KelTec, the company that makes the wildly successful Sub2000 pistol-caliber carbine, recently asked customers what they’d like to see in a potential model chambered for .45 ACP or 10mm Auto. Specifically, they want to know which pattern of magazines to go with.
Right now the Sub2000 or Sub2K is offered in a handful of configurations chambered for 9mm Luger or .40 S&W. Depending on the model the carbine is compatible with Beretta, Glock, SIG Sauer or Smith & Wesson handgun magazines.
It’s a light, compact, and extremely simple carbine setup that still manages to include a few frills, including a folding design for ease of transport, as well as a modular-accessory-railed forend. The Sub2K fanbase is huge and runs the gamut from backyard plinkers to outdoor enthusiasts and small game hunters to everyday gun owners who prefer a pistol-caliber carbine for protection and home defense.
“If we were to develop a Sub2000 chambered for .45 ACP and/or 10mm,” asked Keltec on Facebook, “Which magazine configuration would you prefer?”
The potential in that question is very entertaining. Of course shooters want a Sub2K in .45. Of course shooters want one in 10mm. Of course they should be compatible with every possible .45 ACP and 10mm magazine pattern on the market!
The Facebook post has several hundred comments on it and they offer up all the usual suspects like Glock, SIG and Smith & Wesson, plus some extras including Springfield XD and various 1911-pattern magazines as well.
Glock-pattern magazines seem to be the most popular, and that makes a lot of sense as the company has strongly supported both .45 and 10mm. Glock-compatible Sub2Ks are already very popular, with support for big extended magazines as well as restricted magazines for people living with magazine capacity limits.
Sure, it would be nice for some shooters to get out-of-the-box support for their less common handgun magazines, but for the sake of getting new carbines out the door, it’s better for KelTec to go with what will sell the best.
As far as .45 “and/or” 10mm … there should be little doubt that a Sub2000 chambered for .45 ACP will be more popular. But hopefully there will be enough love for 10mm Auto to make that happen, too. As a whole, .45 ACP is more flexible with a lot of factory options and carbine loadings already, although 10mm is a lot hotter with standard ammo.
Hi-Point, who also makes popular and fun pistol-caliber carbines, has been very successful at selling guns chambered not only for both .45 ACP and 10mm Auto, but even .380 ACP, in addition to 9mm and .40 S&W.
With the current and ever-increasing demand for pistol-caliber carbines, the question of “When will we see a .45 ACP or 10mm Sub2K” is almost as relevant as “Why hasn’t KelTec done this already?”
In any case, we can’t know when KelTec will come out with Sub2000 carbines chambered for .45 ACP and/or 10mm Auto. But they’re taking the idea seriously and that’s great news on its own.