Gun Report

Kel-Tec SU-16 223 Rem, $640

Read Gun Tests Rating and Recommendation

This "packable" AR-type carbine met or exceeded our expectations. How many folding high-capacity semi-automatic rifles are there anyway? The addition of a red-dot scope would make this carbine vastly more effective, we think.

Kel-Tec SU-16 223 Rem, $640

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Length of Pull
Action Type
Action Finish
Barrel Finish
Trigger Pull Weight

Take the safety off the rest of now, free!

Get complete access to this firearms comparison, and weekly members-only newsletters.

That's just the beginning of your free exclusive benefits.

You're only one click away.

Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

The SU-16 was topped with a Picatinny rail and a rear sight ring that was locked into place. Moving it forward would change elevation, but we found the locking pin too difficult to remove. In a departure from AR-15 design, the safety was a crossbolt with a distinctive open feel on the right side and a closed end on the left. But the magazine release in front of the trigger guard was somewhat lost among the other raised surfaces, in our opinion.
The SU-16 could be folded from about a 3-foot-long carbine to a 2-foot-long travel package. This meant removing a pin (shown loose at right). Also, magazines (either two 10-round magazines or one 20-rounder) could be stored in the stock.

Read Gun Tests Rating and Recommendation