Evan Rosenthal of Kalashnikov USA was on hand at the Red Oktober event just outside Las Vegas on Oct. 23 - 24, 2021. He gave us a tour of the company's flagship products.

KR-103 Rifle


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Kalashnikov USA’s KR-103 rifle is the closest thing you''ll get to an original Russian AK-47. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

One of Kalashnikov USA’s most popular products is their KR-103 rifle. According to Rosenthal, it’s the closest thing you can get to an original Russian AK-47.

It's chambered in the traditional hard-hitting 7.62x39mm round. It's available with a side folding stock with a cold hammer-forged barrel with chrome lining that improves accuracy. There’s a forged trunnion and carrier with a side optic rail. It ships with a 30-round magazine. Best of all, like all Kalashnikov USA firearms, they're 100 percent made in the USA.

According to Rosenthal, the KR-103 duplicates and improves upon the incredible ruggedness and reliability that has made the AK-47 the most prolific firearm in the world, with over 100 million having been manufactured.

KP-9 9x19mm Pistol


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Kalashnikov USA's KP-9, shown here as a select-fire SBR, is a ton of fun to shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A very attractive product offered by Kalashnikov USA, is their KP-9. Based on the Russian Vityaz-SN submachine gun, it is a small and robust firearm chambered in 9mm with the reliability of the Kalashnikov design.

It sports a 9.25-inch barrel, has an overall length of 18.25 inches, and weighs 5.62 pounds. It ships with five 30-round magazines. What’s nice is it has a rail on top to attach an optic, although it comes with decent iron sights. An SB Tactical triangle brace rounds out the package.

I was able to put a magazine through this gun, and it was a blast to shoot with very little recoil.

vKS-12 12-Gauge Shotgun


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Kalashnikov USA's KS-12 12-gauge shotgun combines shotgun power with Kalashnikov's reliability. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Kalashnikov USA's KS-12 shotgun combines the impressive power of a 12-gauge shotgun with the legendary reliability of a semi-automatic Kalashnikov rifle.

Based on the Russian Saiga series of shotguns, the KS-12 sports a tactical muzzle brake that reduces recoil and comes with a 10-round detachable magazine, although it does accept larger magazines and drums as well. It comes equipped with a six-position collapsible buttstock and weighs 8.86 pounds.

It accepts both standard 2.75- and 3-inch magnum 12-gauge cartridges. The gun’s innovative and adjustable gas system allows the use of everything from low recoil target loads to birdshot, buckshot, and slugs. This makes it an ideal all-around shotgun.

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