Obscure Object of Desire: Knight’s Armament PDW

Odds are that the only time you have seen this sexy 4 pound aluminum carbine is on Future Weapons. That’s because there have only been about ten of them ever made. The fact that it uses a proprietary 6 x 35 wildcat rounds may be part of the reason it has not really taken off. Nonetheless, everything about this little bullet hose is engineered to the max, and it’s clear that KAC knows how to build the type of weapon system that operators need. From the AR-inspired ergonomics to the AK-inspired rotating bolt and the patented “ball milled” honey-comb fluted barrel, this little gun is simply awesome. Another feature not apparent from an external view of the PDW is the dual short-stroke gas pistons. This unique design allows the weapon to function even if one of the pistons fails . . .

Unfortunately, unless KAC gets a big government order, this weapon will probably never be produced for us lowly civilians. Nonetheless, the KAC rep did tell me that they’d consider production if someone put in an order for a 1000 of them. Fantasies of a 1000-unit TTAG group buy suddenly fluttered through my head, but, alas, I’m sure I would have a better chance of winning the lottery than having that idea ever come to fruition. Sigh.


  1. avatar Matt in FL says:

    What would the cost on something like that be?

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      And on a related note, are we ever going to get commenting email notifications back? At least for me, the commenting is the site, and the lack of email notifications combined with the volume of traffic makes it impossible to keep up with conversational threads. The editorials and writeups are good, but I frequently learn as much from the comments as I do from the initial story.

    2. avatar Frank says:

      More than you make in a month, like all vaporware since the Glock 7.

    3. avatar Joe Grine says:

      Not surprisingly, the rep was not willing to even give me a ballpark price. Obviously, it wouldn’t be cheap.

    4. avatar Grant says:

      Whats it cost?

      …if you have to ask you can’t afford it.

    5. avatar Jwhite says:

      if you have to ask… the answer is “Too much”

  2. avatar ry_ry says:

    Not sure what makes this better than a piston-driven 300 AAC/BLK SBR with a fluted barrel.

    The side-folding stock? Redundant pistons?

    Well, the aforementioned weapon has several things going for it – mainly that it exists in the open market.

  3. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    I would buy one. Assume they are $2,000 each all in. Can TTAG set up some kind of trust to hold and disperse funds?

    1. avatar Matt G. says:

      This is KA were talking about. The thing probably would cost 3.5-4k

      1. avatar rosignol says:

        Looks like you’d also need the tax stamp for an SBR.

        (btw, got the ‘slow down’ message again. First comment of the day).

  4. +1 for the order group then. 998 to go.

  5. avatar Jim Barrett says:

    Seems to me that they might get more interest if the made it in a common caliber. No way am I spending big bucks on something in wildcats. I know that I can reload, but for me, sometimes my AR is just feeling like being a bullet hose and for those times, I want some cheap mil surp stuff that I can burn a couple hundred rounds of without needing hours at the reloading bench to replenish my stash.

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Which raises the qustion, particularly given the paucity of info provided, why a 6 mm round? Does that tiny fraction of an inch make any difference, other than making it unique? Not that it matters–this is an illegal firearm in California.

  6. avatar tcba_joe says:

    There’s been a lot of discussion on the PDW over on M4C. Basically, $3k/unit with a 1k unit minimum purchase.

    There was also some hints that they’re still working on it and its not dead yet, it may be available in future, just not for quite a few years.

    I see a 300blk varient doing VERY well. Having a folding stock on a 8″ bled weapon beats the functionality pants off of a 9″AAC PDW with a standard stock or even a 7″ LWRC UIC with its shorted recoil system.

  7. avatar Johanne Perry says:

    Well theres not many real world babes but the airsoft worlds being pinging with guns the gorgeous looks and different sized barrels to boot .

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