Kalashnikov products are very popular in the US, and the amount of prepaid orders for arms there is three times as big as the annual supplies volume.
Earlier this week Pennsylvania-based RWC Group, the official US importer of Russian-made Kalashnikovs, drove fans of the firearm into a fervor when it announced that it will begin manufacturing rifles in America under the Kalashnikov name. However, not everyone seems to be pleased with the idea of American-made AK rifles.
Opposition came from the daughter of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the famed inventor of the firearms that bear his name. According to The Moscow Times, Yelena Kalashnikov criticized RWC’s decision to produce the firearms in the US, saying that she was “bewildered” by the announcement.
“On the one hand, this is to some degree an acknowledgment: Why would anybody take something nobody needs? This looks like a confirmation that the AK-47 is still needed by someone,” she was quoted by the Interfax News Agency. “But on the other hand, it’s clear that our weapons should remain ours.”
The daughter of the late designer also added that by manufacturing the firearms in the US, RWC could be violating the rights of Russian manufacturers. However, Kalashnikov Concern, the corporation that owns the primary Russian factory where AKs are produced, stated that it did not object to the manufacture of American-made gun. Representatives also stated that Kalashnikov Concern was not involved in RWC’s American venture.