NRA Gun of the Week: Citadel RSS1

by
posted on February 26, 2021
The Citadel RSS1 from Legacy Sports International provides shotgunners and home defenders with a Molot Vepr shotgun design with welcome upgrades and capabilities to meet needs with a cost-effective semi-automatic platform. A number of enhancements are found on the Citadel RS-S1 that you won’t find on many of today’s AK-style rifles and shotguns.

Starting off with an enlarged AK-style receiver, the gun comes complete with a piston-driven operating system is designed run the gamut of 12-gauge loads, ranging from standard field-grade shells to 3” magnum loads. On the right side of the receiver is an AK-style stamped selector, along with a ledge that allows operators to activate the safety with a simple finger swipe. A fixed, reciprocating charging handle is on the bolt’s right side. AK-style iron sights are mounted on receiver’s top, and a paddle-style magazine release is found in front of the trigger guard.

There are a number of enhancements found on the Citadel RSS1 that you won’t find on more traditional AK-style rifles and shotguns, though. For one, the detachable box magazines do not rock into position like the standard AK magazine; the magazine well mimics the well found on AR-15-style guns. The dust cover at the top is fixed in place with a hinge sitting on the barrel trunnion, and it features a Picatinny rail. Additionally, a last-round bolt hold-open mechanism and manual hold-open button for locking the bolt to the rear is provided.

At the range, we had a great experience with the Citadel RSS1. For a budget-priced semi-automatic shotgun, it ran reliably, and we found that recoil was fairly manageable, even with heavy loads. Magazines locked in easily and intuitively, and the gun mounted comfortably, thanks to its ergonomic stock design. The Citadel RSS1 is well constructed for a Turkish take on a Russian-made shotgun. The fore-end is comfortable and features generous serrations for a solid support-hand hold. The stock is the most unique element of this gun, featuring a thumbhole-style arrangement that ties together the butt and pistol grip.

Watch our NRA Gun of the Week video above to see the Citadel RSS1 in action.

Citadel RSS1 Shotgun Specifications

Manufacturer: Armsan

Importer: Legacy Sports International

Action Type: gas-piston-operated, semi-automatic, center-fire shotgun

Chambering: 12-ga., 3”
Receiver: steel

Barrel: 20”

Sights: elevation- and windage-adjustable rear, post front

Magazine: five-round detachable box

Stock: black synthetic

Length: 41.65”

Weight: 8 lbs., 2 ozs.

MSRP: $799

Further Reading:
NRA Gun of the Week: Howa 1500 HCR

DIY Bolt-Gun Build

An M1 Carbine for Home Defense?

This Old Gun: ArmaLite AR-18

Restoring a "Commonwealth Garand"

Latest

Bumps
Bumps

Supreme Court Overturns Bump Stock Ban

In a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a standing ban on bump stocks is unlawful.

Gun Of The Week: Davidson’s Exclusive Springfield SA-35 & Knife Combo

Join American Rifleman staff this week on the range with a unique Davidson's Exclusive package from GalleryofGuns.com: the Springfield SA-35 High Power and matching Civivi EDC knife.

The Armed Citizen® June 14, 2024

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Almost Portable: The German MG08/15

The MG08/15 was not a good design for a “light machine gun,” but it was a design that was available when it was needed, and it was the first step in the German progression toward a universal machine gun.

Gun Industry Taxes Paid $17 Billion Toward Wildlife Conservation Since 1937

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced in May 2024 that firearm and ammunition manufacturers have paid more than $17 billion in excise tax contributions to the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund (WRTF) since its inception in 1937.

Rifleman Review: Silencer Central Banish 46 Suppressor

One of the most versatile options in Silencer Central's own line of suppressors is the Banish 46, rated for use on rifles chambered for .458 Win. Mag. or less.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.