By Tom Knighton
The name “Kalashnikov” is well-known in the gun world. After all, that’s the name behind the might AK-47 that has served on pretty much every battlefield since it’s debut for the Soviet Union oh-so-many years ago. In fact, it’s hard to think about the communism of the Soviet era without picturing an AK. Then again, that may well be the only thing that came out of the communist country that actually worked.
Even today, the AK is built by a company owned by the Russian government, basically making it still a product of socialism. However, those days are now numbered.
The iconic firearms maker, which is owned by state holding company Rostec, will soon be firmly in the hands of private investors.Rostec said Tuesday that a deal to sell roughly half of its 51% stake in the original maker of the AK-47 has been agreed, and is now ready to be approved by the government.
The buyer is a private company called TransKomplektHolding, which is owned in part by Kalashnikov chief executive Alexey Krivoruchko. The firm already has a 49% stake in Kalashnikov.
The sale is a part of a broader privatization drive, announced by President Vladimir Putin in 2016. Back then, Russia was suffering from a double whammy of collapsing oil prices and sanctions, and needed cash desperately.
So what impact will this have here in the U.S.? Who knows.
Potentially, a private company will seek to expand profits, which may well mean developing products for the American civilian market. After all, there are millions of gun owners here in the states, and that would represent more in potential cash revenue than some third-world nations could muster.
While the standard AK-47 and AK-74 isn’t likely to be imported, variations may well be. I’m thinking something similar to the Siagas that have Click to see the original article