Skip to main content

12-Gauge AR? Akdal MKA 1919 Shotgun

12-Gauge AR? Akdal MKA 1919 Shotgun

There seems to be no limit to what can be made to look like an AR-15, and now the breed has expanded into scatterguns. The firing controls are the same as the AR's, but underneath the skin, the MKA 1919 is a very different gun. There may prove to be hunting and defensive applications, but mainly, it's just fun to shoot. Read about it in the 2/1 issue of SGN.

Magazine capacity

Magazine capacity is five. Separate magazines are provided for 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch ammo. Magazine bodies are steel, so they weigh in at more than 11 ounces.

Shooting the MKA 1919

The MKA 1919 is a big gun, but comfortable to shoot, with very mild recoil. Triggering off five-shot strings with 3-inch steel shot loads was no problem.

The Akdal MKA 1919

The Akdal MKA 1919 bears a general resemblance to an AR, but the similarities are mostly skin-deep. It proved reliable and fun to shoot in SGN testing.

The lower receiver

The lower receiver is a large plastic part that incorporates the pistol grip and buttstock. It fits into a dovetail in the upper receiver, retained by a bolt.

The rear sight

The rear sight is in A2 configuration, though with a notch in place of the peep in one leg of the flip aperture. The plastic carry handle is easily removable.

The front of the lower receiver

The front of the lower receiver has a complex shape that locates it both laterally and longitudinally. There is no hinge as you'd expect on an AR.

The gas system

The gas system is intended to compensate for 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch ammunition. The ring and heavy spring in front of the barrel gas ring allow excess gas to escape.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Leupold Freedom RDS

Leupold Freedom RDS

Patrick Sweeney reviews the Leupold Freedom RDS optic with bullet drop compensator!

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

The Hornady Kestrel 5700 combines complete onsite environmental measurements with Hornady 4DOF trajectory solutions.

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

David Fortier had the chance to fire the Lahti L-39 while filming the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV while on location at DriveTanks.com.

Pulsar Thermion Thermal Scope

Pulsar Thermion Thermal Scope

Want to hit a target in the dark? Patrick Sweeney will tell you how to use the Pulsar Thermion thermal scope.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

We go behind closed doors at the factory to see how SIG Sauer's ammo is developed and manufactured!SIG Sauer Ammunition — How Good Is It? Ammo

SIG Sauer Ammunition — How Good Is It?

Tom Beckstrand - August 20, 2020

We go behind closed doors at the factory to see how SIG Sauer's ammo is developed and...

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong 2nd Amendment

Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong

Buckeye Firearms Association - August 24, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.

While Germany is the Edenic home of modern sniping, they were always one step behind the Soviets during World War II, despite fielding some excellent sniper rifles.German Sniper Rifles of World War I and II Rifles

German Sniper Rifles of World War I and II

David M. Fortier - August 13, 2020

While Germany is the Edenic home of modern sniping, they were always one step behind the...

The Mossberg 590A1 Retro offers the proven durability and reliability of the M500 and M590 models with the enhanced combat utility of a military “trench gun.” Mossberg 590A1 Retro Shotgun Review Shotguns

Mossberg 590A1 Retro Shotgun Review

Leroy Thompson - August 24, 2020

The Mossberg 590A1 Retro offers the proven durability and reliability of the M500 and M590...

See More Trending Articles

More Gunsmithing

 Hobby gunsmithing will help you develop a variety of mechanical skills in shaping parts, attachingBasic Gunsmithing Skills Gunsmithing

Basic Gunsmithing Skills

Steven Matthews - April 07, 2016

Hobby gunsmithing will help you develop a variety of mechanical skills in shaping parts,...

AR gas blocks are available in many styles. This article will help you choose the part you need for your build and demonstrate various installation techniques.How To Install AR Gas Blocks How-To

How To Install AR Gas Blocks

Gus Norcross - August 05, 2020

AR gas blocks are available in many styles. This article will help you choose the part you...

Lone Wolf Distributors are now offering the Advantage Arms .22 Conversion Kit for Glock pistols.Lone Wolf Advantage Arms .22 Conversion Kit Gunsmithing

Lone Wolf Advantage Arms .22 Conversion Kit

SGN Online Editors - April 16, 2014

Lone Wolf Distributors are now offering the Advantage Arms .22 Conversion Kit for Glock...

There are two ways to go when purchasing tools: heavy duty professional grade for daily use orIndustrial Grade AR Tools Gunsmithing

Industrial Grade AR Tools

Gus Norcross - March 10, 2014

There are two ways to go when purchasing tools: heavy duty professional grade for daily use or

See More Gunsmithing

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Firearms News App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now