The RCMP just reclassified the Akdal Mka 1919 from Restricted to Non-restricted! That’s right, the FRT has been updated and this mag fed shotgun is officially no longer an AR-15 variant. I can’t wait to take mine out into the bush and celebrate.
I was wondering how my shotgun would be affected with the announcement back in December that the Derya Mk10 was non-restricted. The Akdal is almost identical to the Derya, but was listed as an AR variant for the last several years. Here’s my video review after a few seasons of 3-Gun.
I’m a big fan of shotguns. I’ve got a soft spot for guns that feed from box magazines.
A flurry of announcements yesterday solidified for me the idea that’s been floating around for years: all of the coolest shotguns in this country and coming out of Turkey right now. They’re doing things that no one else is, making them at an affordable price, and exporting them.
I’ve been shooting this shotgun in 3-Gun matches for over a year now, and finally put all my thoughts together. It’s a solid system, despite being restricted, it’s a great way to get a familiar system in a shotgun. Which probably means I should be competing with an AR-15 instead of the Tavor if I want to share muscle memory! There are lots of parts and pieces for the MKA 1919, but I think I’ve hit on a successful combination…
The Akdal Mka 1919 is a wild shotgun with massive magazines unlike anything I’ve ever shot before. Carrying them can be something of a challenge, as they’re much wider and much longer than your standard AR-15 magazine.
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.
This was something I really wanted to build. Do up my short barreled Fabarm Martial Ultrashort with a full suite of Magpul furniture. I started with a foliage green MIAD grip and CTR stock. The 870-AR adapter I used meant that I had to keep the straight grips rather than a swelled back strap or anything like that.
For a long time I was perfectly happy to shoot this shotgun this way. But these days I’m feeling a little more inclined towards lightweight options.
My Fabarm has been a long running project for me. I first picked up the Martial ultrashort on a discount from the Calgary Shooting Center, and have done several tweaks and conversions on it.
While Fabarm SDASS guns are of a higher quality than a traditional Remington 870, that also means they do not accept standard 870 accessories. But by using an S&J sling plate adaptor and one of their 870-AR stock adaptor’s I could get everything running together on there.