Ares Kel-Tec RDB17 Bullpup AEG Rifle

Ares
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£349.99
  • The ultimate modern Bullpup
  • Serious challenger to the AR15
  • Unparalleled ergonomics 

I personally have been drooling over the real Keltec RDB for years. Now the Airsoft version is in my hands for a brief period of time I don't want to give it up! The RDB is one of the most advanced bullpup rifles in existence and eliminates the hand full of downsides to bullpups that have people wandering around carrying rifles that are too long. It feels like a part of your body when you hold it, with extreme pointability due to the center of balance being around the middle of the receiver. With a steel receiver, high-density polymer parts, and a comfortable rubber buttplate, this AEG is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, as we have come to expect from ARES. 

Full description

Description

Calling all bullpup fans! Sick of a heavy trigger pull? Tired of your fire selector either being under your arm or being only on one side? Sick of giant, inelegant plastic boxes calling themselves rifles? Wait until you get a look at the super-sleek RDB rifle from Ares, licensed by Keltec themselves. 

Starting from the muzzle end we have a steel birdcage flash hider that conceals a 14mm CCW male threading, allowing you to swap it out for a suppressor or tracer. The outer barrel has a matt black finish and runs the entire length that the real rifle would, giving the RDB superb balance, just like the real thing. The handguard is constructed of high-density fiber-reinforced polymer and is solid as a rock. Ergonomically shaped and covered in futuristic square checkering, a firm hold over the RDB is assured. At the front of the handguard, there are two sling points molded in, one on each side. Across the bottom there is a polymer Picatinny rail, just in case you would rather use an aftermarket VFG or AFG, or maybe mount a grenade launcher! The battery is stored inside the handguard and can be accessed by removing the steel body pin above the pistol grip. Within there is plenty of room for a crane style 7.4v lipo. 

The forward section of the upper receiver features a fully functional mock charging handle which can be swapped to either side. This part serves little function in Airsoft but it allows an HK-slap on steroids! Above this is a nice long Picatinny rail allowing you to mount PEQ boxes, tactical weapon lights, and optical sights. The rail is machined from aluminium and is both well machined and smooth, so it won't cut your hand accidentally! The pistol grip features an Ambidextrous fire selector with a remarkably short throw, meaning you can flip between fire modes much faster than a standard AR15. The trigger has texturing on the front surface, allowing you to trigger spam the enemy even with sweaty fingers. The grip itself has the same squared checkering as is present on the handguard (a Keltec trademark) and houses the tool to adjust the Hop. 

As we move rearwards, the receiver of the rifle is visible beneath the polymer externals. This part, very much to my surprise, is made from high-quality steel and has a glare-evading matt black finish. The stock and mag well area features 5, count'em, 5 sling mounting points. Two on either side of the receiver and a 5th on the rear top of the stock. The magazine catch is ambidextrous and is accessible with a slight rearward movement from a firing grip, allowing fast reloads rivaling the venerable AR15. On the underside of the stock we have the mag well, within which is the rotary hop-up, which is adjusted with the tool stored in the pistol grip. behind the mag well is the mock ejection port inside of which lies the gearbox! At the rear of the rifle we can find the rubber buttplate which helps ensure this rifle doesn't slip off your shoulder in the heat of battle!

When it comes to performance this rifle is as equipped to kill with BBs as it is with its looks. The RDB features an electronic trigger and MOSFET already installed, ensuring you get the most out of your chosen battery. The rate of fire on full auto is phenomenal, as is the trigger response on semi-auto. The trigger mechanism itself is unlike any other seen on a bullpup Airsoft rifle, with the usual trigger transfer bar being deleted entirely in favour of an electronic connection to the gearbox. This allows the trigger pull to be light and crisp, meaning double taps are a breeze with the RDB. Added to this already impressive feature set is the quick change spring system, accessible by removing the stock. This allows the user to swap the spring depending on what site they are attending, letting you squeeze the last few fps out of the rifle and run your RDB right on site limits. The RDB also comes with two magazines included, one long magazine and one short, how nice!

Go on! Join the 21st century with the Keltec RDB from ARES. With stunning looks, excellent ergonomics and phenomenal performance, this ultra-sleek modern bullpup will leave you wanting for nothing!

Features

  • Steel Reciever
  • Fully Ambidextrous
  • Advanced Ergonomics
  • 14mm CCW threads
  • Rubber buttplate
  • Very well balanced
  • Quick change spring
  • Almost points itself
  • Takes AR15 and STANAG mags
  • High-Grade polymer furniture
  • Aluminium top Picatinny rail
  • Innovation in the trigger mech
  • MOSFET and ETU pre-installed
  • Long inner barrel in a short package
  • Ample battery space in handguard


Package Includes

  • Loading tool 
  • Warranty card
  • ARES Keltec RDB Rifle
  • 130rd mid-cap mag
  • 100rd shorty mid-cap mag
  • Barrel cleaning and unjamming rod




Specification

General

Weapon Construction External
Weapon Type
Assault Rifle
Over 18 Only Icon
Over 18
Yes
Icon UKARA - United Kingdom Airsoft Retailer Association
Defence / UKARA Required
Yes, No,
Site Legal Icon
Site Legal, using 0.20g BB
Yes
Screwdriver Icon
Pre-Built
Yes
Package
Included Items
  • Magazine
  • Short Magazine
Skill Level Icon
User Skill Level
Regular Player, Experienced Player,

Weight and Dimension

Weight KG Icon
Weight (KG)
Approx. 3.024kg
Weapon Length Collapsed
Length (Collapsed)
70cm
Weapon Length Extended
Length (Extended)
70cm

Construction

Colour Wheel Greyscale
Primary Colour
Black, Tan , Olive Green ,
Colour Wheel Greyscale
Secondary Colour
Black
Two Tone Icon
Pre Two-Toned
No
Construction Icon
Construction
Aluminium, steel and Polymer
Weapon Construction External
External Construction
Polymer
Aluminium
Steel
Gearbox Icon
Internal Construction
Polymer
Alloy

Weapon Specific

Power Source Icon
Powered By
Electric
Blowback Icon
Blowback
None
Weapon Platform
Long Gun, Assault Rifle, Other Assault Rifles, Keltec RDB,
Magazine Style Icon
Magazine Style
STANAG, Assault Rifle, M4 / AR Platform,
Fire Select Icon
Fire Selector
PatrolBase | Fire Select Safe
Safe
Patrol Base | Fire Select - Semi Automatic
Semi Automatic
Patrol Base | Full Automatic
Full Automatic
Weapon Safety Features Icon
Safety Features
Trigger Lock
Shooter Configuration Icon
Shooter Configuration
Ambidextrous
Weapon Configuration Icon
Weapon Configuration
Bullpup
Weapon Scale Icon
Weapon Scale
1:1
Suggested BB Weight
0.2g

Hop-Up

Hop-Up Unit Icon
Hop-Up Unit
Yes
Hop-Up Unit Adjuster Icon
Hop-Up Adjuster
Rotary
Hop-Up Unit Location Icon
Hop-Up Location
Inside magazine well, adjusted via tool contained in pistol grip

Furniture

Weapon Furniture Icon
Furniture
  • Railed Handguard
  • Railed Receiver
Rail System Icon
Rail System
20mm RIS / RAS
Icon Stock Positions
Stock Setting
Fixed
Weapon Length Extended
Stock Positions
1 Position
Sight Type Icon
Sight Type
None
Sling Plate Icon
Sling Options
Loop

Barrel

Outer Barrel Length (in)
16''
Icon Thread Type
Outer Barrel Thread Type
Male
Icon Thread Direction
Outer Barrel Thread Direction
CCW (Counter Clockwise)
Outer Barrel Thread Size
14mm
Inner Barrel Length
430mm

Magazine Specific

Magazine Type
Medium Capacity , AEG,
Magazine BB Capacity
Approx. 130 Rounds
Magazine BB Fill Method
Speed Loader
Magazine BB Fill Location
Top

Electric Gun Specific Information

Gearbox
Wiring Icon
Gearbox Wiring
Front Wired
Spring Change Icon
Gearbox Quick Change Spring
Yes
Digital Trigger Icon
Gearbox Electronic Trigger
Yes
Split Gearbox Icon
Split Gearbox Design
No
Motor
Airsoft Motor Icon
Motor Type
Standard
Battery Specific
Battery Connector
Patrol Base | Icon | Deans
Deans
Suggested Battery
Suggested Battery Type
Li-Po
Suggested Battery Configuration
Crane
Suggested Battery Voltage
7.4v

Product Testing Data

Notepad Icon
Test Description
330

Related video

KEL-TEC RDB17 Livestream

Size guide

Joule Charts

Special Instructions

These table can be used as a reference to see if the BB weight you are using will be over acceptable Joulage limits at some Airsoft Sites in the UK. To check if the weight can be used chrono your weapon using the BB you intend to use, and then compare it to the chart.

FPS, Power and Joule Limits can vary from site to site, so please get in touch with where you're going to play with in advance to avoid disappointment.

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, with a 350fps limit for Automatic Replicas, 400fps for Semi-Automatic Replicas, and 500fps for Bolt Action Replicas.

Tap the tabs below to open the relevant chart for your replica.

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, and is the equivalent of 350fps, using 0.20g BB resulting in an upper limit of 1.14j.

Velocity BB Weight (Grams)
FPS 0.20 0.25 0.28 0.30 0.32 0.36 0.40 0.43 0.45 0.50
250 0.58 0.73 0.81 0.87 0.93 1.05 1.16 1.25 1.31 1.45
260 0.63 0.79 0.88 0.94 1.00 1.13 1.26 1.35 1.41 1.57
270 0.68 0.85 0.95 1.02 1.08 1.22 1.35 1.46 1.52 1.69
280 0.73 0.91 1.02 1.09 1.17 1.31 1.46 1.57 1.64 1.82
290 0.78 0.98 1.09 1.17 1.25 1.41 1.56 1.68 1.76 1.95
300 0.84 1.05 1.17 1.25 1.34 1.51 1.67 1.80 1.88 2.09
310 0.89 1.12 1.25 1.34 1.43 1.61 1.79 1.92 2.01 2.23
320 0.95 1.19 1.33 1.43 1.52 1.71 1.90 2.05 2.14 2.38
325 0.98 1.23 1.37 1.47 1.57 1.77 1.96 2.11 2.21 2.45
328 1.00 1.25 1.40 1.50 1.60 1.80 2.00 2.15 2.25 2.50
330 1.01 1.26 1.42 1.52 1.62 1.82 2.02 2.18 2.28 2.53
335 1.04 1.30 1.46 1.56 1.67 1.88 2.09 2.24 2.35 2.61
340 1.07 1.34 1.50 1.61 1.72 1.93 2.15 2.31 2.42 2.68
345 1.11 1.38 1.55 1.66 1.77 1.99 2.21 2.38 2.49 2.76
350 1.14 1.42 1.59 1.71 1.82 2.05 2.28 2.45 2.56 2.85
355 1.17 1.46 1.64 1.76 1.87 2.11 2.34 2.52 2.63 2.93
360 1.20 1.51 1.69 1.81 1.93 2.17 2.41 2.59 2.71 3.01

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used at Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, and is the equivalent of 400fps, using 0.20g BB resulting in an upper limit of 1.49j.

Velocity BB Weight (Grams)
FPS 0.20 0.25 0.28 0.30 0.32 0.36 0.40 0.43 0.45 0.50
250 0.58 0.73 0.81 0.87 0.93 1.05 1.16 1.25 1.31 1.45
260 0.63 0.79 0.88 0.94 1.00 1.13 1.26 1.35 1.41 1.57
270 0.68 0.85 0.95 1.02 1.08 1.22 1.35 1.46 1.52 1.69
280 0.73 0.91 1.02 1.09 1.17 1.31 1.46 1.57 1.64 1.82
290 0.78 0.98 1.09 1.17 1.25 1.41 1.56 1.68 1.76 1.95
300 0.84 1.05 1.17 1.25 1.34 1.51 1.67 1.80 1.88 2.09
310 0.89 1.12 1.25 1.34 1.43 1.61 1.79 1.92 2.01 2.23
320 0.95 1.19 1.33 1.43 1.52 1.71 1.90 2.05 2.14 2.38
330 1.01 1.26 1.42 1.52 1.62 1.82 2.02 2.18 2.28 2.53
340 1.07 1.34 1.50 1.61 1.72 1.93 2.15 2.31 2.42 2.68
350 1.14 1.42 1.59 1.71 1.82 2.05 2.28 2.45 2.56 2.85
360 1.20 1.51 1.69 1.81 1.93 2.17 2.41 2.59 2.71 3.01
370 1.27 1.59 1.78 1.91 2.03 2.29 2.54 2.73 2.86 3.18
380 1.34 1.68 1.88 2.01 2.15 2.41 2.68 2.88 3.02 3.35
390 1.41 1.77 1.98 2.12 2.26 2.54 2.83 3.04 3.18 3.53
400 1.49 1.86 2.08 2.23 2.38 2.68 2.97 3.20 3.34 3.72
410 1.56 1.95 2.19 2.34 2.50 2.81 3.12 3.36 3.51 3.90

Suggested limits are based on Joulage Limit rules used at Halo Mill: Proving Grounds, and is the equivalent of 500fps, using 0.20g BB resulting in an upper limit of 2.32j.

Velocity BB Weight (Grams)
FPS 0.20 0.25 0.28 0.30 0.32 0.36 0.40 0.43 0.45 0.50
250 0.58 0.73 0.81 0.87 0.93 1.05 1.16 1.25 1.31 1.45
260 0.63 0.79 0.88 0.94 1.00 1.13 1.26 1.35 1.41 1.57
270 0.68 0.85 0.95 1.02 1.08 1.22 1.35 1.46 1.52 1.69
280 0.73 0.91 1.02 1.09 1.17 1.31 1.46 1.57 1.64 1.82
290 0.78 0.98 1.09 1.17 1.25 1.41 1.56 1.68 1.76 1.95
300 0.84 1.05 1.17 1.25 1.34 1.51 1.67 1.80 1.88 2.09
310 0.89 1.12 1.25 1.34 1.43 1.61 1.79 1.92 2.01 2.23
320 0.95 1.19 1.33 1.43 1.52 1.71 1.90 2.05 2.14 2.38
330 1.01 1.26 1.42 1.52 1.62 1.82 2.02 2.18 2.28 2.53
340 1.07 1.34 1.50 1.61 1.72 1.93 2.15 2.31 2.42 2.68
350 1.14 1.42 1.59 1.71 1.82 2.05 2.28 2.45 2.56 2.85
360 1.20 1.51 1.69 1.81 1.93 2.17 2.41 2.59 2.71 3.01
370 1.27 1.59 1.78 1.91 2.03 2.29 2.54 2.73 2.86 3.18
380 1.34 1.68 1.88 2.01 2.15 2.41 2.68 2.88 3.02 3.35
390 1.41 1.77 1.98 2.12 2.26 2.54 2.83 3.04 3.18 3.53
400 1.49 1.86 2.08 2.23 2.38 2.68 2.97 3.20 3.34 3.72
410 1.56 1.95 2.19 2.34 2.50 2.81 3.12 3.36 3.51 3.90
420 1.64 2.05 2.29 2.46 2.62 2.95 3.28 3.52 3.69 4.10
430 1.72 2.15 2.40 2.58 2.75 3.09 3.44 3.69 3.86 4.29
440 1.80 2.25 2.52 2.70 2.88 3.24 3.60 3.87 4.05 4.50
450 1.88 2.35 2.63 2.82 3.01 3.39 3.76 4.04 4.23 4.70
460 1.97 2.46 2.75 2.95 3.15 3.54 3.93 4.23 4.42 4.91
470 2.05 2.57 2.87 3.08 3.28 3.69 4.10 4.41 4.62 5.13
480 2.14 2.68 3.00 3.21 3.42 3.85 4.28 4.60 4.82 5.35
490 2.23 2.79 3.12 3.35 3.57 4.02 4.46 4.80 5.02 5.58
500 2.32 2.90 3.25 3.48 3.72 4.18 4.65 4.99 5.23 5.81
510 2.42 3.02 3.38 3.62 3.87 4.35 4.83 5.20 5.44 6.04

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