TriStar’s New KRX Tactical Shotgun

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With the supply of Saiga 12 shotguns dry as a bone and few options left choices on the market for box magazine fed scatter guns TriStar has brought a new AR inspired shotgun to the market. Introduced at SHOT 2016 the KRX is a blend of AR-15 styling and a home defense shotgun sporting a 20″ barrel. The new shotgun will feature lightweight polymer furniture that mimics the control layout of the well known AR platform keeping the weight down to 7.4 pounds. TriStar also included other AR inspiration with the inclusion of an AR style bolt release and safety.

In addition to the AR inspired layout, the KRX will also feature a full-length Picatinny rail along the top and a rail on the bottom of the shotgun to allow shooters to attach lights, lasers, or forward grips. TriStar will also be including a removable carry handle, a removable front sight, removable tactical style choke, and two 5 round magazines as standard.

At first glance, the KRX appears to be based on the same design that the MKA 1919 is, a proven design. Once we get a chance to take a closer look at the KRX we will have a chance to confirm our suspicions.

You can visit their website HERE to learn a bit more about the shotgun. The MSRP for the KRX is $595 and is shipping to dealers now.

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The new KRX is currently on order for a review.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Harry’s Holsters

    For sub $600 in that configuration is looks like a winner if reliable. Magazines and 992r compliant options will hopefully not be far behind. I’d love to see a 25rd drum and 8, 10 or 12 round magazines.

    • Porty1119

      MSRP is $595; I think we can expect a street price of around $550, maybe sometimes down closer to $500.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        That’s puts it right around $520 OTD in my local shop!

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      If it is reliable, then this thing should be a runaway success. Well, if it is reliable and well marketed.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Lot’s of great guns either have terrible marketing or can’t keep up with demand and people lose interest. They need to be reliable and able to keep up with demand to make these a success!

  • micmac80

    With islamic revolution taking place now in Turkey things might get banned sooner than later

    • Porty1119

      Seeing as the sympathies of those that would enact any import ban lie squarely with the Islamists, I wouldn’t hold your breath. It’s not impossible though, and would be a shame. There seem to be a lot of good Turkish sporting semiautos, but I’m more of a combat pump fan and as such prefer Chinese guns. Stoegers, Linbertas and the like have certainly acquired a bit of a following.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        I have a Turkish over/under and It is a great gun at a great price with a lifetime warranty and highly recommend it.

  • thedonn007

    Is this the best lower cost option for a mag fed shotgun? Or should I just spend $700 for a VEPR 12?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      If you really think you want one, yes, the VEPR is is better.

      • stephen

        How can you say the VEPR is better if there has not been a review on the KRX?

        I have seen number of videos showing the VEPR having malfunctions (failure to eject). I don’t know if they have a ‘break in’ period but it concerns me.

        I think I will wait till I see number of reviews on the KRX before I pull the trigger.

        🙂

        • Sianmink

          Saigas and VEPRs don’t have a ‘break in’ period, they have a ‘shake down’ period where you identify and fix all the manufacturing errors. If you’re really lucky, you’ll get one that runs gangbusters right out of the box. More likely, you’ll have to tweak one or two things, and then it will run just fine. Sometimes, it’s a Vodka Special and you’re better off just selling it and trying again.

          • stephen

            Yea that doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy – thanks for the info.

            I will wait for reviews on the KRX and see how it fairs.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Excellent overview, and shut rely correct. You clearly have owned one.

            I had to pull the barrel out of my Saiga’s receiver so I could fix the threads, length, and gas ports. I don’t really recommend that work, at that point, you sell on gunbroker and start over.

          • Sianmink

            This is why the conversion/custom houses get a premium for their guns. They’ve already done the shakedown for you and have to stand behind their product.

            My Saiga12 just needed some polishing, adjustable gas plug and a trigger job and it was GTG. I feel like I got lucky.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Because it’s clearly a dolled up 1100-ish. With really poor styling to boot.

          The AK/VEPR can be made to run really well with unknown ammo, yea they’re overgassed but who cares? The Russian builds can be hit or miss,’but almost always fixable. I have no doubt in my mind that the VEPR is the better gun, and has the track record to prove it.

        • Aimz

          I own a Vepr-12 and it has been heavily modified. At first the thing was nearly unworkable, but the problem was due to the SGM tactical magazines and not the gun itself. I finally started to load 10-11 rounds into the 12 rounder magazine and had a gunsmith polish the magazine catch just a tiny bit….now the gun works perfectly. The only issue I still have is that the gun is pretty damn heavy (I have a muzzle brake and barrel shroud and that adds weight) and the magazines are damn bulky. But for functionality purposes…it works great now.

        • We have one coming for review.

      • thedonn007

        I do not really need one of these, but I do need a 12 gauge shotgun. I would prefer a magazine so that I do not have to empty the entire tube when moving from location to location when hunting.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          would prefer a magazine

          That is the one specific thing I’d caution against. No matter how you slice it, a rimmed, plastic hull 12ga shell is not appropriate to be fed from a box magazine.

          870, Benelli, whatever. The shotgun is an amazingly versatile system that gets its function from different ammo types – stupid size magazines pretty much remove that utility.

        • sundancer32

          are those round tubes under the barrel not “magazines” anymore?

          • iksnilol

            Nah, they’re clips.

          • DW

            clipazines

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Spend $500 on a KRX and $200 on mags. Then do a full write-up to send to TFB so we can see if it is worth buying.

      • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

        We have one on order for review. If it can be broken, I will break it.

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          That is good to hear! I’m looking forward to the review.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Cool, another dolled up 1100.

    • Porty1119

      I’d personally be more interested in a $300-400 1100 clone with an 18″ barrel and wood furniture, for the classic riot gun look. Pistol grips don’t do much for me.

    • What makes you say that they just got in the country.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Anyone really glad it has a full pic fail on top?! You know, for PVS daytime/nighttime optic etc.

    • DW

      …and IR lasers, offset red-dots AND irons, and of course your low 1/3 cowitnessed irons.

      Or, it’s that long mainly simply because sight radius

  • Dean Carpenter

    I bought a Benelli M4 about 10 years ago. Just last week I got over the buyers remorse.

  • LazyReader

    Where’s Kalashnikov USA, weren’t they supposed to put out Saiga’s?

  • thedonn007

    How is the review coming along?