The Krebs Custom VEPR 12K Shotgun
By Christopher R. Bartocci
Over the last several years the industry has seen much on U.S. made AK47’s. Some companies actually assemble parts kits on American made stamped or milled receivers. Companies like Nodak Spud have designed and manufactured stamped receivers for fixed, underfolding as well as side folding stocks. Also, many of the parts kits come in with barrels that are shot out or no barrels at all due to ATF ruling and they are replaced by American made barrels. Other companies will take imported firearms such as the Saiga and Vepr and completely rework them. Of course 922(r) is a large consideration. An AK type rifle must have a certain amount of American made components to make them legally have the “objectionable” criteria set forth for importation go away- depending on the calculations and parts used, they must have 6 parts if stamped or 5 if it is a machined receiver. In other words if you want a pistol grip, folding stock, bayonet lug, etc… you must have the proper number of American parts. These American made parts are often pistol grip, piston, hammer, trigger, disconnector and muzzle device.
In the states, there is one company that stands above the rest. They make customized versions of the AK-family of weapons to include AKM, AKMS, AK-pistols and also shotguns. This company has fulfilled contracts for special operations forces for highly modified AK weapon systems. These calibers include 5.45x39mm, 5.56x45mm, 7.62x39mm as well as 12 gauge. This company is Krebs Custom out of Wauconda, Illinois. It would be safe to say that Marc Krebs works with AK’s like Picasso works with oils!
At first Marc Krebs started by doing “general gunsmithing.” After several years he shifted focus to specialize in building custom .45 1911 pistols. Even while working on these competition 45’s (which, according to Marc, were always pushing the edge of reliability); Marc always respected the AK platform, and saw its potential. About 20 years ago, he shifted his focus to the “AK platform.” Although a small shop, Krebs Custom can manufacture approximately 600 weapons per year.
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