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US cops to use guns made by AK-47 producer

Published time: January 31, 2012 17:54
Edited time: February 01, 2012 14:46

A barrel of a Kalashnikov assault rifle (AFP Photo / Boris Horvat)

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US cops will soon be using Russian guns, as Kalashnikov-maker Izhmash confirmed on Tuesday that it has signed a supply contract at a trade show in Las Vegas.

The order was for its Saiga-12 combat shotguns. The first batches were already delivered to US law enforcement services in January 2012.

The contract was concluded during the Shot Show international weapons fair that took place in Las Vegas from January 17 to 20. Izhmash also reports considerable interest from Central American countries.

The plant hopes new supply contracts will help it to recover the losses incurred by the Russian Army's decision to stop ordering Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Saiga-12 development is based on the Kalashnikov firearms design. The semi-automatic smooth barrel shotgun weighs 3.6 kilograms and fires 12-gauge shells, and has clips for two, five or eight rounds.

The Saiga-12 stands out against its competitors for its reliability, precise barrel production and accuracy.