Kel-Tec SU-16 Rifle

The young man looked forlorn and perplexed. The gun show attendees were milling around the vicinity of our table making it easy to see the rifle slung on his shoulder. However, I did not recognize it at all. A sign indicated it was for sale, so I asked. The rifle was a Kel-Tec SU-16A in .223. Curious, I bought the Kel-Tec after he took a spin through the show and had no takers.

I decided to keep the Kel-Tec and not sell it the second day of the show. I wanted to shoot it and weigh my options. The Kel-Tec is a unique rifle. By pulling a pin, the stock and trigger fold up under the barrel for storage. In the buttstock, two 10 round magazines are stored. With one in the magazine well,KelTecSU16_2 the rifle came with three AR style 10 round magazines. The forend swings down to make a bipod. I kept wondering why the kid wanted to sell such a unique rifle. I soon found out.

I took the Kel-Tec to the range two weeks later. Shooting 20 rounds, the rifle functioned perfectly. Granted, I was shooting PMC brass .223 and Fouch Arms Manufacturing .223 ammo.KeltecSU163 It should shoot good. Good and straight, right? Wrong. All 20 rounds never hit paper. I tried Kentucky windage to no avail. Now I understood why he wanted to sell it. I have never used a boresighter for open sights, just scopes. Now I would. Once back home, the boresighting laser proved I wasn’t a horrible shot. The Kel-Tec SU-16A rifle has a unique front sight that adjusts for windage and elevation. I adjusted the front sight all the way to the right.KeltecSU16_4)

One week later, back at the range, I was on paper. Still to the right, however. Not a bad group though. The Kel-Tec functioned flawlessly through 30 more rounds. I think I’ll try a scope next. The Kel-Tec has a rail on top of the receiver for optical options. I’m sure I could send the rifle back to Kel-Tec and they would warranty the sights, they have a lifetime warranty. But, I don’t really like open sights. The error wasn’t enough to make you miss a zombie at 25 to 50 yards, anyway.KelTecSU165

This rifle is fun to shoot and interesting to look at. Rather an inexpensive alternative to an AR, too. You can’t mod it out like an AR, but Kel-Tec does have accessories for the SU-16 rifles. Check out their website: Perfect for backpackers, Preppers or throwing behind the seat in your truck. You can grease it up and bury it for the zombie apocalypse. Just remember where.

Tracy Bates

My passions are my family and my church. The good Lord has blessed me with an understanding wife and sons. My other loves are reloading and hunting. I’ve been doing both for over 30 years. Hopefully, I can share my experiences with you and help you on your journey.

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