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Kel-Tec RFB courtesy

Kel-Tec RFB

The Kel-Tec RFB 7.62mm bullpup rifle is currently (May 2008) in development. A prototype was displayed at the 2008 SHOT show. Availability is projected for late 2008. It's a semi-automatic in .308 Winchester (7.62x51) that uses FN FAL magazines.

To me, the most intriguing thing about this gun is the forward ejection. The empty cases come out of the front of the gun softly, so that they just fall at the shooter's feet, rather than flying across the range as they do from most semi-automatic weapons of any kind. That ejection concept also removes one of the long-standing objections to the bullpup layout, which is that the empty brass ejects close to the shooter's face.

I haven't had the pleasure of firing one. My impression of it from the pictures and video is that it's designed to appeal primarily to military and law enforcement folks, and those who like their weapons with the sort of harsh styling typical of guns made for those applications--no-nonsense utility.

There are a number of pictures of the Kel-Tec rifle here, and a fairly good video of the gun being fired here. You can see Kel-Tec's files about the gun, including the same video and a PDF information sheet,  at the Kel-Tec website download page.

Robert W. Bethune