Looks like the BATFE have killed two of the guns on display at SHOT, the Taurus 28 Gauge Raging Judge and a really neat little gun, the Rossi Trail Judge. I talked a little bit about the Trail Judge in my coverage of SHOT over at Shooting Illustrated.
A little more on the Kel-Tec KSG – after we detailed a dangerous malfunction in the gun’s design, a lot of people have asked a couple of questions, so I want to clear those up. First off, the gun does not slamfire, and it SHOULD NOT slamfire. The Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 operate in such a way that if you hold the trigger to the rear while running the slide, it will chamber another round and the trigger will reset when you let it go. If you do that with the Kel-Tec KSG, the trigger goes dead. This is bad. However, the really, really hilariously bad part is that when asked about this, Kel-Tec reps have said that the “LEO Models” (which are presently vaporware) will slamfire and the “civilian” models are the ones at the show. So, yes you read that correctly: Kel-Tec is saying that a slamfiring shotgun is a “feature” that will be marketed to LEOs. Meanwhile, the “civilian” version will apparently retain its functionally broken trigger.
We’ve gotten a ton of questions about the Kel-Tec shotgun since we published that video. I cannot in its present form recommend it for any sort of serious defensive or competition use. The trigger issue is troubleing, the fact that you have to break your firing grip to change mag tubes is also a problem. If you are in the market for a defensive shotgun, we live in a wonderful world of Mossbergs and Remingtons that are tried and proven in battlefield and law enforcement use. You might even want to get a Saiga, since there’s a chance the ATF is going to make them go away.