In what may be the most closely watched weapon introduction at SHOT Show 2011, Kel-Tec unveiled its 14-round, 12 gauge shotgun on Tuesday to a near feeding frenzy at the company's booth.

Kel-Tec engineers gave demos of the KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun) that may not look out of place in a sci-fi movie because of its unique design. The company had announced the weapon earlier in the month.

At the Kel-Tec booth, company engineers acknowledged the weapon's similarity to the NeoStead 2000 (NS2000), a combat shotgun produced by South African firearms maker Truvelo beginning in 2001.

The NeoStead's dual six-round magazine tubes feed from above the barrel (compared with the Kel-Tec's below-barrel tubes), and a selector switch can be set to feed rounds from left, right or alternating between the tubes.

The Kel-Tec KSG allows the operator seven rounds from each tube, which would allow a tactical unit to load rifled slugs in one tube for dynamic entries and buck shells in the second tube for use once inside a building.

Currently, the KSG's selector switch's center position blocks feeding, allowing the operator to clear the chamber or manually load shells. A Kel-Tec design engineer told POLICE Magazine the company is considering altering the design to allow alternative feeding.

The gun is currently a prototype, and Kel-Tec plans to put it into production in the third quarter of 2011. It will be initially offered with a black finish, and later OD Green and Coyote Tan. The retail price has been set at $880.

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As the POLICE Web editor, Paul Clinton contributes posts about patrol cars, motorcycles, and other police vehicles. He previously wrote about automotive electronics as managing editor of Mobile Electronics. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter.

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As the POLICE Web editor, Paul Clinton contributes posts about patrol cars, motorcycles, and other police vehicles. He previously wrote about automotive electronics as managing editor of Mobile Electronics. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter.

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