For the past few
months, I have had sitting on my gun bench, a new carbine from
CNC Industries called the SUB 2000. It is an improvement
over their previous SUB 9 model. Everyday, as I worked
with other guns and ammunition projects, I looked over at the
SUB 2000, trying to figure out a good purpose for the little
carbine. While it is a compact little unit, it is much too big
for an everyday carry gun. For small game hunting, it lacks the
provision to mount a scope, and it lacks the necessary power to
reliably kill big game animals. So, I had put off shooting the
gun for quite a while, shuffling it aside to attend to more
pressing projects. Still, the little Kel-Tec seemed unique
enough to warrant a feature article, I just had no idea how to
approach it. Finally, I decided to just go shoot a few rounds
through the thing.
the gun and checking the bore for obstructions, I loaded the
ten-round magazine and started plinking away at a six-inch steel
swinging plate that hangs in the woods about thirty yards from
my back door. The sights were right on at that range, so I
loaded the little carbine up again and proceeded to blast away
at the steel plate for another ten rounds. This was starting to
I will get back to
the shooting results in a bit. For now, a review of the physical
specifications are in order.
The most notable
feature of the SUB 2000 is the provision for the little carbine
to be folded in half for transportation and storage. The trigger
guard is pulled down and forward about three-quarters of an inch
to unlock the gun , allowing the barrel assembly to fold upward.
In addition to making the carbine more compact and concealable,
when folded the gun can be locked into position with the key
provided to render the firearm inoperable to anyone without a
key. This is a good feature for an owner who might not be around
to keep curious kids or intruders away from the weapon, but can
have the gun ready with the quick turn of a key. The SUB 2000,
when folded, measures just barely over sixteen inches by seven
inches, and can fit handily into a standard business briefcase.
This would make the carbine handy to take along to the office,
where a handgun worn on the body might not be easily concealed.
If needed, the SUB 2000 can be made ready to fire almost
instantly, and is easier with which to hit targets at extended
range for most shooters. Another viable option would allow a
person to carry the SUB 2000 along in addition to a handgun. The
SUB 2000 supplied for this test uses standard Glock 9mm
magazines. A Glock on the hip and a SUB 2000 in the briefcase
that could interchange magazines would be a dandy combo. The
folded carbine also fits handily into some enclosed compartments
in vehicles, such as the space under center console on a pickup
or the saddlebag on a motorcycle. In the event that a firearm is
needed away from home, a handy carbine such as the Kel-Tec
offers a good combination of low recoil and ease of shot
placement, in addition to higher velocity than the same
cartridge if fired from a compact handgun. For someone needing
to carry more firepower on a daily basis, such as a bodyguard in
a high-risk environment, the SUB 2000 could be slung under the
strong side arm and deployed within two seconds, while riding
un-noticed beneath a suit coat. Loaded with high velocity hollow
points for soft targets or GECO ball for vehicle
penetration, the Kel-Tec carbine would be a useful option for
one not licensed to carry an H&K MP5, and at a price
thousands of dollars less.
To keep the weight
of the SUB 2000 down to four pounds, Kel-Tec uses
lightweight polymers in non-stressed components, and steel where
needed. The gun operates on the straight blowback principle, and
has a large crossbolt safety that disconnects the trigger and
blocks the hammer when engaged. The trigger pull on the SUB 2000
measured six and three-quarters of a pound average, but was
smooth and slick, much like a good double action pull on a
modern pistol. The bolt can be locked to the rear position with
the charging handle, but does not automatically lock back after
the last shot. The charging handle, which rides under the
tubular buttstock, moves with the bolt during firing, but did
not interfere with shooting at all.
The SUB 2000 front
sight is a fluorescent orange color, and is adjustable for
windage and elevation. Combined with the rear aperture, it
provides a good sight picture that is both fast and accurate on
a man-sized target out to well over 100 yards.
Now, back to the
shooting of the little Kel-Tec carbine. After expending many
rounds on the steel target, I began to pick out rocks a varying
distances. The highly visible sights made hitting easy, even on
rocks and stumps past 100 yards. There were no malfunctions of
any kind with the SUB 2000. Every round fed, fired, and ejected
without a hitch. Combat accuracy was very good. I did not bench
test the Kel-Tec, as that is not the purpose of such a weapon.
As stated earlier, hitting a man-sized target at over 100 yards
was easy with the SUB 2000. For social work, the excellent Cor-Bon
9mm +P hollow point ammo is a good choice. It averaged 1551
feet-per-second velocity from the sixteen inch barrel, and
penetrated very well. It is available anywhere that quality
defensive ammunition is sold. For plinking, any of several
brands of ball ammo works just fine. Recoil was very manageable
with every load tested.
The SUB 2000 came
supplied with one ten-round Glock magazine, but it will accept
any of the 17-round or even the 32-round Glock 9mm magazines.
For those who
prefer something larger than a handgun, but much more compact
than a rifle or shotgun, the little SUB 2000 is a viable option.
It is relatively light, compact, handy, and accurate. It would
make a good weapon to keep in a vehicle, or in a desk drawer at
the office. In either case, it could be safely stored, but
quickly ready if needed. These days, you never know. It pays to
be ready. Besides, the Kel-Tec SUB 2000 is a fun little gun for
casual plinking, and that might just be the best reason to own
Check out the SUB
2000, along with other innovative firearms from Kel-Tec CNC
online at: www.keltecweapons.com.
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