POTD: Another PAP (AK) Pistol, This Time in 5.56mm

John sent us a photo of his Zastava PAP M85NP pistol chambered in 5.56x45mm. He has outfitted the PAP with a Hogue grip, Midwest Yugo Hand Guard, Magpul AFG2 Angled Rail and a sightmark combo laser/holo-graphic sight.

Being a fan of short barreled rifles, I was critical of the pistol-rifle craze when it first started, but since then I have grown fond of them. I don’t think they are a replacement for short-barreled carbines in the field, when a stock is required, but they are a lot of fun at the range and in a very close range situation, like the home, it would be hard to argue that any attacker is not going to come out a lot worse off.

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Steve Johnson

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  • no

    I’m far from an expert, so hopefully someone can enlighten me, but I’ve never understood why someone would want an AK pistol in 5.56 instead of 7.62×39.

    • Dracon1201

      Softer recoil, mag compatibility with ARs in some cases like this. Ammo compatibility, etc.

    • USMC03Vet

      ammo/mag availability in the US.

    • Squirreltakular

      The real question is: Since they are so popular, when are we going to start seeing .300 blk barreled ones?

      • Dracon1201

        We are. There are a few examples about. Problem is that AKs suck for suppressing, and with .300 vs 7.62×39 prices, why bother in most cases.

        • Squirreltakular

          I’d like one just for the fact that it would use AR mags and would be better than 5.56 out of a short barrel.

          Also, there are definitely suppressed AKs out there that work fine. Rifle Dynamics and Silencerco just made one.

          • Dracon1201

            AKs can be suppressed easily. The trouble is that they are still quite loud compared to other rifles. The RD/S AK is highly custom, and tuned as much as it is, is still louder than other rifles of the same caliber. It’s just a fact of the piston system.

            I agree on the first part, but why not just do 7.62×39? You aren’t getting full value out of the .300BLK, and AK mags are just as cheap.

          • Squirreltakular

            I have an AR in 5.56 and an AK in 7.62×39. For me, a .300 blk SBR AK that took AR mags would just be a dream gun, specifically if it had the magwell, mag release, and bho that the Definitive Arms AKs have.

      • AK’s aren’t quiet for suppressing. They have a “pop” in the gas tube, when suppressed.

    • Vhyrus

      wanting one in 5.56 makes no sense. Wanting one in 5.56 that takes AR mags makes perfect sense, which is what this gun does. If they made a legit rifle version of this gun I probably would have bought it.

  • USMC03Vet

    I was just looking at one of these locally the other day. That setup is real nice, fancy mag and all.

    How easy would it be to put a magpul folding stock on that?

    • Vhyrus

      Depends on how professionally you want it done. If you want a real stock you’ll have to knock out the rivets and replace the trunnion. If all you want is a stock, drill two holes in the back and attach an ACE folder to it with machine screws.

      • Patrick R.

        You have to replace the whole receiver because the back is cut at a slight angle. Without rebuilding the rifle you are left with basically three options, The ACE style folder, a VZ58 folder (drill and tap the existing trunnion), or cut the rear of the rifle for the under folder that it is designed for.

        • All the Raindrops

          You do NOT have to replace the whole receiver, this is nonsense

          • Patrick R.

            Ok. I must have dreamed the gap between the reciever and the stock. Silly imagination.

          • Ira

            I just machined a wedge and welded it to the back of the receiver to mitigate the angle, then drilled and tapped it for an Ace folder. Simple enough.

  • Esh325

    I wonder is the reliability in AK’s decreased in anyway by using AR mags versus the proprietary .223 mags?

    • notalima

      I can’t say I’ve done AKOU testing on my NPAP, but with about 3K round downrange it has never, ever failed. Wolf, Tula, Rem Green Box, PMC Bronze, PRVI, whatever cheap crap I feed it ‘Mikey’ eats anything and doesn’t complain.

      I figure the plastic mag-well adapter will be the first thing to go. It is really not a terribly robust thing.

      My only real gripe: The tiny little magazine button. Can’t reach it with my index finger without shifting grip and it is really, really small.

  • Jose

    I was wondering: Will Century Arms import Serbian AK rifles in .223? The M-80/M-90 was the last series of AK rifles made by Zastava, before switching to the M-21. Now they are doing sporting AK rifles in both .223 and .308. All they need is to use the PAP pistols as the basis for the rifles building; and that’s it. Same goes for those Romanian AK rifles, the SAR-2 and SAR-3. It will compensate for the ban on Russian made firearms; and more access for .223 and 5.45 AK rifles. Just saying.

    • Dracon1201

      They were. Century even had listings in their catalog. It’s been pretty mum since.

  • BarackInsaneOmuslim

    Looks like an AR-15 Mag adapter made by Czech Small Arms for their 5.56×45 Vz58’s.

    It has an AR-15 style mag release and it accepts STANAG mags. I have one on my Vz58 in 5.56, pretty neat.