AK-47 Factory Opening In Florida To Make Kalashnikov USA Rifles

Tara Dodrill

AK-47 rifles will soon be manufactured in Florida. Kalashnikov USA was just recently granted approval by Pompano Beach officials to make the popular AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles in the Sunshine State. The company had previously been assembling and selling the Russian rifles in Tullytown, Pennsylvania.

Kalashnikov USA decided it was time to move south and make the AK-47 rifles themselves after President Barack Obama initiated sanctions against Russia and caused import issues with the Moscow manufacturer. The gun company cuts all ties with its Russian counterpart and started making the rifles in Pennsylvania in 2014.

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Few details are yet known about the specific details of the AK-47 factory in Florida. The warehouse purchased by the company encompasses about 40,000 square feet, according to the Sun Sentinel. Kalashnikov announced the relocation to Pompano Beach at the SHOT Show, a mega gun expo, in Las Vegas last week. The National Shooting Sports hosts the annual weapons event in the city.

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The gun company also had to likely jump through some hurdles to garner the necessary AK-47 manufacturing license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The extremely accurate and dependable rifle dates back to 1947 and the days of the old Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin. It was named after its designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov.

During the war in Afghanistan, a group of U.S. Marines captured a Taliban fighter who was armed with an AK-47 that was made in 1954 and still worked flawlessly. Many Americans have had World War II rifles passed down from their grandfathers, which continue to work as well, but the reliability of the Kalashnikov rifle is often touted as standing above all the rest when it comes to longevity.

A county sheriff made a high-capacity rounds video to illustrate the flaws in the theory put forth by the gun control supporters of magazine ban laws.

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