Kel-Tec PLR16: the SU16 gun


The NATO 5.56 chambered PLR16 handgun was introduced by Kel-Tec in 2005. He brought in many elements that made the predecessor of the company’s SU16 sport utility rifle so popular, but ditched the foldable stock. Its look is unusual, as are some of its features. a American rifleman review notes, “It’s a handgun, but it has a 9.2″ barrel. It uses a gas piston system, but the same cylinder head locking mechanism found on ARs. It is not an AR, but it can take AR chargers. What is that. ..This thing?”

The semi-auto remains a popular member of the company’s lineup, as does the SU16. Longevity and sales speak volumes about performance and reliability, facts confirmed by our tests. As if that weren’t enough, it also runs counter to the inflationary trend: the MSRP is currently $ 600. The price in 2009 was $ 665.

Measuring 18.5 “in overall length, the gun tips the scale at 3.4 lbs. (Unloaded). The barrel and high stress components are constructed from 4140 steel, and impact resistant Zytel is used elsewhere for chipping weight.

The barrel is 1 / 2×28 TPI threaded to accept muzzle devices, although the company does not recommend the use of suppressors. It comes with iron sights, but the receiver’s Picatinny rail requires these red dots or other optics to be fitted.

A 10-round polymer magazine comes with the pistol, although AR-15 owners probably already have a sufficient supply of 30 rounds for shooting sessions. The magazine trigger is located in front of the trigger guard (at the back of the magazine well) and the latch locks with the last hit.

The pistol grip is angled similar to that of an AR, with texture to ensure a positive buy with sweaty palms or when wearing gloves. Kel-Tec also offers a range of handgun accessories, including a muzzle brake, one point strap adapter, compact handguard and more.

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