Red Oktober: Kalash Competition

Red Oktober is a competition very unique in the regard that it caters specifically to the Kalashnikov platform. Debuted in 2016 at a range in southern Utah, it attracted a significant number of collectors, shooters, and builders throughout the country, even coming so far as Alaska or jumping through the hurdles of traveling from California with restricted rifles. In my opinion, the entire scene was something to really behold just due to the dedicated folk that are drawn to the platform. Unlike the AR15, it is much harder to become proficient or even get into one of the Kalashnikov derivatives due to the lesser availability of quality components, the lack of common knowledge and popularity, but most importantly the much more intricate procedures of completing an AK build. Those willing to go down this forbidding path and are serious about it have an adherence to the AK unlike most any you will probably encounter in the AR world.

Either way, myself along with my team consisting of Jerimiah Cohn and his friend Dave from Kalashnicohn had an absolute blast with the stages in the competition!

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  • Ken

    What are the hurdles for travelling FROM Kalifornia with such firearms? I would think taking them out of the state would be welcomed by the powers-that-be with ticker-tape parades and long eloquent goodbye speeches.

    • NoWayCA

      Figure it would all be hurdles.

      But especially in travelling back.

    • gunsandrockets

      IIRC registered “assault weapons” may be legally transported outside of California and then returned to the Californian’s residence. But compliance with registration is very low in California.

      Firearms which are configured so that they do not fall under the “assault weapon” definition of California law, could in theory be reconfigured outside of California, then restored to their California legal configuration before returning to California.

      The bigger legal problem is the magazines. Oh brother. That’s a story in itself.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Maybe have a ‘drop box’ that you own/rent just across the state line full of non-CA-legal goodies that you equip as soon as you leave and dequip right before you go back?

  • Choogisaurus Rex

    Where there any pistol caliber carbines?

    • Anonymoose

      Some company debuted their new 9mm build iirc. Check the old articles from last October/November.

  • USMC03Vet

    Why no optics in an event sponsored by Optic Planet?

    • Anonymoose

      There was an Open division iirc.

  • Brett baker

    Looks fun. What about the 5.56 AR mag conversions, are they going to be legal?

    • Anonymoose

      It says nothing about that in the rules, but you would be limited to AK Light division.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Looks like a really well thought out competition. Is this going to be an annual thing or was it a one time event for now?

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  • Sunshine_Shooter

    I know TFB isn’t the fastest on getting article and news out, but this is from October…