The wait is over: Kalashnikov USA’s first AK shotguns—the KS-12 and KS-12T—are now shipping to dealers.
Developed after a lengthy testing and evaluation process, Kalashnikov USA CEO Brian Skinner said “We have finally reached the point of being more than satisfied with the remarkable quality and reliability of these products. These firearms are truly worthy of the Kalashnikov name. We are extremely proud to introduce these to the market, and are confident of their success in the AK arena.”
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Details on the Kalashnikov USA KS-12 and KS-12T are surprisingly scarce—with nothing showing up on Kalashnikov USA’s website—but Guns.com points to a listing on Impact Guns which says these shotguns are chambered in 12 gauge, with barrel lengths ranging 16 and 18 inches depending on the model.
As Task & Purpose points out, Kalashnikov USA split from parent company Kalashnikov Concern in 2014 after the United States imposed sanctions against Russia as a result of its invasion and annexation of Crimea. When those sanctions came down, Kalashnikov USA decided to transition from a Kalashnikov importer to a full-fledged manufacturer of its own firearms. These AK shotguns are the result of that move.
“I am certain these firearms will be in high demand,” Kalashnikov USA VP Bill Silver said. “Of course, we wanted to ship these guns months ago, but compromising the quality or the brand in order to speed up the time table, was not an option for us. Kalashnikov USA is only going to produce firearms that will perform well beyond any shooter’s expectations.”
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Next in the pipeline for Kalashnikov USA is the KUSA 9mm pistol, the KP-9—which the company says will be released “around the end of the summer”—along with the KR-9 carbine and the KR-9 SBR short-barreled rifle.
MSRP for the Kalashnikov USA KS-12 and KS-12T isn’t listed in the press release, but Impact Guns and Grab A Gun have the KS-12 listed for just under $1,000.
For more information on Kalashnikov USA, visit kalashnikov-usa.com.