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Kalashnikov USA Selling First American-Made Guns Next Month

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.

These are the first U.S.-made guns going out the door,” he said at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, an annu­al gun indus­try con­fer­ence.

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 offer the KR-103, described as a ver­sion of the AK-47 that made Kalash­nikov famous, this year.

That’ll be the bread and but­ter gun,” said Skin­ner, who took over in 2015. “That will be the main AK.”

The com­pa­ny employs 40 peo­ple at the 40,000-square-foot fac­to­ry in Pom­pano Beach and is look­ing to hire more, includ­ing assem­blers, painters, junior gun­smiths and junior engi­neers.

Relat­ed: Kalash­nikovs are hot com­modi­ties in the U.S., thanks to Russ­ian sanc­tions

The AK-47 was invent­ed for the Sovi­et mil­i­tary by Mikhail Kalash­nikov under the direc­tion of Josef Stal­in. It became the most pop­u­lar assault rifle in the world, favored by the Russ­ian, Chi­nese, Iraqi and Afghan armies, as well as ISIS, the Tal­iban, Soma­li pirates and some Amer­i­can gun enthu­si­asts.

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Kalash­nikov USA will sell Amer­i­can-made ver­sions of the AK-style rifle called the KR-103, which will look sim­i­lar to the ones pho­tographed here in 2016.

AK-style knock­offs are man­u­fac­tured around the world, includ­ing in the Unit­ed States. But Kalash­nikov USAs will car­ry a brand prized by gun col­lec­tors.

Kalash­nikov USA was estab­lished as an Amer­i­can importer for the par­ent com­pa­ny in Moscow. The Amer­i­can com­pa­ny sev­ered its ties in 2014, after Pres­i­dent Oba­ma imposed sanc­tions on Rus­sia for invad­ing Ukraine.

This put an end to imports from Rus­sia, so Kalash­nikov USA decid­ed to become a man­u­fac­tur­er instead of an importer, and estab­lished the Flori­da fac­to­ry.

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Kalash­nikov USA will start sell­ing Amer­i­can-made ver­sions of KS-12 shot­guns, which will look sim­i­lar to the ones pho­tographed here in 2016.

Relat­ed: Ammo imports boom­ing to keep up with gun sales

The com­pa­ny planned to sell Amer­i­can-made guns in 2015. But Skin­ner said the com­pa­ny ran into trou­ble man­u­fac­tur­ing them.

They nev­er released any­thing that was U.S.-made,” said Skin­ner. “They were Russ­ian made guns that were con­vert­ed.”

He said that when he became CEO, he replaced most of the staff as well as equip­ment and inven­to­ry, and relo­cat­ed from Penn­syl­va­nia to Flori­da to man­u­fac­ture a new line of guns, start­ing with the KS-12.

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