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Kalashnikov Now Makes Drones, Boats, Clothing

US sanctions have forced a new business strategy

(Newser) - Get ready to see the Kalashnikov name on everything from drones and motorboats to menswear. Just three years ago, 40% of the Russian company's gun sales came from the US. Then in 2014, Russia was hit with US sanctions that put Kalashnikov $5.2 million in the red and... More »

Kalashnikovs Soon to Be Made in Florida

Kalashnikov USA gets approval for factory in Pompano Beach

(Newser) - Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles will be soon be made in Florida. Pompano Beach recently gave Kalashnikov USA permission to assemble the guns in the city, CNNMoney reports. UPI reports that the company will build a factory there, and the Sun-Sentinel adds that the 40,000-square-foot facility will ultimately bring 54... More »

Cops: Ambush on Troopers Was Planned for Months

Suspect Eric Frein continues to elude FBI and police during massive manhunt

(Newser) - The man suspected of shooting two Pennsylvania State troopers 10 days ago may have been planning both the shooting and his escape for months if not years, police say, perhaps explaining why he's been able to elude captivity for so long . Even the clues uncovered yesterday in the huge... More »

Banned by Russia Sanctions, AK-47s Flying Off Shelves

Gun buyers are clearing out dealers' inventory

(Newser) - Gun control advocates may have been thrilled with US sanctions on Russia that banned imports of AK-47s, but they probably didn't count on the huge jump in US sales of the assault rifle that resulted. Gun dealers have run out of inventory after consumers rushed to stockpile Kalashnikov AK-47s... More »

Cops Bust Banana Toting an AK-47

When PR stunts go wrong...

(Newser) - A Beaumont, Texas, gun shop got a little more attention that it had bargained for with a rather unusual promotional stunt—a teenager in a banana costume standing by the road with an AK-47 on Saturday morning. Police briefly detained the 18-year-old after fielding calls from concerned citizens who saw... More »

Dying Kalashnikov Wrote of His Guilt

Russian daily: He wrote of 'unbearable ... spiritual pain'

(Newser) - In our own obituary of AK-47 inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov last month, we included this quote: The rifle was invented "for the protection of the Motherland," he said. "I have no regrets and bear no responsibility for how politicians have used it." It turns out "no... More »

AK-47 Inventor Dead at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov invented the rifle while in his 20s

(Newser) - A man whose last name is all but certain to be remembered long after he has been forgotten has died at age 94. Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, was hospitalized in mid-November, after weathering heart and intestinal problems; a cause of death will be released post-autopsy. In... More »

Man Sentenced for Firing AK-47 at Trick-or-Treater

12-year-old boy killed, stepfather and brother wounded in incident

(Newser) - A 27-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a trick-or-treater who came to his door on Halloween 2008. Quentin Patrick was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to murder in the death of TJ Darrisaw. Prosecutors say the 12-year-old boy was shot at least... More »

10 Inventors Who Saw No Riches From Their Big Idea

Like the guys behind Post-It Notes...

(Newser) - Despite what you may think, a smash-hit of an invention doesn't necessarily set an inventor up for life. (Witness Doug Englebart , who invented the computer mouse but didn't see a dime from it.) As the BBC points out, there are plenty of others who failed to make... More »

Booze, Drugs, and AK-47s: Target Practice Goes Awry

Ohio men accidentally shoot up neighbors' houses

(Newser) - Residents of an Ohio town found themselves running for cover yesterday afternoon, when their neighbors unwittingly sprayed their homes with bullets while target shooting with AK-47s, police tell ABC 5 . Police responded to 911 calls reporting gunfire at about 2:24, according to the Medina-Gazette , and found themselves dodging bullets... More »

Who's Buying Russia's Kalashnikovs? Americans

US consumers now buy as many AKs as Russian soldiers, police

(Newser) - When you think "Kalashnikov," you probably think of Russia. But these days the Russian factory that makes the AK-47 is relying heavily on demand from American gun aficionados, the New York Times reports. US sales of the "Saiga," the civilian model of the AK, rose 50%... More »

Heavily Armed Man Busted After Packing Gun to Dark Knight

Tim Courtois told cops he was on his way to shoot his ex-boss

(Newser) - A heavily armed man loaded with newspaper clippings about Colorado's Dark Knight massacre has been busted while speeding down a Maine highway. He boasted to cops he had just attended a showing of the Batman film packing a loaded gun—and was on his way to New Hampshire to... More »

Arizona Gun Club Lets Kids Pose With Santa, Weapon

Scottsdale Gun Club offers unusual St. Nick pics

(Newser) - Colt peacemaker on Earth, good ammo to men. That's apparently the holiday wish for all at Arizona's Scottsdale Gun Club, which is giving members and their kids a chance to pose with a "nervous-looking Santa" and the weapon of their choice, reports the Telegraph . "Get your... More »

Kids Who Won Somali Radio Contest Awarded ... AK-47s

Third-place had to settle for grenades

(Newser) - A Somali radio station run by al-Shabab held an, er, interesting trivia contest for kids this weekend. Kids aged 10-17 were quizzed on Islam and al-Shabab minutiae (example: “Which war was al-Shabab warrior Sheik Timajilic killed in?”), with the lucky winner and runner-up both walking away with a... More »

Autopsy: Chilean Leader Allende Died of Suicide

New findings put to rest 37-year debate

(Newser) - After 37 years, a new autopsy has confirmed that former Chilean president Salvador Allende killed himself with an assault rifle, and was not murdered by troops storming the presidential palace as leftists like Fidel Castro claimed. Forensic analysis showed that his head injuries were inflicted by a single AK-47 and... More »

US Gun Laws Hand AK-47s to Mexican Drug Lords

Loophole lets Romanian assault weapons into the country

(Newser) - It’s supposedly illegal to import semiautomatic weapons that don’t have a “sporting purpose” into the US. Yet Mexican drug cartels are buying hundreds of Romanian AK-47s legally here in the US of A, a Center for Public Integrity investigation finds. Mexico’s strict gun control laws have... More »

Bank Robbers Hide AK-47s in Baby Carriage, Steal $800K

They also killed three people in the Russian heist

(Newser) - Russian police are on the watch for a unique band of robbers: a group that hid AK-47 assault rifles inside a baby carriage. Bandits pulled the rifles from their deceptive carrying case and robbed an armored car as it pulled into a bank. They opened fire, killing two guards and... More »

Car Dealer: Buy a Truck, Get an AK-47

Gimmick triples sales

(Newser) - The general sales manager of a Sanford, Fla., dealership is taking his best shot at attracting vehicle buyers with an interesting freebie: Buy a truck, get a free AK-47. Nick Ginetta, who began the promotion last week in recognition of Veterans Day, has seen sales triple, and the business is... More »

Bridegroom Firing AK-47 Kills Own Father

Turkish man arrested after losing control of weapon

(Newser) - A Turkish man has been arrested after firing an AK-47 to celebrate his wedding and accidentally killing his father and two aunts. Celebratory gunshots are a tradition the Turkish government has tried and failed to stamp out, notes the BBC . The bridegroom lost control of the automatic assault rifle and... More »

Ex-Blackwater Prez Hit With Federal Weapons Charges

Gary Jackson, 4 others allegedly stockpiled arms

(Newser) - The former president of Blackwater Worldwide and four other former officials at the embattled security firm were indicted today on federal weapons charges, partially the result of a raid 2 years ago by agents that rounded up 22 weapons, including AK-47s. The indictment charges Gary Jackson, who left the company... More »

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