Kel-Tec KSG Compact Personal Defense Shotgun

Rob Pincus
Sign in
Duration:   5:40   mins

Kel-Tec is known for their innovative designs and for developing compact firearms intended for personal defense. The KSG Compact personal defense Shotgun continues this tradition. A 12-gauge pump-action shotgun chambered for three-inch shells (though 2 ¾ may also be used), the KSG has unique features including two feed tubes instead of one, and a capacity of 13 or 15 rounds. Is it a viable option for home defense?

Make a comment
  • (will not be published)

11 Responses to “Kel-Tec KSG Compact Personal Defense Shotgun”

  1. Chuck

    We cannot watch your videos unless we submitted to allowing a tracker website to run. So, let me think … open myself up to a tracker website or watch your videos … you lose. Have a nice day now, ya hear.

  2. John

    They are selling for from $750 to $1200 on

    I’ll wait until they start showing up used.

  3. Tony

    I’ve got to get me one of these, 14 plus one in the pipe, WOW! Load it up on Sunday and shoot all week. Great innovation!

  4. Ernie White

    The only thing I know about this shotgun is what I just read above. Any shotgun would be good to stop a break in if in fact you are also have a good back up hand gun after the first shot !!

  5. Roland Eyears

    Kel-Tec did it right by prototype sampling; thus they brought out the KSG complete with all the little but important features another company would have sprung in a later edition. The only jams I’ve had were from short-stroking. Run that slide full & hard. I’m a police firearms instructor, & I say it’s a great gun!

  6. MD Hux

    Last year the price was around $600.00. This looks like an upscale model, is the price around the same, and is it on the market? awesome defense weapon.

  7. Daniel Braun

    Wow good stuff. I’m retired military plenty of hands on with firearms as well as growing up with a lot of firearms sports. Please don’t think this remark is for that I believe any firearms user can never have too much training to include myself, now this firearm good stuff in today’s world sure that’s a lot of power for a 12gauge I think with home invasions and really bad stuff going on the idea should be the first could stop neutralize a threat with one or two rounds however it I think would be better to be prepared for the worst and if the threat is down after one or two shots good place on safe. So is it a over kill I do not think so.

  8. CR Williams

    This is the first time I’ve seen the KSG emptied by a reviewer without some sort of malfunction. Others I’ve seen who have reviewed this weapon do not recommend it on account of the failure rate it evidenced in their testing. Has Kel-Tec then rectified the problems?

    • John

      I own two and use one twice a month for FA drills and put a minimum of 60 rounds through it. As of yet I have not experienced a failure. I have also sold upwards of 15 of these weapons with the only problems being associated with 2 of my customers trying to light cycle the pump. As with any manual action you have to use it like you mean it.

    • Jared

      This is true but it’s mostly to do with training. This is an unconventional shotgun that the action almost comes all the way back to your other hand. Most problems is simply not going all the way back with the action to eject the shell, because it doesn’t feel natural…. The more you use and train with, less the issue.

Get exclusive premium content! Sign up for a membership now!