U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- The “Avtomat Kalashnikova” otherwise loosely translated into American means Kalashnikov’s Machine (trust me I googled/wikipedia’d that on the internets machine) or it could also be Kalashnikov’s Laundromat depending on which translation thingamabob you get.
OK I’m just messing with you, any gun guy worth his powder already knows more than enough about Kalashnikov’s from every 80’s TV Show and Action Movie. Even if he doesn’t currently actually own one, or even if he hasn’t read any books or done any research or anything silly like that. We mostly refer to them as AK’s, as we humans ultimately abbreviate everything down into to make our lives easier. If you added up all the different iterations or models of the original AK-47 in calibers ranging from that original Russian 762×39 round to 22lr, and going all the way up to 50 BMG, is literally the most popular and the most produced weapon on the face of the planet! The estimated numbers are so wild and mysterious there could easily be anywhere from 35 million all the way up to 150 million AK’s on the planet! Urban legend says Jihadi’s in caves in Afghanistan make them out of shovels even!
So where does Palmetto State Armory a quickly expanding American Firearms Megalodon, come into play in this conversation? PSA in the last few years has set out to make the AR-15 so affordable that every single American can own one, or two, or three. And with deals on their site for a complete AR coming in at around $400 we can safely say they’ve achieved that goal at this point! So it only logically makes sense for PSA to turn their sights on the AK-47 platform next! Palmetto State Armory has been well on that path also for almost three years now with Made In America offerings like the PSAK-47 Gen 3 and the 9mm AK-V. Recently we caught up with Josiah McCallum, their Consumer Relations Manager and Colton Sons Senior Mechanical Engineer dialing in via Skype from PSA South Carolina headquarters. As well as updating us on their own experience during this Ongoing Overblown Orwellian crisis. Colton and Josiah also brought us up to date on PSA’s next AK offerings first announced at SHOT Show 2020. As of writing this article (over Memorial Day weekend) PSA are about to drop Three Models on us within the next few weeks: the GF4 the next generation of the PSA-47, the AK-74 a 5.45×39mm version, and the AK-103.
“We’re so close it’s hard to say which one is going to come out first!” Colton, the engineer and Kalashnikov enthusiast who's mostly responsible for the development of AK’s at Palmetto, says. They’re just in the final stages of setting up production tooling and production parts inventory build-up. It appears they would have already come out with the GF4, except they had to make some last-minute tweaks to the barrel which is an in-house produced cold hammer forged chrome lined barrel, which is an upgrade from the previous gen.
The AK-103 variants are from Mikhail Kalashnikov’s Mid 90’s evolution of the AK-47, featuring modern polymer furniture and optic mounting features instead of wood and metal. Personally what I’m looking forward to in the new line are the AK-74 models, even though the availability of the actual ammo has waned in recent years based on stupid politics. Josiah and Colton assure us PSA is working on having ammo available on their site alongside the guns. 5.45 is Russia’s version of 556 because, they thought maybe that would stop adversaries on the battlefield from using their weapons and ammunition, and basically the lords of thunder forbid we all standardize ammo around the world! Smaller, faster and more effective over longer distances than 7.62, the round makes AK-74’s softer shooting and more civilized variations on Mikhail Kalashnikov's original design. I’m especially looking forward to the “Krinkov” AKS-74U or shorter barreled model coming out towards the end of this year. If you're a dyed in the wool AK aficionado or just a fan of anything that PSA manufactures you owe it to yourself to check out our video with Josiah and Colton as well as our 2020 SHOT show coverage with Colton and Upcoming AK’s.
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