Recently I was asked to try out and evaluate an ‘add on’ item for the KSG. The KSG is a Kel Tec shotgun with two feed tubes, a great idea for added firepower and ammo selection at your fingertips. The catch, as with any “too good to be true” idea, is that you need to remove your trigger hand from the shot gun to select a different feed tube/magazine tube, by flipping a small switch to the rear of your trigger hand. This catch, has always kept me from embracing the KSG as a tactical solution! Until an entrepreneur from the Massachusetts South Shore area asked me to “test” his idea.
Mark Shean and his son Mark, asked me to meet them at their local range. They handed me a KSG, ammo and the new idea. The Idea was a prototype switch/lever that allows you to manipulate the KSG Feed tube without removing your hand from the KSG pistol grip. After a short introduction and background on the item, Mark wanted me to install the switch on his KSG to show ease of installing it. The old selector switch was removed from the KSG and the new FTSS (feed tube selector switch) was installed using a 2.5mm ball allen screwdriver. Adjustments for the “knob” were accomplished with a 2mm allen wrench. After a short introduction on the selection process, needed to fire the correct feed tube chosen. I tried the new switch, on the KSG and used a variety of ammo. Mark’s idea is to change the selector switch out and replace it with a sort of elbow, ‘knob’ or ‘button’ combination, that takes the switch and places it between the thumb and trigger finger on your shooting hand. The elbow extends down and across to the web formed between thumb and finger and the round, half ball shaped ‘knob’ rest in the web of your hand. With a slight twist of your hand, which seemed natural, and rather quickly, I was selecting which tube fed the gun. This switch allowed me to choose between slug and buck, lethal and less lethal and any other combination I could want.
Mark’s FTSS was a hit with me right away. I told Mark, I had shunned the KSG for tactical applications, until I had tried this new idea of his. Until his switch was installed and I had tried it, I felt the KSG was too complicated for any serious defensive use. I felt like I only had a small shotgun, with extra ammo. Almost like I was carrying it in an extra ammo pouch. The FTSS allowed me to see the KSG’s potential for law enforcement, home defense and military application. With a flick of my hand/wrist I could change ammo delivery and now have a truly versatile/tactical firearm!
Lt. Ron ‘Z’ Zooleck, Ma. Plymouth County Sheriff Dept. Swat Team Tactical Commander
I did have a chance to use the FTSS with the larger button. I ran roughly 100 rounds through the KSG, and I must tell you the larger button is perfect for the size of my hand and knuckle. Combined with your video of best practice on “flipping the switch,”I now effortlessly select tubes almost instinctively, without ever losing sight of my target picture. The larger button provides just what I was looking for, a confident feel from a substantial switch placed right at my finger or more correctly my “knuckle tip.” Your modification eliminates the awkward, and sometimes cumbersome way of changing tubes with the original KSG designed selector switch.
Although I don’t foresee myself in any situation where I rapidly expend seven rounds and need to shave seconds before I can re-engage and neutralize the threat with another seven rounds, I think it is wise to adhere to the old adage of; “It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have.”
Thank you for your modification. Wayne L.
Mark, fantastic product! Very intuitive and easy to use, this is what should have come on the KSG!
Trace, Kerrville Texas