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Akdal MKA 1919

Turkey (2007)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Akdal MKA 1919 Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun.

 Entry last updated on 10/3/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Akdal MKA 1919  
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The Turkish Akdal MKA 1919 is a heavily modified M16 Assault Rifle for the semi-automatic combat shotgun role.

Akdal Arms of Turkey manufactures what appears to be nothing more than a clone of the famous American Colt M16 Assault Rifle - with its battlefield role converted to that of semi-automatic combat shotgun. Designed in 2006 with production beginning in 2007, the MKA 1919 fulfills the short-range fighting role for the modern Turkish Land Force, firing a 12-gauge shell through a gas-operated, semi-automatic action while fed from a 5-round detachable curved box magazine. Effective range is out to 50 meters with an overall weight of 7.2 lb, overall length of 38 inches, and a barrel length of 19 inches.

The MKA 1919 certainly mimics the M16 closely save for a few external differences. The shoulder stock is retained at the rear of the receiver with the identifiable carrying handle (with integrated diopter sighting device) featured over the receiver (along a section of Picatinny rail). The pistol grip is retained under the weapon near the trigger area with the magazine well just ahead of the trigger unit. Key modifications to the base system include installation of a support tube added under the barrel assembly which also houses a return spring. The bolt-release is as found on the M16 and the weapon is charged similarly prior to firing. A manual safety is very M16-esque in its execution, found along the left side of the receiver near the pistol grip section. The carrying handle (and its diopter sighting device) can be substituted to any other supported accessory as required.
Any available statistics for the Akdal MKA 1919 Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering initial year of service, country-of-origin and manufacture(s) involved in bringing the weapon to market. Other qualities showcased are related to physical values such as the internal action, available calibers / chamberings, weight and lengths. Global operators are also presented in A-to-Z format as are any model variants available to the series.
Akdal MKA 1919 Specifications
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Year: 2007
Type: Semi-Automatic Combat Shotgun
Manufacturer(s): Akdal Arms (Ucyildiz Arms) - Turkey
Supported Mission Types
Frontline Infantry
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Attachment Weapon
Internal Design, Weight and Dimensions
Firing Action: Gas-Operated; Semi-Automatic
Available Caliber(s): 12-Gauge
Ammunition Count / Feed: 5-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Weight (Empty): 7.17 lb (3.25 kg)
Overall Length: 964 mm (37.95 in)
Barrel Length: 470 mm (18.50 in)
Sighting Assist: Integrated Diopter Sighting Device (in carrying handle)

Operating Performance
Typical Range: 165 feet (50 m; 55 yd)

Operators List

Model Variants
• MKA 1919 - Base Product Designation