We couldn’t immediately understand why an AR-style weapon was situated in the shotgun area of Media Day at the Range during SHOT Show 2012. But we soon realized we were looking at the Akdal MKA 1919 AR-style shotgun.
The MKA 1919 not only resembles the M16 rifle but the control and function are similar. The MKA 1919 is unlike any other 12 gauge shotgun in the U.S. as it is very light, ergonomic, and magazine fed.
As a semi-automatic shotgun, it uses a conventional gas-operated action which is located around the support tube that runs below the barrel. The return spring is also located around the same support tube which is concealed by an enlarged polymer handguard.
Its barrel can be very easily removed from the upper receiver. The upper receiver is manufactured from an aluminum alloy while the lower receiver, pistol grip, and stock are manufactured as one piece from impact resistant polymer.
The potential uses of the gun for tactical applications are obvious. But this thing – even when outfitted with red-dot type optics – can break clays like you wouldn’t believe.
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About the Author: Corey Graff is the online editor for gundigest.com. His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as guns from the World War II era.
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