Kel-Tec SU-16F Rifle Review
After a long research exercise I contacted Prairie Gun Traders in Avonlea, SK to make my purchase of the SU-16F manufactured by Kel-Tec
I had read as many reviews as I could on the Kel-Tec SU-16F and soon realized that not many people own the F series. While there were countless reviews on the other weapons systems, there was limited info on the Kel-Tec SU-16F. I therefore based my purchase off the C series and I've been happy with my purchase.
Although I have not been able to find significant difference between the C and F series, the rifle has performed great under any condition I have put it through so far.
The Kel-Tec SU-16F is incredibly light and can be carried easily all day while hunting with the rifle. Even loaded with ammo, optics and sling, the rifle comes in at under five pounds making it an ideal, small predator rifle.
If you remember from previous posts I operate a small ranch operation and like to have a small caliber rifle with me to take care of any coyote or other predator issues that I come across while checking cattle and the Kel-Tec SU-16F fits the bill perfectly firing the .223 Remington round.
Also, the Kel-Tec SU-16F looks cool. While the Kel-Tec SU-16F does not have a built in foldable bipod that some of its processors have, it instead has a fixed fore grip with an integrated picatinny rail allowing the user to mount different accessories easily in the rifle.
Living in Canada does limit our weapons systems choices but the Kel-Tec SU-16F allows you to own a semi-automatic, non-restricted rifle that uses AR style magazines.
The Kel-Tec SU-16F does have some limits to the rifle. While the rifle does fire clean, it is not an AR platform designed for high firing rates. The Kel-Tec SU-16F does heat up due to the light barrel on the rifle and does start to fail-to-eject cartridges during "mag dumps". If the rifle is cleaned after each use it does help with the FTE problem but does not go away entirely.
The rifle also has a lot of screws in the stock to hold the separate pieces of the frame together. While not a big issue, the screws do need to be tightened occasionally.
The Kel-Tec SU-16F also does not have the same accuracy as my bolt action rifles (as expected) but is an accurate rifle system.
While I wouldn't purchase the Kel-Tec SU-16F to be my main battle rifle, (and since I live in Canada I hopefully never need a main battle rifle) the Kel-Tec SU-16F is an excellent predator and plinking rifle.
Make the purchase and have fun!