Photos of what looks like an advertisement for a yet-to-be-announced KelTec firearm have begun to circle around on social media for what would be one of the company’s most interesting products to-date.
The ad is for the KelTec P50, a large-format pistol chambered for FN 5.7x28mm that accepts P90 magazines. The flyer even calls it the “Most unique KelTec yet!”
It’s easy to see why. The P50 is totally futuristic and looks like a movie or video game gun. It’s not just eye-catching, it looks extremely functional, with a long barrel and 50-round P90 magazine slotted in the middle of the action.
While this looks like a pistol in the legal sense, the design of the receiver and pistol grip extension could also support a stock or brace, making the P50 a potential successor to the original FN P90 personal defense weapon, or PDW.
The design looks like it has two main components, a polymer lower receiver assembly that contains the fire control parts and provisions for a forend and 6-o’clock accessory rail and a ventilated, metal upper receiver, with a partial-length rail over the length of the barrel for optics and other top-mounted accessories.
The P50 appears in-line with the construction methods often used at KelTec, with a clamshell lower and a stamped or extruded upper receiver. It even sticks with KelTec’s telltale waffle-pattern gip texture.
Furthermore, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a listing for a KelTec P50 trademark dating back to February of this year. So this is more likely real than not, and the only question is, when and if KelTec announces it.
It stands to reason that this may have been slated for a late 2020 or an early 2021 announcement since that would have been right around the time of the NSSF’s upcoming SHOT Show, which unfortunately has been canceled. KelTec is a prominent participant at SHOT Shows and often showcases new and exciting products at the event.
KelTec likes to push boundaries at these events, putting guns on display that really highlight the bright and curious minds within the company. This would absolutely qualify as a show-stopper for KelTec.
That isn’t a guarantee, though. While KelTec has a solid history of new and interesting designs, not all of their cool ideas fully materialize. It wouldn’t be the first time for KelTec to start marketing a product before putting it into real production, and sometimes that means paper launches.
But this looks like a clever idea and it doesn’t appear to fall at all far out of the realm of possibility for KelTec’s engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Fingers crossed, we may in time see something come from this early leak.
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