The Chiappa AK-9 (or PAK-9) 9mm AK-based pistol is not a new announcement, but at an approximate $425 MSRP, it certainly deserves a strong look. In fact, TFB’s own Miles V. will soon be receiving a test and evaluation unit for an in depth review.
One of the AK-9’s biggest selling points, besides the price, is the optional magazine well adapter that allows the use of Glock 17/19/26 mags. The adapter is sold through a few online retailers for about $30.
Although the pistol itself is being imported into the U.S, by Chiappa, the gun itself is reported to be made by the Cugir Arms Factory in Romania. Cugir, who also manufactures the popular semiautomatic AKM WASR rifle, falls under the state-owned ROMARMS defense company headquartered in Bucharest, Romania.
Some initial internet reviews complained of failures to feed, but like anything in this world, seeing is believing. As such, I’m looking forward to Miles’ putting the Chiappa AK-9 through its paces.
Chiappa Firearms harnesses the fun and functionality of the legendary AK rifle in the form of an easy to shoot 9mm pistol the PAK-9 respectively. It have the look and feel of the original but use more readily available and easier to shoot ammunition. Made from steel with exceptional fit and finish, uses standard AK furniture and comes with two 10 round magazines. The PAK-9 Pistol features an interchangeable magazine adapter (sold separately) that allows you to convert from Beretta® style to Glock® style magazines easily and without tools.
- MODEL: AK-9 Pistol
- ACTION: Semi-Auto
- FINISH: Black
- STOCK/FRAME: Alloy Frame
- STOCK/GRIPS: Black Polymer Pistol Grip
- WEIGHT: 6.1 lbs.
- CALIBER/GAUGE: 9mm
- CAPACITY: 10+1
- BARREL: 6.3″
- OVERALL LENGTH: 14.25″
- SIGHTS: Fixed Rear/Adjustable Front
- SAFETY: Standard AK Trigger Block
- ADDL INFO: Blow Back System
- ADDL INFO: Beretta 92 Style Magazine