The famous Izhmash factory will start producing Glock handguns for the Russian market according to this Moscow Times article. Pictures of Russian marked Glocks have been circulating the Internet for a while, so this probably won’t come as a surprise to those of you who follow Glock closely. The state owned company Rostec owns the factory formerly known as Izhmash which was renamed to “Kalashnikov” earlier this year. The Austrians will assist Kalashnikov in setting up their manufacturing facilities by supplying them with the necessary training, materials and the technology.
It’s doubtful the pistols are destine for the export market, at least not at the moment, so don’t expect to get your hands on one here in the United States.
It’s not surprising that Glock continues to expand their manufacturing base as the worldwide demand for their pistols is incredible. In the last few years Glock has established manufacturing capabilities in the United States as well and has recently began exporting the U.S. made pistols to at least one country, the Philippines.