Coming Soon: Palmetto State Armory 9mm AK-V

The latest arrival to the Palmetto State Armory family is a braced pistol based on the Russian Vityaz.

The Palmetto State Armory AKV with its aluminum brace in the folded position.
The Palmetto State Armory AK-V with its aluminum brace in the folded position.Kat Ainsworth

The latest arrival to the Palmetto State Armory family is the AK-V, a model known in its country of origin as the AK Vityaz. The Vityaz is a Russian submachine gun based on the AK-74 and up until now it wasn’t available here in the United States due to importation bans. In a solid attempt to bring the Vityaz to the U.S., Palmetto State Armory Senior Engineer Colton Sons headed up a team to design one by studying photographs. That’s right, the guys at PSA worked entirely from photographs to reverse-engineer the company’s latest gun piece-by-piece – and they did a fantastic job.

(Top) A Russian PP-19 Bizon-2 submachine gun in 9mm Makarov with a 64-round helical magazine and below it a PP-19-01 Vityaz in 9mm Parabellum, which was derived from the PP-19.
(Top) A Russian PP-19 Bizon-2 submachine gun in 9mm Makarov with a 64-round helical magazine and below it a PP-19-01 Vityaz in 9mm Parabellum, which was derived from the PP-19, a descendant of the AK-74.imfdb.org

The PSA AK-V is chambered in 9x19mm just like the original Russian Vityaz, but is semi-auto rather than full-auto and is classified as a pistol by the ATF. From its blowback action to its forged trunnion, the PSA AK-V is bound to appeal to both AK lovers and those new to the world of Kalashnikovs. It’s an AK both inside and out.

The author’s personal favorite of the AKVs is the model featuring wood furniture.
The author’s personal favorite of the AKVs is the model featuring wood furniture.Kat Ainsworth

The models we ran on a recent trip were prototypes, but the production models will be shipping this fall, at which time I’ll do an in-depth review. The available prototypes cycled well with standard Scorpion magazines, the triggers were surprisingly smooth, and they were flat-out fun to shoot.

Through thousands of rounds fired by half a dozen outdoor writers the AK-Vs kept on cycling. And although some guns had standard pistol braces on them there was an AK-V with wood furniture featuring a folding brace that will be made exclusively for Palmetto State Armory by SB Tactical. That side-folding brace (which is approved by the ATF) isn’t just for fun, either, it’s a necessity on a true-to-original-form Vityaz.

The Palmetto State Armory AKV will ship with a side-folding aluminum brace made exclusively for them by SB Tactical.
The Palmetto State Armory AKV will ship with a side-folding aluminum brace made exclusively for them by SB Tactical.Kat Ainsworth

On the same trip during which we fired the prototype PSA AK-Vs I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Colton Sons about Palmetto State Armory’s new AK-V. Sons filled me in on the details of the gun’s design and features and you can watch the video below. The best thing about the PSA AK-V? In my opinion it’s that it’s 100% made in America. Now that’s a member of the AK family I’d welcome at the range.

The author ringing steel at 100 yards using a prototype model of the new PSA AKV.
The author ringing steel at 100 yards using a prototype model of the new PSA AKV.Kat Ainsworth

Palmetto State Armory AK-V Specs:

  • Caliber: 9x19mm
  • Barrel length: 10.5"
  • Threaded: 1/2x28 TPI
  • Action: Blowback
  • Magazine: Scorpion
  • Capacity: Max. 35 rounds
  • Bolt: Forged 4140
  • Trunnion: Forged 4140
  • Rear trunnion: Standard 74-style
  • Fire control: Standard
  • Furniture: Standard AKM AKM (will ship in a variety of configurations, including classic polymer, wood, Magpul, and aluminum w/ picatinny rail sets)
  • Brace: Side-folding aluminum by SB Tactical exclusively for Palmetto State Armory
  • Ships with 3 magazines

MSRP: Under $999.99

The PSA AK-V with the folding brace extended.
The PSA AK-V with the folding brace extended.Kat Ainsworth