If You Own A Kalashnikov Rifle, Obama Just Sanctioned You

Tyler Durden's picture

If you thought the latest round of US sanctions against some largely unknown Russians and a few new companies listed here, most notably Rosneft and Gazprombank - but not Gazprom, never Gazprom - that would cut off Russian gas to Europe and Merkel doesn't want that - would be largely a non-event, you are right. Unless you own a Kalashnikov, aka AK-47 rifle. In which case read on.

From the updated sanctions FAQ:

If I own a Kalashnikov product, is that product blocked by sanctions?  Am I able to resell a Kalashnikov product at a gun show or other secondary market?


If a U.S. person is in possession of a Kalashnikov Concern product that was bought and fully paid for prior to the date of designation (i.e., no payment remains due to Kalashnikov Concern), then that product is not blocked and OFAC sanctions would not prohibit the U.S. person from keeping or selling the product in the secondary market, so long as Kalashnikov Concern has no interest in the transaction.  New transactions by U.S. persons with Kalashnikov Concern are prohibited, however, and any property in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest is blocked pursuant to OFAC’s designation of Kalashnikov Concern on July 16, 2014.  If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory.


If I have Kalashnikov products in my inventory, can I sell them?


If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory.

In other words, the US just froze any transactions involving products made by the world's most popular assault rifle: both purchases and sales. For now, however, one can still buy Russian-made gold and silver. And US rifles, of course.... For now that is.

As for Putin's response, once he is done laughing, we hope to see the newly-launched BRIC bank provide its first bilateral liquidity swaps with the named individuals and companies. Because that would conveniently frame what the endgame will look like.

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idea_hamster's picture

What if I own a Kalashnikov-made fully-automatic co-located quote-generator/canceller?  Hottest cyclic rate on the market!

Does that count?  No?  Oh, thank goodness.

NoDebt's picture

I wonder when they're going to tell Obama his mic has been turned off since Russia took the Crimea without firing a shot (a feat in which I still stand in amazement).

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

Putin has Obamba by his  Kenyan minature balls. The Chicago thug got bitch slapped again!!

gh0atrider's picture

What if you're only allowed to own a SKS pinned to 5 rounds?  Or does that make you a virtual homo?

Xploregon's picture

Pssssssst. Keep it on the down low but I didn't hear the word "Seiga" mentioned. Shhhhhhhh.

MiguelitoRaton's picture

...as AK-47 prices shoot up (literally)

Rick Blaine's picture

It depends what you want it to do...

As for this new layer of bullshit, I don't know what all this really means...but I'm willing to bet that Obama thinks he just essentially banned the importation and sales of AK-47s (more more specifically, AKMs).

I'm pretty sure most AKs available on the market right now have nothing to do with the Kalash Concern (Izhmash)...

...like Bulgarian Arsenals, Zastava, etc...and plenty of older, good ones - like Polytechs and Hungarians.

...and if you don't one...or three...yet...I suggest you get them sooner than later.

Latina Lover's picture

What a dirty Bastard! Russia won't care about sanctioning AK 47's,  but this really plays into the gun grabbing agenda.  Obama really is a piece of shit.

12ToothAssassin's picture

I love me a good ZH gun thread!

TeamDepends's picture

Lots of "I'll take 'em out at 1200 yards" when most likely it'll be "I had to pump 'em full of 12 ga. buckshot"....

Save_America1st's picture

The Dick-taster in Chief strikes again.  Give it up, Commie.  If you and you're Marxist scum want our guns, well...


DaveyJones's picture

but what about a Kardashian rifle? 

pods's picture

Only pussies get them Davey; with all that padding on the butt it is like shooting a 22.


PT's picture

Never mind. You can still buy a shovel, can't you? (Shhhhh!)

Always a great one to ressurrect:


Anusocracy's picture

The State Duma should pass emergency legislation changing the name of the company.

disabledvet's picture

What if I'm a part owner of the factory?

Anusocracy's picture

Well, a smart businessman would want to keep his customers.

Richardk888's picture

The Chinese make a good one too. Norinco AK-47.

drstrangelove73's picture

Two thumbs up.
I have one that's still in cosmoline along with 300 rounds and a banana clip.
Chinese AK is AOK

Overfed's picture

I wonder why .gov bumped off Ratliff.

Lore's picture

Very interesting (and amusing). Such a resilient weapon, evidently built to take such abuse!  No wonder the control freaks want to raise barriers to ownership. 

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

most of the guns you buy with an 'AK-47' lable arent russian AKs, its romanian, bulgarian, chinese, etc. probably not going to hurt russia at all. especially since its still the most popular AR in the world. It will suck for law abiding american citzens who want to buy cheap surplus ammo, especially the tula factory spam cans, and the old 70's stuff. hmmmm, wonder who exactly this law really targets...

TheReplacement's picture

It means you cannot buy new arms from Kali.  If you already own one and there is no debt to Kali you are free to sell as you see fit.

The local gunshop told me a couple weeks ago that AKs have been hot while black rifles have not.  My take:  Black rifles are very light, ergonomic, and much more accurate.  They are great for plinking and competing.  Times are changing and people are gearing up to defend themselves.  AKs go bang every time.  Hence the move from black rifles to AKs.

The gunshop also mentioned that denials on background checks have spiked up and the "authorities" aren't being helpful or giving reasons. 

Now we essentially have an import ban on AKs.  They have already banned specific rounds for the 47 and 74 due to armor piercing qualities.  It is a combination of protectionism for American manufacturers, punishing Russians, and limiting arms to the people.  Wonder why?

Everyone is preparing.  The endgame neareth.

SilverRhino's picture

That's exactly what he's trying to do.    Oddly enough he missed the ones that would really hurt.   MOLOT (imports Mosin Magants) and the makers of Wolf ammo Tulskiy Patronniy Zavod (Tula Cartridge Plant)

I expect the price of Saiga-12's to shoot up quickly. 


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Izhevsk and Arsenal JV. 

It's a nice gun, I own one.

Headbanger's picture

I like Izzys

I like Tula too

I like everything that goes bang when I squeeze the trigger 


Well... Not a High Point really

Although they make a great boat anchor!

DaddyO's picture

<-I like everything that goes bang when I squeeze the trigger->

Me Too!

A big greenie for you!


SMG's picture

All this is theater from our Oligarchs, they are playing both sides.

Their plan is to get the world down to 500,000,000.


using WWIII to do it


Somebody has to stop them.


logicalman's picture

Whether you are right or wrong on your numbers (not agreeing or disagreeing there) WW3 would be a bad option, even for the oligarchs.

Pandemic would leave the place liveable.

Just a thought.


SMG's picture

Why did they build up Russia and China?  And why are they poking the bear and the dragon with a sharp stick?   A pandemic only wouldn't require that.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Why Transfer all our technology to China?

Why share Space Technology with the Russians?

Prolly they think they will be out of it. But Disease and War is interested in them & their kids even if they aren't interested in them.

StormShadow's picture

"I didn't hear the word "Seiga" mentioned. Shhhhhhhh."

...or Molot...or Vepr. Izhmash only? Just shows how ridiculous this is.

StormShadow's picture

Err wait a minute...doesn't Izzy own Saiga, who in turn owns Molot (Vepr)?

Hmmm... I'll be right back

mjcOH1's picture

"Err wait a minute...doesn't Izzy own Saiga, "



"who in turn owns Molot (Vepr)?"

I believe that's an independent company.   But you could call and ask:

(machine building plant) 135 LENINA STR.
612960 VJASKIE POLIANY, Kirov Region, Russia
Phone: (883-34) 6-13-62
FAX: (833-34) 6-21-99

HardAssets's picture

Sheesh . . . do people know how to do a little web research today ?

Search "Kalashnikov Concern"  - formally named Izhmash.

Saiga is a brand name of theirs.

WVHillbilly's picture

My buddy that owns a gun shop tells me that Saiga's are included in the "executive order".  He has 20 of the 12 gauges coming in sometime in the next couple days, and that will be the end of those shipments (for now).

I'm thinking about getting one, just on principle....

Eahudimac's picture

I picked up a Saiga AK with 2 days of sandy hook. Saw that it was a false flag from the get go. And all of the 30 round clips I could get my hands on. It a nice gun. It'll get the job done if/when it is ever needed .