In 2014, Russia invaded the Ukraine, and in response, the US banned any importation of Russian firearms. One of the things about the AK is that Russian firearms are the top of the food chain. I mean they are excellent. Since that time, Kalashnikov USA, which is a subsidiary of Kalashnikov, is producing firearms right here in the US. We have the KP9 which is a 9mm AK and is based off the Vityaz, which is the Russian submachine gun. Everything is the same, except this is semi automatic instead of the full automatic.
One of the great things about this firearm in particular is the recoil is just almost kneel, it is such a soft shooting pistol. Now we did a review on the KF-12, which is the Kalashnikov USA 12-gauge shotgun, and one of the things about the KF-12 is that the fit and the finish is just beautiful. It’s the same thing with the KP9. There’s something about the way this thing is finished that it really just brings you back to Mother Russia. Now we got the KP9 from GunZoneDeals and we really appreciate them sending the KP9 to us for this review.
This is the Kalashnikov USA KP-9B which just means it comes with a brace. However, you can get this without the brace and it’s just the standard KP9. Let me tell you a few things that this firearm is not. This is not made in Russia. This does not used CZ EVO 3 magazines. It is made in the USA and it’s also made under Kalashnikov original blueprints and even some molds. This is the closest you’re ever going to get to the Vityaz, which is the submachine gun that is used by Spetsnaz. Designed in 2004, and using the 9mm, this even uses the Vityaz magazines and a lot of the parts are interchangeable.
This is made in the USA. In fact, there are some things that are upgraded from the Vityaz. One thing in particular is the dust cover on some of the early models, they had some cracking that went on. That was also happening with the Vityaz in Russia. Kalashnikov USA actually fixed that. So, if you see something about that and you’re buying a new KP9 that’s not going to be a problem. Because again we can’t get firearms from Russia, the Kalashnikov KP9 is going to be the closest that you can get.
Going over some specs, the magazines are 30-round magazines and you can get these in a 10 rounder as well. These magazines actually have a metal lining inside the magazine around the feed lips. The magazines are polymer all the way through. One of the questions that is going to be a big one is where are you going to get them and how much are they? Typically these run for about $40 and you can get these from GunZoneDeals – who also sent the KP9.
One of the big things about shooting the KP9 is just the lack of recoil. That was one of the first things that really hit me when we got to the range. Typically with your blowback actions you’re going to get a little more bolt coming back, and it just seems to have a little more recoil, even in a standard AR-15 with 556. And so I was pleasantly surprised with the recoil management, which makes it a lot more fun to shoot. Also, it just stays on target. Maybe some of that has to do with this muzzle brake, which really seemed to help but you can switch that out. Additionally, with 1/2×28 threads you can put on any kind of suppressor. Another great thing about this firearm is the compact size. Once you take the brace and bring it around, it locks in making nice little package that is very easy to store. What I love is is the little spring that pops that back out, making it really fast to deploy. Of course you can get this without the brace and then you can turn this into an SBR, which to me would be a perfect candidate for an SBR.
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- Weight: 12lbs
- Dimensions: 44 x 11 x 17 in
- Picatinny Rail
- ½”-28 Threaded Flash Suppressor
- 9mm Caliber
- 9.25″ Barrel
- Accepts 30 Round Magazine
- Made in the USA
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