Kalashnikov USA Announces Shotguns Are Shipping

KUSA shotgun

Using social media, Kalashnikov USA (K-USA) announced on May 17 that the company was shipping the KS-12 and KS-12T shotguns. According to the post on Facebook, the company stated the guns shipped (as in already out the door) to “distributors across the USA.”

The company has not released the specifications for, or detailed photos of, the shipping guns. Checking the company’s website was not helpful:

K-USA

Previously, the company announced it would produce a pair of shotguns called the US109L and US109T. These shotguns are shown below in a screenshot from archive.org (aka: the Wayback Machine.)

K-USA 2015

The image shown at the top of this article is from the company’s 2015 catalog and may not resemble the shipping shotguns.

Hopefully, the company will release more details on these guns soon.

Cool Response

These guns, and others, were promised to shooters some time ago. According to mid-2015 articles at both CNN and TFB, Kalashnikov USA issued a press released stating the company started selling AK-based shotguns through a variety of distributors. I don’t know if any of these shotguns made it into the hands of US shooters.

Some Facebook users expressed doubt about K-USA’s ability to deliver guns. However, at least one person stated he had ordered one of the new “T” models online.

Alfa and Other K-USA Announced Guns

Kalashnikov USA made various announcements going back to 2015 about producing new rifles including standard AK variants, a 9mm carbine and the Alfa. Unfortunately, it does not sound like these guns will be shipped in the near future.

alfa
(Note: The gun mentioned in this exchange was originally called the ‘Alfa’, not the ‘Alpha.” It is not clear if the company has changed the gun name or if this is a typographic error made by a K-USA employee.)

Answering questions on Facebook about some of these guns, K-USA stated that the guns are still in R&D without any specific dates set for shipping. According to the company, the 9mm guns are set to be introduced next:

9mm

Based on earlier reporting by Nathaniel (here and here,) it sounds like there are some problems that are still being worked out with the production. Hopefully, the company will work out whatever issues still exist and deliver quality guns soon.





Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • 8166PC1

    For a minute I thought it was Kalashnikov Concern shipping shotguns.

    • Rick O’Shay

      They could be. Just not to the US.

    • Nicks87

      I wish. Trump needs to get with Putin and work this s**t out because I would really like to own a real Russian made AK (semi auto, of course).

      • 8166PC1

        I would love to see Trump get cheap Russian and Chinese SKS’s imported again.

        • Qoquaq En Transic

          Good Lord.

          I wish I could open up Shotgun News and see multi double-page ads for the latest crop of surplus guns and ammo coming in from overseas.

          Ahh, the good old days.

          • Ed Ward

            Amen to that brother! The younger folks must think we’re nuts longing for the days of vibrant print media instead of digital social media 24-7-365…So be it–ironically, I find that even given that digital encyclopedia-at-your-fingertips around the clock world in which we live that the current generation is far less knowledgeable relatively speaking be it, for example, firearms history to name just one…

          • Qoquaq En Transic

            Indeed.

            But I still miss the incredible deals from back in the day! As I’m sure you do as well!

  • The 9mm Carbine looks fun, I just wish they went with some standard magazine. The world doesn’t need another 9mm carbine magazine format.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I’m still wondering if these are actually made by them or another rebranding of Chinese Saiga copies.

    • Jose

      Nope. Truth is, Kalashnikov USA is a subsidiary of CAA, the Israeli company behind the Roni pistol chassis, and the Alpha rifle. They got approval from the Israeli government to produce firearms, but they have to start from the ground up. They decided to set up their manufacturing facilities in the U.S., but they are still facing logistical problems. Still, they’re now making the shotguns, as they claim; and the 9mm clone of the Saiga smg will follow. If the sanctions against Kalashnikov Concern are lifted, then K-USA and its Russian Counterpart will resume its partnership. One more thing: CAA weapons division is called, Kalashnikov Israel.

      • civilianaf

        Didnt they have 9mm rifles at SHOT 1.5 years ago? How much time do you need to fix “logistical” problems? The CEO blamed his people for putting up sub standard rifles on display at SHOT last year. If he isn’t responsible for what the company does, who is?

      • SGT Fish

        I was under the impression that K-USA and K-concern were NEVER in a partnership of any sorts. And that K-USA was an already unimpressive American company that changed its name as a marketing ploy and decided to copy saigas. Never heard of any Israeli connections, and IDK why they would want to be connected with them

      • twr

        your only half right; K-usa used to be RAC as in the last round of crappy saiga conversions on the market before the ban.

    • Stan Darsh

      Presumed Chicom unless proven innocent.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        This is what I’m thinking…

  • Vhyrus

    Too late, I already bought a Vepr. I can’t imagine anything AK based that could be better than that.

    Now can someone please make a 20 round VEPR drum? Thanks.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      You did better.

      AK + shotgun – mag well… JUST WALK AWAY.

  • Raptor Fred

    Now you can see the peep sight, much easier for that 100yd shotgun zero. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17715a4da2b13cca03069034521c2415df003b7fa9dcbda95d2c11ea35091c07.jpg

  • codfilet

    I’ll believe it when I get my grubby hands on one at a gun show…..

  • civilianaf

    Proceed with caution… why anyone would buy an AK made in the US when they can get one made in Russia (Molot), makes absolutely no sense.

    • USMC03Vet

      The imports are way overpriced. If you can get a forged PSA AK you’ll be fine. Anything else US made is questionable unless parts kits.

      • civilianaf

        Eastern Block countries have had a long time to get get good at making AK’s. Ive seen nothing that leads me to believe PSA AK’s are GTG long term, but I know for a fact that an eastern Block AK is. For me, Id rather spend the extra $. Vepyrs on Atlantic Fireams $729, PSA AK $699 Ill spend the extra $30

        • USMC03Vet

          Unconverted.

  • RSG

    Vaporware until proven otherwise, but I personally found the Alfa very appealing. I’m a firearm modernist and I only own 1 rifle with wood (RD AK) and have no desire to own anything else, except maybe a Thompson if I win the lottery. All my guns are AR’s and black.

    • civilianaf

      The Alpha was really nice, agreed.

  • tiger

    What is the point of a AK based Shotgun? It sure as hell is not for trap shooting or killing birds? Has the, “Walking Dead” Virus become real or something?

    • retrocon

      have built a couple of 922(r) saigas… most fun you can have at the range short of .50bmg.