A Symbol of Status: Pakistani Krinks

In our final installment of looking at the handmade wonders of the gunmaking village of Darra Adam Khel, we finish it off with an in-depth examination of the Krinkov patterned Kalashnikovs produced in the village. Some of them display an excellent resemblance to the original AKS74Us, however others leave much to be desired. As is shown with the final Krinkov that was very ornately designed in regards to the plastic furniture and the finish on the outside metal, the primary importance of these very short Kalashnikovs is that they serve as a status symbol among Afghans, Pakistanis and numerous other countries in Central Asia and the MENA region. We’ll be covering this, in addition to the actual history behind the name “Krinkov” in a future TFB TV episode, in much detail.

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Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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  • J.T.

    That last one looked really well made. Much better than the other guns.

  • SP mclaughlin

    Nice tag.

  • derpmaster

    Love em or hate em, Vice did a pretty interesting video several years ago where they sent their Pakastani-Canadian founder to one of the gunmaking towns in Pakistan. They employ children to literally hammer together x39 cartridges. The techniques are a step above literally banging rocks and sticks together and the finished prices are laughably low.

    I believe the video was called “The Gun Markets of Pakistan”, it’s up on youtube.

    • SP mclaughlin

      I liked the mentality of letting guests “shoot your AK” they have there.

    • Son of a Lion, excellent locally made feature movie by an Australian EMT right after 9/11, really captures some of the amazing culture and people in Darra.

    • john huscio

      They look to have gotten more sophisticated since then:


      I see a milling machine and a lathe

  • Hrachya H

    At the very end of the video one of the magazines has shorter follower and a block in its front portion. Any ideas what caliber it is converted to? I guess it should be 7.92×33 Kurz … or maybe 7.62×25 Tokarev.

  • john huscio

    These guys are serious craftsmen.