Kalashnikov to make a Pump-Action AK Rifle

Vitaly Kryuchin, the president of Practical Shooting Federation of Russia (the Russian branch of IPSC), has announced, that Kalashnikov Concern is planning to make an AK-based pump-action rifle for the competition shooters. The new rifle will be called KSZ-223 (IZh-1618). Kalashnikov will release the new rifle by the end of February 2017.

The drawing above is the only image of the new gun available right now. The rifle is dedicated for manual action rifle divisions of IPSC matches. The gun will look like a modern/customized AK-74. It will feature a telescoping stock, Picatinny rail on the dust cover and a short rail section at six o’clock, in front of the handguard.

The mechanism of the rifle will probably share many parts with the traditional Kalashnikov rifles. It would be interesting to know if the recoil spring will remain to assist the closing cycle of the action or if it will be removed to make it a more traditional pump-action. Judging from the model name (KSZ-223), I think the rifle will be chambered in .223 Remington.

Pump-action modifications of AK rifles are nothing new in the industry. Several companies made such conversions earlier. However, the mentioned conversions were mainly done to meet the restrictive legislation requirements. In the case of KSZ-223, it is designed for competition. Unfortunately, there is no information concerning the availability of the gun in the US market. We’ll be watching the development of this firearm and keep our readers informed.

Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Kovacs Jeno

    Where semiautos are not legal for sport shooting (UK, Australia etc), the pump-actions are also banned.

    • Johno

      Untrue. Pump action centrefire rifles can be easily had on the cat B licence in Australia. The same one that any other manually operated centrefire rifle goes on. I’m really hoping they export them to hear.

      • Johno

        *Here. Phone dun goofed.

      • Kovacs Jeno

        Thanks for the correction. There was some importation problems on lever-action Turkish Adler shotguns recently- maybe that’s why I’ve mistakenly thought pump-action rilfes aren’t OK down under.

        • Gidge

          Pump action shotguns are banned, but pump action rifles are not (silly and confusing isn’t it).

          Of course firearms “Significantly duplicating military firearms in function or appearance” are banned. As to what constitutes military appearance, the Attorney General’s office, Customs and State Police all have discretion to rule on this. These decisions can be challenged in court, but that’s a lot of time and money to devote to something that’s far from guaranteed.

          Several people have tried to get approval to bring in the Troy PAR over the years and failed to get past the Attorney General’s office. There is a strait pull AR style rifle made here that got around it because The Tourney General’s office and Customs only need to sign off on firearms being imported, meaning only state police need to approve it.

          Unless someone manufactures it here under licence I don’t see it hitting the market any time soon.

      • The Bob

        It would fall under the “substantial duplicates in appearance” clause of the laws, and not get approval for import. (hence banned)

    • Alex Agius

      Pump action centrefire rifles are not uk legal, though interrupted semi auto, e.g. lever release, is. Straight pull aks are used in the uk

    • Tierlieb

      You’ll find several countries that separate between semi and manual action. EU-wide, they are sorted into different categories (B and C). Most that I know still allow both, but with legislation changes coming within the EU, the semi category is going to be the first to fall to a ban.

      So yeah, this one and the Troy PAR are probably going to be in demand. Unless they decide to allow you to convert the gun yourself. It is not hard after all to make a semi into a manual action, it is called “failure to cycle” or “undergassed” commonly.

  • thedonn007

    A pump action would be great for use with a suppressor as well.

    • bmstylee

      My thought exactly. Do it in 7.62×39 and you have a 300blk killer.

      • Wow!

        x35 is the x39 killer. Switching back to x39 is a step back in development for brass that is expensive to find, and a cartridge that his bulkier than it needs to be which also limits the bullet profiles it can accept. You can carry a 40 round mag of x35 in the same space as a 30 round mag of x39. I got an AK and an x35 and I haven’t touched my ak for almost 5 years due to the use the x35 has given me being cheaper to shoot (if you handload) and higher performing.

  • iksnilol

    I want one. Would be a fun hunting gun in Norway.

  • Cal.Bar

    Sadly, tailor made for California (10 rd mag only of course)

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    See the PAR 1.

  • Audie Bakerson

    If they’ve already worked out the mechanics of converting the AK to pump action, perhaps they’ll make a SPAS style semi+pump AK shotgun?

  • Scott Tuttle

    I’m waiting on the lever action 😛

  • Porty1119

    I was wondering the same thing. I hope so; y’all deserve more AK-ish options. As a pump-action, it would almost certainly be unrestricted as well.

  • Eric B

    I know why. They want to compete in Manual IPSC Rifle at the World Shoot.

  • L. Roger Rich

    Not the first one. I guess it might be good for California?

  • Zaro27

    Slam-fire please.

    • rdsii64

      its still fed from a box magazine. Why would it slam fire?

      • bmstylee

        Design it like the old Ithaca model 37. You can hold the trigger down and when you close the action it will fire without having to pull the trigger.

      • Ken

        Leave the third pin and an auto sear in it.

    • Kelly Harbeson

      If they make it so that it could slam-fire forget seeing it over here

  • jimpeel

    HAR! The Californistan legislature is quaking with anticipation at the prospect of adding one more firearm configuration to their banned list.

  • scaatylobo

    Agree that any way that by passes the TOTAL b.s. that politics has created as far as anti gun laws= is a GREAT thing !!!.
    I would much rather see the appeal of the 1934 gun act,as well as any and all anti gun laws passed to appease the idiots that see the gun as the problem.
    AND not the criminal,like those that Obama pardoned to go out and do more violence.

  • Doom

    well on account the rifle is made by Kalashnikov Concern and that was banned by the last president and has not been unbanned yet by the sitting president, pretty sure it isnt coming into the US.

  • Mr X

    this is nothing new about fifteen years ago they were listed in shotgun news. I think Norinco was making them till Bill Clinton banned all Norinco firearms from being imported. there were also some Romanian ones that came in when there was talk of banning all Semi auto AK’S from being imported in to the U.S. . There are pictures of them just google pump action AK

  • Sur Komm

    good seller in UK and CA/NY