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    200,000 AKs heading to North American markets

    Kalashnikov Group: 200,000 AKs heading to North American markets
    January 20, 2014

    The Kalashnikov Group has signed an exclusive contract with the Russian Weapon Company (RWC) to supply up to 200,000 guns to North America annually. It should boost sales in the world’s biggest civil weapons markets, while sales in Russia are shrinking. According to the five-year agreement, the RWC Group which was appointed Kalashnikov’s exclusive US importer back in 2012, will be selling between 80,000 and 200,000 Russian hunting carbines, sporting rifles and shotguns under the Izhmash and Baikal brands, according to Kalashnikov's Elena Filatova.

    “The exclusive deal with RWC will ensure Kalashnikov has consistent sales of sports and hunting weapons in North America. From this cooperation, we expect an increase our share of the civil weapons market”, commented Deputy Director General for sales and marketing of the Kalashnikov Group Pavel Kolegov. Russia’s largest producer of firearms, the Kalashnikov Group of companies unites the largest Russian producers of small arms Izhmash and Izhevsk. More companies are set to join the concern in the future. Currently Kalashnikov Group sells guns to 27 countries, including the US, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Italy, Norway, Kazakhstan and Thailand.
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    I have read it few days ago and must say that the title is totally misleading

    hunting carbines, sporting rifles and shotguns
    No assault rifles there, or I missed something. BTW, AK-47 is out of the loop.
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    That number must include all Russian arms being imported from bolt action .22's to AK based shotguns.

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    No full auto allowed for civilians that wasn't registered prior to 1987.

    It may look like an AK, but it will be semi auto only. I've always been impressed with Russian guns, sometimes ugly - but they tend to always go bang when you pull the trigger. Maybe with that many coming in, prices will start dropping again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    I have read it few days ago and must say that the title is totally misleading



    No assault rifles there, or I missed something. BTW, AK-47 is out of the loop.
    Depends on which side of the fence you are on. Sane people use the term "sporting" rifles. Those that fear the propagation of anything that shoots bullets will call them "assault weapons". AK's and their derivatives are quite diverse. Much more than the AK 47/74.
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    We are insane, hunting and sports here means no auto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    We are insane, hunting and sports here means no auto.
    They are semi-auto......

    The gun control nuts call anything with a handgrip and a big magazine "assault weapons".

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    Well knife is a perfect assault weapon. For close range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Well knife is a perfect assault weapon. For close range.
    So is Yellow's humor . . . .
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    i'm pretty sure those are saiga shotguns, and rifles, none has pistol grip as ak does, mags are single stack, so you can't use high cap. mags in rifles.

    usa imports about 3 mil guns a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Well knife is a perfect assault weapon. For close range.
    SSHHHHHhh. They are already trying to ban those in the U.K.(kitchen knifes) so it won't be long before that insanity jumps the pond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitch View Post
    So is Yellow's humor . . . .
    I'd fear the Colonel's hockey stick more.
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    My opinion is that, at least in the US, Canada, and Mexico, more and more civilians should be familiar with the use of firearms. At least learn how to load one, fire one, and maintain one. Even if the possession and use of firearms is becoming more and more restricted every year, in the event that gun-related violence increases, the civilian should know how to use them for self-protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonehead View Post
    SSHHHHHhh. They are already trying to ban those in the U.K.(kitchen knifes) so it won't be long before that insanity jumps the pond.
    Instead of banning possession of kitchen knives, the UK law enforcement ought to be trained in empty-hand tactics to control knife-wielding attackers - if they aren't doing that already. (Why should constabulary patrols always be just another walk in the park?) Unless the defender has a firearm already deployed and ready to fire, at distances of 21 feet or less it is difficult to stop a knife-wielding attacker with a firearm. The closer the distance, the more important it is for the defender to use empty-hand tactics to subdue an attacker wielding a knife, as the defender will not have time to draw the gun from the holster and aim to fire.

    Which is why the first thing US law enforcement officers do when facing someone with a knife in hand is to draw and aim before getting close. Even the slightest motion towards one of the defending cops and the attacker gets filled with lead.

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