AK-47 Sales Soar After US Sanctions Kalashnikov Imports

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Who could have seen this coming? Following the US imposition of further sanctions on Russia last week, specifically the import of Kalashnikov firearms, CNN reports gun stores across the US are experiencing a run on AK-47s.


As CNN reports,

Here's a surprising effect of the latest U.S. sanctions against Russia: a run on AK-47s.


Among the companies sanctioned this week was Kalashnikov Concern, the maker of the automatic weapon.


"We sell some of the Kalashnikov Concern stuff and that has been selling fast," said Robert Keller, manager of K-Var Corp., a Las Vegas-based online gun distributor.


Keller said his company has been sold out of the guns since the sanctions went into effect. On K-Var's web site, AK-47s are listed as "out of stock."




According to the Treasury Department, Kalashnikov Concern is banned from importing its guns -- including the AK-47 and more advanced AK-74 -- into the United States. But, in a statement posted on its Web site, Treasury said Americans are allowed to own, buy and sell the guns, so long as they were already in the U.S. prior to the sanctions.


Keller said he is scrambling to acquire more Kalashnikov guns from U.S. distributors. He also said he still selling many weapons similar to the AK-47, such as the SAM7 brand of Bulgarian-made rifles.

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Yet another unintended consequence of US foreign policy...

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junction's picture

OT: "Chief Executive (of Campbell Soup) Denise Morrison has previously said the soup maker faces a "seismic shift" in the food industry, where consumers struggle with underemployment and rising home, gas and healthcare costs, among other factors."

Wow, even a CEO is saying what everyone sees, an American economy in collapse. 


Stackers's picture

You can have my Saiga 12 when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

NoDebt's picture

... To which the government responds:  "Promise?"

PT's picture

Sorry to repost this link so soon but I can't resist.
Long AKs!



I'll try not to do it again.  Well, at least not so soon.

Muddy1's picture

Once again history will show that the greatest firearms dealer ever is none other than Mr. anti-gun himself, Barrak Hussein Obama.

kchrisc's picture

There are only two types of gun-centralization people:

1) Those that are tools, "useful idiots," of the pols, crats and banksters and will be the first in the "ditches."

and 2) Those that know that our weapons are really a tool for  "it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government..."


See you on the battlefield, as I won't go "camping."

espirit's picture

Obama to Putin:

"I can't sell more of the AK's, but I can double your profit on them."

Urban Redneck's picture

Don't be a brand-name gun snob, unload the Saiga at the forthcoming premium, use the proceeds to to buy an equivalent/alternative product at a more rational price and take the significant amount of excess fiat and stack ammo or PMs. (Like I said when the announcement came out, Belgian caterers are so last crisis)

lakecity55's picture

Heck, no, I put too much work into my 7.62X39 Saiga.

It is a showpiece, I have a Romanian behind the door.

SumTing Wong's picture

I did the same thing...I had 100,000 rounds of 22LR, and it went out the door when the prices were double or triple what I paid. I bought an AK74 and a lot of that shitty corrosive 7n6 stuff. You need to be a contrarian. It always pays. ALWAYS!

Headbanger's picture

LMFAO!  Just as I said here last week!


Now watch Mosin Nagants top $300 next week too!

And my 1952 Tula SKS must be worth over $1000 now!


But what's really laughable is most AK-47's are made in China or from parts made in the U.S.



Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

ya they are just stamped metal parts put together. those other countries make good ones too, and in my opinion you overpay by a lot when you buy and actual russian AK. nothing wrong with bulgarian or romanian in my opinion. heard mixed reviews about the chinese copies, but ive never fired one

stant's picture

At the front door at buds is always a crate of mosins. Usually full. There was just three left. At 149

N2OJoe's picture

How convinient, poke Russia and backdoor gun ban all in one stroke of the pen...

Bad Attitude's picture

Never let a crisis go to waste.
Forward (over the cliff)!

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

ban em, some of us make our own, and no we do not put a registration number on them..not for sale of course mr/ms atf.

Headbanger's picture

That's fucking awesome! 

Bet it would sell for well over $500 too!

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

any one know for sure if this also apply to the spam cans of cheap steel cased ammo? and all the wolf/tula/brown bear as well?

stant's picture

Went to buds guns sat. Place was packed. They were sold out of Anderson lowers. All I got was a box of 22 and a p mag ps the 22 was for my mom

GetZeeGold's picture



I put my AK-47 on my EBT!

Chief Kessler's picture

Dats rite crackerz more gunnz, get me while their hot, how many AKs can you shoot at one time? Or carry?

GetZeeGold's picture



Probably more than you.....but I grew up with guns in Flyover Country.....it's legal to do that here.


....and since you called me cracker....would you feel at home if I called you a n*gger?


Don't you have a polling station to patrol with your Black Panther friends? Because according to Eric Holder....that's legal now too.

McCormick No. 9's picture

Black Panthers need guns too.

BlindMonkey's picture

The volunteer polling thugs need guns too.  The batons are just not intimidating enough.

Pure Evil's picture

They are for the lily white pussies up in Philly.


Philly is the city of Niggardly Love.

They have the whites scared, plus they're Democrats, so of course they're gonna bend over and take a black buck in the ass.

Overfed's picture

Niggardly means spendthrift or cheapskate.

BlindMonkey's picture

Not in DC it doesn't.

(Put the way back machine on and recall that the city comptroller was fired for saying that about Marion Barry's budget)

TrumpXVI's picture

"Yet another unintended consequence of US foreign policy..."


Or perhaps intended....or at minimum, welcome.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I thought fully automatic weapons were illegal in the US without a special permit. School me please.

Is not the AK-47 fully automatic as is a M-16?

sandblaster's picture

They are referring to the semi-automatic version.

GetZeeGold's picture



Yeah.....you need a permit for fully auto CD.


But hell....if you've gone this long without one....you're probably OK.

Headbanger's picture

Slam fires..  slam fires...  slam fires...

Yep... That's what all the noise is officer...

Rootin' for Putin's picture

Yeah, the media calls any AK looking thing an AK47 when it is no more an AK47 than an AR15 is an M16

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Thanks for the clarification. I should have suspected/assumed the MSM was itself dumb downed.

Vendetta's picture

MSM won't report anything with intelligence or debate anything with nuance per govt sanction domestically.

NoDebt's picture

CD-  The MSM uses the word "automatic" as much as possible when refering to "scary looking" guns.  If cornered, they will back down and say "of course we meant SEMI-automatic", but they WANT people to have as much terrifying confusion about FULLY-auto and SEMI-auto as possible.

They love giving people the mental image of somebody walking into public place and spraying everyone with lead, full-auto, like old 1920s gangsters.  It serves their agenda even though the guns themsleves are not capable of doing that.

GetZeeGold's picture



In other words....the MSM is just a bunch of nappy headed hoes.

BlindMonkey's picture

I have a friend trying to unload his belt fed but semi-auto 1919 chambered in .308.  I want the thing but have no use for it.  It would be fun to mount on the car though.

boattrash's picture

BlindMonkey, does it have the "hand crank"(trigger assembly) on the side? Hell man, if you're sittin on the cash, get it.

Pure Evil's picture

The purpose of calling it an automatic is to plant into the brain of the weak minded that there are all these dangerous automatic weapons out there.

And now we're supposed to start shrieking and gnashing our teeth and start demanding that Dianne Feinstein re-issue her assault weapons ban in the Senate.

It's for the children, ya know.

StormShadow's picture

While I love firing full auto, it's real life efficacy leaves something to be desired. If you pit me in a labyrinth death match where my opponent has a full auto and I have a shotgun I will win nine times outta ten.

BorisTheBlade's picture

The version of AK for US market (and it's not 47, but frequently 101) is semi-automatic as far as I know.

Me thinks, they Kalashnikov as a producer, but did they ban all copycats, think not. In that case, expect some Chinese and Bulgarian and so forth to pick up, also they didn't ban domestic production, so homemade to expected. And as far as original AK, me thinks Mexican druglords will quickly find a way to smuggle those across the border. Sanctions only mean opportunities to those quick enough.

TheReplacement's picture

Old shovels rejoice, now it is more attractive to put in the effort to give them a second life.



McCormick No. 9's picture

That is a MOTHERFUCKING AWESOME link! Way, way better than porn!!!!!

lakecity55's picture

Cog, everyone tosses the terms around interchangeably.

The AK variants in US are semi-auto.

The M16 variants are semi-auto (usually referred to as AR-15s)

They can illegally be made full-auto.

You can do a legal, BG check by ATF and pay a hefty tax stamp and acquire a full-auto, but these rifles are generally before 1968 or so. Might be 1962. A LEO I served with has a Thompson SMG, full-auto capable, but keeping up with the papers is a hassle.

Unless you are attacked by a horde of Hadjiis or Free Shit Army human waves, you only need to aim well. I can dump a 20-round mag out of my rifles in a couple of seconds if I work on it, and it is only semi-auto. Of course, I would not hit anything. We trained with 3 round bursts, by the way. Now with that factor, my aim is deadly.

zuuma's picture


the magic date is May 19, 1986.  "Qualified" (background check, pictures, prints, CLEO signature)

individuals and corporations/ trusts can transfer any machineguns manufactured prior to that date.

Subject to various state laws, of course.

In Minnesota, for example, you could own a Tommy gun or a BAR - but not an M16 or a G3. MN only allows curio & relic automatic weapons.

Illinois & Wisconsin allow anything (with registration). If you have the money to buy it & run it, you could even get a GE mini gun!  (might have some trouble persuading the sheriff to sign the papers, tho)

I remember one of those coming up for sale in 1992 for $18,000.  I tnink there are only 2 or 3 available to civilians in the USA.

Guess who signed the "hughes amendment" bill, banning future production of full autos to civilians?

Yup.  Our hero Ron Reagan.

CoolClo's picture

"...individuals and corporations/ trusts can transfer any machineguns manufactured prior to that date."

ONLY if they were registered on a form 3, 4, or 5 BEFORE that date.. If they were in Federal Gov. hands, there would be NO NFA papperwork on them, and thus they would NOT be in the NFA registery..And of course would NOT be traneferable...

Police departments register there Class 3 items on form 5..

Dealers on 3...

Corps and civilains on 4..($5 or $200 tax, depending on the item)