Krebs Custom, a premium AK builder, is announcing soon-to-be-available guns chambered for 9x39mm and ammunition to go with them. The 9x39mm cartridge is a Cold War-era round that’s making a comeback in some shooting circles.
A subsonic cartridge, 9x39mm runs well suppressed, but not all AK manufacturers can put together a solid suppressor host. Krebs Custom is exactly the sort of company to get it done right.
Starting with Sharps Bros. receivers made to Krebs’ specifications, Krebs will produce around 10 9x93mm MB47 pistols a month, each with three 9x39mm magazines — one 10-, one 20-, and one 30-round magazine — at a pre-order price of $2,250. Ammunition prices are set at $198 for a case of 360 rounds.
Obviously these are for shooters that want to have the coolest gun at the range. As-is they come with Krebs rails, Tango Down pistol grips, and Tailhook Mod 2 pistol braces.
These pistols are begging for SBR conversions and the receiver accepts AR-style buffer tubes and stocks. Sharps Bros. receivers are milled from 4140 steel blocks and apart from the stock extension are patterned off Bulgarian receivers.
One of the main issues running AK-pattern guns suppressed is that many COMBLOC parts aren’t made with the clearances and tolerances that American suppressor manufacturers tend to hold. As a result, putting an American-made suppressor on an off-the-shelf import or (parts) kit gun can lead to end cap damage and baffle strikes and other expensive problems.
And that’s just on the suppressor side. AKs can be over-gassed and under normal use will often run fine, but when you add a suppressor to the mix all of that can change, and change for the worse.
With Krebs’ outstanding reputation behind these pistols, customers will confidently be able to run these guns hard. Krebs’ products are expensive but few companies can approach their custom work.
Krebs has been teasing 9x39mm guns for a while and they’ve been showing them off suppressed and unsuppressed on social media for the past few weeks and months to drive up interest.
So while the price tag is high, availability will be low. Anyone who wants to join the 9x39mm club will have to get in line and have cash ready. These will sell fast.