VEPR Banned from US after New Sanctions

On Tuesday, June 20th, President Trump’s Treasury Department increased economic sanctions against Russia and Russian companies. This news came as relations between the US and Russia have grown more stressed over the past months. The economic sanctions went into effect while President Trump was meeting with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Among the new companies included in the new restrictions is Molot-Oruzhie, an arms factory responsible for manufacturing the popular VEPR series of AK-inspired rifles and shotguns.

VEPR 308 with Folding Stock

The recently announced VEPR 308 with Folding Stock,

The U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stated that these sanctions, “will maintain pressure on Russia to work toward a diplomatic solution.” The added sanctions come on the heels of continued unrest in Ukraine and the failure of both sides to meet obligations of the 2015 Minsk Agreement that ended the armed stand-off in the Ukraine. “This administration is committed to a diplomatic process that guarantees Ukrainian sovereignty,” Mnuchin added. The additional sanctions are an extension of the economic sanctions originally levied in the early 2014, at the beginning of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine. Since the original sanctions, the US has consistently increased pressure on Russia.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control released this listing for Molot in the recent sanctions:

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).

Kalashnikov Concern was named in a previous round of economic sanctions on Russia. The connection between Kalashnikov and Molot is not clear, but Molot may have acted as an exporter or contractor for Kalashnikov as a way around the economic sanctions. Another theory suggests that the Molot-Oruzhie factory was going bankrupt, and Kalashnikov Concern (the parent company of historic AK factories Izhmash and Izhmekh) purchased the factory but kept the company in place.

The United States importer of Molot and Izhmash-made firearms, FIME Group, made the following statement via their Facebook page:


The current sanctions do not affect the legality of firearms made by the Molot-Oruzhie company, but rather prevent an American company from having business dealings with certain individuals and companies in Russia. In this way, it may be difficult for the US-based FIME Group to import any additional VEPR Rifles or VEPR-12 Shotguns. As sanctions from 2014 have yet to be lifted, it may be quite sometime before we see a new shipment of VEPR firearms enter the market. If that is the case, the current stock of imported firearms may e-vepr-ate pretty quickly. FIME may have to instead focus on other non-sanctioned companies such as Zastava and Arex.

What do you think of these new sanctions? Are you going to try to get your hands on a VEPR before they’re gone? Tell us what you think below:

19 Comments On This Article

  1. Today’s use of sanctions, by US, are but means of warfare, not to protect its domestic goods and products or our labor force from unfair foreign trade; a practice that like it’s military cares not about the human non-combatants casualties.
    As an Empire still in its’growth phase and militarism by its population has risen to almost a Godhood with but uniforms, much like Christian angelic in robes, the Uniform gusrantees Hero wordhip by its bearer, this means the public will not only fillow but actively encourages any and all means of warfare as their duty.
    As too loss of ability to purchase this firms weapons there will be no mass economic pain to general public and is not looked upon by the “My cold dead Fingers Cult” as an infringement upon their (lower case “r”)right to bear
    There are still multiple nations exporting same type of weaponry to US, primarily ex soviet nations in Balkans, but are also tied into our Empires military that buys and then supplies those arms to, both the good, the bad and yes the uglies of our proxies armys in a hundred nations.
    So raise the flag and cheer, your only a wounded casualty.

  2. No Big Deal. We’ve (US firearms customers) have more than enough choices in firearms. The temporarily banned firearms are pretty much junk compared what we can purchase from companies within our own borders, including clones of the VEPR merchandise…

  3. Thanks to sanctions, my old Mosin-Nagant’s, have tripled in value! Stopping the flow of surplus military does nothing more than drive up the price of what is already here.

  4. I’d feel better if the sanctions were having ANY kind of detrimental effect on Russia, but I have seen NO evidence to show it has caused them any sort of negative impact!!!!

  5. This sanction will place stress upon Russia military armaments industry, that people will be unemployed there and quite possibly here are the collateral products.
    At this juncture of where US strategy or portion of LIC, Limited Intensity Conflict, has but one option eft, whereby all other steps have failed to bring nations to their knees if not for this added economic warfare being interjected we would be seeing the final phase of direct confrontation.
    US military strategist believe neither Russia or China, with Iran included, would not use the nuclear option as long as their territorisl borders were not directly breached or chance of crumbling, that they would fight with conventional weaponry only, especially if on foreign ground.
    It is not just sanctions upon weapons as the US has coersed international banks to confiscate and hold billions of Russians overseas investment and currency hostage as well.
    We of the pro gun. Will still be anle to buy foreign made weapons as US trade will allow allied nations that do not say no to our demands and allow our bases upon their territorial claims, and allow their national forces to furthrr our Empires reach.
    As an example; the recent increase of importation of Phillipine, Balkans, and Turkish arms and munitions now pose real challenges to american small arms manufacturing entities.
    This may seem a minor event but many of our Stste Departments trade deals having to do with our increased military presence in those nations, and our use of other nations military as auxillary forces,have cost many an american manufacuring, mineral extraction and agricultural loss of jobs.

    • Might I politely suggest that “Hide Behind” wait until sober of mind and spirit then proof-read his/her comments prior to posting. I’d like to further recommend that he/she only use words with which he/she is certain of meaning. While most of the reasoning seems to be sound, the spelling errors, as well as the errors of punctuation and misuse of multisyllabic words weaken their argument.

  6. Hide behind needs to practice his English. I didn’t get one word of that screed
    Vepr shotguns have been pretty common recently
    All the local gun stores and Atlantic Firearms online have had them for around $900
    I’ve shot them and they are a nice solid AK pattern shotgun
    With an Eotech on the side rail, they can hit flying clays
    Its fun, if punishing, to blast away using a drum or extended capacity magazine
    There are 2 other competing products in AK shotguns
    China makes the Catamount and Kalashnikov U.S.A. makes a “Tactical” shotgun
    I have not seen or handled either one

  7. After owning Saiga brand AK variants and Vepr AK variants , I can say that the Vepr’s are superior in every way. Vepr owners can feel good that they own one of the best semi-auto rifles and shotguns that most people didn’t even know about. I have had 3 different Vepr-12’s. Paid close to $1300 for the first one years back. Only sold them because other people wanted to pay me a good amount after seeing how they ate everything, features and superiority over other semi-auto shotguns. Sad to see them go.