The American arm of legendary Kalashnikov Concern, the weapons manufacturer behind the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle, announced on May 17 that its new AK-style shotgun has already started shipping to dealers in the states, according to Guns.com.
Dubbed the KS-12 and KS-12T, the new AK-style firearms from Kalashnikov USA are advertised as 12-gauge, semi-automatic tactical shotguns with barrels ranging between 16 and 18 inches in length. The new shotgun features a collapsible stock, handguard, Picatinny rails, and a 10-round mag — plus a bit of a price tag at $1,000.
“We have finally reached the point of being more than satisfied with the remarkable quality and reliability of these products,” Kalashnikov USA CEO Brian Skinner announced in a press release. “These firearms are truly worthy of the Kalashnikov name. We are extremely proud to introduce these to the market, and are confident of their success in the AK arena.”
Kalashnikov USA is a relatively new entrant to the American firearms market. The company split from parent, Kalashnikov Concern, as a workaround to avoid U.S. sanctions levied against Russia in response to the 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea. But now, AK fans in the states are reaping the benefits. The new AK-style shotguns cement the company's switch from an importer of Kalashnikovs to a U.S.-based manufacturer.
And the company isn’t done unveiling new goodies for American shooters: This summer, the company will unveil its KR-9mm platform, a suite which will include a 9mm pistol, as well as a carbine and a rifle, notes Guns.com. We can’t wait.
QUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war.
An Indiana Army National Guard soldier died Thursday night during a training accident at Fort Hood.
According to a Fort Hood press release, the soldier's injuries came from "a tactical vehicle accident in the training area." The name of the soldier is being withheld until the family is notified.
The incident, which occurred at around 10 p.m., will be investigated by the Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, the release said.
Nearly 32% of active-duty military deaths between 2006 and 2018 have been the result of accidents, according to an analysis from the Congressional Research Service.
The Army has had a number of vehicular deaths this year. In June, one West Point cadet was killed and 21 others were injured when a tactical vehicle rolled during training. A vehicle rollover at Fort Irwin, California killed one soldier and injured three others that same month, and in May, a rollover killed one soldier and injured a dozen others at Fort Polk, La.