My first thought when I saw the Sub-2000 was that it is an ugly, unremarkable gun. It is black polymer and steel, with folding rear sights and a fixed front blade sight. That all changed the instant the weapon was folded in half right in front of my eyes. It’s a blow-back operated semi-automatic rifle that measures 29.5 inches open, and when folded for transport, folds down to 16.1 inches long, allowing it to slide into anything large enough for a 17 inch laptop. That, paired with a weight of four pounds empty, and measuring less than two inches in width, makes this gun a very compact way to carry firepower without sacrificing concealability.
The Sub-2000 is a downright impressive weapon. It is ugly, and has odd dimensions for a rifle, but it is fantastic. From the factory, the Sub-2000 can be ordered in nine millimeter or .40 S&W, and can accept a variety of different magazines based upon which model is ordered. It will accept Glock 17, Glock 19, Smith and Wesson model 59, Beretta model 9, or Sig 226 magazines for 9mm, and Glock 22, Glock 23, Beretta model 96, Smith and Wesson 4006, and Sig 226 for the .40 S&W magazines. This allows you to select the weapon you own so that you don’t have to purchase a proprietary magazine and can use the ones you have. In this case, the model I tested was the Glock 17 model. Because of the Glock compatibility, the rifle in this case accepted Glocks 33 round extended magazine for nine millimeters.
My first 10 shots, from standing at 25 yards, were all within three inches. That simply blew me away. From prone, all five subsequent shots overlapped. The weapon comes with a sight adjustment tool that is rather crude and hard to use, but seemed unnecessary in this case. It also comes factory with a 10 round magazine, which was quickly discarded in favor of the 33 round “happy sticks.” Another interesting attribute is that due to the barrel length, the round gains approximately another 200 feet per second, with the approximate energy delivery at 100 yards equivalent to that of a .357 magnum, with minimal recoil on the shooter.
Overall I was very impressed with the quality of the product, as well as how easily the system worked. My only complaint is that the stock /buffer tube for the rifle is steel and has no cushion on it, causing some jolting to the shooter, despite the fantastic recoil system. My only considerations before buying this weapon would be the fact that its production is very slow, so there are not many available for purchase, and they have been announced to be on the proposed list of banned weapons under Senator Feinstein’s bill. At a price of only $409 MSRP, they are a steal, but due to the possibility of a ban, the current price online is over $1000.
Rating 4.5 out of 5