True to form, Kel-Tec has created another masterpiece of a unique firearm, this time under the name RFB, which is short for Rifle, forward-ejecting, bullpup. The first time I laid eyes on it, I decided that I wanted one, purely due to the uniqueness of the weapon. The RFB, as the name states, is a bullpup rifle, meaning that the magazine, chamber and all firing systems are located behind the trigger, almost completely at the back of the weapon. This allows for an 18-inch barrel on a weapon that is only 26-inches long, as opposed to an AR-15 that comes in at 36-inches. Chambered in 7.62 x 51mm NATO (.308), it accepts FN FAL 10 and 20 round magazines, which are inserted about 4 inches from the back of the weapon.
My first reaction upon firing it was the kick. I’ve fired semi-automatic .308 rifles before, but this took the cake. Without support, there is noticeable kick, but nothing compared to the kick from other .308’s. Another impressive attribute was the trigger. Most bullpup rifles have a very soft trigger pull, meaning that the point at which the rifle fires is not always in the same place, making the shots less predictable. This is not the case with the RFB. It is spot on, and fired consistently and solidly.
Although it comes with no fixed factory sights, the RFB’s rail is the perfect place to mount any sort of optic that the user wishes, from folding iron sights to full size scopes. Kel-Tec also offers a variety of accessories, such as quad rails and risers that screw onto the provided threads on the front of the rifle, in addition to Bayonet lugs and muzzle brakes. The rifle that I fired also had the Tactical Operating Handle, which is simply a larger charging lever for engaging the bolt, allowing those with larger hands to more easily manipulate it. From the factory, the RFB is designed to be operated ambidextrously, including the ability to change the side that the charging handle is on. As the name indicates, the RFB is a forward-ejecting rifle, meaning that the spent brass is ejected out the front of the weapon, although “ejected” may not be the right term. The brass simply slides out a port on the front of the weapon, pushed by the next case. This keeps hot brass from flying out of the weapon, possibly hitting someone else, or giving away a position. (as if that’s your concern when firing a .308)
My only complaint about the rifle is that there is no way to verify that the chamber is empty either physically or visually, other than by removing the magazine and cycling the bolt repeatedly. This is also the only way to eject the last spent shell casing from the weapon. My only other complaints are, like most Kel-Tec weapons, lack of availability, and the fact that this weapon is named on Senator Feinstein’s ban list.
5 out of 5 Stars