Pistol Caliber Kalashnikov

by Miles
One of the 9mm models outfitted with a faux suppressor and a 9mm Glock magazine. The pistols/SBRs start from $800 and go up in price, compared to an American made competitor the AKX9 which begins at $1400 and doesn't come with any of the options offered by Kalashnicohn.

Pistol caliber Kalshnikovs are nothing new at all, made in Peshawar and most notably with the Russian Bizon. But it’s the configuration that caught my eye with this gun shop out of Arizona called Kalashnicohn ( Facebook page). They make standard SBRs or “pistols” with under folding stocks, chambered in .45 and 9mm (more calibers to come). But get this, they come with magazine conversion kits so you can use a variety of magazines (Glock, Sten, S&W, H&K). They use a blow back cycle of operations, and can be ordered threaded as well. Personally I’d prefer a side folding 74 stock but regardless, it’s pretty neat. Apparently Red jacket had similar designs on sale, but I don’t believe they did in this variety. This is what the owner has to say about them in a recent email correspondence.

Here is our 9mm AK platform with the Glock magwell adapter.. ( we made a removable magwell, changeable to other magazines. We currently do Glock, Sten, M&P and H&K MP5 mags. We build on custom Childers Guns receivers , the 9mm, .40 /10mm and .45 all use a custom length (shorter) receiver. The bolt and carrier are done in house. We spin our own barrel out of Green Mountain barrel blanks. 10/1 twist, all finishing of chamber is also done in house by us. Trunnions are of Romanian manufacture and are modified to suit our needs, we have entirely new trunnions and rear sight blocks being machined now. Same design but made in the USA. Front sight/gas block are from Kvar. The .45 AK platform is the same as the 9mm but as of now we are only doing magwells for Glock, M&P, single stack 1911 and grease gun mags. We use under folder rear trunnions in all our pistol builds so it’s an easy SBR project provided you get the tax stamp. The .40 and 10mm are the same as the 9mm and .45 in mag choices minus a couple obvious ones. All pistol caliber’s are blowback action and we will soon be offering all models in a milled receiver with many stock options as well as a brand new gas driven system.
One of the pistols they offer, looks like this one has a Glock magazine inserted. Apparently gas operated designs are in the works as well.

They also do traditional AK builds from parts kits and the like. So if you want an authentic looking AMD or Egyptian rifle, they’ll build you one, down to the respective country markings. The old stuff is pretty cool, but its those pistol caliber ones that really catch my attention.

As far as keeping it traditional, that is our prefered style but have taken beaten up WASR rifles and had them redone with Magpul, Zhukov. We do use Tapco or customers preference on trigger assembly. Always with correct markings and Full Auto notch and y chromosome indent. No holes are drilled so it looks proper and is legal, trigger, gas piston brings it to full 922r compliance.

A cheap WASR the shop fixed up with Magpul components and a Zhukov stock.
The odd Uzi charging handle meets AK looking thing...

Much thanks to the owner of Kalashnicohn, otherwise known as “The Fobbit” for the information and pictures!


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.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv

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  • Adam D. Adam D. on Jun 25, 2015

    Miles, do you know something about that "new gas driven system" the release mentions?
    Sounds really interesting!
    I've seen some 7.62x25mm converted AKs and "Krinkovs" with shortened piston assembly etc. on the net, and I loved the idea, but those were all custom one-off projects.
    Would be exciting news to see a manufacturer offering non-blowback pistol caliber AKs.

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    • Adam D. Adam D. on Jul 19, 2015

      @Miles Thanks Miles, I've already checked their FB site!
      Just as I've thought, there's a PPS magazine compatible
      model in the works.

  • BryanS BryanS on Jun 26, 2015

    Needs a calico mag adapter.