I'm knee deep in Palmetto State Armory's Media Days in Super Hot South Carolina. In the wet, sweltering heat we all broke down into four different groups of people and shot at various stages throughout one of the nicest gun ranges I've ever been to.
(More pictures will follow after I get to a better wifi connection)
PSA is known for their AR-patterned rifles, but one thing that some folks may not know is that PSA has their hands in a few other types of guns, as well. We shot a pretty good lineup today so far, and I have two highlights that I want to share with you.
The first one has nothing to do with concealed carry, in general, but I want to tell you about it anyway just because it's cool:
I got to push the envelope a little bit as I stretched it out to a mile with a semi-automatic 6.5 CM rifle. Joining the 1-mile club has been something I've been wanting to do for a while now, and can officially say I'm a member.
But, this is ConcealedCarry.com and we're dedicated to self-defense not just outside of the home, but inside as well. And that is where the AK-V comes into play.
We got to shoot the new 9mm AK, known as the AK-V, which is the other highlight of the day for me. I'm a pretty big fan of the AK platform, and when combined with 9mm, it's a great combination for a home defense or truck gun.
In pistol platform, the PSA AK-V has a 10.5 inch barrel, with a pistol brace. It's a small package that packs 35+1 punches of 9X19. Overall length is just over 26″ collapsed, and over 29″ with the brace fully extended.
With Magpul furniture, this AK comes in with an MSRP of about $849, depending on the model you get.
I've got about 80 rounds through a couple different AK-Vs so far, and I have to say that my initial impressions are positive. While that round count is certainly not good enough to write a full review on, it is a good start.
After talking to one of the PSA employees at the event, I learned that they've got over 10,000 rounds through each one so far without changing any parts–just the occasional cleaning to make sure they're running properly.
In addition to the Magpul accessories, other good features are the flat top rail to allow for an optic, and, if you're familiar with the AK platform you know that most of the time there is no last round bolt hold open.
The pistol caliber variants are usually designed to have it, and the PSA AK-V is no different, complete with a release button on the opposite side (which you can see pictured above.)
I'll see if I can get my hands on one to evaluate, and really put one to the test to see what they're made of. Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below.