Palmetto State Armory AK-P GF3 Triangle Side Folding Pistol – Review

PSA AK-P GFV by Graham Baates

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  AK Pistols are fun, there's no denying that fact.  I bought one of the Zastava M92 pistols a few years back when they were imported by Century and have loved it as a range toy.  The older imports seem to have been built to a higher standard than the current imports which leaves us looking for an alternative.  Add to that the risks that come with an import that may be here today gone tomorrow, back in a few years and the search for something domestic begins.  Enter the Palmetto State Armory AK-P GF3.

Palmetto State Armory AK-P GF3

In full disclosure this pistol was a personal purchase, not sent by Palmetto State, nor did they know that I would be reviewing the gun.  That's partially because I had no intention of reviewing the AK-P, was just looking for an additional range toy with more refinement than my old M92.  The AK-P became a review because I've been more than impressed with the quality and value I've experienced with this pistol and all for a cost below what others are asking.  Take a look at the tabletop video below to see what I mean about this handsome US-made AK Pistol.

Pulling specifications of the AK-P GF3 from the product web page we see:

  • Caliber: 7.62×39
  • Barrel Length: 10.5″
  • Barrel Twist Rate: 1:9.5
  • Barrel Material: 4150 Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Gas Nitride
  • Muzzle Device: Mini Krink Brake
  • Muzzle Thread: M24x1 1/2 RH
  • Receiver: Stamped Steel
  • Front Trunnion: Hammer Forged
  • Bolt: Hammer Forged
  • Carrier: Hammer Forged
  • Handguard Type: Red Wood Upper/Lower Handguard
  • Grip: Red Wood Grip
  • Brace: PSA AK Picatinny Adapter with Triangle Side Folding Brace
  • Fire Control Group: Single Stage, Single Hook
  • Sights: 90 Degree Combo Sight/Gas Block, Fixed Rear Sight
  • Magazine: Magpul PMAG AK/AKM 30 Round Magazine (1); Where Allowed by Law
  • Includes: Picatinny Optics Mount
  • AKP w/ Triangle Brace Extended: 29 5/8”
  • AKP w/ Triangle Brace Folded: 21 1/8”

Fit and finish are incredible, the AK-P truly is beautifully built.  In the tabletop video I asked the viewers to comment on how they'd like to see the AK-P tested.  The majority wanted to see a low-powered variable optic to reduce human error and groups at 50 yards to be fair to a platform that is typically 3-5 MOA out of a rifle barrel.  We abode.  With a Nikon Force 1000 1-4x scope we hit the range with five different loads including Barnaul, Hornady Black, Red Army Standard, SSA by Nosler, and Wolf Polyformance.   The intent of the range test was to get a feel for what someone could expect using these loads, not to sharp-shoot or cherry-pick the best group under ideal conditions.  For that reason two shooters were used, each shooting five shots of each ammo type into the target with one target per load.  The weather was a cool 36 degrees and some light rain came and went while at the range.  Results, as well as our shot cadence,  are in the video below:

Though each load provided it's own unique pattern all of the ten-shot groups fit in about a 1×2″ or 2×2″ grid at 50 yards.  That computes to about 4 MOA which falls within the standard accuracy of an AK rifle.  Now take into account that the AK-P had just a 10.5″ barrel and the 1-4x optic was mounted on the dust cover.  Palmetto State Armory has really built quite the quality gun!  This makes me want to get one of their rifles in and repeat the test but at 100 yards, with a stronger optic and really see what these American-made AKs can do.

Ammoland has also reviewed the Palmetto State Armory AKP w/ Magpul Furniture here.


About Graham BaatesG B Guns

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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MajorMike
MajorMike
6 months ago

Ordered mine on 12 December, it got here last week – Christmas overload.
I have always been very happy with purchases from PSA. The AK-P was no exception. It is extremely well constructed and amazingly light for an AK.

I put an inexpensive Red dot on it and took it to the range. Out of the box, it was amazing. I used 3 different types of ammo including a box of Norinco that was >15 years old. The grouping (~1 inch at 50 yards) was extremely consistent.

I remain very happy with PSA!

MM

Alan in NH
Alan in NH
7 months ago

Blast, noise & flames? You Betcha ! I have one of the Serbian Zastava pistols very similar to this one but I put a SB brace on it. doesn’t fold but more sturdy than this mousetrap. I chronographed a few loads and was getting around 2150 fps from the 10.5″ barrel. AK’s are more difficult to get right than an AR-15, because they are not so modular. I have always had good luck with Palmetto but if you want to be sure of getting a good one, there’s none better than something made in a comblock country who have been… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 months ago

Can issues of blast, noise , flames and velocity be addressed? That would give us more meaningful info!

Rock
Rock
7 months ago

What is the “suggested” retail price of this pistol.

FPV02
FPV02
7 months ago

grim reaper: Your information is out of date. Under the Trump administration, the BATFE essentially reversed itself by issuing a letter stipulating that shouldering a PSB does not, by itself, constitute a “redesign” of the firearm, as its previous letter had indicated. It is now perfectly legal to shoulder a pistol with a PSB. As a caveat, however, be *very* careful of modifying any handgun with a PSB, as you could easily create an unregistered short-barreled rifle or “any other weapon.” The reversal of the previous letter makes AR/AK pistols and variants wonderfully suited CQB tools *provided* one knows and… Read more »

grim reaper
grim reaper
7 months ago
Reply to  FPV02

Thank you. Well noted, careful being the key word

GUNS r US
GUNS r US
7 months ago
Reply to  grim reaper

Careful” is the correct word with PSA! I have been dealing with them for the past 5 years. You are as apt to get a piece of crap as you are a good piece, kit or gun. Lately “a piece of crap” is more the standard! I could write an article myself, but for the consideration of time I’ll make it short. Between my brother and myself we have purchased (from PSA) and built almost 50 gun kits of all calibers. Within the last two years quality, quality control and customer service (especially CS no knowledgeable staff) have greatly declined.… Read more »

MikeRoss
MikeRoss
7 months ago
Reply to  FPV02

That’s not quite accurate either, although it’s how the BATFs position has bern widely misconstrued. The “incidental, sporadic, or situational “use” of an arm-brace” is OK. They wouldn’t have used those words if they meant it braces can be used as complete substitutes for shoulder stocks. That’s why the hundreds (thousands?) of videos like this one have prompted the BATF to re-evaluate, again, their position on pistol braces. That’s going on right now with gun control groups using these videos as evidence.

grim reaper
grim reaper
7 months ago

Caution: It appears your shooting a SBR as you have it shouldered