February 2003

9mm Carbines: We Would Buy Kel-Tec’s Sub Rifle 2000

It is affordable, reliable, and totally tricked out. On the other hand, the Leinad CM11 is an unqualified “Don’t Buy” in our book.

In our February 2002 issue we tested two 9mm carbines, the Hi-Point 995 and Ruger’s PC9. They turned out to be simple and effective, each earning a “Buy” rating. Looking forward to finding two more good carbines, we acquired the Leinad CM11 and Kel-Tec’s Sub Rifle 2000.

Like the Ruger and the Hi-Point, these weapons are fed from pistol magazines. However, the CM11 and Sub Rifle 2000 are convertibles, whereas our earlier samples were long guns. The Sub Rifle 2000 breaks down along a hinge and lock that divides the gun in half for storage. The CM11 is in fact the PM11 model (PM for pistol model, we assume) with add-on stock, alternate top end, and barrel. In the case of the Kel-Tec, we had to wonder if the gun would keep its integrity after repeated openings and closings. Regarding the Leinad, we wanted to know if its function was as effective as its intimidating image. Would these guns prove to be handy, or just a handful of hard luck?

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