UPDATE 4/13: The reader who was injured by the Kel-Tec KSG sent this updated photo of his wound. The surgeons saved the hand, but he lost some fingers.
As in the previous accident, the shooter said his VFG broke of the KSG’s rail.
PREVIOUS: A reader from Arkansas sent me a horrible photograph of what is left of his hand after he shot himself with a Kel-Tec KSG shotgun.
It’s a close-contact wound with a 12 gauge shotgun, something I haven’t seen for quite a while, thankfully.
I decided to make the photo available, to show the damage a shotgun can inflict if mishandled.
Please do not view the image if you’re squeamish.
WARNING: THIS IS A VERY GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING PHOTOGRAPH. IT IS NOT FOR CHILDREN. VIEW IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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I called Kel-Tec’s corporate offices in Cocoa, Florida and spoke to Matt Stanek, the firm’s media coordinator.
Matt was aware of only one KSG accident, which I described in a previous story.
The KSG is a safe gun, he said.
“I’ve only heard of the one accident, where there was a vertical foregrip on the Picatinny rail that broke off,” Stanek explained. “That’s how the first one happened.”
Kel-Tec, he said, is not taking any “direct action” as a result of the injury.
“The KSG is shipped with a hand-stop, a polymer nub that attaches to the bottom rail,” he said. “If the hand slides forward it would stop it. And there’s a lot of after-market accessories. Some people put grip tape on it, or will add stippling. That’s about it.”
He was unaware of any lawsuits filed against Kel-Tec stemming from any injuries with the KSG.
“No one should be firing the gun without being ready to fire the gun,” he said. “No one should be blindly firing and pumping like that.”
The KSG is a unique, bull-pup design, great for home defense or CQB.
It’s much shorter and more maneuverable than a Remington 870 or Mossberg 590.
Like with any specialized weapon – an SBR for example – the operator needs to exercise more caution.