New from Arsenal/K-Var: 5.56 Krinkov pistol

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.


  1. avatar Gossven says:

    Any mention of what kind of magazines they use?

    1. avatar Chris Dumm says:

      They’ll use the semi-standard 5.56 AK magazines out there. Arsenal/K-Var sells good ones.

  2. avatar NR says:

    So, add $200 for a tax stamp, slap a stock on there, and you have an AK-pattern SBR in 5.56. I kinda like the sound of that.

    1. avatar StickShift says:

      I REALLY like the sound of that.

    2. avatar Danny McBee says:

      THIS. If you’re reading this Arsenal; DO THIS.

        1. Cool! Thanks for doing the leg work for us. But ouch on the 2,200 frn MSRP

  3. avatar Matt G. says:

    I’m pretty sure that it’s not impossible to buy steel core 5.56. In fact yeah. They are selling it right down the street. Also, even non-steel 5.56 penetrates level 3 body armor as dies most all rifle calibers. Unless they mean steel plate armor, like On a vehicle. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t trust 5.56 or 5.45 to penetrate any kind of decent armor. Steel core or no. Just another reason we can go ahead and trash the ATF.

    1. avatar Sam says:

      I like your style.

    2. avatar Pyrotek85 says:

      The laws are nonsense. If I’m not mistaken, it’s entirely based on what the bullet is made of, not it’s actual ability to penetrate armor. As you mentioned, pretty much any kind of rifle round will penetrate those vests because of the pressure.

    3. avatar supton says:

      Will you get such good penetration with such a short barrel? I’m not sure how much velocity 5.56 loses as the barrel shortens up.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        Roughly 700-800 fps, depending upon barrel length, projectile weight, etc.

  4. avatar percynjpn says:

    According to their website it comes with one 5-round(!) magazine. Typo, maybe?

    1. avatar Anthony Meruelo says:

      Arsenal sells all their rifles with a 5 round mag.

  5. avatar Todd94590 says:

    that is one big freakin’ pistol! no chance of consealed carry with this, heck, I’d like to see a holster that would hold this mama. my S&W MP15 has become one of my favorites lately, just can’t find a range around me to shoot farther than 100 yards (I desperately want to try 300 yard shots)

    anyone have any idea of how bad the recoil/kick is?

    still, put this is the category: me want one.

    1. avatar Joseph Hartwick says:

      I had the exact same thought! This is a pistol? Where am I gonna get a holster for this? Aside from that, I guess it could be an interesting range toy.

        1. avatar Todd94590 says:

          (gets off couch, goes to fridge & grabs a cold one for killer99)

          wow, who woulda’ thunk it…. thanks.

        2. LOL, Kinda makes me feel the way a Kangaroo feels when lopping around with a Joey. Think I just found the name for my new Rifle. Um, I mean Pistol.

  6. avatar James says:

    Maybe I’ve been misinformed somewhere along the line, but isn’t pretty much any FMJ rifle round “armor piercing”?

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