American gun enthusiasts will soon be able to purchase AK-47s with a twist: They’ll be made in the USA.
Because of the sanctions the United States placed on Russia in the wake of that country’s actions in Crimea and the Ukraine last year, AK-47s may no longer be purchased direct from the company that makes them, Kalashnikov Concern.
According to CNN, a gun importer in Pennsylvania has therefore decided to start making its own AK-47s under the Kalashnikov brand.
“I have a lot of inventory on my shelf bought and paid for,” said Thomas McCrossin, the CEO of RWC, which owns the Kalashnikov USA brand. “We are permitted to sell these weapons because they were already in the U.S. But when the inventory goes down to zero, there are no more.”
McCrossin told CNN his company, based in Tullytown, Pa., is in the process of looking for a factory in which to manufacture the assault rifles. He’ll begin production soon.
“In the second quarter of this year we are going to start manufacturing here in the U.S.,” McCrossin said. “What I’m manufacturing are our own AK-47s and shotguns under the Kalashnikov brand.”