The name Kalashnikov immediately brings to mind an image of the infamous AK-47 rifle, usually depicted in the hands of some kind of criminal mastermind or freedom fighter in some African country. Ironically known as the “Right Hand of the Free World”, the AK is the rifle displayed on an unusually large number of national flags. Known for being easy to use, easier to clean, and nearly impossible to break, the rifle’s main characteristics have remained the same throughout the various facelifts it has received in the past 60 years. AK rifles are now made the world over including here in the US – but how about an AK pistol?
No, I’m not talking about the Draco or similar AK-pattern firearms without stocks. I’m talking about a real deal, 9x19mm handgun sporting a 5″ barrel.
The Kalashnikov PL-14, looks like a love child of a Walther P99 and Carcal. Being tested as the prototype sidearm for the Russian army, this pistol boasts an incredible list of features that we’ve come to demand from sidearms:
- Polymer Framed
- Modular Grip Frame
- Interchangeable Backstraps
- Loaded Chamber Indicator
- Picatinny Accessory Rail
- Ambidextrous Controls
Note the high bore axis – this should make for an extremely accurate handgun able to keep shots on target during rapid fire – a trait that only the CZ line has been able to master.
We’ll keep an eye on these but considering the US’ relationship with our Slavic cousins, it could be a very long time until we can put this to the test.