Updated: Feb 26, 2020
The new Chiappa Arms PAK 9 AK Pistol is one of few AK-47 variants available on the market to be chambered in 9mm. A few others have brought these AK-9 variants to the US civilian market, but prices higher than $1000 kept them relatively in low-demand. Chiappa has changed that with the all new PAK-9 9mm AK Pistol, coming to market with an MSRP of $529.00.
The pistols 1.0mm thick stamped receiver was provided by Nova Group out of Cugir, Romania.
The PAK 9 pistol comes with two 10-round Beretta M92 magazines, and uses the provided no-tool required, drop-in, Magwell Adapter to support these particular mags. The Magwell Adapter for Glock magazines has a product model number listed as 970.446 and 970.467. It would have been nice to see an out of box option with the Glock adapter being used, as Glock magazines are typically easier to find. My personal choice would be Glock original 33-Round stick magazines.
Image Gallery of Chiappa PAK-9 with schematic parts view
Barrel length is 6.3 inches or 160 mm and the muzzle is not threaded to accept muzzle brake’s. The outer diameter of the muzzle is .539 inches, so it could be threaded to ½-28, to accept 9 mm AR muzzle brakes already available on the market. Overall length is 14.25 inches or 362 mm, and it includes a non quick-detach sling attachment on the rear of the receiver. The Pistol grip is a standard AK design, and can be replaced with common aftermarket or surplus AK pistol grips.
The pistol provides many picatinny rails, including on the bottom of the handguard, two 2.25 inch rail sections on either side of the Rear Sight Block, and the main dust cover mounted section for most optics. The rear sight is simple, but effective. Since the rear sight is fixed, and the front standard sight requires tools to adjust, an aftermarket red dot sight would be a great upgrade.
During the original testing of the PAK9, the retaining pin on the bolt carrier used to hold the spring-loaded firing pin in place, slipped out and the firing pin came free of the bolt, resting within the receiver, subsequently jamming the gun. Not an uncommon failure for pins to work loose, and I don’t hold any quality control issues on Chiappa for the failure… Overall the pistol has great fit and finish, so I believe the pin failure was just a fluke.
On the second range visit, one of the side mounting picatinny rails came loose from the pistol, but I did locate the screw and determined it just needed some thread lock to keep it in place. I may end up just removing the rail from the other side as I don’t plan on using them and it would reduce the overall weight a bit.
Since the receiver and other parts were made in Romania at the Cugir factory most likely, I would consider it a family member of the Romanian Cugir Draco line of ak pistol variants. Very popular in the US, all three are chambered in 7.62x39, and include the Draco-c full-size pistol, Mini Draco, and Micro Draco.
During one of the most recent range visits with the PAK-9, we did some shooting to test accuracy out to 25, 50, and 100 yards. We used some cheap brass cased American Eagle 9 mm ammo. After reviewing the groups at the end, I was surprised at how accurate the PAK 9 is at 100 yards considering the barrel is only 6.3 inches long. Overall this semi-automatic 9 mm AK variant is fairly inexpensive, has flexibility with the Beretta and Glock magazine adapters, is fairly reliable even for the blow-back operation, and could be a good candidate for an ak pistol stabilizer arm brace or turning into an SBR (short barreled rifle).