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New Kalashnikov Shotgun Brings Russia Victory in Shooting World Cup

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Demo firing a Saiga 12 smoothbore autoloading shotgun - Sputnik International
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A new gun produced by the Kalashnikov Concern brought Russia victory in the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Shotgun World Championship-2015, the press-service of the company said on Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Shotgun World Championship was held in the Italian city of Agna on September 13-19. The Russian team won a total of 12 medals, including four gold, five silver and three bronze medals. Some 600 athletes from more than 25 countries took part in the competition.

"From 13 to 19 September 2015, a championship in practical shooting was held in Agna. For the first time all the Russian medalists won a landslide victory in the Open class, performing with a new smooth-bore weapon Saiga-12," the press-service said.

The development and support of sport shooting are of high priority for the Kalashnikov Concern, the press-service said, adding that the company was very much satisfied with the competition results.

The Kalashnikov Concern was created in 2013 in a merger of two Soviet-era plants, Izmash and Izhmekh, becoming Russia’s largest producer of rifles and other weaponry. The company exports its products to 27 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Italy, Canada, Kazakhstan and Thailand.

The Saiga-12 prototype was developed by the Izhmash plant in the early 1990s as a member of the family of semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, based on the famous Kalashnikov AK assault rifle design.

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