NEW: Palmetto State Armory PSA 9mm AKV

Kat Ainsworth image of Palmetto State Armory PSA 9mm AKV

Coming this fall from Palmetto State Armory: the PSA 9mm AKV, an American-made 9x19mm Parabellum Vityaz. The Vityaz is a Russian AK design based on the AK-74. For the AK lovers among us this should be a serious hit.

Last week I had the opportunity to run the prototype during an event at the High Bar Homestead . Yes, it is a prototype, so there will not be an in-depth review just yet. The production models are set to begin shipping this coming September at which time we’ll be all over it.

A few details to get started. The PSA 9mm AKV was designed by Senior Engineer Colton Sons who took the time to reverse engineer the gun by studying images of its Russian counterpart. Since the Vityaz cannot be imported into the States, Sons invested significant time creating an American-made model. All components are made in America – in fact, they’re made and built right in Palmetto State Armory’s factory. When they say “Made in America” they mean it.

Ringing steel poppers at 100 yards with the PSA 9mm AKV

The PSA 9mm AKV will feature a variety of solid features including a folding brace – because it is a pistol, after all – that’s been approved by the ATF and will be made by SB Tactical exclusively for Palmetto State Armory. It will be available with more than one furniture option but the wood furniture happens to be my personal favorite. The gun is fed by Scorpion magazines.

On the range the prototype ran well in the hands of half a dozen gun writers and ten Palmetto State Armory employees. It nailed both paper and steel at a variety of distances. A pistol caliber capable of ringing steel poppers consistently at 100 yards shooting offhand? Yes, please.

More details coming soon. We thought you guys might enjoy hearing about this sooner rather than later. What do you guys think? Would you buy one? I’m told they’ll be selling at slightly varying price points according to furniture but will be under $1000 MSRP and likely about $799.99.

That wood furniture, though…

 

 

comments

  1. avatar j says:

    wonder how the what look like Scorpion mag plastic feed lips will hold up to the thrashing of a AK bolt.

    1. avatar Hellbilly says:

      Like other non-traditional pistol-caliber firearms, this one is likely direct blow-back operated and would not have a locking AK47 bolt.

  2. avatar CCityGuy says:

    Doesn’t Chiappa have a pistol similar to this but no folding brace? I could be confused. Very interesting though since it looks to come out of the box in “SBR Clone” format.

    1. avatar Tony says:

      The Chiappa Pak 9

  3. avatar Art out West says:

    That looks like fun. I know this is a terribly cliche thing to say, but I wish it took Glock mags. I know the VZ Sk. mags are good, it’s just that I already have the Glock, and mags for it. If I owned a Scorpion, I wouldn’t but one of these AKs. I see them filling the same role. I also wish these were a bit cheaper (say <$600 store price).

    I also have to throw in a comment on the blue hair. 😊

    I don't understand why women are doing that these days (coloring hair in non-human colors). I understand dying gray hair back to one's original hair color. I also understand switching to another human hair color – black, red, blond, brown. Pink, purple, blue, and green are not proper hair colors.

    I guess I'm just suffering from a lingering case of sanity. 😀

    1. avatar Bloving says:

      I like it! And a tiny, discreet nose piercing can be kinda hot too…
      But I absolutely can’t wrap my head around those – whataretheycalled… ear gauges? The way-too-large rings some weirdos stretch their earlobes out with? Yuck.
      🤠

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        they can wrap them around your head…

      2. avatar RA-15 says:

        I believe those ear loops are an African tribal thing. Maybe I’m wrong. Who really cares ? As for the AKV , interesting ! Looks like PSA did a fine job.

    2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      those wild hair colors are fun for some, and that is something that almost all girls enjoy. my girl has run the gamut from infra dead to ultra violent and it has always washed out eventually. which is more than i can say for tats. pierced ears only, too (as far as i know…). relenting here may prevent getting flipped off later.

      i’d rather a pcc than an sbr. this looks fine, not plasticky like the scorp. cheaper to blast in 9 but i’d rather a 10mm.

    3. avatar Nanashi says:

      It’s called “aposematism”. It’s to warn you the girl in question is crazy.

      1. avatar Bcb says:

        That gave me a good chuckle. Thanks

    4. avatar Manse Jolly says:

      Ruger PC carbine in 9mm takes Glock and Ruger mags…just sayin

      1. avatar Just Sayin says:

        AND… pops steel at 100yds to boot.
        Fantastic rifle.

        This will be the new “AR vs AK” debate.

      2. avatar TruthTellers says:

        And maybe someday in the future S&W M&P mags, Sig mags, Hi-Power mags… the sky is the limit with the PC9 Carbine.

        This tho? IDK anyone who wants a 9mm AK. I just bought a PSA 9mm AR upper because I figure if I ever bought a Binary trigger or a drop in auto sear or stumbled across a full auto AR lower in the zombie apocalypse, I could have a very practical submachine gun that uses… Glock mags.

        Not saying Glock mags are the end all be all of 9mm carbines, but FFS, why would you buy a 9mm carbine that uses proprietary magazines when Glock mags are everywhere and super cheap and uber reliable?

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          for me that mostly has to do with not wanting what you want.

    5. avatar Kyser says:

      DAk-9, all your disgusting Glock mags.

  4. avatar Jackrabbit1957 says:

    Blue, orange, green and any other non human hair colors confuse me. So do massive tattoos and piercings. The line about hitting poppers at 100 yards makes me laugh as lots of people seem to think pistols are only good for 20 feet. I knock jackrabbits over at 100 yards on a regular basis with a revolver shooting .38 specials.

  5. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    Well, another entry into the “It’s for self-defense and silly fun, stupid.” sweepstakes. Yes, hunting. No, that’s not every use. No, that’s not the whole argument. I’m leaning toward thinking we should promote the term: “Modern Musket”, that’s already out there.

    So…
    A highly reliable, semi-auto carbine, in a cheap, readily available pistol or medium-power cartridge … or, what Our Homeland Overlords declared was the best kind of general defensive arm.

    Yes, I know it’s a pistol under the rules. In any case, this “category” of arms not yet christened in the media with a snarky moniker:

    – Too expensive and obvious for most criminals. Lawful people, if they’re using a gun to protect themselves, don’t much care if they’re seen. It’s obvious. “When the first guy – the one with the bat – kept charging, while the third guy came in the door behind the other two, I was out of other options to keep myself safe in my own home.”

    – Accurate to a useful range, limited penetration, decent “Oh my god!” point and shoot in an emergency, light enough for most to handle, heavy enough to be stable and control recoil. Etc.

    – Ammo is cheap enough, and it’s enough fun to shoot that you’ll likely practice.

    I do wonder in The Grand “Semi-Autos Are Unreasonable Death Machines” Arguments, that the auto-loading counter doesn’t get more emphasis. Under stress, being chased around your own house after surprised from a sound sleep, you’re gonna work a pump, lever, bolt, powder horn frizzen and flint?

    1. avatar Jim Bullock says:

      “Modern Musket” or something like it may be one of the PR terms we’re looking for. I’m thinking the class of semi-auto, pistol or intermediate-power cartridge carbines is exactly the “modern musket.” The term has PR value, plus the advantage of being descriptive and true.

      – Current state of the art technology in general use, just like muskets.

      – Multi use.

      – Convenient.

      – Small & cheap enough to be personal

      – Symbolic and obvious. Someone holding a “modern musket” owns their own power in that particular way; choosing to use it, or forebear; the right and burden of independent people. And it’s hard to use or carry one on the sly. Bad choice for criminals-by-stealth and blitz-attack thugs. Folks openly shooting up with one of these, well, internal security stacks in body armor with MRAPs overmatch that pretty quick, and “Son, you got some ‘splainin to do.”

      – Bypassed all the “evil, black, crowd-leveling, cross-continent murder-death-kill bullet hose” connotations. The image casts banning personal arms as disarming people, in the face of threats you can’t stop. Different form arming-up crazed Ram-Bros just looking for an excuse to rock and roll.

      – Natural segue into “Oh, you want people disarmed?”

      These “modern muskets” are personal arms, for self protection, fun, hunting, which might in the extreme be pressed into service in a mass armed conflict … just like muskets. They do as credible, reliable, and simple a job as current technology allows … just like muskets. They’re limited in their reach and impact … just like muskets. They’re certainly not howitzers. Or as one court recently ruled, less than full-auto, and below .50 cal and it’s not a military-only arm.

      Getting to use “Musket” Morgan’s well-earned moniker is just a bonus. Maybe a way in to making the point. “Well, ‘Musket’ Morgan wasn’t wrong, which I’m sure mortifies him. These things *are* modern muskets, and that’s the point.”

      There’s a fraction of the anti’s who really do want to, what’s a good way to say it, um … “fundamentally transform” the US. Permanently into “No guns for you!” Why would you need guns? All is taken care of by the better informed (and just plain better) folks who rule. And it not, you’re deplorable — er expendable. There’s a bunch of soft anti’s and soft pros who at bottom still think of people as citizens and our lives as out own … who haven’t made the connection between disarmament, and “What does that make you in this arrangement.” “Modern musket” may be a way into that line of thinking without being tedious.

  6. avatar Jon in CO says:

    Where are the MP5’s PSA? I like all of your stuff, but we were promised MP5 clones, and now you’re working on a 9mm AK. Come on.

  7. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    The price is way too high, especially given that this likely a direct blowback (simple) design. And failing to accept Glock extended magazines is dumb. Price them at $500 and accept Glock extended magazines and I would seriously consider buying one.

    And if they really want my money, chamber one in 10mm, provide inexpensive 30 round magazines, and price it at $500. I would probably buy two!

    1. avatar California Richard says:

      Its a simple blowback 9mm gun that’s dressed up to look like a Krinkov. It reminds me of those GSG guns in .22. They are all the same .22 rifles underneath but look different on the surface. Give these things about 4-5 years and you’ll see them on gunbroker for less than $500.

      1. avatar Rhodes says:

        “Its a simple blowback 9mm gun that’s dressed up to look like a Krinkov”
        Incorrect.
        It’s an American Vityaz. Which is a Russian 9×19 AK74.
        Dressed up like a krinkov would imply this was meant to copy the krink. It’s not.

    2. avatar Kyser says:

      Yeah, there already is a 9mm AK for that, the DAK-9. Not everyone wants Glock mags sticking out of everything. This firearm is supposed to closely resemble the PP-19 Vityaz. Clearly, a large majority of the people commenting in these comments have no idea what a Vityaz is or the purpose of a sub gun.

      Most of these people don’t even realize the Vityaz is a gas blowback design natively.

  8. avatar Texican says:

    Make it in 10mm! Using Glock mags! Then you can chamber it in all the other pistol cartridges. It’s the “Year of the 10mm!”(TM)

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      2017 was the year of the 10 mm. This is the year of the 9 mm. We’re counting down to the all powerful .9 mm.

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        i can’t wait until we’re halfway between 7 and 6.
        probably take until june…

  9. avatar New Continental Army says:

    I think it’s kinda cool. I like where the pistol carbine craze is going. I’m going to wait awhile to see what else comes down the line before I buy one.

    1. avatar Laserbeam says:

      Yeah, do a handgun caliber carbine in .327 Fed Mag. That way, in addition to my Henry .327 lever gun, I can have a mag fed semi-auto companion carbine to my Ruger SP101 in that cartridge.

  10. avatar S.Crock says:

    This is a monstrosity! Borderline unconstitutional to produce an AK pattern rifle in pistol calibers. #neveragain

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      It’s correct to the Russian version.

      1. avatar S.Crock says:

        I don’t care if Mikhail Kalashnikov made it personally, AK platform PCCs are an abomination. PCCs in an AR platform are sweet.

  11. avatar jwm says:

    PCCs make sense as fun range toys and close range self defense tools. They are probably a very good choice for a house gun for a person with physical limitations.

    I can still reliably control my shotgun. But every year I get a little older. I can see a day when a shotgun will be too much for me and a .38 may not be enough. At least not by itself. One is none, after all.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      jwm,

      Don’t forget about pre-teens and delicate (no derision intended) female teens and adults: pistol caliber carbines are the IDEAL home-defense firearm for them.

      The weight of a pistol caliber carbine reduces recoil to unimportant levels for delicate women. And the size is perfect for delicate women to handle with confidence and accuracy.

      Add the fact that you get a nice velocity boost from the longer barrel and pistol caliber carbines (with the right caliber and ammunition selection) become a seriously formidable home-defense firearm.

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Speaking of home-defense pistol-caliber carbines:

      I definitely prefer .40 S&W over 9mm Luger. Here are the best ammunition choices that I could find for a carbine with a 16-inch barrel:

      9mm Luger — 124 grain with muzzle velocity 1,391 fps (Speer Gold Dot short barrel)
      .40 S&W — 135 grain with muzzle velocity 1,675 fps (Corbon jacketed hollowpoint)

      Needless to say, a 9mm diameter 124 grain bullet leaving the barrel at 1,391 fps is going to be a decent man-stopper. And if that is decent, the .40 inch diameter 135 grain bullet leaving the barrel at 1,675 fps is even better, especially when you have at least 28 rounds in a magazine and the carbine size/weight enable you to put a LOT of shots on target FAST.

      1. avatar Slim W. says:

        That’s pretty clearly not a 16″ barrel. So, velocities are going to be different.

        Also, 9mm ammo has price on its side…

        1. avatar jwm says:

          I default to 9×19 simply because it is the cheapest centerfire pistol ammo available. Practice ammo is plentiful and self defense loads won’t bankrupt you.

          Remember you’re filling x number of 20-30 round mags for your ‘oh shit’ gun. It can get pricey with premium ammo. 9 is the least pricey.

  12. avatar Slim W. says:

    Looks like there are pics with two different stock styles, one AK-style, and one AR-style.

    I like it!

  13. avatar jwtaylor says:

    Keep this at $700 and under, and it’s definitely an interesting gun. If they put a decent trigger on it, I’ll buy one. One of the whole points of a PCC or subgun is their rate of controllable, accurate fire. If they put a lousy trigger on it, there’s no value in it.

    1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

      “One of the whole points of a PCC…”

      PCC?

      Personal Colombian Concubine?

  14. avatar Blkojo says:

    Add me to the 10mm hopefuls.

  15. avatar ATTAGReader says:

    I like the idea but the price is more than a little steep. My $250 Hi Point can get 8″ groups at 100 yards, while the Ruger at $500 is much more accurate and takes Ruger and Glock mags. The KelTecs are under $500 and also use standard handgun mags. More than $500, whether in AR or AK format, is quite expensive when the .223 and 7.62 versions are available for $500 or less these days, including from Palmetto. While it is nice to know that all of these in 9 mm can hit the target at 100 yards, at that range why not a rifle caliber carbine? At the more likely home defense distance of 25 yards or less, it would seem that saving money or having pistol mag compatibility makes for a better purchase.

  16. avatar Bearacuda says:

    Will there be pics of the internals? I’d be interested to see if it’s a true Vityaz copy or just a blowback clone. Also, hopefully PSA will have gotten over their sub-standard materials phase…

  17. avatar Nine_10 says:

    10mm or GTFO.

  18. avatar Chadwick says:

    I want that arm brace on my aks74u clone pistol.

  19. avatar ozzallos says:

    I still don’t understand this as an AK platform. Separately, okay. 9mm is good. AKs are fine in their native caliber. But why would you take shitty ergos of an AK, combined with the weight of an AK and neuter it with 9mm?

  20. avatar schowgun says:

    Yes I would buy one, but not for $1000. The market is full of high dollar 9mm PCC’s. Make it affordable, and PSA will dominate with this one.

  21. avatar Salty says:

    Gun looks cool, curve of the skorpion mag will be more aesthetically pleasing than than glock, but daaaaaaaaaaaang! That triangle folding brace is what we need to make AK pistols look GOOD!!! I’m super stoked for that!!

  22. avatar raptor jesus says:

    – heavy breathing –

  23. Is it piston driven like the AKX-9 or fake/ blowback like the Century/Chiappa?

  24. avatar Detroiter says:

    I love the look of that arm brace! Seriously drool worthy.

    M&P Magwell adapter please!

    My money will go to keltec until someone else gets on board with an m&p magazine option.

  25. avatar TP says:

    Not a Vityaz copy… disappointed.

    Should have gone with another mag instead of those cheap scorpion mags.

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