The Kel Tec Sub 2000 – The Ultimate Truck Gun


The Kel Tec Sub 2000 has a real cult-like following, and this cult makes sense. The gun has a lot going for it, and while it’s rough and unpolished in a lot of ways, it’s still a fun and reliable gun. The Kel Tec Sub 2000 is smartly designed for the budget consumer. Kel Tec took the wise route of utilizing a wide variety of existing magazine platforms to allow you to pick and choose the Kel Tec that matches your handgun.

Sub 2000

Does it take Glock Mags?

Plus, the gun is cheap. I paid less than 400 for my brand new Generation 2 model in 9mm compatible with Glock magazines. The only bad thing is it seems to be challenging to find specific models, and this includes the 9mm Glock variants. The Sub 2000 is available in 9mm and 40 S&W with magazine compatibility with the Glock19/17, 23/22, Beretta 92/96, SIG P226, and the S&W M&P. Heck the only one they are missing is some kind of 1911 frame model in 45 ACP.

Why Does it Make a Good Truck Gun?

First off its cheap, which is a big concern for a gun I’m going to have it get banged up riding around in my truck. After that the reasons all regard the gun’s ability to perform and what it is. One of the primary draws to the Kel Tec Sub 2000 is that it folds in half. The barrel folds over the receiver and stock to form a very compact package.

Folds like Laundry

I firmly believe a rifle or long gun, in general, should be the gun of choice for truck guns. They offer more control, longer range, and better accuracy than any pistol.

Kel Tec Sub2k

Such an easy handling rifle.

This makes it easy to store, easy to hide, and easy to secure with a small truck or car safe. It won’t take up much room in your car or truck if that room is limited. The gun itself also only weighs 4.25 pound loaded, which makes it quite handy.

The Rifleman

As a rifle, you’ll get a more effective range and accuracy than a handgun in a more comfortable handling package. You won’t get the same power or range as a rifle, but you still have a capable weapon in a common caliber that may share magazines with your EDC handgun. It will offer more range and control than your EDC handgun, with shots out to 100 yards being within the Kel Tec’s purview.

The gun is easy to control, accurate, and rapid fire isn’t difficult with the weapon. It springs into action very quickly, and you can be unfolded in firing in about two seconds. Loaded with some solid 147-grain defensive ammunition you can get some serious firepower from this gun. It’s more than capable of dealing with most four legged and two legged critters.

So Beautifully Ridiculous

The Kel Tec Sub 2000 Gen 2 is outfitted with M-LOK slots for rails, and a bottom and top slot for accessories. I like to keep mine pretty plain to keep it light and small, but plenty of options are out there. The muzzle is also threaded, so it’s easy to suppress or to attach a muzzle device to.

How Does The Sub 2000 Perform?

The Kel Tec Sub 2000 is just a super fancy Sten gun that’s semi-auto only and fires from a closed bolt. It hearkens back to the tube style gun design of that period. It’s a blowback gun, so there is a bit of recoil to it. Nothing crazy, but more than you’d expect from a 9mm carbine.

So Small and Easy to carry

The good news about blowback operation is that its reliable and straightforward, and so is the Kel Tec. The gun goes bang every time I’ve pulled the trigger. Reliability wise the gun runs well. I’ve had it for a few years now, and I’ve only run into malfunctions while running that cheap Winchester Forged ammo. The ammo wouldn’t always feed, and would often hang up inside the included Magpul magazine.

The gun is plenty accurate, and the peep sight is a nice touch with a high visibility front sight. At 100 yards the gun rings steel like it owes it money. The trigger does suck though, at over 9 pounds its a little ridiculous. However, it doesn’t throw off accuracy too much.

Rails and Rail Slots for Days

The gun is also a hoot to shoot. It’s just fun, as most PCCs are. The Kel Tec Sub 2000 is a modular, affordable gun that comes in a variety of different options at a low price. The Sub 2K is well suited for being a capable and dependable truck gun.

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Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine Gunner, a lifelong firearms enthusiast, and now a regular guy who likes to shoot, write, and find ways to combine the two. He holds an NRA certification as a Basic Pistol Instructor and is the world’s Okayest firearm’s instructor.

  • Plowboy87

    I love my little Sub 2000, I have thrown a lot of MCARBO parts at it making it a different and much improved gun.

  • jimbopeep

    It looks like a nice little unit. Love 40S&W.

  • Dr. Ron Polland

    I dislike the charging handle…immensely.

  • James Chant

    I had a Sub 2000 in .40S&W a few years back. I upgraded it, including a steel after market trigger which greatly improved the feel. It was a great little gun and would fold up to fit inside a laptop PC case.

    When things started to look like it was getting closer to the SHTF, seeing I already had a Mini-14 with a folding stock, I sold the gun and bought a rifle for long range in 7mm Rem Mag… which I thought would be more useful. The great thing was I paid about $330 for it at a gunshow, then production got backed up and the demand for them was high, and I sold it for about $700. Got myself a nice bolt-action rifle and scope.

    If I ever have the extra funds, I’d like to pick up a new Sub just because it was so cool.

  • epickett

    Interesting that the author had problems with Winchester ammo, although he doesn’t say if it was 9mm or .40. My .40 Sub-2000 chokes 8 of 10 rounds with Remington, but feeds Winchester like a dream. My 9mm Sub-2000 eats everything I’ve fed it so far…

  • Howard

    When these first came out many moons ago, I figured they were nothing but junk but I have crow to eat and my mind has been changed. I don’t own one, yet, but hope to buy one in both 9mm and .40S&W using the Glock models for commonality. My biggest desire would be to have some kind of “cast off” mount (sorta like a swing-away for an optic magnifier behind an EOTEC ,etc.) that could be swung up and into position to assist in better aiming for these old eyes of mine. Something like the Sig Romeo 5 laid on the side while the gun in folded in half and could be put into position upon opening would be ideal for me, IMHO. The only concern would be if the mount would retain enough rigidity to ensure the Red Dot Sight didn’t lose its zero. But if it was set up to also co-witness with the included iron sights, it would be pretty obvious if there was a problem.
    Given that this little carbine isn’t designed to be a onone-he tack driver, with a 3MOA dot co-witnessed it would be the cats meow.
    Oh, well. The New Year is but a few hours away so I’m adding a couple of these to my Gotta Buy list of goodies for 2019.
    Happy New Year to everyone!

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  • Daniel Kane

    One problem, you can go through 2-300 rounds of 9 mm in a very short time.

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