Kalashnikov Production Coming to the U.S.A
U. S. RWC Group, the official importer and distributor of Kalashnikov AK-47s was hit hard by the U.S. sanctions against Putin in July, imposed as the Ukraine Crises heated up. Importing any more Russian rifles was a violation of the sanctions. Of course the demand for the forbidden AK-47 skyrocketed.
RWC, based in Tullytown, Pa., which has the U.S. rights to the AK-47 Kalashnikov brand, has had to scramble to figure out a way to get around the sanctions. Kalashnikov Concern Russian (formed as a merger of Izhmash and Izhevsk Mechanical Plant) and RWC U.S. signed an agreement to provide up to 200,000 of the rifles to the U.S. and Russian market.
Kalashnikov Concern Russia, hit by the sanctions against Russia last summer, seeing no end to the sanctions in sight, agreed for the US-based Russian Weapons Company (RWC) to start production of the highly sought after AK-47, one weapon of choice for the AK market since the end of WWII, as soon as feasible.
RWC Vice President Jay Portz told SOF at the SHOT in Vegas that RWC plans to begin production of the classic AK-47 assault rifle and shotguns under the Kalashnikov brand as soon as feasibly possible. RWC is currently in the process of deciding where the production facility will be.
The AKs will be marketed as Kalashnikov U.S.A.
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