Kalashnikov Concern goes “Firearms Not Politics”

The first practical shooting Rifle World Championship will take place in “Patriot” park in Russia from May 25 to June 11, 2017. It is going to be a pretty large event with 850 shooters from 45 countries participating. However, some shooters faced a problem of not being able to bring their guns into Russia, because of sanctions against this country. That pretty much excludes these shooters from the competition and risks to ruin the event.

Kalashnikov Concern came up with a solution. They will manufacture 60 Saiga Mk 5.45×39 rifles and send them to IPSC Russia. These rifles will be offered to those shooters who couldn’t bring their own guns because of the mentioned sanctions. In a statement released on their website, Kalashnikov Concern says that they want to keep the sport away from politics and will do anything to make it possible for foreign sportsmen to take part in the competition.

The Saiga Mk rifles are basically semi-auto versions of the AK-74 as seen in the image above. However, those 60 examples made for the sportsmen will have a couple of improvements to make them more suitable for the competition use. Particularly, they will be equipped with Picatinny rail sections on dust covers and collapsible stocks.

I think this is a good example of keeping our passion for firearms away and not affected by politics, just like we do it here on TFB.



Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • neckbone

    We sanction Russia and sell to Saudi Arabia, the root of wahabbiasm. Makes sense. :/

    • 22winmag

      So true. I’m glad Firearms not Politics doesn’t apply to the comment section.

    • Paul Rain

      Come on. Apart from 9/11, what has Saudi Arabia ever done to you?

      • Psykotic

        The root of most Islamic terrorism is Wahabism, funded by Saudis.

        • Mark

          I think he was being facetious…

    • Haulin’ Oats

      We sanctioned Russia for their breach of agreement due to their part in the invasion of the Ukraine.

      • Paul Rain

        Lol. How do you like your burger?

        If the Ukranians wanted to keep a part of Ukraine mainly occupied (invaded demographically) by Russians, they should have either A) committed genocide B) engaged in serious ‘Ukranisation’ campaigns to encourage sufficient numbers to leave or C) kept the nukes.

        I vote C.

        • toms

          They gave up there nukes under threat of embargo by the USA and did so only after getting security guarantees from the countries involved.

          • valorius

            How’d that work out for them? Giving up their nukes was one of the dumbest acts by any govt of any country in world history.

    • toms

      To be fair Saudi Arabia didn’t invade and annex the largest country in Europe either. We just actually have a treaty with said country as well. Nor did it kidnap NATO intelligence officers and they are also not waging active measure campaigns against us either. All things being told Saudi Arabia puts a lot of dollars into our economy, Russia not so much. If Saudi Arabia falls American GDP would go down 10% overnight.

      • valorius

        Crimea was always part of Russia.

        And what would the US know about annexation? (cough, cough…Hawaii)

  • .45

    That is mighty nice of them, but it still puts a lot of foreign shooters at a serious disadvantage. If you are used to an AR and have put in serious hours for years using it with only occasional playtime with an AK, you probably aren’t going to be as skilled with an AK as you would be with an AR, to say nothing of certain… Differences that “nyet, rifle is fine” folks don’t think are that big a deal.

    • pun&gun

      There’s no real “ideal” solution to a government screwup like this. Look at what happens when Americans try to make AKs, even with plenty of development time, and realize that the same would probably happen if KC tried to make a competition-tuned AR. They’re better off offering what they know best. I’d say it’s quite generous and about as excellent a show of grace as a competitor could expect under the circumstances.

      • .45

        Oh, believe me, I wouldn’t expect them to try to make good ARs in a factory that produces AKs. They are doing what they know, and that is quite generous of them.

  • micmac80

    Its not about sanctions , its about new EU wide gunlaws that move the semiauto rifles with high capacity mags to category A (prohibited firearms) ,but this was sold with a promise that sports shooters could continue to use them, Now first time this has bo be put into practice France,Germany and Netherlands didn’t want to issue competitors the travel papers for semiauto rifles

    • fintroll

      Although there is a connection between those wanting the ban and pushed for these stupid restrictions, this is not a result of the directive. This only recently has started to be implemented on local levels and thus is not yet active. The issue is that those countries who do not let their sport shooters travel with their firearm are not taking into account the exceptions that are in the embargo.

      • fintroll

        Ah and before I forget the new EU gun law puts semi-auto rifles in cat A when a 10+ (20 for pistols) round magazine is inserted only. Otherwise it stays in the B category. So without mag inserted or 10 round or smaller mag it is not cat A. And bigger mags can be owned by anybody but cat B firearms owners, who otherwise lose their license and firearms (unless those last ones have an A category exemption). Also in the future however those bigger magazines will only be allowed to be sold to cat A exemption licensed holders. Yes it does not make sense at all, what do you expect if clueless politicians try to make rules without even bothering to listen to firearms owners or actual experts.

        • micmac80

          Not only that mag is inserted , havin a 11+ round mag on , outside your home ,is to be considered a violation that can get your firearms papers revoked.

      • micmac80

        We are seeing some thing being implemented even before there is a new law and this are the discretionaly things , where they can issue or not , no matter the law. We have this hapening now in our country as well evend tough new law amendment is due only in 4 months.

      • The so-called #EUGunBan has been watered down to the point it’s basically uneffective and unworkable in practice.

        The
        issue is about national implementation of the EU regulation
        no.258/2012, implementing Article 10 of the UN Firearms Protocol,
        whose Chapter II regulates both permanent and temporary export of
        firearms to third Countries and covers the temporary export licenses
        necessary to hunt abroad or to take part to shooting events outside of
        the EU.

        Articles
        9, 10 and 11 of Chapter II of EU Regulation 258/2012 actually allow
        temporary export licenses to be granted towards Countries that are under
        sanctions or embargo (just like Russia is) if it’s for documented
        international sport shooting competitions or hunting trips.

        But
        the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands are refusing to
        accept that exception, and using the sanctions against Russia as an
        excuse to systematically deny the temporary export licenses necessary to
        their citizens to travel to Russia with their guns and take part to the
        event.

        It is not a case if the governments involved are those of
        France, Germany and the Netherlands (for starters, as others may follow
        suit).
        Those governments were the main sponsors of the #EUGunBan,
        and were royally pissed by the fact that their attempt to impose an
        outright ban and mass confiscation of modern sporting firearms and their
        standard capacity magazines was thwarted by the reaction of the
        European shooters community.

        So now they are retaliating in the
        best (only) way they know: bullying shooters. As in: “OK, you did not
        want to give up your guns and stopped us from taking them… for now. So
        we will make sure that you will not be able to use them in the most
        important competition of the year, to begin with.”

    • peerbear

      Wish we could buy those sweet rifles here. I would enjoy shooting these at local 3 gun matches thumbing my nose at the swarm of ARs.

      • Devil_Doc

        Thumb your nose at those AR guys by shooting a gun made better by the addition of an AR buffer tube, AR butt stock, AR magazine well, AR magazine, and furniture that looks like a direct copy of AR furniture? You rebel…

        • USMC_grunt2009-2013

          Yup. That about sums it up.

    • Totally wrong. The so-called #EUGunBan has been watered down to the point it’s basically uneffective and unworkable in practice.

      The issue is about national implementation of the EU regulation no.258/2012, implementing Article 10 of the UN Firearms Protocol,
      whose Chapter II regulates both permanent and temporary export of
      firearms to third Countries and covers the temporary export licenses
      necessary to hunt abroad or to take part to shooting events outside of
      the EU.

      Articles 9, 10 and 11 of Chapter II of EU Regulation 258/2012 actually allow temporary export licenses to be granted towards Countries that are under sanctions or embargo (just like Russia is) if it’s for documented international sport shooting competitions or hunting trips.

      But the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands are refusing to accept that exception, and using the sanctions against Russia as an excuse to systematically deny the temporary export licenses necessary to their citizens to travel to Russia with their guns and take part to the event.

      It is not a case if the governments involved are those of France, Germany and the Netherlands (for starters, as others may follow suit).
      Those governments were the main sponsors of the #EUGunBan, and were royally pissed by the fact that their attempt to impose an outright ban and mass confiscation of modern sporting firearms and their standard capacity magazines was thwarted by the reaction of the European shooters community.

      So now they are retaliating in the best (only) way they know: bullying shooters. As in: “OK, you did not want to give up your guns and stopped us from taking them… for now. So we will make sure that you will not be able to use them in the most important competition of the year, to begin with.”

    • Kurt Akemann

      Gun control bait and switch, as usual.

  • Giolli Joker

    Saiga MK is actually the rifle featuring balanced recoil action.
    A rifle born for practical shooting.
    So this would not only be a great move to keep the sport in Russia but also a smart marketing move with a long term view.

    • Voice from East

      It’s not true. MK is a series with a whole bunch of rifles, from 7.62 Krinkovs to .223 carbines with classic type of action.
      In pressrelease there is no one mention about MK-107(whitch is a certain model with balanced recoil system). I’m higly doubt it’s gonna be 107, because this model not even on shelves. It’s very unlikely that someone decide to issue to randome people unprooved rifle.

      • Giolli Joker

        Ok.
        I was not aware that MK covered a full series of products.
        The prototype (of the 107) I handled in IDEX was marked only as MK.
        And it was fairly definitive, hence my assumption that KC could have it released by now.

  • fintroll

    To be correct it is not the embargo. But rather France, Germany and the Netherlands not honouring the exceptions (that allow sport shooters to take their firearm) in said embargo regulation (EU 258/2012). Maybe with the Dutch taking the cake for first allowing it and then revoke the permissions. The same countries who pushed for the #EUgunban btw…

  • Voice from East

    Where is one liiiiitle feature needet to be mention:
    1 june to 12 july is period of time then FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup is happening. In that period goverment enforsed very moronful restrictions in cityes like Moscow, St.Pete, Sochi and Kazan. That restrictions contains LOTS of extremely stupid stuff, like prohibition of selling guns and ammunition, carrying, even transportation… TRANSPORTATION! All gun shops will be simply shutted down. Any nongoverment dude(including privat security or cash-in-transit guard) is left behind, weaponised with swearing and rubber dildos. And all this period of time I personnaly should keep my weapons in a secured safe.
    All of that means is competitors of this fine event should finish their competitions BEFORE 1 june if they want to returne home without problems, overwise they will be forsed to live behind Moscow sity borders until 12 july or find another international airport…
    I’m strongly hoping goverment dudes find an elegant solution for that.

    • RSG

      That’s the organizers fault for bad scheduling when they know restrictions would be in place. Thanks for the insight.

      • fintroll

        It is a new thing, nothing that could be foreseen when the world shoot was planned and IPSC Russia has already dealt with the issue afaik. Not really an issue anymore to the best of my knowledge.

        • Voice from East

          The article on ipsc_ru about meeting and dealing with officials was published 11 may, in short says “we’re working on it”. Today is 22 may and no response. They have only 1.5 week to find a solution.
          Officials probably will find it, because event is BIG and politicaly valuable, but all of this smells kinda suspicious and i’m simply tired of negligence and superior stupidity of our goverment..

  • Sounds like some clarification is necessary here.

    First of all: the problem is not due to “new EU gun laws”.

    For starters, there is no such thing as an “EU Gun Law”. A directive exists setting minimum standards for Member States to reach; the Member States have then full discretionality in how to implement them.

    Furthermore, the so-called #EUGunBan has been watered down to the point it’s basically uneffective and unworkable in practice. And it has not even been published yet in the Official Journal of the European Union, which means it has not yet been put in place and Member States still haven’t started the 15-months reception and implementation phase yet.

    The issue stems from EU regulation no.258/2012, implementing Article 10 of the UN Firearms Protocol, whose Chapter II regulates both permanent and temporary export of firearms to third Countries and covers the temporary export licenses necessary to hunt abroad or to take part to shooting events outside of the EU.

    Articles 9, 10 and 11 of Chapter II of EU Regulation 258/2012 actually allow temporary export licenses to be granted towards Countries that are under sanctions or embargo (just like Russia is); that is typically for firearms that travel with their owner(s) for official sport shooting competitions or hunting trips, and are guaranteed to go back with their owner(s) in a short amount of time.

    But the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands are refusing to
    accept that exception, and using the sanctions against Russia as an excuse to systematically deny the temporary export licenses necessary to their citizens to travel to Russia with their guns and take part to the event.

    So yes, sanctions against Russia are a reason, albeit only as an excuse.

    It is not a case if the governments involved are those of France, Germany and the Netherlands (for starters, as others may follow suit).

    Those governments were the main sponsors of the #EUGunBan, and were royally pissed by the fact that their attempt to impose an outright ban and mass confiscation of modern sporting firearms and their standard capacity magazines was thwarted by the reaction of the European shooters community.

    So now they are retaliating in the best (only) way they know: bullying shooters.
    As in: « OK, you did not want to give up your guns and stopped us from taking them… for now. So we will make sure that you will not be able to use them in the most important competition of the year, to begin with.»

    • valorius

      “For starters, there is no such thing as an “EU Gun Law”. A directive exists setting minimum standards for Member States to reach”

      Bud, that’s an EU gun law.

      • Directives are not laws. Come to live here in Europe and study European legislation before speaking… 😉

        • valorius

          Not even if you paid me to.

          If you have to follow it, it’s a law- just like a regulation.

          • That’s the point.

            WE, the citizens, do not have to follow it. Our COUNTRIES have to adopt those guidelines in their laws.

            Hence it’s not a law.

          • valorius

            If your countries have to adopt the guidelines in their laws, it’s a law…

          • The U.S. have to adopt many UN guidelines in their laws, are UN guidelines laws? No.

          • valorius

            Obviously if we’re forced to adopt it, it’s a law.

  • toms

    The big question is why have the biggest shooting competition of the year in a country actively involved in land war in Europe? IPSC needs its head examined just like anyone stupid enough to bring a semiautomatic firearm into Russia. It’s illegal to even have a high capacity magazine or semiautonomous pistol there. Your committing a grave felony just by entering the border (I suppose you can trust in the fair and even handedness of the local FSB border guards and use your competition pass as an affirmative defense in court). Good Luck!