The Best AK Pistols in 2023

The AK platform is, arguably, more popular than ever. The original (and nearly indestructible) rifle as developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK, has been the firearm of choice for militaries, revolutionaries, and guerillas across the globe for generations.

The pistol variant has been shortened down and modernized, giving us the AK-47 pistol — a fun and formidable weapon for a number of applications.

But, there’s a lot to learn about these small semi-auto guns chambered in 7.62×39. These days, they’re offered in Section 922R compliant builds by several companies; from Zastava Arms to Century Arms and Palmetto State Armory.

Everyone is familiar with AK rifles — and the AK pistol is just as ugly — but shorter, easier to handle, and with a few mods can make for a homely little CQB or home defense weapon.

The AK pistol is a concept worth considering because, much like an AR pistol, it allows you to get a short-barreled AK without filing the paperwork to build a short-barreled rifle, and doling out even more to the alphabet agencies of the world.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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