Palmetto State Armory’s JAKL AR/AK Hybrid Pistol Is Finally Here


The PSA JAKL is built with a 6061 monolithic upper that has a fully captured buffer tube. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)
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If you’re in the market for a solidly-built AK/AR hybrid pistol chambered in 5.56 NATO? Palmetto State Armory’s JAKL pistol checks all the boxes for attention to detail and promises to be a fun shooter and maybe the perfect truck gun.

The PSA JAKL is an AK/AR hybrid pistol. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

PSA designed the JAKL as an AK/AR hybrid with a 6061 monolithic upper receiver. The upper is compatible with AR-15 lowers and has a captured buffer, meaning it doesn’t extend beyond the receiver itself. That gives you a shorter, more portable platform which does a lot to enhance maneuverability and lets you use folding braces or stocks.

The PSA JAKL is built with a 6061 monolithic upper that has a fully captured buffer tube. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

For an operating system, the PSA JAKL has a long-stroke gas piston with a Carpenter 158 bolt and 4340 carrier. It has a side-charging handle that’s fully ambidextrous and a toolless 4-position gas block. The JAKL is chambered in 5.56 NATO and ships with one 30-round PMAG.

The PSA JAKL has an ambidextrous charging handle. No tools are needed to swap sides. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

Making the JAKL even easier to transport or store is a folding brace manufactured by SB Tactical. That means a shorter, but very reasonable length of pull, but it’s still good to go. Most of the JAKL’s weight is in the receiver, but it doesn’t seem to negatively impact overall balance.

Although it’s technically a hybrid design, the controls on the JAKL are mostly AR-style. (Photo credit: Kat Stevens)

The JAKL has been long promised and is finally in production. If you’re a fan of AK/AR hybrids, check it out.


  • Long Stroke Gas Piston Operating System
  • 8620 Front Trunnion
  • 4340 Carrier
  • 7 Lug Shot Peened Carpenter 158 Bolt
  • Monolithic 6061 Receiver; Hard Coat Anodized
  • 10.5” 5.56 NATO Nitride 4150V Chrome Moly Steel Barrel
  • Twist Rate: 1 in 7”
  • Thread Pitch: 1/2×28
  • A2 Style Flash Hider
  • Magpul 30rd PMAG (1)

Price: $1099

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