Kalashnikov USA announced on Tuesday that it is now selling AK-47 rifles and shotguns that have been manufactured at a U.S. factory.
The AK-47 rifle is probably the most prolific rifle ever made. Invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the former Soviet Union in 1947, its durability and reliability in combat has made it the most popular rifle in the world, used by military forces, rebels, terrorists and gun enthusiasts alike around the world.
Thomas McCrossin, CEO of Kalashnikov USA, said in January, at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, that his company was going to manufacture the guns in America as soon as a factory was established.
There are American companies that produce AK-47s in America already, as well as many variants of the AK platform. However, for the first time ever, the actual Kalashnikov Brand is being built and sold in America. The Kalashnikov USA brand is owned by RWC in Pennsylvania. The company’s slogan is, “Russian heritage, American innovation.” The company was established by the original, Moscow-based Kalashnikov Concern to export its guns into the U.S. But that plan was stymied by President Obama’s anti-Russian sanctions, to punish Russian businesses for President Putin’s war in Ukraine.
If you can’t import them, make them here. While the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America, there is a solid market for the AK-47 as well. The sanctions imposed by President Obama created a scarcity, a finite supply with a growing demand. American AK builders have stepped up to try and meet that demand, but with the original Kalashnikov brand coming to market in America with a Made In The USA label the competition could get intense. The Kalashnikov Brand rifles will be available at a number of retail outlets yet to be announced.