The Kel-Tec PLR-16 is a gas-operated, semi-automatic weapon chambered in 5.56 NATO, manufactured by Kel-Tec Industries of Florida USA.
The PLR (Pistol, Long Range) was designed for recreational target shooting, and small game, varmint, or predator hunting. Due to the PLR's 9.25 inch barrel, the 5.56 bullet's velocity is slightly reduced compared to its velocity from a traditionally 16 inch barrel.
The PLR-16 combines the multi-lug rotating bolt design and breech-locking system of the AR-15 with a gas piston system similar to that of the M-1 Garand, M-14, and AK-47. This system requires less maintenance than the direct gas impingement system of the AR-15 platform. The PLR-16's frame is constructed of reinforced polymer, making the pistol both durable and light-weight. The frame incorporates an M-1913-style Picatinny rail molded to the top of the receiver to accept various optical sights.