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SHOT Show 2022: Kalashnikov USA’s Chaos


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My love of shotguns extends to the mostly useless firearm category of pistol grip-only 12 gauge firearms that have become popular as of late. These firearms don’t mind getting a little silly, and Kalashnikov USA’s Chaos is a perfect example of a silly twelve-gauge firearm that meets all the criteria for a fun gun.

The name Kalashnikov USA should tune you into what we are looking at here. Kalashnikov USA makes the very handy and practical Komrad. The Komrad is an AK-style shotgun with a brace and relatively short barrel. The Chaos takes the opposite route. It’s an unbraced pistol grip-only firearm built on the AK shotgun design.

The PGO grip makes it a firearm, and not a shotgun. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

It’s magazine-fed and uses a shockwave-style pistol grip. The barrel looks to be about 14 inches, but I can’t confirm that because Kalashnikov USA hasn’t published any data on their website or booth material. The Komrad has a 12.5-inch barrel, and that might be the case here. The firearm is over 26 inches overall, of course.

Fun In Chaos

It’s big and quite goofy. If you think the safety on a normal AK is tough to operate, wait till you meet this thing. You can’t reach it with your firing hand, and it gets real goofy trying to hold the thing with your firing hand and work it with your off-hand. It’s all AK, just with a pistol grip and it fires 12 gauge rounds.

Gotta appreciate the M-LOK, but I love the bead sight (Travis Pike for TTAG)

Kalashnikov USA slapped an interest M-LOK rail on the gun, which gives you plenty of room for accessories. Although I’m not sure what you’d want to attach to the thing. Maybe a cup holder? A foregrip wouldn’t be a bad idea. Honestly, the M-LOK feels pretty slick, and this is a gun you really want to hang onto.

It’s shockwave like, but not totally. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

I respect the fact they installed a bead sight on the front of the barrel. Most AK shotguns use AK sights. The Komrad and now the Chaos use a bead sight with what looks like a rear rifle sight taken off the old Remington 870s. Sure, it’ll be tough to aim, but I’d rather have a bead if I want to give it a try.

Mag fed, pistol grip only, semi-automatic firearm? Yes please. (Travis Pike for TTAG)

The Chaos doesn’t seem to offer much in terms of practicality, but boy it looks like fun. A semi-auto, pistol grip-only, magazine-fed firearm? Why not? Sometimes guns can just be fun, and they don’t really need to be useful.

 

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