Kalashnikov USA products released

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Kalashnikov USA has come out with a press release stating their new products are ready for sale/shipping in the United States, under the new banner “Russian Heritage/ American Innovation”. The company is not directly connected with Kalashnikov Concern (more about that below). Specifically released are some rifle models, the 7.62×39 US132 (which has odd presets for “109, 218, and 328 yards”, the US132SS has a pistol grip and rails), the 7.62×39 US132Z (has a trigger magazine release) and two shotguns, a tactical one, and a more conventional Izhesvk style, both in 12 gauge. Not entirely sure on which parts of the firearms are made in the US, or which parts are being imported into the US from Russia (or if the receivers are perhaps left overs from the Russian imports before sanctions), or if any of it is even imported due to the sanctions. Either way, there is a fair amount of CAA parts in use, it even says this on the website, that the two seem to be in a partnership for that reason. No word on pricing in the release or on the website but it should be available through the dealers listed.

June 2015 – Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, proudly announce that the new American Kalashnikov models are now available through Acusport, Big Rock Sports, Bill Hicks, Ellett Brothers, RSR, Sports South and others.

“We have made good on the promise delivered at SHOT Show, to provide our customers with a quality product at a competitive price by the second quarter of this year,” Thomas McCrossin, CEO of Kalashnikov USA said.

Under the new banner “Russian Heritage / American Innovation,” the new US models are built on the classic AK 47 rifle and shotgun platforms with a focus on designing firearms for the American shooter using the latest manufacturing technologies. New features on the Kalashnikov USA models include a nitrocarburized case hardening on barrels and chambers to extend life and provide a high corrosion resistance. Also, the barrels have been threaded to accept muzzle breaks and suppressor systems. The bolt and bolt carrier have been enhanced for a smoother action, and an integrated hold open feature has been added to the safety lever.

“Our customers will be pleased with the quality of our American weapons and our new designs,” Bill Silver, VP of sales for Kalashnikov USA added. “American innovation has provided a better weapon at a better price.

Just to reiterate things here, Kalashnikov USA has no relation with Kalashnikov Concern as was covered in a previous TFB post about the matter

The fact of the matter is that RWC company for several years has been the exclusive distributor of Kalashnikovs in the United States. After the imposition of sanctions the business of importing Russian-made weapons manufactured by the Concern was suspended.

To date, because of the imposed sanctions, the company has no rights to continue to cooperate, and even to contact representatives of Kalashnikov Concern. These measures only cause regret and impact primarily American consumers.

The contract with RWC signed in January 2014 for 5 years outlined delivery of up to 200,000 weapons per year. It is clear that RWC is interested in maintaining the US market share; that is why they filed an application for trademark registration.

 

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It’s interesting to see most of these aftermarket parts being put on production AKs. 

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Looks like a rear sight instead of a simple bead for the traditional shotgun. 

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This rifle is listed in the press release as the US132SS but I can’t find it on the website, it says it is in 7.62, even with a brake normally on 5.45 rifles. 



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • Darby

    Those presets are for 100 200 and 300 meters, but they didnt want to change the parts so they just wrote the standard equivalent to the metric.

    • kevinp2

      Exactly, that is what the yardage converts to.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      I spotted that immidiately. A nice “f uck you” to the imperial system.

    • Lasis

      Yeah, they should be grateful there was no enough place to write more precise converted values of 109.3613, 218.7227 and 328.084 LoL

  • Sianmink

    I see a nice US109T muzzle brake that will be discarded and that I can pick up cheap for my IZ109.

  • iksnilol

    Those presets aren’t weird at all. 218 yards is 200 meters.

    • Giolli Joker

      I prepare the popcorn.

      (before anybody says anything about the rest of the world not going to the Moon or such, NASA recognized the advantages of the metric system about 20 years ago)

      • Nashvone

        Of course we were the only ones capable of going to the moon. At 238,900 miles, it’s closer for us than the rest of the world’s 384,400 kilometers.

        • Giolli Joker

          This is a good one! 🙂

        • Tassiebush

          Haha that totally reminds me of the Mars orbiter Metric Imperial confusion debacle.

      • MR

        Twenty years ago, huh? About twenty-five years after going to the moon. Have they managed to get back to the moon since converting to the metric system? Hmm….

      • flyingburgers

        Aerospace is mostly IPS.

        The people who have the worst time are the Europeans, who work in a mix with soft metric if there’s hardware involved, or hard metric if they can get away with it. (Example: fuselage of an A330 is 5.64 m wide… exactly 18 ft 6 in)

        The arguments either way are mostly irrelevant now that everything is done on computer nowadays.

    • ostiariusalpha

      It is a bit weird in this sense: I like my miles, yards, feet, inches, & other imperial measurements, but I am not afraid of the metric system. Plenty of Americans use it when it seems convenient, like the milrads on scopes, without any great difficulty. We’re like a mirror to the British, they use the metric system as the official standard with the imperial maintained on a more informal basis. And anyone that does even slightly mechanical/engineering related work will deal with metric equipment and tools. In reality, K-USA doesn’t really understand what their customers are looking for in these rifles; it certainly isn’t the pandering of some presupposed parochial ignorance.

      • MR

        Plus, it’s an AK, so aiming for 200 yds will likely provide as good a hit probability as aiming for 218 yds

    • Metric is better (sans a “foot” equivalent) but everyone pushing metric in Amerikwa is a total chooch. It’s very, very satisfying to consternate them with Imperial measurements.

      • I’ll just leave this gem right here… Not for either argument

        • Tassiebush

          Mars Orbiter :p

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          NASA uses metric.

          • Lasis

            As far as I know, so does US Geologic survey, and any other agency that needs precision and international cooperation. Partly that includes US military too, perhaps because of NATO standardisation for the most part, that’s why there is 5,56 for guys in uniforms and .223 for civvies, and there are no misleading AM ad PM times either.

          • Ryan

            Sometimes. Look back a year or so ago at the satellite that failed to deploy because it was built by two teams. One was using the standard Imperial system used in America and the other was using Metric. Mind you these teams were working on opposite sides of the same construction facility. How neither NASA team noticed this prior to launch boggles the mind.

      • MAUSERMAN

        Actually that’s not true. Yes in everyday life Americans use the imperial system. But in the scientifc field all calculation are done with metric, so is the military for anyone who have served. I still use meters as meausrement whenever I shoot at my local 94 meters range.

    • Tassiebush

      Haha I operate in a tandem world straddling both. The other weekend I was zeroing my metric Leupold at 100m on an imperial target using imperial sighting in info. Thank heavens for smart phones and is all I can say.
      For everyday life there’s metric but for special extra cool things it’s imperial. Stuff like tyre sizes, guns, chainsaw bars or telling your missus how long your thingy is.

      • I was having a little chuckle. It reminds me of when Burma issued out monetary notes in 9s because 9 is considered an auspicious and lucky number. But you can you imagine counting bills like that? 9, 18, 27, 36, and into the hundreds? ouch…

        • Tassiebush

          Hehe I knew it! It’s funny to see such an odd approach to converting those units.
          Gee that currency would be a struggle for their newly open tourist market! Is it still in use? It’s from before they officially used name Myanmar by the look of things.

          • yea that currency was replaced with normal notes of 5,10,50,100,500, and a 1000 in the 2000s, see how long that lasted… But to confuse things even more they also had FECs, which were equivalent to dollars, 1 FEC to 1 dollar, so you had two coexisting currencies floating around to deal with…

      • iksnilol

        Pfft, 17.5 cm is way more impressive than 7 inches. 😛

        • Tassiebush

          1 cubit is even more impressive than either 😉

    • Yeah, it jumped out at me right away too. It really seemed obvious.

      • iksnilol

        That feeling when you know who the perpetrator is in a show like Sherlock or Person of Interest.

    • Sickshooter0

      109 yards = 5,650,524.4 twips; anyone can see that…

    • My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that’s the way I likes it.
      Get out of here, commie.

      • Giolli Joker

        Abraham Simpson?

    • Dandy

      Imperial is by far more sane than metric.The main problem is metric got it all wrong from the start. They decided to use a flawed counting system, base 10, a remnant of European finger counting, rather than the far, FAR, more useful base 12, or dozenal, system. Base 10 is mathematically and industrially inferior. 5 dozen minutes to the hour. 2 dozen hours a day, a dozen inches to the foot. All easily divisible by 2,3,4 and 6 – The most useful divisors there are.

      The argument for metrication falls apart on a substantial level as well as when you realize that the Standard/Imperial units arose from real life activities and useful measurements. Metric, while beautifully based on water, a mL of water weights a gram and has a volume of 1cc blah blah blah…Is not easily useful in everyday commerce. The base 16 volume system is more practically useful because many people across different industries, cultures, and backgrounds all seemed to come to the same conclusions prior to standardization. Cups, pints, quarts, gallons, ounces, teaspoons, tablespoons. This is what people really used already before a standard was defined by the government. If I were to be so bold, I’d posit that it’s a free-market measurement system. The only reason metric took off is because there are a few similarities in standard sizes. A liter is a little less than a quart. A meter is a little longer than a yard, a Kilogram is a little more than a couple of pounds.
      I say there needs to be a new compromise system. Base 12 Metric. 12mm in a cm. 144cm in a meter. 1728m in a km – Hey, that’s about a mile! 12 12oz long cups/short pints to a gallon – Hey, that’s the size of a can of soda, can of beans, and a jug of milk! Water freezes at 0 Base 12 Celsius and boils at 144 Celsius. Easy measurements everybody can understand and are all still relatable in the real world. Then when everybody is thinking in terms of dozenal units we convert the whole counting system to base 12. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, dek, el, dozen

      • Iksnilol

        Oh boy, if base 12 is so superior due to avoiding decimals: Divide 90 by 12. No matter the system eventually you end up with decimals.

        Also, the fact that the imperial system is rooted in “useful” measurements and everyday activities makes it so unreliable. Is every teaspoon the same size? Does everyone have equally long feet?

        Also, the Imperial system has no base. It has multiple bases. One measurement there is 12 of in another while there is 16 of it when going one step up. To finish: it is easier to divide by 10 than anything else if you can live with decimals.

    • Guido FL

      Seems to me that since this product is for USA sales the rear sight should be in yards. But perhaps they aren’t making the rear sight in house which would explain the metric distances ?

      • iksnilol

        Maybe, just maybe, they are already making the sights, rifles and all, and are just rebranding them for the American market?

        Makes more sense than making a new line of rifles for the American market.

  • Lance

    More tacti cool AKs… Boring!

  • GuestUser

    Since 922r compliance is brought up and most of these guns show signs of being converted sporter models, these are still just Saiga conversion – NOT US made AKs. Getting the exclusive Saiga rights, they imported a shitload of sporters before the sanctions.

    Any way, the base guns are still good, but these conversions are pretty “meh”. The CAA furniture is ugly as sin, but is easily replaced. The value of these guns will depend on the street price.

  • USMC03Vet

    5.45 pls!

    Rob Ski, I’ll be waiting for the grinder video.

  • tom

    Price?

    • I couldn’t find any MSRP on the site or some of the dealer sites :/

  • john huscio

    So will there be a K-USA ak74?

  • CyberSamurai

    Screw all those overpriced “banned” AKs.

  • Anon

    All that furniture is absolutely hideous

    • Guido FL

      Take it off and sell it online.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I almost feel bad for anyone that gets suckered into buying a siaga12 with no magwell. Almost, because if you do, that’s pretty much on you.

    • Green Hell

      That’s what I thought. If I’m not mistaken, both IzhMech and Molot aren’t making their AK shotguns without a magwell for a few years now. Should have copied Saiga 12/30.

  • Green Hell

    One thing I’m curious about. Saiga-12 was created, patented and entered production in the late 90’th if I recall correctly, so patent haven’t been expired yet. And since Kalashnikov Concern already said that Kalashnikov USA doesn’t have anything to do with them, does it make those guns an unlicensed copies?

    • salty

      doubt about patenting. folks dont in mericia dont give two fuchs about a stinking ak shotgun… cost too much to build it here, probably

  • J.T.

    “This rifle is listed in the press release as the US132SS but I can’t find it on the website, it says it is in 7.62, even with a brake normally on 5.45 rifles.”

    That isn’t a brake normally on 5.45 rifles, it is a Tapco brake made to look like an AK-74 brake.

  • TG13

    it seems like they are trying to confuse the consumer into thinking that “Kalashnikov USA” is/was somehow part of Kalashnikov Concern in Russia, but due to the current sanctions they can’t have anything to do with Kalashnikov Concern..

    When it’s just someone converting pre-sanction Saigas..

    i find that kinda crappy..

  • Guido FL

    This is nothing more than a press release. What is needed is a hands on inspection which would tell the make of the receiver and other components. I have to wonder who is the contract machining company ? I would guess it’s IO ?

  • Aimz

    I tried searching online for a review of these rifles but I haven’t found too many….does anybody have experience with these rifles? How do they stack up with Arsenal and DDI?