TFB Exclusive: Details of the Pump-action Kalashnikov rifle KSZ-223 + Video

The first ever IPSC Rifle World Shoot in Russia is less than two months away.

This is a prestigious event for Russia, and the shooting range looks absolutely fabulous.

As long as all competitors can get themselves and their firearms into Russia (and out!), I am sure the World Shoot will be an amazing event.

TFB have already in February reported about the news that Kalashnikov are making a pump-action rifle, to fit the IPSC Rifle Open Manual or Manual divisions.

Alena Karelina, a top IPSC shooter posted some pictures and videos of the new rifle.

Below she is seen holding the new manual AK.

By the looks of it, they are at a gun dealer (or similar) and just got delivery of a batch of manual AKs.

At the time of the previous TFB article there were a few open questions:

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.

Yes, the name is KSZ-223 and it shares a lot of parts with traditional rifles.

The rifle is spring assisted and it is chambered in .223 Remington.

Upon pumping the rifle, this spring is compressed. If you let go the action is closed.

KSZ-223 and .223 Rem. clearly visible.

Left hand and right hand charging handles. A clear winner for condition 2 starts (magazine inserted, unloaded).

Picatinny on the top.

Like Magpul, the pistol grip holds spares and tools.

Manipulating the manual AK. The white part is a delivery protection for the right hand charge and not part of the setup.

Note the Picatinny rail at the front, most likely to accommodate a bipod. Questions is if it’s free floating or not? If not, that is a major disadvantage for the long range shooting.

The muzzle brake looks pretty serious.

Alena Karelina looks very happy. Question is, which division will she shoot? Manual or Semi-Auto? Open or Standard? She is the current IPSC Shotgun World Champion since Italy 2015.

Pumping the AK.

Depending on the success at World Shoot and interest from customers this manual AK might come into civilian production.


Below: Holding the Kalashnikov pump in this picture (only) is no other than Mr. Vitaly Kryuchin.

Every angle covered?

Left hand charge larger, which makes sense for most of the population.

Manual Open Lady Category

Leica scope 1-6,3x

Tatyana Korobeinik shooting.


At last, a video of the new Kalashnikov pump rifle


Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Get Gudder
    • Phillip Cooper

      What is the part that’s being handed off?

      • Twilight sparkle

        It’s one of those cheap Chinese dust overs with a picatinny rail loosely mounted to the top

  • Nicholas C

    Interesting. Why does it need a recoil spring? I wonder if this is just a modified semi auto. Does the bolt lock when chambered like the TROY PAR? Why did they choose .223 and not 5.45?

    • Richard

      I’d say the recoil spring keeps the bolt forward, like the Vektor H5 – and that there is no bolt lock.

      The recoil spring assembly will also retain the cover.

      I’d say they kept as many parts the same as the Saiga as possible.

      As for caliber, I expect the main market is Western Europe.

  • Heartbreaker

    Why does a pump action rifle have charging handles?

    • Bradley

      Just what I was thinking. Why would you use the charging handle and then move your hand to another place to do the same thing between parts?

  • ShootCommEverywhere

    Condition 1 – Magazine inserted, round in chamber, safety on.
    Condition 2 – Doesn’t apply to weapons without an exposed hammer (Mag inserted, round in chamber, hammer down).
    Condition 3 – Magazine inserted, chamber empty.
    Condition 4 – No magazine inserted, chamber empy.

    • Alexandru Ianu

      Condition 2 technically also applies to weapons without an exposed hammer, but one that can be manipulated from the outside by the user, like some early pistols and carbines (ex: Mannlicher 1901).

    • Organgrinder

      Ummm, you are incorrect sir. H&K P7, Walther P99, Canik TP9. All striker fired, all can be carried Con. 2.

      Also, my P11’s native carry state is Condition Two. Does it have an “exposed” hammer? Technically, but good luck getting to it.

  • iksnilol

    Why the charging handles tho, can’t you just pump to charge ?

    Also, it does look hella cool. Would be neat to see how much weight can be shaved. Would make a nice integrally suppressed rig.

    • Twilight sparkle

      The charging handles would be easier to access if you’re shooting prone.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, but it just seems needlessly fiddly. I mean, you have your hand usually resting on the pump.

        • Twilight sparkle

          You usually would, but the little bit of time you save while shooting prone would be worth it. It could also be a way for them to test the waters with left side charging handles.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but why bother with the pump at all then is all I’m saying. Straight pull semi autos are a thing.

    • Organgrinder

      It looks to be a retrofit to a standard competition semi. Plug the gas block (if a port was ever drilled), mod the standard gas cylinder, put short hand guard on guide rails w/a cross pin through the gas cylinder.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Now that they have the AK in pump action worked out, wonder if they’ll try a pump+semi (SPAS 12/15 style) AK shotgun

  • Green Hell

    I think this thing could be sold to civilians in countries like Australia or GB?

  • jerry young

    What’s the big Deal? Remington has made a pump action rifle for a long time, this has some very strange and unneeded parts like the side charging Handles? Or spring assisted Closing? Too much complication of a simple action, at least it still looks a little like an AK

  • Requiescat in pace

    not really ergonomic setup

  • Moar Dots

    Next up, lever action AR in 6.5x55mm.

  • Jason Lewis

    Good news for California! LMAO

  • I kind of want one.

    But then again, I kind of want one of everything.

  • Mark Apsolon

    Are the IPSC manual divisions that popular for a pump AK? I guess so..

  • junkman

    A major US firearms manufacture is supposedly working on a pump AR15.