The automatic weapon designed by famed Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose name it bears, will soon be manufactured in the United States. The Avtomat Kalashnikov or AK-47 is used by armies and terrorists around the world and was heretofore manufactured in China and Russia.
But now the American arm of the AK-47 manufacturer has announced plans to roll out its signature firearms at a factory in Pompano Beach, Florida. In a statement, the U.S. distributor announced “An iconic firearms platform, revered the world over, with a history of intrigue and controversy, now reborn as the new American Kalashnikov.” The company added, “Whether you are a sport shooter, hunter, protecting family, home and country, the new Kalashnikov USA firearms will exceed your expectations of how a firearm should perform.”
The name of the rifle means “Kalashnikov’s Machine,” while the number stands for the first year of production in the former Soviet Union. It was available as an import from Russia until 2014 in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. In 2015, the official importer and distributor of Kalashnikov guns, RWC, cut its ties with the Russian company. However, it still has U.S. rights to the name and had moved to open an assembly plant in Tullytown, Pennsylvania. The company is now going to open up a facility along Florida’s Atlantic shoreline.
The company website promises “Russian Tradition, American innovation” in its products, which including newly launched rifle and shotgun models that were revealed at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week. Now that there is a Kalashnikov manufacturing facility opening up, gun enthusiasts can rely on a steady supply of replacement parts and fully assembled guns from the fabled brand.