Akdal MKA 1919 First Impressions as 3-Gun Shotgun

As part of my preparation for the MGM Ironman it was easy to identify my shotgun skills as a weak spot. Juggling shells into a tube isn’t something I’ve trained for in the past. I’m much more accustomed to indexing magazines and activating bolt releases.

Enter the Akdal MKA 1919: A semi-auto, magazine-fed, 12 gauge shotgun that replicates the controls of an AR-15. These Turkish shotguns have come in as an alternative to the Saiga so popular in 3 gun matches, and with some love and elbow grease can be made into pretty stellar competition guns.

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I have to confess: this is a pretty hideous gun out of the box. The carry handle sights are actually a dovetail rather than an AR-15 style ghost-ring sights. The first thing I would encourage any new owner to do is strip these junky plastic sights off and dispose of them. There is a proper flattop rail underneath where your optics can find a home.

I opted for a Vortex Razor red-dot, as its got excellent brightness, weighs essentially nothing, and is tough enough to take slug recoil. It also sits and nice and low on the rail, which pairs well with the Mka 1919’s slightly angled A2 stock. The cheek weld is right where I want it.

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That simple thing is enough to drastically change the feel of the gun. But the stock 5 round magazines won’t get you far. I picked up a pair of ten rounders to practice with. These are larger than any AR-15 mag you’ve ever used. The single stack 10 rounders are bricks, that extend well below the gun. I shudder to imagine how the custom 25 round magazines must feel.

I’m looking forward to testing the reliability of this, and was pleased that I received the new XN model which apparently has several minor improvements.

My initial impressions are that I made the right choice with the Mka 1919. It’s the kind of shotgun I can get excited about pouring rounds through.

Akdal Mka 1919 shotgun with 10 round magazine

  • Patrick T

    Wait. How did you get 10 rounders for a semi auto shotgun in Canada?

    • Sorry, to be clear: these are pinned for shooting on this side of the border. But I bought the extended mags explicitly for competition in the states where they will be proper capacity.

      • Patrick T

        I get it, just don’t forget your drill and pop rivet gun when you go.

  • Ted

    Were can you buy that in canada??

    • I bought this from IrunGuns!

      • Ted

        Is it complicated? is it reliable? I assume IrunGuns does things according to the law. So, the gun would be permited in canada. Are you in Quebec? I am from quebec, and I am wondering if ther is a law agains that model (we are good in special stupid laws in quebec…)