Sometimes I buy guns merely for the fun factor involved in them. I don’t have or need a reason other than I want it. This has lead me to silly, but fun MAC pistols, an old school VZ 61 in 32 ACP, and now the Chiappa PAK 9. The PAK 9 is at it’s core a 9mm AK. My 9mm collection has exploded as of late, and it is my main go to fun caliber since 22 is impossible to find. I didn’t grab one of these to create a PAK 9 review, but now after having it for a few months I still see almost zero information about the gun out there. Oh, it also cost me $399 from the local gun store.

Chiappa Pak 9
Chiappa Pak 9

It is imported by Chiappa, but is made by a Romanian arms factory called NOVA. It’s actually an interesting and somewhat bizarre design. The receiver is all AK, the mag well is even cut for a standard AK magazine. However, a plastic magazine block attached to the handguard allows the weapon to feed from pistol mags. The PAK 9 actually feeds from Beretta 92 magazines, and comes with two ten rounders. Beretta mags are easy to source, and I purchased two 32 rounders the same day.

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The magazine block is actually very easy to remove, and according to Chiappa’s website there is a Glock adapter coming to market. Circle 10’s Instagram account shows they are working on a Suomi conversion as well. So the PAK 9s options are growing.