Kalashnikov opens store at Moscow Airport. Can you just imagine the Outrage if they opened at a western Airport?

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The Sheremetyevo International Airport is Moscow’s and Russia’s largest airport, with about 31 million passengers yearly. Here the famous Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov just opened a brand and accessories shop.

The Kalashnikov Concern shop will sells non-military souvenirs like clothing as T-shirts with “I love AK”, flash cards, pens and bags.

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For sale are also non-lethal models of the Kalashnikov rifles and later this year their hunting clothing line and equipment will be released under the “Baikal” label. I guess more people than I will think “what about airport security?”

According to an airport official, offering novelties including pens, umbrellas, bags, hats, camouflage gear and various morale T-shirts poses no problems.

Model guns, for instance semi-automatic pistols and assault rifles are clearly imitations.”

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Some of the imitations look rather good in the video. Or can you tell these from real ones? (Ruptly TV)

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Kalashnikov is one of the most popular brands that come to mind for most people in the world when they hear about Russia,” Vladimir Dmitriev, Kalashnikov’s head of marketing, said in a press release.

So, we are pleased to provide the opportunity for everyone to take away from Russia a souvenir with our company brand.”

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Trigger discipline, journalism style.

The AK-47, the first rifle the firm produced, has low production costs and offers reliability in extreme conditions. It was introduced in 1948, armed the whole of the Soviet Union and eastern Europe in communist times and served largely pro-Soviet rebel forces across Africa and Asia. Also produced under license beyond Russian frontiers, it remains one of the most popular assault rifles in the world.

You can also avoid Airport Security and shop online: shop.kalashnikov.com (exports to USA are unlikely to happen unless sanactions are removed)

The store will offer civilian unlicensed and souvenir products developed under the Kalashnikov brand, and the products of our company partners

I am not sure if they support export shipping from the online shop.

By the end of 2015, the shop will be filled up with two hundred civilian goods, including the weight-and-size weapon prototypes, glasses and headphones designed for target shooting, clothing items, T-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, pens, bags, and other souvenir products bearing the  Kalashnikov symbols.

“By 2020, the civil goods are supposed to provide about 50% of the Kalashnikov Group total earnings. We are planning to achieve this result by introducing the new product categories accessible for the mass-market customers, such as clothes, souvenir products, weapon prototypes and various associated goods for sports and other activities,” the Marketing Director Vladimir Dmitriev said. “We trust that during the following 3-5 years, this business line will be able to bring up to 5% of the total sales volume. We are working on expanding our retail network and, in this respect, opening the brand online store is considered to be an important step in that direction”.

Link the the Kalashnikov Koncern http://kalashnikov.com/en/



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Well, its not like the Russians have any other products anyone wants to buy.

    • charlesrhamilton

      Russian wodka is good, ja, but Polish wodka is best.

      • And the same can be said again for the hookers. 😀

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Titos, made in Austin.

        • Kyle

          My man! Titos is hugely underappreciated. Excellent vodka at a reasonable price. Russia is also the chief exporter of hilarious dash cam videos. Best in the world.

          I am surprised Sermon isn’t in here having a meltdown over people poking fun at the Родина

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Im sure theyll be by later to cry us a volga.

            Titos and Topo Chico with a little ice and a slice of lime is a refreshing summer drink.

          • AC97

            Sermon 7.62 seems to have all of his comments, and possibly his profile. Hopefully he’s gone for good, although I’d be surprised if he didn’t come back under a different name.

          • Sermon

            Sermon has been banned and all his comments deleted. He is not going to post comments here no longer. He could, if he so desired, rip this blog apart but he doesn’t. He has had enough of Yanks’ hospitableness.

          • AC97

            And nothing of value was lost.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            LOL
            Yes, im sure he could really be a pretty rough character.
            If he wanted to.
            Which he doesnt.

          • iksnilol

            Are you Sermon posting via anon?

          • Bill

            Visiting Russia, was always on my bucket list, but he convinced me to reconsider. I think I’ll do Finland instead, which is sort of like Russia Lite.

          • iksnilol

            Way more stab risk when in Finland.

          • ostiariusalpha

            I think he got a visit from the ban hammer for harassing Titro.

        • Rob

          Titos is very close to good Russian vodka, hard to tell the difference really.

          Side note, the old lady just returned from over there, but went through a different airport…I could of had a cool t-shirt, oh well.

      • John Yossarian

        Aye – Sobieski master race!

        • pismopal

          Well kept secret

        • Mike Lashewitz

          Leelee?

      • Mike Lashewitz

        Checkov says they invented everything there first!
        Chun says, “In Korea door handles do not fall off!”

    • whodywei

      Caviar, diamonds and nuclear reactors with questionable safety records.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Semi water resistant submarines.

      • me

        NYET,
        Reactor
        is
        Fine

        • Madcap_Magician

          Is operator failure to be sufficiently radiation resistant!

      • Giolli Joker

        Tickets to the ISS…

    • /k/ommando

      Or allow their proles to purchase the things in this store.

    • GhostTrain81

      LADA, the AK of cars.

      • Bill

        Or Urals, the AK of motorcycles.

      • SP mclaughlin

        More like Toyota.
        No one was buying combloc cars after the iron curtain fell.

      • Chris22lr

        Maybe because Lada is an Italian FIAT?

        But I wouldn’t mind UAZ.

    • Bierstadt54

      T-72’s for collectors. And gasified dinosaur. More editing!!!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I live in Texas, we got plenty of dinosaur juice.

    • RD-180s.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Thats a blockbuster list we are compiling.

        • If that’s sarcasm, I might remind you that the RD-180 is such a metallurgically advanced rocket engine that ULA buys them for their Atlas V rockets, and has even purchased a license to produce them here in the States.

          And I could go on. Shall we also talk about the Su-27, R-7, T-90, T-14, BMP-3, Ka-32, Mi-26, etc?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Well if I ever need a used helicopter ill keep it in mind.
            In the meantime ill keep buying 99% of everything necessary for a normal life from the US and Asia.

          • iksnilol

            No love for Europe?

            *smh

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I do need my Glocks and Sigs.

          • iksnilol

            Oh come on, Glocks are your reasons for Europe?

            That’s like saying Walmart is my reason for USA.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Im not trying to be insulting…..well except to the sh-t talking Russians…but I just dont buy many things from Europe. Mainly because im not made of money.
            And I wouldnt equate Glock with Walmart.
            Glocks are high quality, dependable firearms and Walmart sells cheap Chinese garbage.

          • iksnilol

            I forgot that part, my bad.

            Is European stuff really that expensive in the US?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Just depends on what youre talking about I suppose.
            My ex used to get cases of wine from all over but I think she was part of some wine club. I know a guy who gets Cuban cigars from a Euro company that he claims are not expensive but those two people are in a different financial bracket than myself.
            The whole point of this is that no matter where you talk about getting nice commercial consumer products be it Asia, Europe or the US nobody ever says Russia.

          • iksnilol

            They got some nice watches. but I stick to Seiko, ain’t nobody badder than Seiko, you dig?

            Oh anybody who smokes Cuban cigars is loaded. Don’t trust them suckas in regards to what’s cheap. Also, wine club? Ain’t no way that’s cheap or economicaly sane.

            I wish I was loaded like that.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            When im in Mexico I smoke only Cubans.
            I actually have three boxes unopened from my last trip. They are ridiculously cheap.

          • iksnilol

            Also, I literally crack an egg into instant noodles just to get more nutrition out of them. Loaded for me basically means having your own place debt/rent free. Ahhh, the perks of student life.

          • Mike Lashewitz

            For a minute there I thought you were a hit man.

          • Evan

            The top thing I buy from Europe in Belgian beer. Best in the world, hands down. There’s a ton of good American breweries, and some good ones from Britain, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, and a couple other places, but nothing beats Belgian. Euro guns, cars, and everything else? Eh, they can be nice, but I could live without them. But Belgian beer is essential. Gotta have me some Rochefort 10 and Saison DuPont and the like.

          • Mike Lashewitz

            Hmm have to think about it… Europe. When I was there it was beer. Now that I am home it would have to be Haggis. Nope even that is made locally now . . Back to beer.
            From Russia, it would have to be AKs and Tul Ammo. When I was there in Russia it was Vodka and matryoshka dolls. Though I do have a bookcase from Romania.

            From China it would have to be Walmart crap and Mosin Nagants with steel cased ammo. For the life of me I cannot see how those little guys carried those heavy assed Mosins.
            Back to beer….

          • So I guess you don’t shoot steel cased ammo…

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Nope.
            Not allowed at my range.

          • Why? Oh I know, THEY sell you the expensive brass cased

          • Mike Lashewitz

            Walmart shopper?

    • Bill

      And I’m still waiting on the 6 brides I’ve ordered. I may take my business to the Philippines.

      • Do it, you’ll be the man of the house. And she will need to shave less than you. Somethings to consider

    • BabyWookie

      Guys, what’s with this russophobic loser posting crap like this on every article related to Russia (in any way) as of late? His stupid trolling is getting rather old and is diminishing the appeal of your blog. Remove the troll from the premises, please.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Yeah, we’ll get right on that. 😉

      • guest

        Well, considering how 99% of all western world gets fed intravenously with russophobic c*** from all MSM it should not surprise you that you’ll see trolls like that almost everywhere.

        • Bill

          No, Donald Trump makes sure we know how great Russia is, at least the leadership, except I don’t know if they kill terrorist so good as Saddam Hussein.

      • Bill

        Very few Russophobes here, but a few Sons of the Motherland who apparently had self-esteem issues and believed that Russia is first and foremost in everything from mitral valve replacements to Unlimited Hydroplanes.

        • Tritro29

          …Actually you’re right. Very few Russophobes in this topic, almost as few as posters. While being of fair humour is a thing, enduring ShFB twats is another. Also, the people you think about aren’t even Russian, while the silly brats and the old geezer with pill malfunction are well from the greatest state in the face of Earth (when in doubt shout out to Texas). The fun part…the last two people who felt the urge to belittle Russia or the mess that was before it, were both from America’s Crimea.

          • Mr Puthims invasion and annexation of Crimea are crimes of a criminal.

          • Tritro29

            … Right because the United States of America were built by the book, through dialogue and harmony. Or you guys are working for world peace 24/7. Did you found those WMD’s? How’s Libya doing? What’s more insane being forced to help Al Qaeda or being forced to help Al Qaeda against other guys you help and train as well like the Kurds?

            However this isn’t the issue. The issue is that for what ever reason, while discussing Russian guns, manual of arms or military preparedness, you and the rest of the gang, feel the urge to blurt about some dude who clearly represents the worst aspects of Machiavellian politics.

            Frankly speaking an American lecturing Russians over legality, is like a meth head telling a coke head he’d addicted. Leave the whole morality high ground to the Fins or the Swedes. At least they still know what morality means at this point.

    • Evan

      Mail order brides?

      • Mike Lashewitz

        You can get 4 Muslims for the price of one….

    • truthsayer

      Khibny

      S400

    • micmac80

      The rocket engines that power US space program

  • End of the West

    “T-shits”

  • Tritro29

    … I see school hasn’t started yet and someone has messed with Notorious’ pills again.

  • John

    Actually, Remington, Winchester and Henry are three U.S. firearm companies with a long and storied history in this country. I often see their brand merchandise for sale all over the place, Remington in particular.

    Can’t really blame Russia for finally cashing in on Kalashnikov’s name. They probably waited until he was dead before the plans were unveiled.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      The family has put his name on everything from vodka to camping equipment and hasnt managed to cash in yet.

      I guess the government owns the name now. Like everything else.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      The Henry that we currently know is like springfield and they just bought/claimed the trademark and capitalized on in. The original Henry was dissolved or absorbed back the in the 1860s or 1870s. Good on them for making it work though.

    • Bill

      Smith and Wesson was seriously into the branded junk business for a while. Somewhere I have a S&W blankie.

    • Jeff Smith

      You’re forgetting Browning! I see their stuff EVERYWHERE.

  • Nebelwerfer

    Seems like a great opportunity for everyone that wants to experience being shot by Russian airport police…

  • Todd

    What’s that delicious taste? It must be liberal tears!

  • supergun

    The liberal gun hating anti-americans would scream and faint at the doorsteps.

  • YZAS

    Oh, but I thought that NO other civilized nation allowed their proles…. uh hem… citizens to be armed, let alone have those scary rifles?!?!

    • if they’re little green civilians in Ukraine, Putin approves of their rights to bear arms

  • “By 2020, the civil goods are supposed to provide about 50% of the Kalashnikov Group total earnings”

    ah yes the day that little green “civillian” paramilitaries in eastern ukraine will truly be able to pick up everything they need off the shelf from normal retail stores.

    • U.Krop

      They captured a military base from Ukraine that “just so happened” to hold 1/5 (!!!!!!!!!!!!) of Ukraine’s tanks and IFVs, and about a year ago they capture one of 2 artillery radars US sent to Ukraine.
      Just thought you should know.

  • John

    So ironic that in a country that manufactures pistols most people are not allowed to own one.

    • Gary Kirk

      Maryland, until Beretta got fed up and moved to Tennessee

  • J0shua

    “You don’t know how lucky you are boy, back in the U.S., back in the U.S., back in the U.S.S.R.”

  • Joe Schmo

    How is Russia becoming more gun friendly than the “Leader of the Free World”?

    Seriously, it seems like Russia is becoming weirdly westernized in ways that made America unique. They seem to be catching up on us with guns, and they may pass us soon.

    But they’re on par with corrupt politicians. We have ours, and they have theirs.

    • Mattie Dimes

      Is there some place where the politicians aren’t corrupt?

    • Chris22lr

      Try buying a gun there and you’ll see how “gun friendly” Russia is. While getting permit itself might be easy, it gets harder after that. Rifles are only available for those who owned shotguns for a period of 5 years. Pistols and semi-automatic rifles are no go at all – the ones you see on IPSC videos are owned by shooting clubs/ranges. And there’s huge gray zone when it comes to self-defense with actual firearms (you’re left mostly with non-lethal weapons).

      • iksnilol

        Semi automatic rifles count as regular rifles.

        Pistols, they have to be kept at clubs though.

        • guest

          Don’t have to be. There is a loophole for “select few” who pull strings and get handguns as “reward” for something.
          And as for anything with a rifled barrel it’s a 5 year minimum of hunting club membership, and always a 10 round mag cap.
          A convinient way around both laws is the popularity of Saigas and use of small (up to 10 cm max length) screw-on attachments, like a long choke, that is rifled.

          But as with any society that choses not to allow small arms (or allow en-masse in this case) the only ones that carry them are the govt and the criminals.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but you said semi auto rifles were a no go. I corrected you.

          • Chris22lr

            It was me, not him 😛

            And well – if that’s true, I stand corrected! The other guy says about magazine capacity restrictions – how then are “standard capacity” (don’t you love this term?) ones acquired/used? Like pistols – club owned?

      • Joe Schmo

        “Seriously, it seems like Russia is becoming weirdly westernized in ways that made America unique. They seem to be catching up on us with guns, and they may pass us soon.”

        Key Word: “seems”

  • 10/10. Would consentually remove dust cover, fire rounds, and reload.

  • Fox Hunter

    The Russians should sell real guns in every country on earth, even if they have to smuggle it all in. Their economy would be number one!!

  • Gary Kirk

    Screw the kalashnikovs.. I want the two girls in that photo shoot.. Can we import those???

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    In my world, we could buy an AK-47 and a spam can of steel case ammo at the duty free shop and toss it in our carry on luggage before flying home. Air marshals are for big nanny state loser countries. Free people can provide our own airline security. There is nothing special about being on an airplane that should cause us to abdicate our right to keep and bear arms.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    I NEVER thought I would say this but I am beginning to love Russia.
    Watch out for those “airport” prices!!!

  • Rocketman

    I’m willing to bet that anyone who even wears a “I heart AK” t-shirt into the USA from Russia can expect a whole lot of attention from the TSA and probably end up with a free prostrate exam let alone actually bringing in one of the fake guns.

  • jcitizen

    Perhaps that will be one airport the terrorists decide to skip.

  • Core

    I like how you can buy the entire ensemble from AK-47, and uniform in regional camo, to Kalashnikov wallet and business pen to sign the check of your mercenaries.. This is awesome. I can’t wait to buy a Kalashnikov, and now I want the winter uniform!