Weapons of Modern Warfare S1 • E5

Weapons of Modern Warfare - KSG 12





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Published on May 13, 2012

In this episode, we're taking a look at the KSG-12.

The Kel-Tec KSG is a pump-action shotgun that makes its debut appearance in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

It's an American shotgun, manufactured in Florida by Kel-Tec CNC Industries Incorporated.

The weapon is intended to fulfil a variety of roles - with two separate magazine tubes giving it enhanced flexibility and capacity for police and security work, and the compact bullpup configuration rendering it ideal for home defense.

It superficially resembles the South African Neostead 2000 shotgun, sharing the twin tube mags and bullpup layout.

The KSG is a very modern shotgun, having only just entered production recently after being announced in 2011.

As such, they've only recently hit the commercial market - and as a result have yet to see any large-scale adoption.

The KSG is a 12-gauge shotgun - firing either 3-inch or 2 and three-quarter inch shotgun shells.

It has two separate tube magazines, with a manual selector allowing two different types of ammunition to be stored.

Capacity is very generous, given that most conventional shotguns only have a single magazine - the KSG holds up to 14 shells total in its twin tubes.

Switching between each of the tubes must be performed manually, however - and the KSG's action is similarly manual, with the weapon cycling with a simple pump action.

Overall weight is slightly higher than average for a conventional shotgun, given the twin magazines and large shell count - the KSG weighs in at 3.13kg unloaded, and closer to 4kg when fully populated.

Overall length is relatively compact, especially considering the KSG sports an 18 and a half inch barrel - the weapon is about 26 inches nose-to-tail - some 40% shorter than a conventional design.

It's hard to say how successful the KSG design might be at this stage - it's early days, although initial demand seems healthy enough.

No doubt there's a place for a high-capacity shotgun with a short overall length, so this futuristic twin-tube 12 gauge may yet find a market: Kel-Tec by name, and high-tech by nature.


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