American gun company RWC, the official importer of Kalashnikov AK-47s, will soon be manufacturing the rifle here in the United States.
The United States imposed sanctions against Russia in July for its role in the Ukraine crisis, this prevented the company from importing the guns. According to CNNMoney, RWC is not allowed to have any contact with the Russian company, Kalashnikov Concern, the makers of AK-47s.
CEO of RWC, Thomas McCrossin, said, “We are not permitted to pick up the phone and talk to them.”
The Tullytown, Pa. based company has the rights to the AK-47 Kalashnikov brand of guns that began being produced after World War II in the Soviet Union.
RWC is allowed to sell guns that they already have here in the United States and according to McCrossin they have enough to meet demand.
“In the second quarter of this year we are going to start manufacturing here in the U.S.,” said McCrossin. “What I’m manufacturing are our own AK-47s and shotguns under the Kalashnikov brand.”
McCrossin is currently looking around for a location for the new factory and plans to hire people, but did not give a specific amount.
The announcement was made at the Kalashnikov USA booth at the SHOT Show with the booth carrying the slogans “Russian heritage” and “Made in USA.”
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