[SHOT 2016] Kalashnikov USA’s KS-12 Semi-Auto Shotguns

We all know that when the importation of Saiga rifles and shotguns was halted as a result of some political nonsense that we aren’t going to dive into several companies made a go at filling that void. Sadly nothing was quite what the market wanted as a replacement for the Saiga. Kalashnikov USA has come up with a shotgun that they feel will fill that void. After looking the shotgun over I happen to agree with them. The build quality of the KS-12 that I was able to inspect is about what one would expect from a Izhmash produced gun and they made sure that it accepted the Saiga 12 magazines. Thankfully that allows shooters use any of the metric ton of magazines that are currently on the market.

I know that the Kalashnikov USA products have been viewed as a vapor wear but I was assured by the rep that they will be available sometime spring of 2016, no word on a more exact date. I was told that the KS-12 shotgun will carry a MSRP in the range of $900 to $1200 depending on what model is chosen and options. That puts the KS-12 in the same ballpark as a used Saiga 12, but the KS-12 will come without the need for converting them from sporting configuration. The shotgun is also US made, something that will push some buyers to a weapons platform that they normally would have avoided. I think it will be interesting to see how the KS-12 stacks up to its predecessor.


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Patrick R

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  • Nate H

    But will it be competition ready? From what I understand, Saigas need to be modified extensively, sometimes to the tune of thousands of dollars before they will operate reliably enough to be used in competition settings. Having some first hand experience with the Saiga 12ga, I know that they are not reliable enough to buy and go runnin’ n gunnin’ right out of the box.

    • Sgt fish

      Mine was completely reliable. But not all were. Usually an aftermarket gas plug solved that problem.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Not even getting into the whole thing, but rimmed and soft shelled 12ga ammo was never meant to feed from a box mag.

      The Saiga/VERP/whatever in 12ga are in theory cool guns, and do work in competition, but “reliable” enough to compete a stage and actually reliable aren’t the same thing.

      I can’t complain. Sold mine and made bank off of it last panic.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Don’t lump the Vepr in with the Saiga. It’s a very different firearm. The design is so far ahead of the Saiga and the operating system varies a decent bit. The S12’s are generally finicky. Plenty of rimmed cartridges were made to work fine in box mags provided it’s single stack. A large issue is companies like Pro-mag making anything at all. Their mags are absolute crap.

  • 7n6

    Its a chinese gun, hardly american made ………….

    • salty

      where did that info come from? sure youre not talking about the DDi 12?

      • 7n6

        Ooops, I goofed those two up.

    • Patrick R.

      Could you provide a source for that?

    • Kivaari

      I doubt it. It is not all that hard for a factory to make AKs. The critical need to do it right is having the blue prints and heat treating skills. Any modern plant can make whatever you like. The part that often fail in this mix is the failure of the staff, from top to bottom, to be committed to producing a quality product. We have all witnessed great designs that were built with cheap metals and no quality control. The evidence are like Charter Arms, AMT, and dozens of smaller shops.

  • iksnilol

    AK + shotgun + American made.

    Those are three things while nice on their own don’t really go well together.