Kalashnicohn’s U.S. Made Vityaz , Interchangeable Magazine Wells | SHOT 2017

Kalashnicohn is bringing to market Vityaz, completely manufactured in the United States. Apart from the few parts that are subcontracted out, the machining and receiver stamping is manufactured at the companies store in Phoenix, Arizona. Compared to the clone being brought in by Kalashnikov USA, Kalshnicohn’s version might not be as matching when it comes to collector value, but it does accomplish the job of an affordable SBR, pistol, or rifle that comes with interchangable magazine wells. Currently the magazine wells offered are for MP5, Glock, and of course original Vityaz magazines. Removing them is through a simple pin outside of the trigger guard. Pistol variants will come without the folding stock, while rifle variants will come with a faux suppressor attached. Of course, one can order the Vityaz in SBR form with the folding stock and sub 16″ barrel. If you notice that there aren’t any dimples where the safety should slide into, this is intentional. Customers can request dimples, or even cut them out themselves. The company has had too much conflicting information when it comes to what customers want, that it is just easier to leave it plain.

Much ado has been made about pistol caliber Kalashnikovs in the United States, certainly a rising genre of firearms, especially for pistol caliber carbine competitions across the country as well. Kalashnicohn has been making pistol caliber Kalashnikovs for years now and certainly has the experience to bring the products to fruition and at a standard many can accept. Especially when looking at the MSRP, Kalashnicohn is already showing off a firearm that beats many of the other players in the Vityaz market.


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  • KestrelBike

    According to one link, MSRP is supposed to be about $1,399?

    (very weak) Source: http://www.calguns. net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=1292417

  • FeistyCrawfish

    It’s literally a to-spec Vityaz other than the pull pin for the magwell and the other magwells. This is great for a collector who wants to shoot his guns and not baby them.

    • The_Flying_Szymbo

      …not exactly ‘to-spec’ of an original Vityaz if you look at some details, but then you’d have to be as o.c.d. as I am. Still glad to see a company is FINALLY close to releasing a American Vityaz clone. But what appears to be a pop rivet for the center support would concern me…

      • FeistyCrawfish

        Other than very small, cosmetic differences, it is 1:1. What are you taking issue with?

        I highly doubt the center support rivet is a pop rivet. Kalashnicohn has been making AKs for forever.

        • The_Flying_Szymbo

          The head of that rivet on the left side doesn’t look like any crush rivet I’ve ever seen or installed. But hey, maybe benefit of the doubt that they were in a rush to get stuff together for Shot like many other companies. It also looks like the rear sight is longer than the original, so I wonder if the top cover will hit it every time it is opened? But bravo to them for making a correct rear sight block.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Center support looks like a normal one to me.

  • USMC03Vet

    No NSFW tag? I’m so hot and bothered right now.

  • J.T.

    “The company has had too much conflicting information when it comes to what customers want, that it is just easier to leave it plain.”

    How is there conflicting information on whether there should be detents to keep the safety in place while firing? The answer is yes, they should be there.

  • Jimmy D

    Seen it; held it; fired it. Want it now!

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Yes, because collectors are clambering for KUSA’s garbage…
    They aren’t “bringing in” anything. They are riding coat tails.

  • Ryobiwankenobi

    Is there any possibility for a US legal Bison with the helical feed mags?