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  • Red faces as Russian monument to creator of Kalashnikov depicts German rifle

    09/23/2017 8:41:12 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 28 replies
    Yahoo News (The Telegraph) ^ | September 23, 2017 | David Millward
    The monument in the heart of Moscow was supposed to be a tribute to Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creator of the AK-47 assault rifle. Unfortunately, things went wrong, spectacularly so. The etching on the plinth was not of a Kalashnikov but the StG 44 rifle used by the Nazis during WWII. The mistake was spotted by arms experts, the BBC reported. It left the authorities having to use an angle grinder to remove the offending image.
  • Moscow unveils monument to Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47

    09/20/2017 10:30:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    thegunwriter.com ^ | 9/19/2017 | Kent Thurber
    The new statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov cradling his signature AK-47 assault rifle unveiled Tuesday in Moscow commemorates one of Russia’s most renowned and reviled inventions. By some estimates, the AK-47 and its versions account for about one-fifth of the world’s firearms, the rugged and reliable weapon of choice for many armies, terror groups and drug gangs.
  • Coming Soon: An American-Made Kalashnikov

    02/03/2017 9:49:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/25 | Aaron Smith
    Soon you'll be able to buy an American-made Kalashnikov. Kalashnikov USA, which split from its Russian parent company three years ago, will start selling a semiautomatic 12-gauge shotgun called the KS-12 in February, CEO Brian Skinner told CNNMoney. The gun is being produced at a new factory in Pompano Beach, Florida, and will probably cost at least $750. Skinner said the company is still trying to determine the price, which depends on the cost of manufacturing. Later this year, the company will start selling a semiautomatic 9-millimeter pistol, with a carbine version to follow. Kalashnikov USA also has plans to...
  • Russian Kalashnikov Group Adding 1,700 Jobs Due to Export Orders

    02/03/2017 2:33:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/03/17 | Chris Eger
    The Kalashnikov Concern– which manufactures guns under the Kalashnikov, Baikal and Izhmash brands– announced they plan to grow their production staff by at least 30 percent in 2017. Company officials said the plan, which will add a third shift to their factories, is to keep up with growing and potential demand for their products overseas. “The decision to strengthen the personnel of the Kalashnikov Group was taken amid the production orders growth due to the increased volume of export orders”, said Alexey Krivoruchko, CEO of the Kalashnikov Group in a statement. “We are facing a challenging task to handle the...
  • Replacing Kalashnikov Rifles Hits a Snag in Ukraine

    01/15/2017 7:04:00 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 25 replies
    Newsweak ^ | January 15, 2017 | Nolan Peterson
    Kalashnikov assault rifles are among the most iconic symbols of the Soviet military. Weapons such as the AK-47, the AKM, the AK-74 and the AK-103 are ubiquitous reminders of the Red Army’s legacy among the modern militaries of former Warsaw Pact countries and Soviet client states.Also, the contemporary use of Kalashnikovs by worldwide terrorists and insurgent groups offers grim evidence of the widespread proliferation of Soviet weapons during and after the Cold War. On January 3, as part of a long-term plan to adopt NATO military standards, Ukraine took a step toward ditching this Soviet military carryover.
  • Kalashnikov Reveals a Replacement for Its Famed Sniper Rifle

    09/07/2016 6:22:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 7, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    For more than 50 years, the Russian army has fielded a beastly semi-automatic sniper rifle called the Dragunov. Now the rifle’s developer has pulled back the curtain from its potential replacement, the SVK, at a major Moscow arms show. The SVK is a semi-automatic 7.62 x 54R-millimeter weapon designed to support infantry on the battlefield. Kalashnikov Concern — which absorbed Dragunov maker Izhevsk in 2013 — claims the SVK “was designed with input from active duty snipers of several Russian Special Forces units.”
  • FRANCE TRAIN JIHADI "DUMBFOUNDED" TO BE ACCUSED OF TERRORISM

    08/24/2015 4:00:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 24, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    It is a recurring and increasingly ridiculous feature of jihad terror coverage: every time a Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” plants a bomb or opens fire on a crowd of infidels, mainstream media coverage notes that “the attacker’s motive is not known.” But now Ayoub el-Khazzani, the Muslim gunman who was overpowered by three Americans, including two Marines, on a Paris-bound train last Friday, has gone the media one better by professing to be “dumbfounded” at being accused of terrorism. But the media, not unexpectedly, is happily going along, spreading the fog of disinformation that envelops the West’s response to the...
  • Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist

    08/21/2015 1:20:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/21/15 | MIA DE GRAAF
    Unarmed US Marine 'in critical condition' after Kalashnikov-wielding suspected terrorist on board high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. An unarmed US Marine who ambushed a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on a train between Amsterdam and Paris is in critical condition, according to French media reports. The serviceman, who has not been named, was one of two Americans who tackled the 26-year-old Moroccan national to the ground after hearing him load up a gun in the toilet. In the scuffle, one of the Marines was shot and another stabbed. France Info reports one is in a critical condition. Addressing reporters at the station...
  • BREAKING NEWS:Unarmed US Marines 'take down' gunman onboard a high-speed train (France)

    08/21/2015 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 104 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13:34 EST, 21 August 2015 | Darren Boyle
    A gunman opened fire on board a high speed train in northern France. Eyewitnesses said three U.S. Marines on the train disarmed the gunman. The man was armed with a deadly a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. Three people were wounded and the gunman is currently in police custody.
  • The first American-made Kalashnikovs are now for sale

    06/30/2015 11:32:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | June 30, 2015 | Aaron Smith
    Kalashnikov USA announced on Tuesday that it is now selling AK-47 assault rifles and shotguns that have been manufactured at a U.S. factory. The Kalashnikov USA web site provides a menu of two rifles and two shotguns, all semiautomatics. One of the rifles features a curved, banana-style high-capacity magazine with 30 rounds.
  • Kalashnikov USA Announces Move To South Florida

    05/01/2015 4:15:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | April 30, 2015
    Tullytown, Pa. (Ammoland.com) – Kalashnikov USA , manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, announces the company will relocate to South Florida. The new facility will include corporate offices and allow for manufacturing, warehousing and shipping functions to occur in one location. The move, which will take place over the next several months, will not affect the projected 2015 second quarter shipping of the new Kalashnikov USA firearms. “With the growth of the company, manufacturing requirements and the rebranding efforts now underway, Kalashnikov USA felt the time was right to move the headquarters where we can incorporate our new manufacturing capabilities,” Thomas...
  • Kalashnikov Group Appeals Trademark Ruling Over AK-47

    03/28/2015 3:05:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Kalashnikov Group has filed an appeal against a court ruling that rejected its request to terminate the legal protection of the Kalashnikov logo, a 3D image of the famous gun with an AK-47 graphic element, which belongs to the gun designer and his daughter and grandson, the Intellectual Property Court said in a statement. The ruling in favor of the designer’s family was made on December 23, 2014. The Presidium of the Intellectual Property Court said that the trademark was used by the rights holder (defendant) and other individuals who produced and marketed the gun in Russia under the...
  • From Russia with Love, Syria’s AK-74Ms

    02/24/2015 8:46:08 AM PST · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    bellingcat ^ | February 19, 2015 | Oryx
    The AK-74M has slowly earned its place as the most popular assault rifle currently in use with the various factions fighting for control over Syria. While originally acquired only in small numbers by Syria, recent deliveries ensured a now solid presence of this rifle in the war-torn country. The AK-74M is not only popular with forces of the Syrian Arab Army and the Republican Guard, but also with various other groups fighting for control of the country. Syia acquired its first batch of AK-74Ms in the late 90s, albeit in very small numbers. This very first batch was believed...
  • Ten held as France smashes jihadist network

    12/15/2014 10:43:04 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    AFP. ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria ... anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy. ... In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland. The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State group released...
  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

    12/11/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2014 11:13 PM EST
    Greek authorities are investigating a pre-dawn, drive-by gunfire attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, which caused no injuries or damage. […] There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. …
  • Russia's Kalashnikov gun-maker struggles with Western ban

    12/10/2014 3:53:53 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30404648 ^ | 10 December 2014 | Sarah Rainsford
    It is probably the best-known weapon in the world, brandished by everyone from Che Guevara to Osama bin Laden. But the Kalashnikov assault rifle has failed to produce a profit for its makers for years. Things were just starting to improve when the firm was hit by Western sanctions. With Russian military stores full of the famously durable Kalashnikovs, and dwindling orders from abroad, the company had turned its attention to civilian firearms markets. In January it finally secured a foothold in the biggest of them, sealing a lucrative deal to supply up to 200,000 rifles a year in the...
  • AK and StG – Kissing Cousins

    12/25/2013 1:50:55 PM PST · by wizkid · 38 replies
    Forgotten Weapons ^ | December 12th, 2012 | Forgotten Weapons
    When people see the AK-47 and the StG-44 side by side and know nothing about their internal mechanisms, the nearly universal assumption is that one is a copy of the other. The overall layout of the two rifles is strikingly similar, and one would reasonably make the assumption that Kalashnikov got his hands on a captured StG and simply rebuilt it in 7.62×39. This is, of course, not true.
  • Kalashnikov inventor dies aged 94

    12/23/2013 9:07:03 AM PST · by PGR88 · 24 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 23, 2013 | Harriet Alexander
    Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the world's most famous gun, has died. While Kalashnikov designed a weapon that became synonymous with killing on a sometimes indiscriminate scale. He was seen in the Soviet Union as a national hero and symbol of Moscow's proud military past. A former soldier, inspired by the drawbacks of Russian weaponry in the Second World War he decided to invent a new assault rifle. This process culminated in 1947 with the design of the AK-47. Over the course of his career he evolved the basic design into a weapons family. Kalashnikov, who was in his 20s when...
  • ‘Come and Take It, Motherf--kers!’ PA Police Chief Curses Liberals, Sprays Auto Fire in Viral Video

    07/24/2013 7:58:03 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    NYDN ^ | Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | Philip Caulfield
    SEE IT: ‘Come and take it, motherf--kers!’ Police chief curses liberals, sprays automatic weapons in foul-mouthed viral videos In a series of provocative videos, Gilberton, Pa., top cop Mark Kessler curses Secretary of State John Kerry and rants about 'libtards' and 'cry babies' before spraying automatic weapons into the distance. City officials say he won't be disciplined because he's not breaking the law. A Pennsylvania police chief is getting heat for appearing in a series of foul-mouthed YouTube videos ranting about liberals, cursing Secretary of State John Kerry and firing automatic weapons. Despite the backlash, Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon...
  • Former KGB Colonel Kalashnikov on the Dangers of Putin Worship, Russia’s Alliance With Islam

    06/07/2013 3:00:34 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 8 replies
    http://noisyroom.net/blog/ ^ | June 6, 2013 | Trevor Loudon
    Viktor Kalashnikov is a Russian freelance journalist and a former KGB colonel. In the autumn of 2010, he and his wife Marina, a historian, were treated in a hospital in Germany for mercury poisoning in what they said had been an attempt on their lives by Russia’s FSB, the successor to the KGB. He is a distant relative of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47. Kalashnikov and his wife have been publishing articles critical of the Kremlin since the 1990s. After living in Europe for several years they are now back in Moscow. A Russian Analyst’s View, Part One...