The FIME Group has announced a long-term Agreement with The famed Russian MOLOT Oruzhie factory as the “exclusive importer for the North American market.” In addition, the FIME group will also serve as the US service and warranty center.
The agreement expand’s FIME Group’s exporter list to three total companies. Agreements are currently active for Arex from Slovenia (maker’s of the Rex Zero 1 handguns) and Zastava Arms from Serbia who manufactures Mauser-based rifles.
The agreement includes Molor’s full line of products including the full line-up of VEPR rifles and shotguns, all based off the RPK machine gun.
The first weapon imported under the agreement will be Molot’s VEPR-12 shotgun, with a few upgrades including:
- 1.5mm receiver & heavy-duty trunion block.
- Ambi safety lever with ergo right-size upgrade.
- Bolt hold open device- With or without a magazine installed.
- Flared, straight-up magazine well and release.
- Threaded barrel.
Retail for the various configurations will be between $724.00 for the fixed tubular stock and $1199 for the left-side folding stock version. No word on the large price disparity for just a folding stock or if other features are included/omitted.
Further, no ETA was announced on Molot’s other products including the semi-auto VEPR rifles. I would expect the 7.62×39 and 5.45 products to be imported in volume as soon as FIME can get approvals from the BATFE.