The Kel-Tec SU-16E chambered in 5.56 NATO is a unique take on the modern sporting rifle with several innovative features. Internally the SU-16 uses a locking bolt design like the AR-15 combined with a reliable and clean running long-stroke gas piston similar to an AK 47. The charging handle is attached to the bolt carrier and is reciprocating. The SU-16E uses readily available AR-15 compatible magazines. Pick this firearm up and the first thing you notice will be it’s lightweight. Coming in at a svelte 4.7 lbs empty, the SU-16E is as easy to carry as it is fun to shoot.
This rifle has a 16″ threaded barrel with a 1:7 twist and 6 position stock. A Picatinny rail sits atop a polymer receiver for optics and another sits under the compact forend for lights and accessories. This firearm comes equipped with windage adjustable aperture sights at the rear and an elevation adjustable A2 styled post sight upfront. Kel-Tec calls this unique firearm a Sport Utility Rifle and it’s easy to see why. Light, fun to shoot, and reliable, the Kel-Tec SU-16E is up to any task.
- The SU16E features a threaded barrel suitable for a suppressor or your choice of muzzle device and Picatinny rails for your choice of optics and accessories.
- If you know anything about KelTec, you’ll know that they like to keep things light and simple. At 4.7 lbs unloaded the SU16E is an excellent choice for your go-anywhere 5.56 rifle.
- The SU16E is gas-piston operated which keeps fouling to a minimum where the magic happens. Thanks to the long travel of the bolt carrier, the SU16 series rifles shoot smooth, flat, and reliably.