Kalashnikov In Florida: AK-47 Factory
Published: January 29, 2016
Kalashnikov In Florida: AK-47 Factory, Americans looking to get their hands on the favorite gun of armed rebel groups in Afghanistan will now be able to get one – from Florida.
Kalashnikov USA, once the official stateside importer of Russian-made AK-47s, has acquired a license to operate a 40,000-square-foot facility in Pompano Beach, north of Miami.
The company will receive $162,000 in incentives from the city, Broward County and the state of Florida, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The American company that formerly imported AK-47s from Russia will begin making them at a Florida factory.
Guns pumped out of the factory will be sold wholesale to retailers after the transition to the new facility is completed by mid-February.
America’s Kalashnikov firm cut ties with its namesake Soviet-founded brand in 2014 after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the administration of Vladimir Putin for interference in Ukraine, according to CNN.
Kalashnikov USA retained rights to its name, and guns were made at a small facility in Pennsylvania starting last year before plans to move to the Sunshine State.
The original AK-47 was invented by Russian military man Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1947, and has become popular among guerilla troops as well as some governments.
As of 2013, when Kalashnikov died, there were thought to be about 100 million around the world.
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