Kel-Tec PLR-16

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Kel-Tec PLR-16

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The PLR-16 is a gas operated, semi-automatic pistol chambered in 5.56 mm NATO caliber. It is intended to be the ideal silhouette shooting and hunting pistol. The rifling is 1 turn in 9 inches, right hand twist. The PLR-16 has a conventional, long-stroke gas-piston operation and utilizes the proven Johnson/Stoner breech locking system. The rear sight is adjustable for windage. The front sight is similar to an AR-15 style rifle, and adjustable for elevation. An integrated MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail will accept a multitude of standard accessories. The muzzle is threaded 1/2-28 TPI to accept standard attachments such as a muzzle brake or flash hider. Except for the barrel, bolt, sights, and mechanism, the PLR-16 pistol is made entirely of high-impact glass fiber reinforced polymer. The accessories available for the PLR-16 include forend with Picatinny rail on the bottom, scope rings, dynamic deflecting operating handle, single point sling, and a muzzle brake specifically design for the 9.2" barrel of the PLR-16. Specifications: Weight: 3.4 lbs # of Mags: 1 Overall Length: 18.5" Additional Info: Accessory Rail

Kel-Tec PLR-16 Specs

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2 Category

Technical Data


.223 Remington (5.56x45mm NATO)


Gas Operation







Barrel Length


Gun Type

Semi-Automatic Pistol




55 oz

Kel-Tec PLR-16 Features

The Kel-Tec PLR-16 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 5.56x45mm and can accept all AR15 pattern magazines including drum magazines.  It is gas opterated and employs a long-stroke gas piston similar to an AKM while using a rotating bolt similar to the AR15 or AR18.  Its adjustable sights are complemented with an optics rail for red dot sights, and its polymer receivers keep the gun incredibly light.

Kel-Tec PLR-16 Ballistics

.223 Remington (5.56x45mm NATO) Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Kel-Tec PLR-16 Capacity

Accepting all AR15 pattern magazines, the Kel-Tec PLR-16 can be loaded with any size magazine.  Capacities include 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, and 100 round detachable box magazines while also accepting 60 and 100 round drum magazines.
Measuring only 19 inches long and weighing less than 4 pounds, this handgun offers maximum mobility out of a 5.56mm semi-automatic platform.  Operating with an AR18 style bolt and long-stroke gas piston, the lack of requiring a buffer tube allows for a very short firearm.  This allows the user to quickly navigate through close-quarters environments.

Kel-Tec PLR-16 Mobility


Kel-Tec PLR-16 Ergonomics

With a pistol grip reminiscent of the AR15 and an aggressively-ribbed front handguard, this pistol gives the user plenty of control.  The magazine release is in the same location as on an AR as well, while the charging handle is more of an AK47 style.  Accurately firing this gun may require the user to affix a single-point sling to the rear of the pistol while applying tension to give a stable two-handed grip.

Kel-Tec PLR-16 Fit & Finish

Built with polymer receivers with metal inserts, this pistol and its rifle-style siblings may feel rather flimsy.  The visible screws seen across the pistol give it a bit of a garage-built look while the built in iron sights appear rather obscured when firing the pistol at arm’s length.
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How much is a Kel-Tec PLR-16 worth?

In 2023 a new or used Kel-Tec PLR-16 value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Kel-Tec PLR-16 and most handguns. The Price for a Kel-Tec PLR-16 has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2023 compared to 2022.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Kel-Tec PLR-16 Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $310.70 $406.30 $478.00
Excellent $286.80 $382.40 $430.20
Very Good $262.90 $382.40 $430.20
Good $239.00 $358.50 $406.30
Fair $167.30 $310.70 $382.40
Poor $119.50 $239.00 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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