Akdal MKA 1919 Shotgun Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
April 21, 2012
If you've been following
firearms over the past couple of years, you know that AR platform
rifles are more popular than ever and it seems that every
manufacturer wants a piece of the market. Another growing
platform on the market is the tactical 12 gauge shotguns and the competition among
the manufacturers is just as fierce.
Given the popularity in growth of both of these weapons platforms, sound reasoning would conclude that any manufacturer/importer willing to come to
the table with an affordable and reliable product that can merge
these two weapons platforms is positioned to take a hunk of the market
by storm. This may be exactly where Ucyildiz Arms and
RAAC Inc. have
positioned themselves with their introduction of the Akdal MKA 1919
Shotgun. The MKA 1919 Shotgun is a semi-automatic
12 gauge shotgun that maintains the same ergonomics and controls as AR
platform rifles and is also fed by a box magazine just like it's
rifle counterparts. These features have been accomplished
while still maintaining the same reliability of a conventional gas-operated action
that you would find on most shotguns today.
Before taking on this review, I had several
questions relating to this shotgun such as who is Akdal, Ucyildiz Arms
and RAAC Inc., what types of capacity magazines are available for
this shotgun, and what is the price? The first answer is that
Akdal is a brand of Ucyildiz Arms who is a Turkish firearms
manufacturer and the MKA 1919 is imported into the US by RAAC Inc.
(formally Russian American Arms Company). This being an
imported firearm immediately answers the question about the magazine
capacity which is limited to 5 rounds per magazine (out of the box).
Luckily, RAAC is working to have higher capacity American made
magazines in the near future. The MSRP on this shotgun is
$699. A quick search on the internet revealed that this price
(or more) seems to be a going price for this shotgun. Holding
this price point is a
good indication on the popular demand for the MKA 1919.
Knowing that there are some good firearms coming out of Turkey, that
high capacity magazines are on the way, and that the MSRP is at a
reasonable price makes the MKA 1919 is a great shotgun to review.
Fortunately I was able to get my hands on one for this review.
During my reviews I like to compare my results
to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in
colored italics was taken directly from the
on 3/3/2012 and gives an Overview, Key Features, and Specifications
for the MKA 1919 Shotgun. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both. I may also add
commentary after these marks as necessary to explain some items if
Overview & Key Features
The Akdal MKA 1919 is a gas operated,
semi-automatic shotgun manufactured in Turkey by Ucyildiz Arms*.
The MKA 1919 not only resembles the M16
rifle but the control and function are similar.
The MKA 1919 is
unlike any other 12 gauge shotgun in the U.S. as it is very
light, ergonomic, and magazine fed.
The MKA 1919 semi-automatic shotgun uses a conventional
gas-operated action which is located around the support tube
that runs below the barrel.
The return spring is also located
around the same support tube which is concealed by an enlarged
polymer hand guard.
The MKA 1919 barrel can be very easily removed from the upper
The upper receiver is manufactured from an aluminum alloy
the lower receiver, pistol grip, and stock are manufactured as
one piece from impact resistant polymer
The MKA 1919 comes with two 5-round metal detachable magazines
and 3 internal chokes.
The magazine release button mimics the M16 rifle location.
The manual safety also duplicates the M16 style being located on
the left side of the receiver above the pistol grip.
The top of the receiver has a carrying handle and integral
Picatinny rail for mounting rear sights, or any optical
The MKA 1919 12 gauge shotgun is appropriate for all levels of
hunting and sporting enthusiasts.
It comes in Black and "BONZ" camo versions and is reasonably
priced for our distributors and customers alike.
Model - MKA 1919
Operation - Gas operated Semi-auto Shotgun
Caliber - 12 gauge
Caliber should really be Gauge
Range - 35 mt.
Weight (Empty) - 6 1/2 lbs
The review shotgun weigh in at 6.98
pounds without a magazine and 7.70 pounds with an empty
magazine. I believe the 6.5 pounds stated represents the
shotgun weight without the carry handle or front sight.
Barrel Length - 47 cm.
Magazine Capacity - 5 Round
Manuel safety lever
Overall Length - 96,40 cm.
The review shotgun measured 39.5" in
length which is also different than the length of 40.5" stated
in the owners manual.
Overall Height: 9.2" with carry handle,
7.5" without carry handle and front sight
Mobile shock - 5 cm — 10 cm — 15 cm
I'm not sure what they are talking about
for the black version
This review is broken down into multiple
parts with this page providing links to each part along with an
overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom
comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts
of the review because they contain many photos and
lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those
parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below,
keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the
equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to
look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on
items which may be more of a personal preference.
The structure of the MKA 1919 has a very
solid feel and the way that they attached the lower
receiver/stock to the upper receiver seems rock solid.
The action has a smooth silky feel which
based on the looks of the shotgun seemed to surprise me until I
reconsidered that the action is still a conventional
gas-operated action that has been around for years.
The option to be a traditional AR carry
handle style shotgun or a flat top was a great idea giving the
final user the option to choose their sight/optic preference.
The integrated Picatinny rail on the
upper receiver is a big plus by preventing the opportunity for a
receiver mounted rail to work loose.
In my view, this is a very simple shotgun design and I wonder
why someone else hasn't already thought of this concept (AR
platform concept based on normal shotgun style gas operated
- The ability to use
high capacity magazines is clearly a big pro. Once they
are available, I hope to convert this shotgun to be compliant
for high capacity magazines and get one for a review.
Pro/Con/Comments (You Decide)?:
The recoil pad is made of a relatively soft rubber and measures
approximately 1/2" at the center. I feel the rubber is of
the correct hardness for a recoil pad, but the thickness should
have been increased to allow a greater reduction in felt recoil
since the intent of this shotgun is really geared towards higher
power ammunition. Overall, it is not bad, but I think it
could be better.
Disassembly is not difficult, but the
need for a screwdriver, socket, extension, ratchet and rubber
mallet adds to the complexity and makes disassembly/reassembly
more time consuming. All these tools are needed to
separate the upper and lower receivers which allow you to remove
the bolt assembly and carrier. Since I consider cleaning
the bolt assembly and carrier a standard part of cleaning a
shotgun, this design will probably nag me for years to come.
On the positive side, this design does produce a rock solid
mating of the two receivers and I feel that Akdal keeping the
lower receiver, buttstock and pistol grip all one part has a
positive impact on the potential conversion of the shotgun into
one that is compliant for high capacity magazines.
I believe there are opportunities for improvement in design with
one being to add a steel insert into the back of the upper
receiver for the receiver retention bolt.
Depending on your shooting condition/ammunition, you may need to
adopt a slight non-standard sight picture. This may not be
an issue for many people because I would expect many people will
want it as a flattop version using some type of optical sight.
The handguard nut and gas regulator nut may work lose over time
which will require you to tighten them after shooting a couple
boxes of shells. This is not a difficult task and can be
performed in about 1 minute.
The 6.5 pound trigger pull is a good
weight, but there was some roughness during the initial travel.
Overall the trigger is not bad, but eliminating the initial roughness could make it better.
I had a wear issue with the bolt locking
block and upper receiver (see part 6). I'm sure this is not per
Akdal's plan so I talked with RAAC (the importer) to see if this
is something that has been reported on other shotguns. It seems
that the wear has already been reported, but this wear condition
does not occur on every shotgun and no case has been reported
where the shogun would not function properly. RAAC has already
given feedback to the manufacturer and sent along a link to this
review to help show the situation.
After studying the Akdal MKA 1919 Shotgun
for about 2 months while taking and posting 200+ photos, writing
commentary on the shotgun in these 6 parts of this review, and range
testing this shotgun several times, I can honestly say that I have
become a fan of the MKA 1919 Shotgun. This shotgun cycled
everything I put through it, the AR style platform generated tons of
interest among my shooting friends every time I took it out of the
case, and the thought of high capacity magazines is extremely
appealing. Is it perfect? Not yet. If you've taken the
time to read the entire review, or at least the comments above, you
will know that the shotgun I received has a couple of issues.
Yet, with any new product (cars, cell phones, firearms, etc.), you
will find things that need to be tweaked along the way. The
important thing is that the manufacturer make right any wrongs with
regard to advertised features, quality and workmanship. If you
have read some of my other reviews, you know that I have sent more
than one firearm back to the manufacturer so first time perfection
is hard to achieve by any manufacturer. The reason I'm saying
all this is so that you will not be swayed too much by some
imperfections. After talking with RAAC (the importer), I feel that RAAC will work with the manufacturer to get things worked out
and that the MKA 1919 Shotgun is a platform that we will be seeing
much more for many years to come. There are a couple of
American manufacturers already making aftermarket conversion parts
for this shotgun and I think you will see even more in the future.
If you are looking for a tactical style semi-automatic shotgun, my
recommendation is to study this review and others, as well as checking out an MKA 1919
in person the next time you are at the gun store.
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