The Kalashnikov Komrad is invading the U.S. market, and it’s one badass looking shotgun … excuse us, firearm. Based on the Russian Saiga design, the 12-gauge Kalashnikov Komrad sports a 12.5-inch barrel. Best of all, the Komrad remains non-NFA.

Kalashnikov Komrad Details

Kalashnikov USA plans to offer the Komrad for a limited time. The company will produce an undisclosed small number of arms then retire the model. The Komrad also marks the first ever direct-to-consumer firearm from Kalashnikov. No tax stamp and non-NFA, the Komrad delivers tremendous appeal.

Firstly, the item that stands out most in the photos is that Special Edition Russian Tiger Camo finish. We know it’s not for everyone, but there’s no denying that sex appeal.

The semi-automatic Komrad, based on the iconic Saiga shotgun, features a 12.5-inch barrel. It also weighs 12 pounds. Manufactured in the United States, it accommodates both 2.75- and 3-inch shells. It runs everything from low brass birdshot to slugs because of its adjustable gas system, according to Kalashnikov USA. Note: due to the shortened barrel length and decreased dwell time, Kalashnikov USA recommends ammo no less than 1,340 fps.

The Komrad also comes with an SB Tactical pistol brace, adjustable pistol grip, tri-rail forend and vertical forward grip. Another feature is the standard, side-mounted optics rail, not to mention the threaded muzzle nut. The Komrad ships with two, five-round magazines. Additionally, it accepts Kalashnikov’s 10-round magazines, as well as most Saiga accessories. Lastly is MSRP, which lands at $1,249.

The Saiga shotgun design holds a great appeal among certain groups of tactical and competitive shooters. With a pistol brace and super-short barrel, the Komrad breathes new life into the iconic Russian hammer. For more information, visit

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