The Zastava M92 AK PAP Pistol
Styled after the famous compact weapons of the Soviet Spetsnaz commandos, the new Serbian-made M92 has everything you want in a six-pound pistol.
What is a Krink?
Back during the Afghanistan war (the 1980s one with the Russkis vs. the Mujahidin, not the current one), Soviet airborne and Spetsnaz troops needed a more compact weapon to deploy when moving around the mountains and villages. You see these troopers normally deployed from helicopters operating at maximum altitudes in thin air where weight and space were at a premium. In addition, a favorite tactic of the spetsnaz would be to disguise themselves as 'locals' complete with long beards, pakol hats, and chapan robes to get into rebel villages. To be effective once there, they needed a concealable yet brutal firearm.
(the original AKS-74U Krinkov)
To meet this need, the Soviets came up with krinkov or krink. This concept took the standard AK74 rifle, and replaced the barrel with one that was just 9-inches long. With a folding stock, or no stock at all, the krink proved popular with not only the Soviets, but with the rebels who captured them as well.
With this legacy, as soon as the Cold War ended, semi-auto civilian legal versions of this gun started coming into the US from Eastern Europe. One of the first in this version was the Romanian-made Draco pistol. You see, to keep the gun from being classified as a short-barreled rifle with the BATFE, civilian Krinks have no-buttstock and are therefore legal as pistols.
The latest Krink to come into the US is the PAP.
The M92 PAP pistol, unlike many parts guns made in the US, is wholly new-made by the Zastava Factory in Serbia. If the name sounds familiar, every Yugo SKS you have ever seen came from the same concern and you have to admit, you have never seen one that wasn't put together right. They have been in the AK biz for a half century so they know how to build these guns.
It has a hinged top cover, like the AKS-74U (the original Krinkov) for ease of assembly and disassembly. A very nice and well made stamped receiver looks as if it came right from an AK, but was made from the beginning as a pistol-only, keeping it legal. The barrel length of 10-inches flat is a tad shorter than the Draco (which has a 12.24-inch chrome lined barrel), and is closer to the original Soviet firearm.
Moss Pawn Review of the PAP
Caliber: 7.62x39mm, 5.56x45mm
Barrel Length: 10"
Overall Length: 19.75"
Price: When these guns first came out they ran $1200 quick. A look around various gun websites and the Shotgun News finds them in stock and running anywhere from $539 to $799 so definitely shop around. Most come with two 30-round magazines that are set to hold-open the bolt after the last round, which is handy on this handgun.
What would you do with it?
This is one heck of a pistol. If you look at the specs and think about it, unloaded weight of this bad boy is pushing six pounds. That's a gallon of milk. How long can you hold a gallon of milk outstretched with only your hands on target before you start to get a little wobbly? That puts the PAP as an unlikely target gun. For home defense, especially in closed in areas, you it could prove a winner. However, keep in mind the legal ramifications when the bad guy's lawyer brings out one of these in court and shows the jury what you went to answer the door with. CCW of this gun is unlikely, unless you go the sling and bulky jacket route. It could prove useful as a compact car gun for if trapped in a riot or a go-to gun if the zombies come.
To make it more useful, you can fit it with a stabilizing arm brace that still keeps it legal. This can include the SB-47 Stabilizing Brace, an aftermarket accessory that secures AK style pistols to the forearm of the shooter and assists in firing the pistol the way it is intended-- with one hand! It's not a stock, it's a brace. And this is not a rifle, it's a pistol.
Still, it can prove a lot of fun as well as being a nice piece of insurance if you or your grandkids ever have to guest-star in a Mad Max movie.
PAPs are showing up gently used condtion across Armslist and Gunbroker for as little as $550.