We are no strangers to the Sub-2000 here at Full30. That said, at SHOT Show 2020, we were introduced to the integrally suppressed Sub-2000 from Kel-Tec, and we cannot stop thinking about it. There’s just something about a backpack gun that not only folds, but is also suppressed that is extremely appealing to us.

Let’s get into what we know so far, and our hopes for the Sub-2000 CQC from Kel-tec. Also, if you’re not super-versed on the Sub-2000, check out this article from a previous article on Full30.

(Author’s Note: This is an initial impressions post, not a full review. We have not gotten our hands on the Sub-2000 CQC at the time of this writing outside of viewing the weapon on the SHOT show floor.)

Meet the Integrally Suppressed Sub-2000 from Kel-Tec

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The Sub-2000 CQC is a light-weight, integrally suppressed semi-automatic folding rifle that is chambered in 9mm. Like it’s older brother, the Sub-2000 CQC is meant to be used as a backpacking or survival gun that will compliment the end-user’s handgun of choice. It also comes with two accessory mounting points allowing the user to attach a forward flashlight, or a top mounted optic of the user’s own selection.

Unlike the regular Sub-2000 however, this item requires an NFA stamp in order to be transferred from seller to buyer. This little folding rifle is an NFA regulated item, and that may be a drawback to some people, but to others suppressors are already a way of life in the sports shooting, and outdoor worlds. All of that said, it’s going to take us a little while to get our hands on a Sub-2000 to complete an official review. We’ll let you know when that happens.

In the mean time, here are the specifications of the firearm as they were posted by Kel-Tec at SHOT show in 2020.


  • Operating System: Blowback Operated
  • Caliber, Capacity: 9mm Luger / Varies by Magazine type.
  • Legal Barrel Length: 16.2″
  • Rifled Barrel Length: 4.25″
  • Barrel Twist Rate: 1:10
  • Accessory Mount: Picatinny
  • Full Length: 30.5″
  • Folded Length: 16.2″
  • Weight: 5.6 lbs
  • Our Expectations of the Sub-2000 CQC.

    Kel-tec Sub 2000 CQC

    When it comes to the Sub-2000 CQC we have some pretty high expectations. We love our Sub-2000, and use it all the time when getting brand new shooters out to the range. If and when we get our hands on the Sub-2k CQC, it may actually replace our original Sub-2k for this purpose. The addition of an integrally suppressed barrel means that this should be even easier for brand new shooters to use. It also should be far less intimidating to those new shooters due to the lack of decibels.

    That said, we also have some high expectations from our friends over at MCarbo. For the longest time, MCarbo has been making some of the greatest accessories for this platform. It’s our hope that they update some of these accessories and bring them up to date with the CQC. That is, unless the CQC is already compatible with the current generation of MCarbo accessories. Only time will tell.

    Here’s a great video of the platform from Hank Strange. Make sure you give it a look, he got his hands on it at SHOT’s range day.

    Saved Rounds on the Integrally Suppressed Sub-2000.

    Integrally Suppressed Sub 2000 Final

    Let’s be real for a minute. There’s about 10,000 different reasons as to why you might want a rifle like this. We covered down on those pretty well over in our MCarbo article that’s linked up at the top. If you don’t see the reason for owning it, chances are it’s not the gun for you. Even still, the first iteration of the Sub-2000 from Kel-tec has been a mainstay in my safe for teaching new shooters the ins-and-outs of firearms safety. As a result, I’m seriously looking forward to getting my hands on the CQC variant.

    That’s just our initial thoughts on the integrally suppressed Sub-2000 CQC from Kel-tec though. Let us know down in the comments what you’re hoping this firearm will be able to do for you. We’ll keep an eye out there when we circle back to this firearm to conduct our full review of the weapon system in the future.

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