AK V 9mm: Pistol Kaliber AK from Palmetto State Armory

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February 6, 2024  
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If you don’t think there’s such a thing as a 9mm AK, then you haven’t heard of the AK V 9mm from Palmetto State Armory. We need to fix that. And maybe school you up a little bit on the Russian PP19 Vityaz SN submachine gun.

PSA AK V: “9mm AK”

An updated version of Palmetto State Armory’s PSA AKV 9mm AK became available back in 2019. The re-released weapon features several design modifications made to correct issues suffered by the AK V v1 that was released last year. A full explanation is given in this video narrated by Kris Vermillion, but the upshot is that some out-of-spec (for their design) bolts made it into some of the production models of PSA AK V and made their way out into the wild. In addition to that issue,

There are now mechanisms in place (like an added recoil block) to prevent bolt overtravel, and they’ve added a “MAC bracket” to prevent rounds from flying backward and down into the fire control group. Other updates include a modification to the bolt on the extractor side and a flare at the dust cover to provide a more tactile safety engagement without overtravel.

PSA describes it thusly:

“The AK V is Palmetto State Armory’s 9mm AK pistol version of the Russian Vityaz submachine gun. The design of the AK V includes a blow-back-operated system that ensures a smooth cycling action and is chambered in 9mm. As an integral part of Palmetto State Armory’s line of American-made firearms, we consider this a must-have along with other lines such as the KS-47, AK-P, AK-E, and the PSAK-47. Our passion doesn’t stop at creating a high-quality firearm, our passion also involves making sure our firearms last a lifetime.”

Palmetto State Armory AK-V

One of the most noticeable modifications to the Palmetto AK V was made to prevent rounds from dropping into the fire control group (which is most definitely not a good thing).

Palmetto State Armory AKV: a 9mm AK inspired by the Vityaz submachine gun.

The re-released AK V from Palmetto Armory reportedly performed flawlessly at the 2019 Big 3 East Media Group event in Daytona Beach. And, given the relative cost of 9mm compared to 7.62×39, it might be a great option to build your own pistol caliber beater heater.

You know what, just watch the video. That’s why they made it! Or, if you already know the story, check out all the versions of PSA AK-V.

Palmetto State Armory AK-V

The updates to Palmetto State Armory’s AK V have apparently solved any issues it was having. The weapon, though niche, is becoming increasingly popular.

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PP19 Vityaz SN

9mm AK Submachine Gun

The PP19 is a select-fire Vodka Blaster built by Izhmash. Based on the AK-74 and is chambered in 9x19mm, it was directly developed from the PP19 Bizon (though it skipped the helical magazine). As would be expected, it shares a significant level of parts commonality with the AK-74, including trigger, safety mechanisms, and shoulder stock (well ~ish); the grip, however, is identical to that of the AK-100.

Maybe some designer cherry-picked the parts and pieces he liked best from other Russki blasters.

A PP19 Vityaz by Vitaly Kuzmin.

A PP19 Vityaz by Vitaly Kuzmin. The SN suffix indicates it’s the Pic-rail variant. The sex appeal of that PP19 9mm AK has seen it placed in such games as Escape from Tarkov, Ghost Recon (Wildlands and Breakpoint), and Rainbow Six: Siege. It has served as an inspiration for 9mm AK platforms like the Kalashnikov USA KP 9 and, of course, the PSA AK V.

Things to know about the PP19 Vityaz

• There are several versions, so specs and attributes may vary, i.e. the PPK-20 version uses AK-9 handguards.

• It uses a closed bolt, straight blowback system to cycle (so no gas system).

• The safe setting on the selector is highest on the switch. It physically disables the trigger and blocks the charging handle.

• The shoulder stock, which comes from the AKS-74, folds to the left of the receiver (i.e. inboard if you’re a normal person, outboard if you’re a wrong-handed lefty weirdo).

• Its furniture rails include a Pic rail on top of the receiver and a dove-tail side rail, though the side rail on the Vitayaz SN was removed and replaced with a railed dust cover.

• There is a civilian version called the Saiga-9 that is sold commercially by Kalashnikov.

PP19 Vityaz in standard configuration.

A PP19 Vityaz in standard configuration. The submachine gun version, Vityaz SN, was developed from the Bizon-2-01 and subsequently issued to the Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service, and Federal Guard Service.

Check this out. This is artwork by UrbanTiger74 (on DeviantArt) featuring the Vityaz. You can find him on Instagram, @heroes_n_villains_reimagined. He’s also on YouTube, youtube.com/user/UrbanTiger74.

Vityaz submachine gun by Heroes'n'Villains Reimagined

Vityaz submachine gun by Heroes'n'Villains Reimagined

Vityaz submachine gun by Heroes'n'Villains Reimagined

Vityaz submachine gun by Heroes'n'Villains Reimagined

Vityaz submachine gun by Heroes'n'Villains Reimagined

This article was originally published in May 2019. 


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