SU-16c Compact Forend

This should be simple and quick…

First off I’m enjoying the Kel-Tec SU-16c rifle the fine folks at Kel-Tec CNC (Remember the PMR-30 Review?) sent me for review. It’s enjoyable to shoot, the trigger is okay but improving with a pull right in the 6 pounds 5 ounces ballpark average. There’s a little more take-up, but that pull weight is nearly identical to the Windham CDI AR-15. The accuracy is just okay, but has improved with the addition of an Ares Armor Effin-A muzzle brake and the added precision of a Nikon AR-223 3x fixed power optic. Total weight of the package I just listed is 8 pounds.

The “bipod” stock forend that comes with the rifle is good enough, but I don’t love it. I like that it’s extended slightly beyond the gas block to provide a more extended forend grip and the texturing on the sides aids in positive traction. But it’s a little heavier and feels slow not to mention the bipod function is mucho flimsy.

Thankfully Kel-Tec sent their compact forend along with the SU-16c rifle and this past weekend it seemed about time to put on. To my surprise, installation proved to be a bit of a headache. Not because I think the system is a poor one, but it’s entirely new and really, just different. If you are familiar with the AR-15 or AK-47 routine of doing things, including assembly/disassembly, this will take some getting used to. The system works well, but it works different.

Also the directions are pretty cloudy. They’re well written, but the terminology is such that terms for certain part names needs to be learned and the pictures included don’t help your cause at all. The illustrations are awful. Not being a jerk, that’s just the way it is. But crappy directions with abysmal pictures is one way Kel-Tec keeps their prices so low and demand so high. I think.

Once installed (I stretched installation out over 2 days to avoid an aneurism), the compact forend is low profile and completely changes the front half of the gun. Weight is actually about the same because of the added metal parts for fitment, but the more slender feel relates more to what the overall purpose of the rifle is.

And I’m not just imagining the difference. Quite literally everyone who picks up the rifle now speaks specifically to how much better it feels in hand. And it does. The part I’ll be interested to see is how well it handles heat dissipation from the piston system and continued recoil

Stock photo of the SU-16c prior to installation of the compact forend.

Stock photo of the SU-16c prior to installation of the compact forend.

Compared to the new Windham Carbon AR prior to changing out the stock forend.

Compared to the new Windham Carbon AR prior to changing out the stock forend.

The system works. It's just different. This was somewhere in the heartburn stage of installation.

The system works. It’s just different. This was somewhere in the heartburn stage of installation.

Compact Forend Installed! Also wearing a new brake from Dynamic Resistance, LLC in Divide, Colorado.

Compact Forend Installed! Also wearing a new brake from Dynamic Resistance, LLC in Divide, Colorado.

 

 

One Response to Kel-Tec SU-16 Compact Forend

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