Coming to the Range: NFA-Ready KSG-NR Shotgun

The new Kel-Tec KSG-NR is shipped at a legal length, but can be converted to a short-barreled shotgun if you have the appropriate NFA tax stamp.

When it was introduced a few years ago, the Kel-Tec KSG shotgun changed the way we think about pump-action smoothbores. As compact as legally allowed and capable of holding 14+1 2-3/4" shotshells in two magazine tubes, it's been a game changer to say the least. This year, Kel-Tec is pushing their bullpup shotgun even farther, with the new KSG-NR: a stepping stone toward an NFA, short-barreled shotgun, if you choose to go that way.

The KSG-NR ships with an 18.5-inch barrel and has the same overall length as the regular KSG of 26.1 inches, making it a completely legal shotgun to own and use while you wait for your NFA tax stamp to be processed. Once that comes through, you can cut down the barrel and have yourself a SBS version of the KSG.

With the shortened forend and magazine tubes, the KSG-NR does make some sacrifices for size. The overall capacity is reduced to 10+1 for 2-3/4-inc shells (5 shells in each mag tube and one in the chamber) and 8+1 for 3-inch shells. The familiar KSG slide action with a lower picatinny rail has been replaced with an integrated vertical fore-grip slide, as there’s no longer enough room in front of the trigger guard to accommodate the same operation as the KSG.

The new KSG model has an integrated vertical foregrip and a built-in, 450-lumen, tac light.

Another new feature is a 420-lumen flashlight built into the top of the vertical foregrip beneath the dual mag tubes, eliminating the need for an offset picatinny flashlight mount and freeing up space on the shortened top accessory rail. The MSRP is expected to be around $1,100.