify us via phone: 321-631-0068 (use the Accessory Sales option), or contact our Customer Service Manager via email: csmanager@kel-tec-cnc.com to arrange for a replacement barrel to be sent out to you. There is no charge and we do not require the original barrel. When emailing, please provide your name, mailing address, and serial number for verification.

The easiest way to see if your barrel is affected is to shoot at paper targets and see if the bullets are hitting the paper sideways. You should be able to see quite clearly if the bullet is hitting abnormally. If the holes look normal then your barrel is unaffected. It is up to the shooter to follow safe shooting practices during this process. Use eye and ear protection at all times and do not point the firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.

Please note that if your serial number is W2LXX or above, you already have the latest barrel and no replacement will be provided.

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As time has progressed, so has the PMR-30. Since the start of the year the PMR-30 has been shipping in full quantities to all of our distributors on a rotating basis (to make it fair for all distributors). Recently we have been made aware of a potential issue that we feel our customers should definitely be made aware of.

We are in the middle of a re-design to our barrel due to key-holing concerns. For those unfamiliar with key-holing, basically it is when the bullet tumbles end over end rather than travelling stable with a solid spiral. It seems as though the 1:16 twist ratio of our barrels isn't quite preventing these issues from occurring. We are currently testing new twist ratios for the PMR-30 so that these issues no longer occur (1:9 and 1:12).

There has also been a cosmetic change to the barrel: we have removed the fluting on the barrel. The initial fluted design was for weight reduction, however it was time-consuming to produce. We have created a new design that matches the weight and decreases production time significantly. It will look like a more traditional pistol.

IMPORTANT: For customers who DO own a PMR-30 and are experiencing key-holing, you may send your barrel in to be replaced by the newly redesigned versions once they are available. When they are available, a status update will be made so that our customers know that they can go ahead and send their barrel in for replacement. Shipping costs will be reimbursed, of course. Once the new design is tested and implemented, we will post all necessary information for sending back your defective barrel for replacement.

As of today: 5/10/2011, we are halting shipments on the PMR-30 to reduce the number of potential key-holing pistols that go out. We estimate a 2-week period until shipments are resumed. We sincerely apologize to everyone who is affected by this. We hope that our customers understand that we are trying hard to make sure that the best possible product goes out.

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Hello again from Kel-Tec!  We felt it necessary to give another status update on the PMR-30 for those who have been waiting very patiently.

 

As you probably have read from our previous statements, the PMR-30 has had some speed bumps to hitting full production.  We finally had gotten everything up and running in full at the beginning of December, which unfortunately happened to lead right into our annual two week Holiday break.  During this break (from December 17-January 2), the factory is completely shut down so that all employees can spend time with their families.  This also means no shipments are sent, no mail received, no repairs received, no emails received, no phone calls received, no web-store orders processed or shipped, etc. until our return. 

 

Since our return on January 3 we have continued to produce the PMR-30, although there was a bit of set-up time when we first came back since the machines had been completely shut down for 2 weeks.  As it stands, the PMR-30 is shipping consistently and we expect it to ship regularly from now on.  We still have a very large back-order to work through so it will still be a little bit before they start to become readily available and easy to find. 

 

We apologize for the wait some customers have had to endure, it certainly isn't intentional.  We gain no benefit from not shipping products, although some distributors and dealers have seemed to have found ways to benefit from this.  As an added note, Kel-Tec does not engage in price gouging on any level.  All products shipped to distributors are sold at a flat rate that reflects the original MSRP.  That being said, we have no control over distributors or dealers in regards to their prices (I know the inflated prices have frustrated many looking to purchase), all we can provide is a suggested retail.  The rest is up to the discretion of the distributors and dealers selling them, and the customers purchasing them.

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13
Jan 2011

Emails back-log

We wanted to inform those that had sent emails from the first week of January up until we disabled the Contact Us page that our current system was not sending us emails from that first week.  Once we finally fixed it we were bombarded with almost 6 days worth of emails at the same time so we are working as fast as we can to address every email that was sent as well as those currently coming in.  We will have the Contact Us page back up and running on Monday (1/17) which will be answered normally, but for those who sent emails from that first week we are still working through them.  We WILL answer all of the emails, it just may take a little longer than is desirable.

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The time for secrecy is nearing its end.  This SHOT Show, Kel-Tec will be revealing its next ground-breaking product: the KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun). 

 

The KSG is our first entry into the shotgun market.  The size, shape and design are similar to the currently available Kel-Tec RFB rifle, but the KSG ejects downward, instead of forward.  The KSG weighs 6.9lbs and is as compact as legally possible with a 26.1" overall length and an 18.5" cylinder bore barrel.  Even with this compact size, the internal dual tube magazines hold an impressive 6 rounds of 12 gage 3" shells each, for a total capacity of 6+6+1 (7 per tube if using 2-3/4" shells).  The simple and reliable pump action feeds from either the left or right tube.  The feed side is manually selected by a lever located behind the trigger guard.  The lever can be positioned in the center detent in order to easily clear the chamber without feeding another round from either magazine.  A cross bolt style safety blocks the sear, and the pump release lever is located in front of the trigger guard.

 

The pump includes an under Picatinny rail for the mounting of a forward grip, or a light or laser.  The included top Picatinny sight rail will accept many types of optics or iron sights.  Forward and rear sling loops are built in, and a basic sling is included.  The soft rubber butt pad helps to tame recoil.

 

MSRP has not been officially been set, but we are looking at the $800.00 range.

 

 

Kel-Tec Shotgun (KSG)

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Hello!

 

For those of you not familiar with Kel-Tec's Holiday schedule, we will be shutting down Wednesday, November 24th at 4pm EST until Monday, November 29th at 8:00am EST in observance of Thanksgiving.  All orders placed during 11/24-11/28 will be processed on 11/29.  All firearm repairs sent in during that period will not be received until 11/29. The phone lines and email servers will be disabled during this period, so all calls and emails received during this period will not be addressed.

 

Additionally, Kel-Tec is closing Friday, December 17th at 4pm EST until Monday, January 3rd at 8am EST in observance of Christmas and New Year's.  During this period no shipments will be sent, firearms received, or orders processed until January 3rd, 2011.  The phone lines and email servers will be disabled during this period as well.

 

We apologize for the inconvenience.  We value our employees and are happy we can provide them and their families some stress-free, quality time together each year.

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We've gotten a lot of emails and questions wondering just what is going on with production on the PMR-30. We said we would be at full production by now, yet no one can seem to find them!

 

Well the answer is that we definitely have hit full production on the PMR-30.  We can make enough parts for 500/week to ship consistently. 

 

There was a bit of a snag in the last couple of weeks that caused shipments to be less than this full production number.

 

We don’t heat treat everything in-house.  To heat treat on that large of a scale effectively requires equipment we don’t have, so we send them out to a local supplier.  We had received a large batch of our barrels back from heat treatment only to realize that they were not heat treated properly.  We will absolutely not ship firearms with a glaring issue like this, so we held off on sending them until they were corrected.  We realized that it would cause some animosity towards us, but we’d rather have that than a firearm that could have serious flaws. 

 

During the second trip back for heat treatment there was yet another snag of which we were not made immediately aware.  Apparently our heat treatment supplier’s machine had gone down, causing them to outsource the work to another local facility.  They did not inform us of this.  So we were waiting and waiting to receive barrels, which normally are a 1-week turn-around; 1-week came and passed and still no barrels.  Finally we got them back and were then informed of the fact they needed to be sent to another heat treatment facility.

 

This was about a 2.5week lull of not getting very many barrels.  Some of the barrels we received were heat treated properly, so we shipped what we could while waiting for our supplier to get back up and running. This was in the 130-150 range.

 

Their problem has since been corrected and now we’re getting back on track with our normal production schedule.  We have 1000s of PMR-30s waiting to ship that have no barrels.  We have about 300 completed pistols shipping this week, and have about 450 barrels out to heat treatment that we will receive next week.  After that things should continue to ship at the normal 500/week rate that we expected to have been shipping by this point.

 

We understand everyone’s frustration and sincerely apologize for the wait you’ve had to endure for this pistol.

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