George Lars Kellgren (sometimes spelled with just one 'L' as Kelgren) was born in Boras Sweden on born May 23, 1943.
teeth as a firearms designer for Husqvarna
and Swedish Interdynamics AB
It was while working at Interdynamics
that the inventor tried his
hand at a straight blowback operated submachine gun that fired at a blistering 1000-rounds per minute from a closed bolt.
Labeled the MP9 by the company, some 25 prototypes were made and shopped around to various countries including South Africa without success.
Made of inexpensive molded polymers and stamped steel parts it was cheap to manufacture but nobody was buying.
In the 1980s, Kellgren
immigrated to the United States with some thoughts on his
mind about new firearms and some initial backing from Interdynamic
The Tec-9 Era
Who is the Man behind Kel Tec
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In South Florida during the 1980s, engineer, entrepreneur and future firearm visionary George Kellgren
was very interested in jumping into the polymer firearm frenzy.
to his business partner in Florida, a Cuban immigrant by the name of Carlos Garcia.
decided to make his
own, inexpensive polymer pistol.
In 1994, Kellgren
shuttered the doors on Grendel and its line of inexpensive polymer framed pistols stopped production.
A few years before he had started Kel-Tec as a CNC machining company then in 1995 started making firearms under that company's name and the rest is history.
is still alive and very much kicking at his
home in Cocoa Florida at the age of 70-years young.
, thank you for choosing the USA!
George Kellgren is definitely not an engineer who is interested in adding some
is an innovator and a forward thinking designer.
A big Thank You to George Kellgren
and to all the employees of Kel-Tec
I hope George
continues what hes doing down there for a long time.