If you don’t think there’s such a thing as a 9mm AK, then you haven’t heard of the PSA AKV 9mm from Palmetto State Armory. We need to fix that. And maybe school you up a little bit on the PP19 Vityaz SN submachine gun.
PSA AKV: “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 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.”
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.
Note also the clarification he makes with regard to the AK-V magazines there toward the end!
*That’s Kris Vermillion, not some other Vermillion.
Palmetto State Armory has been arming South Carolina for over a decade now. Since its founding in 2008 as a side hustle by vetrepreneur Jamin McCallum, PSA has grown at a stupid awesome rate. It now conducts business online and in several brick and mortar locations too.
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.
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.
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.