Tsar Cannon: Russia's high-end custom tactical rifle maker

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Tsar Cannon, who are the exclusive provider of sniper rifles to the Russian equivalent of the Secret Service, claim that they produce the most accurate sniper and competition rifles in Europe.

The company hopes to export into the United States. RT.com reports (emphasis mine) …

The shots are remarkable accurate, so it is easy to understand why this kind of weapon is the first choice for professional snipers and for those protecting Russia’s top leaders. If one wanted to shoot out the eye of a rabbit at a distance of one mile, this is the gun for it.

Tsar Cannon plans to enter the US market in the near future where, even though the market is dense with similar companies, the number of shooting ranches is many times bigger than in Russia. Therefore there is a demand for the best, hi-tech rifles.

I do not see how they are going to be able to export. Since 1997 the ATF has barred Russian imports other than gun explicitly approved in Federal Regulation T.D. ATF-393. I do not belive the approved list has been updated in over a decade …

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this section, the Director shall deny applications to import into the United States the following firearms and ammunition:

(1) Any firearm located or manufactured in Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan, and any firearm previously manufactured in the Soviet Union, that is not one of the models listed below:

(i) Pistols/Revolvers:

(A) German Model P08 Pistol.

(B) IZH 34M, .22 caliber Target Pistol.

The only way they could get around this ban is to name their guns after a rifle listed as being allowed for import. For example, they could name their rifle “Saiga Super-Sniper” (Saiga is listed as being legal to import). Although, I doubt the BATFE would allow this when they figured it out.

Many thanks to Michael for sending me the link.

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  • GarryB GarryB on Dec 17, 2011

    I wonder if US bans on importing specific types of firearms from certain places (ie Russia) are legal once the Russians join the WTO.

    AFAIK WTO rules mean you can't discriminate against products from a particular country that is also in the WTO unless there are genuine health and safety issues... that should mean that these bans are illegal and if they are not lifted Russia can take punitive measures like banning all sorts of things from the US.

    Will be interesting to see what happens.

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