Pistolized rifles don’t usually light my fire, but Arsenal’s new Krinkov pistol, chambered in 5.56 NATO, has it goin’on. Unlike their AK-pattern rifles, which must be imported in ‘Sporter’ form and then painstakingly converted for 922(r) compliance, these Krinks are imported as-is from their (Bulgarian?) factory.
But why 5.56 NATO, instead of 5.45×39? Thank your friends at the ATFE, if you have any. The feds really don’t like ‘armor-piercing’ handguns, and most of the world’s 5.45×39 ammo is Russian steel-core 7N6. This would have scotched the whole import deal, so they’re chambered in USA-friendly (and non-steel cored) 5.56 NATO instead.
All this ATF-ready, buffer-tubeless fun will set you back a suggested $800 MSRP.