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Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:17 pm
by Skoll
The people who leech off our tax money did it again :


http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017 ... ooks-like/
The US Department Of Treasury released an update to the sanction list in connection to the Russian – Ukranian conflict today and it appears that as a result of the change to sanctions the US has banned VEPR rifles and shotguns from further import. Well not really banned, but United States based businesses are prohibited from doing business with Molot-Oruzhie going forward. I imagine that any products that have been purchased already and are in the process of import will be available for purchase, but anything past that will become very scarce like the Saiga rifles and shotguns several years ago.

Before you get too angry and start screaming ‘THIS IS POLITICS’ and smashing your face into the keyboard, there are sometimes when the effects of political actions make a drastic impact on the American shooter. As much as I hate writing about laws, regulations, and sanctions I am forced to from time to time while maintaining as non-political of a stance as possible.

Hrachya H. spotted the update to the sanction list posted today and wasn’t able to write about it, but nice spot! Getting the information out to shooters that have been eyeing that VEPR for the last several years will be pleased with the chance to grab their VEPR before supplies dry up. I would move fast if you are looking at one.

So why has Molot-Oruzhie been placed on the sanctions list? The Department fo Treasury cites that a connection to Kalashnikov Concern is the reason they are now sanctioned just like other Russian arms giant. While I wasn’t able to find hard proof of a connection I suspect that Hrachya was correct in the article he posted about Molot being bankrupt and was to be sold. (Read that post HERE) Hrachya stated that he felt Kalashnikov Concern was the only company that was capable or willing to buy the failed Molot. If that did in fact happen, that would be the reason that Molot was added to the sanction list.

The text from the US Department of Treasury is posted below:

MOLOT-ORUZHIE, OOO (a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU ‘MOLOT-ORUZHIE’; f.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU PROIZVODSTVENNO INSTRUMENT KACHESTVO), 135 ul. Lenina, Vyatskie Polyany, Kirov Obl. 612960, Russia; Registration ID 1094307000633 (Russia); Tax ID No. 4307012765 (Russia); Government Gazette Number 60615883 (Russia) [UKRAINE-EO13661] (Linked To: KALASHNIKOV CONCERN).

We reached out to FIME Group, the US-based importer of MOLOT products, and asked for a statement. At the time this story was written they were putting together a press release and will be releasing it shortly. Make sure to check back soon to see how this will affect the US market.

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:08 am
by NorincoKid
Yup.

If you want one, grab it now. They're going to go the way of the Saiga [smilie=012.gif]

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:37 am
by Skoll
I do want one, but they take propriety mags and that's just an added bullshit expense, IMO.

Think I'll just get one of the budget Arsenals that they put out earlier this year as a f/;k you to Century and K-USA.

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:42 pm
by NorincoKid
Skoll wrote:I do want one, but they take propriety mags and that's just an added bullshit expense, IMO.

Think I'll just get one of the budget Arsenals that they put out earlier this year as a f/;k you to Century and K-USA.
I think the VEPR FM-11 (?) was the one that took regular AK mags and didn't have the ghey "slant back" receiver.

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:17 pm
by JohnMeridith
I picked up a square back 308 and 762x54 a few years ago. They are super fun to shoot

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:06 am
by Skoll
JohnMeridith wrote:I picked up a square back 308 and 762x54 a few years ago. They are super fun to shoot
My AK is by far my favorite gun to shoot. I didn't even know the Vepr came in x54 though. Does it kick like a Mosin?

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:21 am
by JohnMeridith
Skoll wrote:
JohnMeridith wrote:I picked up a square back 308 and 762x54 a few years ago. They are super fun to shoot
My AK is by far my favorite gun to shoot. I didn't even know the Vepr came in x54 though. Does it kick like a Mosin?
Not at all. I put about 100rds through the vepr one day before switching over to my t53 for a couple sessions. Night and day difference

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:05 am
by Skoll
Luckily Barnaul, the Russian manufacturer of a lot of ammo that we get cheap in the US, weren't on the sanctions list. This time, anyway.

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:10 am
by Pheenix11
Yeah if they ever ban some of the Russian ammo manufacturers then we're really screwed, especially 5.45. Such a shame these rifles were added to the sanctions list, they look beautiful.

Re: Molot Veprs banned due to sanctions

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:34 am
by Skoll
Pheenix11 wrote:Yeah if they ever ban some of the Russian ammo manufacturers then we're really screwed, especially 5.45. Such a shame these rifles were added to the sanctions list, they look beautiful.
Yeah if they ban Tula or Barnaul, I might get into re-loading solely because my AK is my favorite gun to shoot.