Let our experts build your AK parts kit. All gunsmithing, machining, and cerakote is done in house.

Custom Kalashnikov Projects Hand-Built To Your Specifications

Please contact us for a quote on custom work. Our labor for AK kit builds starts at $650 which includes Cerakote finish. We also offer full Saiga conversions, rear trunnion swaps, total rebuilds, barrel swaps, refinishing services, and more on both title one and NFA firearms.


Kalashnikov Essentials Class


March 5th-7th 2021

Gonzales, Louisiana 

Mesa Kinetic Research and Vickers Tactical are  teaming up again to offer a limited enrollment 3 day AK experience in South Louisiana. This course includes a two day AK build class taught by Vincent Buckles in Gonzales LA as well as a one day AK operators class taught by Larry Vickers at our local private range. The two day build class includes includes all parts, barrel,  reciever, hands on instruction, access to professional tooling and a cerakote finish applied by MKR. Larry will also be building his own AK alongside the rest of the class. For day 3 we will head to the range where Larry Vickers will take over as instructor for an all day AK shooting package. Students must provide their own ammo, magazines and individual equipment for the shooting portion. Build portion is all inclusive however students must be US citizens, be legally allowed to own a firearm and be able to pass an FBI NICS background check to take possession of their completed rifle. Out of state students must cover shipping expenses to their local FFL.  All federal firearms laws apply. 

Class size limited to 10

Cost: $2400 for fixed stock 7.62x39 AKM. Includes Vickers Tactical AK sling, and class t-shirt. 


Add Polish underfolder  stock to build: $100

Add triangle side folding stock to build: $200

Add Ultimak railed gas tube for optics mounting $100

For registration or more information please call (225) 450-3019 

Half down deposit required to reserve a seat. Second half of tuition due by December 1st 2020

There are 6 seats remaining in this class as of 8 April 2020.  


MKUltra Boutique Production Rifle

This is the AK for guys who don't like combloc-style rifles, but enjoy the superior reliability and manual of arms offered by the Kalashnikov-pattern carbine . Built on a Sharps Bros MB-47 4140 billet receiver, this perfectly-balanced workhorse pairs East and West in a manner unseen since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

  • 4140 billet receiver with ambi QD sockets
  • Polish military bolt and carrier - no commercial WBP junk
  • mil-spec receiver extension
  • Magpul SL stock with ambi QD sockets
  • Magpul K2 AK grip
  • Profile and tuned ALG trigger
  • 4150 nitride barrel with custom gas port tuning for low felt recoil and improved service life.
  • Venom Tactical gas block
  • SLR Rifleworks MLOK handguard with ambi QD sockets
  • Silencerco ASR brake permanently  attached to 16" OAL
  • Cerakote finish
  • Includes one Pmag and soft case
  • 7.9 pounds with balance point at the front of the magazine well.




About Us


Top-Shelf AK Platform Gunsmithing by Vincent Buckles and staff.

Mesa Kinetic Research was founded by Vincent Buckles in November 2011. Vince graduated from Pennsylvania Gunsmith School in early 2004 and immediately began his professional career in Baton Rouge LA,  It wasn’t long before he became well known in South Louisiana for his technical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot mechanical issues.  In 2011, Vincent and Red Jacket Firearms gained international recognition on the hit reality tv series Sons of Guns which aired until 2014 on Discovery. 

Late in 2011, Vincent left Red Jacket and formed Mesa Kinetic Research with the goal of producing high-end AK platform rifles using production techniques and tooling  superior to those he had been exposed to at RJF.  A life-long admirer of  the great American innovator and captain of industry Henry Ford, Vincent set off to do things his own way using inspiration from outside the gun industry to shape the model for his company.  He has written technical manuals on the Kalashnikov platform for two major gunsmith schools, built custom  firearms for foreign heads of state, as well as written a number of articles for mainstream gun magazines.  Vincent is an Eagle Scout, a devout Christian, and Past Master of his Masonic Lodge. He is an unapologetic advocate of the right to keep and bear arms, something he believes is necessary to the security of a free state. 



Private Instruction

Vincent Buckles is available for private or private-group AK armorer instruction, build classes, and other gunsmithing instruction or consulting. Please contact us for details.

Khyber Pass Tactical Retail Store

Retail Store

In addition to our manufacturing and gunsmith services, our onsite retail store Khyber Pass Tactical is open to the public 6 days a week and is stocked with AK parts, AK accessories, friendly faces, and colorful flags. 

Contact Us

If  you have questions about our  products or services, please give  us a call or stop by!

Mesa Kinetic Research / Khyber Pass Tactical

13238 Airline Highway, Gonzales, Louisiana 70737, United States

(225) 450-3019ph (225) 450-3017


Open today

10:00 am – 06:00 pm

Our retail store is open weekdays  10-6 and Saturdays 9-2.

We are closed the first two weeks of July and most major holidays.

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