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The 5.56mm Kel Tec Rifle Downward-Eject Bullpup (RDB) seems to be finding its way out to more reviewers which is good news on a number of fronts for those eagerly awaiting to get their hands on these innovative rifles.

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In late December, 2013 famed firearms photographer Oleg Volk posted a few pictures to his blog after a recent trip to Florida. You see Oleg is the shutterbug responsible for the majority of the images of the firearms seen around Kel Tec's website and press releases. The thing is, Oleg blurred out the rifle shown in a self-portrait taken at the time.

Which of course led to speculation on this new gun that appeared in a fully fleshed form at Kel Tec's 2014 SHOT Show booth.

Taking a page from their RFB full caliber bullpup rifles released in 2013, Kel Tec had ushered in a scaled down variant in .223 Remington. Dubbed the RDB, it has fully ambi controls, and a 17.5-inch barrel with an OAL of 27.4-inches.

A 7.62x39mm and 6.5mm Grendel versions were listed then as "coming" as was a wood-stocked cousin, the M43.

Mentioned clearly on the advert is the fact that these guns will be long-stroke piston rather than direct gas impingement so they will not, um, waste where the eat, so to speak. This could make for a reliable design.

Some of the first hands-on outside of Kel-Tecs devgroup was at the Bullpup 2014 Convention in Kentucky, where they were well liked.

Brought back in for SHOT 2015, a few have popped in circulation in recent months as the company started initial low-rate production (as discussed on our forum) this spring and, as noted on KT's website for the beast, ETA is 4th Quarter 2015-- which is now!

In addition, the MSRP has dropped a good bit (by about $500) from the $2K speculated price point when they were first debuted.

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In anticipation of more being released into the wild there are some decent reviews starting to come in. This is documented through two videos released in recent weeks from Hank Strange (who spends a lot of time in Cocoa) and the Military Arms Channel.

Hank, in the first embed below, takes out the RDB fresh out of the box and runs 500 rounds through the rifle in about a half hour with a SureFire SOCOM762-MINI Sound Suppressor equipped. It's in the raw without editing so you can really get a feel for the gun as-is, warts and all (they seem to be small warts, though.)

The second video, from MAC (who advises there are only 20 pre-production guns floating around), is about 16 minutes long and calls the gun's internals "stupid simple" after he fires 1,000~ rounds through it. And yes, Virginia, there is a field strip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCkiM6VVzzk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BASgtPpYfF0
 

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Yet another Gotta Havit gun from Kel-Tec. This steady stream of new and innovative firearms is good for my mental health, if not good for my savings.
 
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