We first wrote about Kalashnicohn in 2014, when the small company began introducing their pistol caliber AKs. Compared to a number of larger manufacturers bringing the platform to market, Kalashnicohn has encountered a successful selling point considering that the entire company operates out of a small warehouse with 4 employees in Phoenix, AZ. While at Red Oktober the company showcased a number of their SBRs, pistols, and parts kits, mostly focusing on pistol calibers, however they do have some rifle caliber offerings as well.
The imagination of the owner, Jerimiah Cohn, is really what sets these pistol and SBR offerings apart from a number of other AK companies out there. Dabbing in historical, steam punk, with a modern take is what really comes out with company. From a charging handle mounted through the top receiver cover, to a Peshmerga themed AK, Jerimiah comes up with all sorts of bizarre and fascinating twists to the Kalashnikov platform.
Recently however, the company is getting into the Vityaz platform. If the AKS74U was the dawn of short barrel Kalashnikovs, then the 9x19mm Vityaz is the next in line to the dawn of pistol caliber Kalashnikovs, the Bizon. Introduced in 2004 by Izhmash, it is today used by a number of agencies within the Russian Armed Forces, and police. Kalashnicohn will be the distributer (in a few weeks time) of a civilian legal Vityaz, offering it in parts kits, or in a limited production of them with a faux suppressor to make it legal for the U.S market (this way customers have the option of filing for an SBR by requesting to take the faux suppressor off). One of the neat bits about Kalashnicohn’s entry is that it will have interchangeable magazine wells, so in addition to the polymer magazines it is designed for, it will also be able to take MP5 and Glock magazines if you get the different set.