Kalashnikov Officially Releases the Pump Action KSZ-223 Rifle

Lately, they’ve been leaked images and videos of the Kalashnikov Concern’s new pump action rifle. We’ve covered all that information previously. Recently, the company has published an official news release and a video announcing the release of the KSZ-223 rifle. They’ve also uncovered more design details. So the information is now official, hence reliable. Without further ado, let’s watch the video first:

The new pump-action KSZ-223 is based on the semi-auto Saiga Mk 223. It is confirmed that this rifle was developed for the needs of competition shooters (manual rifle division). The gun features an enlarged magazine release lever and a large flared magazine well. It also has a new safety lever which allows fast manipulations with the shooter’s trigger finger.

Images by Kalashnikov Concern

The gun also retains the recoil spring, which should feel weird for those who shoot pump action shotguns. However, that feature will possibly allow faster and more reliable cycling of the action because the forward movement of the BCG is supported by the recoil spring. The gun also has a left side charging handle along with the traditional AK charging handle. You may think why does a pump action gun need a charging handle? But as you can see in the video, that feature comes in handy when shooting from a prone position, when the access and manipulations of the forearm/slide are not that convenient.

The dust cover is not removable but hinged at the rear sight block much like that of AKS-74U (a.k.a Krinkov) rifles. According to Kalashnikov, the dust cover has some sort of special fixation method, which makes it rigid and allows to mount optics on it and ensure the consistency of the zero. The rifle weighs 9 lbs 4 oz (4.2 kilograms) and has a 16.3″ barrel (415 mm). The overall length of KSZ-223 varies from 36.2″ (920 mm) to 40.3″ (1025 mm) depending on the position of the collapsible stock.

Right now it is a limited edition rifle available only for Russian IPSC team. However, after the 2017 Rifle World Shoot (June 1-11), they will make their final decision whether they will launch it for the civilian market or not. Let’s hope they will sell this gun. It will be a hot seller especially in some European countries where AK-pattern semi-auto rifles are restricted.



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  • Ken

    It needs a third pin hole and safety/auto sear so you can slam fire it.

  • 8166PC1

    If there weren’t sanctions against Kalashnikov Koncern they could import it to the USA easily.

    • Porty1119

      It’d be a hell of a ban-state rifle for sure.

  • Maxpwr

    Legal in many east and west coast states until they ban them there, too.

    • Gary Kirk

      Already restricted by import laws.. But said States (like mine MD :-() are already drawing legislation to extra ban them..

      Not that I want one of these neutered things.. I’m just still angry at not being able to get an AK..

      • Maxpwr

        Yeah, well, in some places neutered is all that’s left. Beggers in Socialist Hellhole States can’t be choosers until SCOTUS overturns the bans and I don’t see that happening for a while if ever. These may never be available in the US, but other manually operated firearms are and I’m glad for all the options people can get. Good luck.

        • Gary Kirk

          If you didn’t catch on.. I am in MARYLAND.. I understand brother..

  • Tassiebush

    The function would be legal down here but the strong resemblance to a “regular” AK probably wouldn’t. A more traditional stock would get around it.

    • Porty1119

      Throw a Saiga stock on, and Bob’s your uncle. Then convert to your heart’s content…

      • Tassiebush

        It’d be extra nice if valmet made a timber stocked equivalent of this!

  • Audie Bakerson

    Anything stopping them from using the mechanism for a shotgun with SPAS style pump and semi options?

    • Major Tom

      Competition rules?

      • Audie Bakerson

        I meant as its own gun.

  • Calavera

    Just plain silly, unless you live in Ca. or Md. If you do, buy one now. They will soon be banned also. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/348684c4b03b511dba34c46848d34958170f6f8eef88729541f43e118eba957b.jpg Sell it to pay for your tunnel guide’s fee for escaping to freedom in the West.

    • Gary Kirk
      • Calavera

        Oh gawd…that’s sobering. Have family there. Been trying to arrange their escape over the wall for years. Some have successfully fled to Pa. Others remain behind the wall.

        • Gary Kirk

          “Sobering”?? Whachya mean brother, it leads me to drink too damned much.. Whereabouts you got family my friend?

          • Calavera

            Harford County. Beautiful country, but too far deep into “injun’ territory.

          • Gary Kirk

            Yeah, Harford is in a tight spot.. But a lot of our northern state supporters are up there.. I’m down in st. Mary’s now, but grew up in P.G. Just outside of S.E. D.C…

    • Bradley

      Do you not realize that this weapon, which isn’t even available in the USA, has nothing to do with regulation compliance? The article even specifically states that they are meant for a manually operated competition category.

      • Calavera

        Do you not know the gun laws of the Russian Federation?

        See: https://www.loc.gov/law/help/firearms-control/russia.php

        Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Russian Federation

        Relevant section:

        Prohibited Weapons

        Special restrictions are imposed on the circulation of civilian weapons. Prohibited firearms are those with a cartridge capacity of more than ten bullets, those that can fire in bursts, those with a barrel length of less than 500 millimeters or an entire length under 800 millimeters, and those that can be shortened to a length of under 800 millimeters without losing their shooting capacity. Rifled-bore sporting guns and pneumatic guns with a pumping power of more than 7.5 joules and a caliber of more than 4.5 millimeters must be kept at shooting ranges.[28]

        • This is incorrect.
          1) Semi-automatic rifles are completely legal to own and hunt / practice with for all citizens with an advanced firearm license (meaning one has owned a smoothbore for at least 5 years).
          2) The length requirement is either/or, meaning you can have a short-barreled rifle as long as it satisfies the OAL requirement. (See the popular Vepr 12 shotguns in 205-00 and 205-03 variants, with barrel lengths of 430 and 305 mm.)
          3) Powerful air guns are regulated de jure as hunting weapons, but in fact all models are certified as “no-license” under the limit ones, with no known repercussions for modding.
          4) The requirement for keeping at the range concerns the sporting handguns, which are indeed illegal to keep and carry, and can only be stored and transported as sporting equipment by shooting clubs.

          So, Russian citizens have no problems owning semi-automatic shotguns or rifles (I own a .366TKM Paradox-rifled shotgun myself, refurbished from a 1966 Tula AKM), and would only need a pump-action AK for a specific purpose.

  • Claus Økær Holdt Hansen

    Make a lever release instead.

  • STA

    WANT!! MOAR!!!!!!

  • Niguana

    Yeah let’s buy crappy pump-action versions of rifles we can easily get semiauto… and from a country flying fighter jets around our border to try and threaten us.

  • Jones2112

    This would be perfect for the victims living in states in the US such as CA, CT, MD, NJ, NY etc…

    There would actually be a market in the US in communist states for it…

    How ironic that the greatest small arm ever invented and produced by (a then) communist country winds-up being reduced to a pump-action that is well suited for victims in communist US states, My what a difference few decades make…LOL

  • Kulibin762

    Recoil spring= bad idea.