Kel-tec CMR-30

Kel-tec CMR-30 semi-automatic carbine
Photo by Oleg Volk


Kel-tec CMR-30 semi-automatic carbine
Photo by Oleg Volk



.22 WMR

Length, overall

577-777 mm / 22.7”-30.6”


1.7 kg / 3.8 lbs empty

Barrel length

408 mm / 16.1”

Magazine capacity, rounds



Kel-tec CMR-30 carbine (known during its development as RMR-30) is expected to enter mass production in late 2014. This compact and lightweight weapon in intended for civilian sales. It can be used for small game hunting, pest control, plinking (recreational shooting), and, at last but not least, for home defense. While .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire round might look tiny compared to most centerfire rifle and carbine rounds, it can propel 40-grain (2.6 gram) bullet to roughly 1900 fps (580 m/s) from 16-inch barrel, delivering about 320 ft-lbs (~440 J) of energy at the muzzle. Lighter and faster bullets (30 grains @ ~2300 fps) can be used for small game hunting. Assuming soft recoil of the .22WMR round and high magazine capacity, the Kel-tec CMR-30 can be considered as a serious home defense weapon, especially for recoil-sensitive persons who otherwise can have problems handling more powerful centerfire rifle or a shotgun.


Kel-tec CMR-30 semi-automatic carbine is a simple blowback operated weapon which fires from closed bolt. It uses aluminum alloy receiver with polymer grip frame. Carbine is equipped with ambidextrous, non-reciprocating charging handles and ambidextrous manual safety levers. It uses 30-round double stack magazines compatible with Kel-tec PMR-30 pistol. Magazine housing is located in the pistol grip. Telescoping shoulder stock is made from stamped steel and can be adjusted for length of pull. In its basic configuration Kel-tec CMR-30 carbine is equipped with integral Picatinny rail at the top of the receiver, with additional accessory rail running below the forend. Standard iron sights are removable Magpul set. Barrel is threaded at the muzzle and can accept various muzzle devices, including sound suppressors (where legal).