The Faces of Izhmash

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Izhmash public relations has already begun defending the bankrupt company. A photo essay at English Russia defends the company and portrays it as a thriving company and model employer.

Apparently the average monthly wage at Izhmash is $530 USD. Some specialists (which I suspect means management) at the company are getting bonuses equivalent to 50% of their salary.

[ Many thanks to Nic Jenzen-Jones for emailing us the link. ]




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  • Lance

    Since the Russians wont buy new AK-74s time to make more commercial guns for the US. maybe open a factory here and make true Russian spec AKs and AKMs and AK-74s and even AK-103s! Overall Romania and Bulgaria has them beat due to prices in the international arms market.

    • Nater

      Arsenal already does that…

      Not to mention that financing a massive new factory in another country without the possibility or likelyhood of large military/government contracts is a non-starter.

      It’d be nice if Daddy Bush hadn’t banned the importation of military style, semi-automatic firearms from abroad.

  • Reverend Clint

    wow their clothes look straight outta the Cosby Show

    • Netforce

      Hehe, yeah, especially the sweater in the second picture.

  • Jack Luz

    Both the Soviet military and Arms industry, as far back as the 1980s, was heavily feared and at times envied. Today, you are more than tempted to feel sorry for them. They were the inspiration for such movies as “Red Dawn” and such novels as “Team Yankee”.

  • MRN

    Wow. Done in by the same durability and reliability that made the AK design the favorite of the Soviet Union and its allies. When you don’t need to buy replacement rifles and parts every so often the manufacturer does lose a large chunk of revenue.

  • W

    the free market concept rears its ugly head. Companies that are or were heavily subsidized by the government have little chance to survive on their own and compete in a globalist economy after they have been cut off from the government teat. I would jump ecstatically to see a few US companies cut off the teat also.

    • Doesitmatter?

      Thanks for word of wisdom. It applies on both sides of our world. So much more is praisable that Izhmash is so-so making it. Key to them is civilian and pseudo military products (good model for them could be CZUB). America’s market is waiting.

    • 032125

      That is to say, the beautiful free market crushes inefficiency under its pitiless heel.

      They always show the “common man” workers in this kind of propaganda, because it makes us feel a sort of kindred spirit. They should show the upper management who mismanaged the company’s capital, or more likely spent it on hookers and blow.

    • John Doe

      “I would jump ecstatically to see a few US companies cut off the teat also.”
      *cough* *cough* Colt.

  • justin

    As someone who works in a defense plant (aircraft), What strikes me is the distinct lack of personal protective equipment(safety glasses, ear plugs, etc) except for the guy in the trash bags and soviet tanker helmet

    • noob

      i wonder what the trash bags are for? it looks like he’s test firing a gun into a bullet trap of some kind?

      • justin

        my experiance is limited to aircraft but I would say that it is some sort of chemical treatment of the metal. Anodizing, Alodine, salt bath, degreasing, or some other treatment.

  • Yuri

    Don’t worry guys,all this bankruptcy BS is about $30K.What’s happening is russian goverment taking control over Izhmash back in their hands,to do it legal way they have to go trough bankruptcy procedure.Izhmash profit went up by 40% this year,only US purchased weapons for 15 million dollars last year.

  • Yuri

    As someone who works in a defense plant (aircraft), What strikes me is the distinct lack of personal protective equipment(safety glasses, ear plugs, etc) except for the guy in the trash bags and soviet tanker helmet

    Well,thats the guy who’s doing cold,heat and salt bath tests,girl in blue doing engraiving,all AK assembled by hands,in hteir best year Izhmash was making 95 AK’s per hour.Guy in sweater is a superviser,he’s a studend,currently getting his master degree,he’s 21 years old.

    • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

      In Soviet Russia, gun blues YOU!

    • W

      yuri, compliments to your guys’ aircraft. I build MIG and Sukhoi models. Ive always had a love for Russian fixed wings and helicopters.

      • justin

        actually he was replying to my comment. I work in an American aircraft plant. We use to build full aircraft but now we are just a manufacturer of large assemblies like wings and empennages and cabins for the bigger names.

        Yuri was defending the individuals not wearing safety equipment. But my employers view on that is always wear PPE on the shop floor regardless of who you are or what you are doing.

      • W

        i realized that after i posted :) disregard last comment

  • animalmenace

    Maybe decades of just handing rifles to anyone willing to fight capitalism was a poor business model?

    • W

      it was a great idea if communism would have won the cold war.

  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    Safety glasses! Safety glasses!

    From my days as a splicer for Ma Bell back in the day:
    “Pick up a tool, better have your safety glasses on.”

  • Yuri

    Yuri was defending the individuals not wearing safety equipment. But my employers view on that is always wear PPE on the shop floor regardless of who you are or what you are doing.

    No,I wasn’t deffending persons not wearing safety equipment,whoever need it will wear it,but if you do engraving or you are in quality control or a supervisor you don’t need it most of the time.I was just making comments on photos,becase I have original post in russian where this pictures came from.Watch “Sons of guns”,you can find lots of mistakes there too,it’s a show and this people were just posing for photos.

  • Gaston G

    A recent series of episodes of Sons of Guns displayed some cute irony:

    1. Arch-capitalist Will was extremely excited about the prospect of scoring a lucrative *US government* contract to supply modified AR15’s that would be “more reliable than the AK47″.

    2. The weapon his long-suffering, put-upon and highly uncooperative employees produced was evidently less reliable than the AK47.

    Perhaps Izhmash has something to teach?