Thursday, February 08, 2018 – When executives of Russian firearms manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern sat with Tom McCrossin, CEO of Pennsylvania importer RWC Group, distributor of Izmash and Saiga firearms, behind a long table on a stage at the January 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, they and an assembled crowd of gun distributors, retailers and the American gun media were enraptured with the thought of genuine AK-47 rifles – not China or even U.S. knock-offs – filling dealers’ shelves. Then Crimea happened. Eastern Ukraine followed, both under Vladimir Putin’s control.
In February 2014, a month after the SHOT Show announcement, Russia completed annexation of Crimea into the Russian Federation which effectively established the valuable seaport access it needed. Briefly, and with hardly a shot being fired – there was one military fatality – governments of the two countries had collided. In majority Ukraine, Barack Obama, who would earlier whisper through a hot mic to Russian President Dimitry Medvedev that, after the 2012 election he, Obama, would be in a better position to negotiate with Medvedev’s successor (Putin, who preceded Medvedev) that “After my reelection (in America) I’ll have more flexibility to negotiate particularly with missile defenses.”
Obama beat Mitt Romney by only 03.6% (51.1% – 47.2% (Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson won just under 1%) of the vote. Did anyone hear conservative Romney’s campaign asking for Russia’s help in the election. ‘Course not. But Obama? Only the whole world. Collusion?
We can all speculate history until there’s no more history left to speculate if North Korea’s uno & dUn decides to “drop in” during the South Korean Olympics. But Obama got the scare of his political second term life and, in retrospect, could have used all the help he could get. Even Russia’s. Remember, we specifically said “speculate.”
In July of 2014 Obama joined the European Union in issuing economic sanctions against Russia which halted production of some 400,000 AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles ordered shipped from Kalashnikov to RWC in Tullytown, PA. About half of the order, 200,000 Russian AK-47s, had already been shipped to U.S. retailers and were ripped from their shelves by eager buyers. The Obama sanctions halted any chance of potential conciliation and euphemistically allowed a political middle finger salute to Putin. So much for Obama’s assertion to Medvedev about negotiated flexibility.
Shifty Adam Schiff, Democrat California, recently asserted that the NRA had a hand in “colluding” with the Trump campaign in the hope that Trump, if elected over Hillary Clinton, would cancel Obama’s executive sanctions order (See stories above and below). First, The NRA, in support of RWC Group – initially known as Kalashnikov USA then morphed into the acronym KUSA – is no different than its support for Israeli Weapons Industry (IWI), Germany’s HK, or Czechoslovakia’s CZ, Italy’s Beretta, or any other foreign gun maker in the same frame as foreign cars from international auto makers or French perfume designers.
Ever wonder how many Austrian Glocks are found in American police holsters? We could go on and on but to educate Shifty Schiff would be pointless. He’s a liberal Democrat and that’s how liberal Democrats think. Yes, we know; Shifty’s comments were used to make a point however exacerbating in a way similar to Donald Trump’s Twitter teases.
But there’s more. After the Obama sanctions halted the new Kalashnikov USA enterprise, eager buyers raced to snatch up whatever genuine Russian AKs were available until they were completely out of stock, despite further high demand. In 2015, this publication conducted a gun bundle giveaway, one of several since we launched GunProPlus in 2014. Our anchor gun in that giveaway was a KUSA AK-47 and a Saiga shotgun. Our winner of the authentic AK and Saiga, plus cases of ammo from co-sponsor Black Hills and a laser/light combo from Viridian were nearly all delivered. The one holdout: The KUSA AK rifle.
Winner Dennis Cromer has been waiting over THREE years! “My case of BHA 7.62x39mm ammo is generating mold in my gun safe,” Cromer wrote in an email to us recently. GunProPlus has even offered to buy the gun if Mr. Cromer can find one at a dealer anywhere in America. Can anyone help? Brian Skinner, CEO of KUSA, now in Pompano Beach, Florida, was unavailable when we stopped by the booth at this year’s SHOT Show. It isn’t Skinner’s fault that Trump can’t lift Obama’s sanctions. We all know how that would look to ‘ol Shifty who’s desperately searching for any excuse to draw political blood, especially our current president’s. And, worse, when Republican litigator firebrand favorite Trey Gowdy retires from the House Judiciary Committee on which he serves with possible equal retiree JC Chairman Darrell Issa, guess who’s in line to take over Issa’s committee seat if Republicans lose the House to Democrats and the needle thin Senate majority leadership to Chucky Cheese Schumer?
Can anybody say, “Shifty?”