Palmetto State Armory’s KS-47 Rifle

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Palmetto State Armory just released their new KS-47 rifle it’s their take on a AR-15 pattern rifle that uses AK magazines and fires the 7.62×39 round. They already have an AR-15 that shoots the 7.62×39 round called the AR-47 available but it requires special modified AR magazines just for the AR-47 and similar rifles. Ain’t nobody got time for that, if you’re going to use 7.62×39 rounds why not use the already cheap and very plentiful AK mags? That’s where the KS-47 rifle comes in, it uses the popular modular configuration of the AR-15 but it can accept AK mags. Doesn’t this already sound familiar? It should, CMMG did it a few years ago with their MK. 47 Mutant rifle which we got to review. Check out our review of the Mutant here.

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The Palmetto State Armory K-S47 features a 7075-T6 billet lower receiver that accepts the standard AR-15 fire control group. The extended mag release is outside the trigger guard and moves just like the ones on the AK but it has the added benefit of oversized side paddles so you can use your trigger fingertip to drop the mag. The upper is also billet 7075 T6 aluminum with a chrome moly vanadium barrel with a 1 in 10 twist and M4-style feed ramps.

The bolt carrier group works with either PSA’s AR-47 mags or standard AK-47 mags. It has an extended firing pin and the carrier is made out of 8620 steel and is chrome lined and phosphate coated. The gas key is also chrome lined and is attached with grade 8 bolts. The bolt is made out of 9310 steel and is also phosphate coated. The new KS-47 rifle weights in at 6.6 lbs unloaded and will start out at $999.99, visit palmettostatearmory.com for more info. Check out the KS-47 in action below.



Ray I.

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  • Gorilla Biscuit

    6.5 Grendel would be nice, if this thing has a 308 sized carrier and bolt with some meat on it like the mutant. It does not look like that.

    • Austin

      Or a 5.45 version

      • Sulaco

        What’s the story on 5.45 ammo? Still on the import ban?

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    I like. Ive always preferred the AR platform but I really like .30 caliber anything over 5.56. The problem is finding a good intermediate chambered carbine in .30 caliber. Youve got .300blk, which Ive been this close to getting into, but when compared to the ballistics of the 7.62×39 or .30-30 its not very impressive. I have a .30-30 which is of course a lever not semi auto, but its still handy. I like the 7.62×39, but Im not a huge fan of the AK platform (I respect it and I dont doubt its ability to go bang when I need it to, but it just doesnt feel right) and I really like the Mini Thirty, but it takes proprietary magazines and thats nearly unacceptable in a gun that shoots 7.62×39. I have an M1A and I absolutely love it (If you cant tell I really like the Garand action), but its 10lb and .308 is more than is necessary from time to time. Speaking of the Garand action, I considered the M1 Carbine, but .30 Carbine is even less inspiring than .300blk.

    So in the end until Ruger makes the Mini Thirty take AK mags (probably never), This is pretty close to an ideal carbine.

    • Scott Tuttle

      300blk is probably more than adequate if you look at rounds that arent sub sonic. but then there’s the price… damn.

      • Big Daddy

        If you shoot a lot the cost of 7.62×399 ammo verses .300 Blk is substantial. If you reload .300 is the way to go. You can get 7.62×39 for 22-25 cents a round. That’s half of a .300.

    • Big Daddy

      Not to mention the Mini 30 doesn’t shoot Berdan primed ammo well. That’s the reason i bought the Mutant. Love the gun but I’d rather have a Mini 30 that would take AK mags and shoot Russian ammo. You can mod the Mini 30 to shoot Berdan primed ammo but I do not want to start modifying a new gun that way. You have to take down the bolt face. For some reason Ruger put a little hump around the firing pin. You have to grind that down and then worry about the headspace if I am not mistaken, That’s what I read and saw on Youtube.

  • ozzallos .

    Guess we’ll all have to wait a few more years for everybody else to realize this is a viable market before becoming affordable.

    • Cal S.

      Well, we still have to rely on the “hipsters” who want to be first so badly that they’ll jump on it right off in order for it to gain traction…

  • Laserbait

    How does this differ from the Mutant?

    • Big Daddy

      I have a Mutant, it’s based on the AR10/ DPMS high rail. The KS 47 is an AR15 based gun. Both lowers take the same parts, the Mutant’s upper is different and has proprietary parts based on the AR10.

      • Laserbait

        Ahh, I see – thanks!

        • Kivaari

          Using an AR10 sized bolt is a better way to go. The AR15 sized bolts don’t leave much metal around the cartridge. That’s another reason to buy a different rifle instead of just a conversion.

        • Big Daddy

          Just shot mine today. It was raining so I didn’t go to the 100 yard range, just 25. Even with military ball ammo it’s more accurate than an AK. I have owned and shot them.

          I did a few mods the best one was changing the latch on the charging handle to a Badger. The gun has to be treated as it’s own rifle and not an AR or AK in some ways. The mags have to go in on a very pronounced angle, a bit more than an AK. Also the charging handle must go all the way back and you cannot ride it at all. I do miss the bolt hold open but in time I will get it loaded faster than an AK. I really like the mag release. They blew it on the latch though.

          I did add a Magpul MOE K2 grip and MOE SL stock also BU sights. Also a Warne scope mount and a Bushnell AR scope which is enough for my needs. MI keymod panels all in FDE to match. I thought the trigger was good from the factory but the ALG NiB one I put in was an improvement, also a KNS pin set and Battle Arms ambi selector.

          I did notice in Youtube reviews their muzzle break didn’t work all that well for flip so I got the lowest model Mutant since I would change out everything anyway. I put a BCM .308 MOD 0 gunfighter muzzle device on it and it works well. It doesn’t make the gun louder, funny thing I had a guy with 2 AK’s next to me today, one with a break and one with the original design. My gun was not as loud as either and the comp worked great for flip and recoil.

          In the mail I just got a shorter rail from SLR which is lighter. The long rail is not necessary for me. I don’t C clamp. The longer rail looks good on the new 13″ upper with a pinned Krink, it’s not necessary with the standard barrel. The SLR rail is a DPMS high and SR25 barrel nut. SLR was curious and I have to contact them about the installation to see if it fits correctly. they never had anyone put one one it yet. I’m breaking new ground for them.

          All in all I spent a lot of money on it but am a lot happier than having even an Arsenal AK. With good ammo I expect it to be very accurate at short ranges, it’s lighter and handier than an AK for me. It’s also built like a tank with that huge bolt and billet upper which has a lot of beef to it. Plus the trigger is much better and I can use most any AR upgrade except for the BCG and charging handle itself.

        • Sulaco

          and about 2x the price, no?

    • Anonymoose

      A better question is how does this differ from the Rock River LAR-47, and can it accept other companies’ uppers, such as a POF Puritan?

      • Laserbait

        According to video, it can accept other companies 7.62×39 uppers.

        • Anonymoose

          I checked the website and it said other companies’ uppers won’t allow it to use AK mags. There might be some mods that need to be done, but I’ll leave that research up to the professionals.

          • JeffSexton

            Anonymoose, can you link to where it says that, because several of the videos have a PSA rep explicitly stating that the lower can be used with any 7.62×39 upper. And the upper can be used with any standard AR lower.

          • Anonymoose

            http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-ks47-complete-classic-lower-retail.html “The KS47 lower requires the use of the PSA KS47 upper to accept AK magazines. Standard AR15 uppers will not function with AK magazines.”

  • Vitor Roma

    Really nice recoil without using a muzzle brake, i’m impressed.

  • Vhyrus

    Really liking the overall package but I think it’s just slightly too expensive. $800 would get me on board.

    • Harrison Jones

      Agreed at $900 I’ll spend a couple hundred extra on the beefier CMMG.

  • Texas Guy

    I guess I may be a little different but I don’t care about using the traditional AK magazines. I’d rather buy an ASC mag that fits in my lower and carry on. The PSA 47 complete upper is only about $400. I didn’t see the sense in buying a rifle with a dedicated lower that only shoots 7.63X39. The PSA 47 upper eats steel and brass, works flawlessly with my Gemtech QD suppressor. I added a GL Shock recoil absorbing stock and my wife loves shooting it as well. 20 rd ASC mags lighten the rifle and it allows you to shoot from a bench much easier. For the money saved on just buying the upper, I had the time to buy the ASC mags. Note that Timney Cassette Drop in Triggers did not work with steel ammo. It does not strike the primer with enough force to make it fire. Standard AR firing groups works well without any failures.

    • Kivaari

      That is why you can buy different models. This is great for many shooters. I would not buy a conversion kit most times. I’d buy a complete rifle. About the only caliber change worth having for ME, is the .300 BLK. I could put an upper on any AR lower I own. I would most likely get a complete rifle. Yes, they do cost more than an upper, but it’s what I like.

      • Texas Guy

        I understand. I build or buy complete lowers and have all complete rifles myself. I just think there is great application to having multi-caliber options to the same lower.

    • 35Whelan

      AR bolt face is weak on this round. If it is a standard style bolt, expect to replace it often, plus whatever other damage a failure may cause.

      • Texas Guy

        I will keep an eye on that. Thanks for the heads up. I called PSA and asked about bolt failures and they told me if it ever happened that it would be a warranty repair. He was not aware of any returns for bolt failures currently. I appreciate your comment.

        • 35Whelan

          No problem. The issue is that there is less bolt material around the lug area due to the fact that 7.62×39 has a larger diameter case. This leads to excessive wear on the lugs over time. If you take a peek at AK bolt lugs, you will see how much stronger they are.

  • Pretty sure they released this at SHOT ’16.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    If the Vietnam war was still going on, this would be useful.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Because nobody in our current area of operations in the mid east uses 7.62×39 caliber weapons

      • Cal S.

        Only Commie sympathizers.

  • MrPotatoHead

    Love the idea. I wonder if the charging handle is interchangeable with other AR handles.

  • Cal S.

    Dude, a 5.45Ruskie AR would be awesome. I think that’s what the hint is…

    • plumber576

      My 5.45 upper hates 50% of the 5.45 AR mags I buy for it. I would purchase a lower that takes -74 mags that I could use with my 5.45 upper in a heartbeat.

  • Anonymoose

    We’ll never know what is correct unless someone demonstrates it…

  • iksnilol

    Maybe it is compatible as in it will feed 7.62×39 ammo, jsut that it won’t do it from AK mags?

    • JeffSexton

      Iksonilol,

      Well, that’s just the point: it’s a lower that *only* takes AK mags. So if you attach the lower to someone else’s 7.62×39 upper, the only option is for the combo to work *with* AK mags.

      I suspect that the comment on the lower’s product page was meant for the UPPER. There’s a lot of commonality of copy between the rifle’s product page, the upper’s, and the lower’s. So I think someone just cut and pasted the wrong bit of copy.

      In other words, the upper will work on anyone else’s standard lower, except that you’ll have to use AR mags. At the same time, the lower will work with anyone else’s 7.62×39 upper, so long as that upper was set-up to work with standard AR lowers.

      At any rate, I e-mailed PSA about this and well let everyone know what they come back with.

  • So where can one buy them? You show many nteresting designs but only bolts and selectors on your website.

    • Michael Brown

      My company designs for larger gun manufacturers. Our client has put these models in production. I will post in the near future when the will be for sale to the public. Please follow our Facebook page to see when go on sale.
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  • Sulaco

    So if I am understanding this, this rifle is essentially a $1000 AR which shoots 7.62×39 and has very little or none of the AK engineering or reasons (i.e.: loose tolerances, extreme reliability and toughness)? Kind of defeats the purpose of the AK don’t it? Or am I missing something, again….It is purdy.

    • Vitor Roma

      It has the AR engineering and reasons: lightweight, well sealed, smooth operation, good ergos.

    • All the Raindrops

      Ar’s are reliable.

      True story

      • Sulaco

        Maybe. Which would you take into the mud the blood and the beer with no cleaning kits over an extended period is all I am saying…

        • CommonSense23

          The AR.

  • plumber576

    Please direct me where to purchase a lower that takes -74 mags that I can use with my 5.45 upper and I will buy it as soon as I confirm my FFL isn’t on vacation.

  • Full Name

    Tell me again why this rifle, or any rifle, is worth $1000+

    • Joel K

      Exactly its not. Would rather have two AK’s or two of their AR47’s.

  • DwnRange

    Hasn’t this already been made by CMMG?

  • 22winmag

    “They already have an AR-15 that shoots the 7.62×39 round called the
    AR-47 available but it requires special modified AR magazines just for
    the AR-47 and similar rifles.”

    I call bullshit.

    There are plenty of highly factory magazines (ASC and C products to name two) for AR’s chambered in 7.62×39. I’ve put nearly 1,000 rounds through my Palmetto AR47 without any failures of any kind and it’s half the price of the KS47.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Damn now I have to build that too…

  • Richard Lutz

    Buying an American made AK seems unwise to me in light of the many problems they have, much less a Frankenstein gun like this. The inexpensive GP WASR-10 HI-CAP is made by a Romanian company which has made AKs since the 1950s and knows how to make them. If your life was on the line which would you prefer?

  • AR rifle that shoot the 7.62×39 round have always been a rifle that in theory would be great, but they have always had problems. That problem was mostly due to magazine issues. With this gun and other that use the tried and true AK mag, there should be no problems just like other AR’s in the traditional caliber.

    • Joel K

      You clearly don’t own one. I have 1,000 rounds through my ar47 using c products mags. No issues at all.