America’s most popular automatic weapon will soon be off the shelves.
The AK-47, manufactured by Russia’s Kalashnikov is being scooped by American gun enthusiasts as Washington’s sanctions against Moscow cover the famous automatic weapons manufacturer.
The sanctions were announced a day before a Malaysian passenger jet was brought down by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard, are aimed at a number of Russian companies, including Kalashnikov Concern.
In a statement on its website, the US Department of The Treasury says that US citizens are allowed to buy, own, and use the guns as long as they were imported into the US prior to the sanctions came into force.
"We sell some of the Kalashnikov Concern stuff and that has been selling fast," Robert Keller, a manager at Las Vegas-based online gun distributor K-Var Corp, reported CNN.
"The products of Kalashnikov enjoy great demand in the United States. Preorders on civilian products are three times the annual volume of deliveries. Thus, the sanctions taken against Kalashnikov go against the interests of American consumers," the company said in a statement, published on Russian newsite Pravda.
Concern Kalashnikov (formerly NPO Izhmash) is Russia's largest producer of automatic and sniper combat weapons, guided artillery shells, as well as a wide range of civil products - shotguns, sporting rifles, machines and tools.
Kalashnikovs lack of copyright over the AK-47 assault rifle is so severe that Venezuela is the only country with a fully legitimate license to produce the assault rifle. The counterfeit losses resulting from copyright infringement is so dire that Kalashnikov, manufacturer of the AK-47, is reporting an estimated loss of $50 million from 2013
Russian Army to receive various modified Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifles with other small arms in 2014, according to RIA Novosti. Development of the AK-12 began in mid-2011 under a basic platform for nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon
The Kalashnikov Corporation will be established in July 2013, a merger between weapons makers Izhmash and Izhmekh, a spokeswoman for the Izhmash plant said Friday. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday that the corporation should be registered in time for Russias Day of Arms Makers, September 19
World famous assault rifle makers Izhmash and Israeli Weapons Industries (IWI) have introduced new variants to their legendary rifles within months of one another. Izhmash's Kalashnikov and IWI's Uzi are the favorite weapons of dismounted soldiers and special forces
Kalashnikov’s latest assault rifle dubbed the AK-12 was unveiled yesterday by Izhmash, Russia’s largest firearms manufacturer. The new assault rifle is designed as a basic platform for the development of nearly 20 different modifications of the weapon
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The first American made Kalashnikov AK-47s are being sold by the former sole official importer of the Russian rifles in US, Russian Weapons Company (RWC). The Pennsylvania based Gun Company (now Kalashnikov USA) made an announcement Tuesday that it has started selling the first American-made Kalashnikov AK-47s, UPI reported
Kalashnikov Concern has unveiled a prototype of Lebedev designed 9mm multi-purpose pistol (PL-14) at Army-2015, military-technical forum in Kubinka Wednesday. The concept of the pistol was developed jointly by the experts of the Russian Special Forces and IPSC competitive shooters
Russian Kalashnikov Concern claims that new upgraded version of its AK-74 assault rifle allows 1.5 times combat effectiveness at a distance of up to 300 meters in different climatic conditions than the earlier version
Kalashnikov is eyeing to produce unmanned aerial vehicles in a joint venture with ZALA Aero, the companys CEO Alexei Krivoruchko said at the International Defence Exhibition IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Kalashnikov has decided to purchase 52 per cent stake in ZALA, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft
EU sanctions against Russian defence enterprise Rostec could lead to a loss of US$1 billion in the short term. This is owing to the use of European components in Rostec products exported to third countries, a Rostec statement said detailing the impact of fresh economic sanctions imposed against Russia last week
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