Synergy in a tactical carbine

     The synergy concept says the sum of any given combination is greater than the sum of its individual parts. When the Law Enforcement Technology testing team mounted a Leupold 1x14mm Tactical Prismatic Riflescope on a Kel-Tec SU-16, the result...


     Kel-Tec SU-16 rifles, by design, are simple to field strip and replacement parts are inexpensive and easily obtained. There is a considerable body of knowledge among Kel-Tec owners who regularly report the reliability of the instrument. Our testing team had a chance to shoot the rifle in cold, soaking rain and higher than 100-degree weather. We subjected the rifle to a month of shooting without cleaning, which resulted in zero failures of any kind. We do not endorse or recommend this treatment, but the SU-16 is up to it.

     This optic carbine combination had what law enforcement is looking for. With the advantage of a very wide field of view, two-eyed shooting and fast-handling carbine, officers at the patrol level can respond to armed suspects and active shooter emergencies. This combination also handles well in tight places. We haven't seen a patrol car gun rack for this rifle yet but we're sure one would be welcomed.

     Our testing team ran hundreds of rounds through the SU-16 with the mounted optic. We never had as much as a road bump on our semi-auto superhighway. We did some things to the Leupold Tactical Prismatic Riflescope that we are hesitant to tell Leupold, and it survived.

     The synergism the testing team strove for was about using the joint action of existing tools to create a superior tactical firearm combination. Bringing together the Leupold 1x14mm Tactical Prismatic Riflescope with the Kel-Tec SU-16 results in a package that creates the maximum advantage for users. Considering the price and low maintenance required by the products, agencies can equip an entire shift with this combination and still afford routine practice.

     Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches administration of justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.

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