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[Review] Palmetto State Armory KS-47 Gen 2: Hands-On

Looking for the perfect lovechild of an AR-15 and AK-47? The KS-47 from PSA brings you 7.62x39 goodness in the AR platform. See how it fares in our testing.

The AR-15 is awesome… but so is the 7.62×39 cartridge.

Thankfully, there are options where you can have both at the same time.

Palmetto State Armory’s KS-47 might be the best of two worlds..but sometimes combining two great things often don’t turn out as you would hope.

That’s why we set about putting the KS-47 to the test while also testing for magazine compatibility and making sure that even the worst of Russian ammo runs the rifle.

PSA KS47 with EOTech
PSA KS-47 with EOTech

Spoiler alert: this gun can run.

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Now let’s get on with it…

What Is the KS-47?

I’m sure you know what the AK-47 is and what the AR-15 is, while both platforms have enjoyed amazing success in military, police, and civilian roles – there are some of us that want the egonomics of the AR-15, but firing the classic 7.62×39 AK-47 cartridge.

5.56 vs 7.62x39mm
5.56 vs 7.62x39mm

And so, the KS-47 was born.

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While most of the parts come from the AR-15 and AR-10, the magazine, magazine lock up, and cartridge are all AK-47 style. Plus, a semi-custom barrel and bolt with a custom lower receiver.

Fit and Finish

Palmetto State Armory (PSA) finishes are all basically the same, they work and are designed for real use.

No one really gets excited over anodizing but it is a very economical and functional finish and PSA does it well. Besides that though, it isn’t something to write home about.

fit and finish
Fit and Finish of the KS-47

All of the parts in the KS-47 worked perfectly together, nothing was loose or rattled, nothing was prone to failure. Even after a couple of thousand rounds, the KS-47 we were sent worked and looked great.

Ammo Testing, Accuracy, Recoil

Something you expect from the AK platform is that it will run every kind of 7.62×39 ammo you can think of. From mirror finished, brass cased Sellier & Bellot to dirty, found-at-the-bottom-of-a-dumpster-behind-a-Russian-nightclub, steel cased Tulammo–an AK should run it all, all of the time.

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In our testing, we found the KS-47 to achieve just that. No matter what kind of ammo we ran through it, every shot fired. An impressive feat from an odd amalgamation of a rifle!

To achieve that level of ammo compatibility, the KS-47 has to be a bit over gassed though. While shooting outdoors this wasn’t a problem at all, but if you wanted to suppress it or shoot indoors it might become an issue. But that’s nothing that an adjustable gas block can’t fix!


Using decent brass cased ammo, the KS-47 was surprisingly accurate at 100-yards. While not a precision rifle, 2 to 3 MOA is respectable for the cartridge and platform.

Roughly 2-3 MOA groups at 100-yards were standard

Tula ammo opened up as you would expect to a 3-4 MOA range, but that is what you get with budget bulk steel.

Ringing steel plates was also a breeze, thanks in part to the accuracy of the rifle, but also the improved AR-15-esque ergonomics and the Picatinny rail on top that allows for mounting a huge range of dots and scopes.

Our testing used the EOTech EXPS, Vortex Strikefire II, and Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x. All of the optics performed great and had zero issues with the increased recoil of the larger cartridge.

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Due to the cartridge, the slight over gassing of the system, and the light weight of the rifle, recoil is a good bit more intense than a normal 5.56 AR-15 but slightly lighter than say a WASR-10 AK-47.

The impulse of the recoil is also notably less sharp than an AK, and that feels nice on the shoulder.

While we didn’t get a chance, you could play around with buffer weights and an adjustable gas block to tune the rifle for your ammo and make it very comfortable to plink with. This would also be a great platform for hunting game, like hogs.

If you want to learn how to tune an AR-15, we’ve got a guide just for you – Tuning the AR-15 Gas System [Less Recoil, Duty, & Suppressed]

Oddities of the System

All rifle platforms have things that are different about them.

Not really problems, just differences that you need to keep in mind. The KS-47 is no different, but it is unique since it has elements from both the AR-15 and AK-47.

Magazines and Magazine Lock Up

The KS-47 uses AK-47 type magazines and the rock-and-lock you would expect from those mags, but not all AK-47 magazines will function with the SKS-47.

PSA’s website lists a wide verity of magazines that will work in the KS-47 including Romanian, Korean, and Chinese sticks and drums, plus Yugoslavian, Hungarian, and Russian stick magazines.

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Personally, we tested Magpul AK-47 PMAGs, Steel Bulgarian mags, and Tapco 10-round mags. All of them worked flawlessly and even allowed us to perform the cool Russian-bump reload!

Mag reload
Russian Bump Reload

Charging Handle and Bolt Hold Open

With a larger caliber, the KS-47 needed to employ a stiffer buffer spring than even a standard AR-15 can deliver, so PSA went with an AR-10 carbine length spring.

This makes for a fairly stiff spring to charge, so we recommend using an improved charging handle just to make things a little easier.

All The Charging Handles
All The Charging Handles

The KS-47 also lacks a bolt hold-open of any kind and doesn’t have the ability to add one. While this isn’t a huge deal, it does mean that you’ll be spending more time pulling that stiff charging handle then you would normally do with an AR-15–reinforcing our recommendation that you upgrade it!

Best AR-15 Charging Handles

We’d love to see an LRBHO incorporated in the future, but for now, PSA hasn’t said if they have any plans to do so.

By the Numbers

Reliability 5/5

Everything we fed the KS-47 worked perfectly, zero malfunctions or failures throughout the 1,000+ rounds we tested.

Accuracy 3.5/5

7.62×39 isn’t the most accurate cartridge and brands like Wolf and Tulammo aren’t known for precision–so the 2 to 3 MOA we got was reasonable, but not impressive. Good enough for hogs, home defense, or plinking though!

Ergonomics 4/5

We love the improved ergonomics, the pistol grip, adjustable buttstock, nice trigger… all of it just works. However, having to charge the rifle more often than normal does make for some awkward reloads that will take some time to get used to.

Looks 5/5

Looks are subjective, but I dig the look of the KS-47. Part AK, part AR, it looks a little funny at first but I like it.

Customization 4/5

M-LOK handguard and compatibility with most AR-15 parts make the KS-47 very customizable. You can even upgrade most of the internals since it takes a standard AR trigger and bolt carrier, while the bolt is 7.62×39 and the barrel is a normal AR-15 barrel chambered for 7.62×39. This gives you a wide range of aftermarket options if you’re interested.

Bang for the Buck/Value 4/5

Coming in at between $600 and $700 the KS-47 is a great price for a good rifle. It even comes in pistol versions or as a separate upper/lower so that you can SBR it if you wanted to! Just know though that the 10.5″ version is a beast to shoot–very loud, very fun, but not entirely pleasant for a long plinking session.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

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Overall Rating 4/5


The PSA KS-47 reliably brings together the ergonomics of an AR-15 with the magazines and 7.62×39 caliber of the AK-47. Reliability, accuracy, ergonomics, and price of the KS-47 are all great. Its only downsided could be the over-gassed system and lack of last round bolt hold open.

Maybe you want a cool new plinker, maybe you’re looking for a .30cal suppressor host that is a little different from the rest, maybe you have a hog problem you want to take care of – the KS-47 is a great tool and a really fun toy.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

We really enjoyed shooting it and really dig the interesting innovation and initiation that PSA took to make it, we’re looking forward to what comes out next!

Cough, MP5 please, cough.

Do you have an AR-15 in 7.62×39? And don’t forget to take a look at some more of our reviews of PSA guns like the .308 PA-10 or even their all American PSAK-47!

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  • Commenter Avatar

    I purchased a PSA KS-47 and so did my brother-in-law. His ejector broke and he had to return it for a full refund with less than 300rds through it. His money was returned within a week. My KS-47 had the exact same issue the next I shot it, the ejector broke and it would not eject the casing. I contacted PSA and spoke to an agent who then transferred me to a manager. We agreed that I would send the gun back for a full refund and I was emailed a shipping label. I shipped the gun back and it was received and signed for by someone name Mack. After weeks of not receiving my money I contacted PSA and they said they couldn't find it. Finally they said they found it and it was in the repair department. Every time I call they are giving me the run around and saying they can not transfer me to a manager, although they did it before when I was sent the shipping label. Them loosing it or it being in repair has nothing to do with me. I did my part and they won't refund my money or tell me anything.

    October 21, 2021 2:37 pm
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    travis g gregory

    Well after reading many reviews about the psa gen 2 ks 47 I bought one $1087.00 tax shipping delivered. I was really pleased with the function of this rifle. It shot tula red army standard and wolf very well ejection pattern at 3 o'clock . Wolf 124gr hp shot around moa not bad for cheap steel case. But after 150 rds the extractor broke. Sent psa an email got the rma to return for warrenton repair sent it back in now waiting for bcg to come back. Hope it's a one time thing.

    March 8, 2021 1:00 pm
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      Travis Glenn Gregory

      Just wanted to update I got the bcg back the first time the extractor didn't last 100 rounds so I bought a black rifle arms extractor $20. Shot maybe 200-250 rounds the extractor held up fine but the lug beside it broke a wedge shape chunk out of the bolt sent it back to psa Aug 11th got new bcg with toolcraft enhanced extractor so far only 60 rounds through it but so far so good.

      December 21, 2021 12:38 pm
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    About 2 years ago I picked up Windham Weaponry's 7.62X39 Upper receiver and barrel assembly, which came with the 7.62X39 bolt and magazine. For a while I would just swap out the upper on my standard AR and insert the special 7.62 magazine, but eventually I bought a stripped lower and the lower receiver kit to make it a complete stand-alone 7.62X39 on an AR platform. I have not been disappointed with the results.

    April 16, 2019 7:15 pm
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    I have the first-gen KS-47. Well, I built one from a stripped upper and 'blem' stripped lower. I knew going in about the problems that the Gen1 had (magazine over-insertion causing the BCG to be stopped, drag on the magazine lips...). However, there was a published fix by a private owner that worked perfectly to fix the magazine over-insertion issue.

    https : //thisguysguns.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/psa-ks47-magazine-fix/

    Did the fix as part of the assembly, put everything together an it has run like clockwork since. Love the AR form factor with reliable AK mags. Pistol setup on an affordable 11" KAK industries barrel and accuracy is excellent for steel surplus ammo.

    Waiting for the new-gen stand-alone parts to be made available so I can build another one (and get a few extra BCGs, as they are proprietary as well).

    April 9, 2019 7:27 pm
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    Good write up, definitely worth a look. On a different note, do you get kick backs from Lucky gunner?? $12.89 per 40 rounds for Tula.. lol that’s $325 per 1000.. target sports USA and sgammo have it for $189 per 1000 and that’s just 2 .. I know with your vast knowledge you must know this. So I must conclude they pay you to mention them.. they are outrageously priced and gouged the whole shooting market after different mass shootings.. How about naming some other ammo sites in future articles, cheers

    April 9, 2019 5:16 pm
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