Pistol caliber Kalshnikovs are nothing new at all, made in Peshawar and most notably with the Russian Bizon. But it’s the configuration that caught my eye with this gun shop out of Arizona called Kalashnicohn (Facebook page). They make standard SBRs or “pistols” with under folding stocks, chambered in .45 and 9mm (more calibers to come). But get this, they come with magazine conversion kits so you can use a variety of magazines (Glock, Sten, S&W, H&K). They use a blow back cycle of operations, and can be ordered threaded as well. Personally I’d prefer a side folding 74 stock but regardless, it’s pretty neat. Apparently Red jacket had similar designs on sale, but I don’t believe they did in this variety. This is what the owner has to say about them in a recent email correspondence.
Here is our 9mm AK platform with the Glock magwell adapter.. ( we made a removable magwell, changeable to other magazines. We currently do Glock, Sten, M&P and H&K MP5 mags. We build on custom Childers Guns receivers , the 9mm, .40 /10mm and .45 all use a custom length (shorter) receiver. The bolt and carrier are done in house. We spin our own barrel out of Green Mountain barrel blanks. 10/1 twist, all finishing of chamber is also done in house by us. Trunnions are of Romanian manufacture and are modified to suit our needs, we have entirely new trunnions and rear sight blocks being machined now. Same design but made in the USA. Front sight/gas block are from Kvar. The .45 AK platform is the same as the 9mm but as of now we are only doing magwells for Glock, M&P, single stack 1911 and grease gun mags. We use under folder rear trunnions in all our pistol builds so it’s an easy SBR project provided you get the tax stamp. The .40 and 10mm are the same as the 9mm and .45 in mag choices minus a couple obvious ones. All pistol caliber’s are blowback action and we will soon be offering all models in a milled receiver with many stock options as well as a brand new gas driven system.
They also do traditional AK builds from parts kits and the like. So if you want an authentic looking AMD or Egyptian rifle, they’ll build you one, down to the respective country markings. The old stuff is pretty cool, but its those pistol caliber ones that really catch my attention.
As far as keeping it traditional, that is our prefered style but have taken beaten up WASR rifles and had them redone with Magpul, Zhukov. We do use Tapco or customers preference on trigger assembly. Always with correct markings and Full Auto notch and y chromosome indent. No holes are drilled so it looks proper and is legal, trigger, gas piston brings it to full 922r compliance.
Much thanks to the owner of Kalashnicohn, otherwise known as “The Fobbit” for the information and pictures!