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Wow! Some international intrigue going on!!

Zenith Firearms Cuts Ties with MKE – New Product Launch in 2021





Zenith Firearms is a family-owned company based in Afton, Virginia. I remember them clearly from my last SHOT Show visit, where one of their employees took a lot of time and effort to show me around and explain their products. I appreciated that, a lot.

MKE (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation) fairly well, but mostly from a firearms point of view. I don’t own one, because with the limited firearms we can own where I live I had to make a choice between B&T and an MP5 clone and I went with the modern alternative. However, I have a lot of friends who own firearms from MKE, anything from short MP5s to HK G3 clones, and shot one as late as last week.


Zenith Z-5K Classic AOW

Zenith Firearms and MKE have a long relationship, but all things come to an end.

Below you can find a long, detailed and interesting explanation about the end of MKE imports by Zenith Firearms.

This press release serves as an announcement that Zenith Firearms will no longer be importing MKE-produced firearms. The philosophy that Zenith has always carried is to reach for excellence with integrity. The product that we brought to the US market is high-quality, the customer service that we provide is superior, the ammunition that we now import is of excellent quality. Zenith is just getting started. We have opened a retail gun shop in Afton, VA, and continue to service and custom-build all manners of firearms. Zenith will continue to service those models that were imported under its brand and will continue to work on roller-delayed firearms sent to us for repair, upgrades and refurbishments. Zenith arguably has one of the most capable gunsmithing workshops in the US.

Those with a love of the roller-delayed platform, watch for Zenith’s US-manufactured product launch in 2021!

Many have asked what happened between Zenith and MKE. So, here is a factual account. Please note that MKE is a government entity and in many ways immune to retribution, and business rationale is a secondary consideration.

MKE had a product liability lawsuit dating from 1976 with the plaintiff, Mr. Ohntrup, in Pennsylvania, in which judgement was entered in favor of the plaintiff with a significant monetary award. MKE refused to settle with the Pennsylvania defendants and the award grew to nearly $42 million (https://casetext.com/case/ohntrup-v-makina-ve-kimyaendustrisi-kurumu-1). Consequently, MKE products were prevented from importation into the US. ATI attempted to import their product in 2009-2010, but were quickly prohibited.

In 2011, one of Zenith’s owners, who had been a longstanding representative for MKE in other countries, was approached by buyers from Walmart to import MKE ammunition during the period of ammunition shortage. Zenith went to work, first settling MKE’s legal matters to ensure imports would not be stopped, by preparing a $4.47million settlement to Mrs. Ohntrup (the widow of the plaintiff), and then preparing contracts with MKE and Walmart for the first year of product importation. This led to the successful importation of 111million rounds of ZQI ammunition in 2012-2013, and the relationship formed the foundation of Zenith’s firearms business with priority given to the importation of MKE-made firearms.

When the ammunition shortage ended, Walmart essentially liquidated their stock of ZQI ammunition below cost and destroyed the market for ZQI and its partners. The contract with MKE however was set to continue ammunition imports for an additional 12 months at a price no longer viable in the US. Knowing that Zenith would be suffering a considerable loss due to the ammunition pricing, the defined agreement between Zenith and MKE was that the loss would be borne by Zenith but corrected through firearm imports and the cooperation of Zenith and MKE in order to build a robust US market for MKE products. The aim was to eventually manufacture 922R parts here in the US, as a joint effort between Zenith and MKE. Unfortunately, in the end, Zenith absorbed all the loss and paid the settlement, and was left in debt to MKE.

In 2015-2016, MKE’s factory manager, Mr. Tanriverdi, attempted to elicit a bribe from Zenith’s owner, Kutlay Kaya, to be given the technical data packages of the Z-series firearms and the new MPT-55 and MPT-76. When MKE’s management failed to deal with the problem, Mr. Kaya took the case to the authorities which led to the arrest and imprisonment of Mr. Tanriverdi for treason (https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2016/12/14/man-faces-prison-term-for-saleof-weapon-project). Instead of this action bringing forth better relations, it appeared that it was the beginning of a troubled relationship with MKE.

Just when Zenith was anticipating an increase in firearms imports and the release of long-awaited WWII surplus ammunition, the July 2016 coup attempt occurred and all MKE’s effort was diverted to the local needs in Turkey. Zenith waited. MKE focused on manufacturing their new infantry rifle, the MPT, and Zenith continued to wait. Management at MKE changed several times, and each change meant less understanding of the value of Zenith’s reintroduction of MKE products, brand and impact on the US market. Certified delivery schedules became meaningless and late deliveries missed critical market deadlines, in one instance resulting in a $1.8million loss. Additionally, product prices increased with inflation at 10% per year, even when no product was delivered in a given year. Zenith remained protective of MKE’s reputation throughout and continued working towards establishing honest trade which would have brought great success to both parties.

In January 2019, a new agreement was put in place with much effort to ensure shipments would be on a monthly basis. MKE used more subcontractors to overcome their filled capacity as the MPT production remained a priority and it led to manufacturing and quality deficits. Intentional sabotage was even suspected. However, Zenith corrected the significant quality control issues here in the US while making the concerns known to MKE. MKE accused Zenith of being in breach of contract according to payment schedules and Zenith countered that the quality issues constituted a priority breach and prevented products being put into the market. To this day, funds that were sent to MKE in mid-2019 for product orders have been diverted to the ammunition debt that Zenith has been working to clear since 2016. This act alone is illegal since the financial matters were in two separate companies (Zenith Firearms vs Zenith Quest International). It appeared that MKE’s then deputy manager, Mehmet Unal, was set on working with others, cancelling Zenith’s contractual exclusivity as Zenith refused to line pockets and were insistent on necessary corrections being made. Management changed again in late 2019, and at Shot Show 2020, MKE informed Zenith that they appointed a new company as their exclusive representative to the US. They have since proceeded to select Century Arms as the company that they will use to import MKE’s MP-5 clones. In October 2020, Century released a video in which they showed their AP-5 with black tape over the manufacturer and importer names. One can
only assume it is because “Zenith Firearms” is actually engraved on the receiver.

The focus of Zenith remains on servicing the US firearms industry with excellent product and service. For more information on our services and products visit www.zenithfirearms.com and www.zqiammunition.com.

Source: Zenith Firearms Blog

 

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Ammo Shortage Will Last Deep into 2021

Comments made by Vista Outdoor CEO and Director Christopher Metz during the company’s quarterly earnings call last month indicate ammunition will continue to be scare well into 2021.
“We currently have over a year’s worth of orders for ammunition in excess of $1 billion,” he said in his opening remarks. “This is unprecedented for our company. With demand far outstripping supply and inventory levels in the channel at all-time lows, we see strong demand continuing…”

He cautioned there are notable differences between today’s low-cartridge inventories and that of 2016, which may indicate the current situation may be longer lasting. Metz explained the volume of new shooters is one driving factor.

https://www.americanrifleman.org/ar...8FyzEZUGMLtAWSAHViFbWKfieXzGLFaBCcTcfdb19vZX0


Sounds as if the great ammo shortage of 2020 is going to be with us awhile.
 

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Rock Your AR15 Like Judas Priest – New Leather Wrap Series from HERA Arms



HERA Arms was founded in Germany in 2008, and have since expanded within the European as well as the American markets. HERA LLC was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2016. They have several interesting products like the HERA Arms CQR Stock and CQR Front grip and the Hera Arms H7 Remington 700 Chassis and Rifle.
For those who like Judas Priest and Rob Halford, and would like to rock their AR-15 with leather accessories on the next 3Gun stage, they now have a brand new grip series ready for you. These are going to be available in the US very soon.



Here is the new product announcement from HERA Arms’ Facebook page:
New Products – Our new Leather-Series is here! Today we would like to introduce our new HFGL, H15GL and IRS-L. The winding system is based on a simple clamping inside the pistol- and frontgrip and on top of the handguard.
The pre-wrapped products are available in three different colours (Black, Natur, Brown). The leather strap is 3 mm thick and can be easily replaced by any standard leather strap if other colours are desired.
The HFGL and H15GL-Series are now available. Of course, rifles can also configured with the pistol-, frontgrip and handguards.
The brown leather reminds me of the Geissele ICON Rifle – “The Last Man Standing” with the wood, and that’s not a bad thing as it’s a pretty good looking rifle.

https://hera-arms.com/

HERA Arms USA can be found here: https://www.hera-usa.com/
 

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Dem foreigners be stealing R’ ammo when there’s a shortage goin on!:eek::mad:

Speer Ammunition Awarded Contract to Provide Duty Ammunition to Top Nordic Police Agencies Including Norwegian and Swedish Police



LEWISTON, Idaho – December 8, 2020 – Speer Ammunition was recently awarded the joint Nordic Police 9mm duty handgun ammunition contract for Speer 124-grain Gold Dot. Speer’s sister company Federal already holds the duty rifle contract for .223 Tactical Bonded and .308 Tactical Bonded Tip precision rounds. The duty handgun contract will supply these agencies for up to four years.

“We are extremely pleased with this prestigious contract award, as it validates the high level of trust the international law enforcement agencies have with our extremely reliable and innovative products,” said Speer’s President Jason Vanderbrink.

“The testing specifications and procedures for these contracts were some of the most thorough in the world,” said VP of Law Enforcement, Government and International Sales David Leis. “The use of Gold Dot technology in this contract ammunition ensures the highest performance threshold and absolute confidence in performance, and we are proud to produce ammunition that meets and exceeds our customer’s strict requirements.”

The selected duty rounds utilize Speer Gold Dot technology, which has set an industry benchmark for both self-defense and duty use, earning the trust of consumers and law enforcement world-wide. The bullet features a pressure-formed lead core that is bonded to an extremely uniform jacket a single atom at a time that virtually eliminates separation on impact for more retained weight and consistent penetration depths. The Gold Dot hollow-point design expands consistently through a full range of barriers. Reliable ignition and cycling are delivered thanks to sealed primers and nickel-plated brass.

Speer ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Speer. For more information on all products from Speer or to shop online, visit www.speer.com.
 

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Dem foreigners be stealing R’ ammo when there’s a shortage goin on!:eek::mad:

Speer Ammunition Awarded Contract to Provide Duty Ammunition to Top Nordic Police Agencies Including Norwegian and Swedish Police



LEWISTON, Idaho – December 8, 2020 – Speer Ammunition was recently awarded the joint Nordic Police 9mm duty handgun ammunition contract for Speer 124-grain Gold Dot. Speer’s sister company Federal already holds the duty rifle contract for .223 Tactical Bonded and .308 Tactical Bonded Tip precision rounds. The duty handgun contract will supply these agencies for up to four years.

“We are extremely pleased with this prestigious contract award, as it validates the high level of trust the international law enforcement agencies have with our extremely reliable and innovative products,” said Speer’s President Jason Vanderbrink.

“The testing specifications and procedures for these contracts were some of the most thorough in the world,” said VP of Law Enforcement, Government and International Sales David Leis. “The use of Gold Dot technology in this contract ammunition ensures the highest performance threshold and absolute confidence in performance, and we are proud to produce ammunition that meets and exceeds our customer’s strict requirements.”

The selected duty rounds utilize Speer Gold Dot technology, which has set an industry benchmark for both self-defense and duty use, earning the trust of consumers and law enforcement world-wide. The bullet features a pressure-formed lead core that is bonded to an extremely uniform jacket a single atom at a time that virtually eliminates separation on impact for more retained weight and consistent penetration depths. The Gold Dot hollow-point design expands consistently through a full range of barriers. Reliable ignition and cycling are delivered thanks to sealed primers and nickel-plated brass.

Speer ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Speer. For more information on all products from Speer or to shop online, visit www.speer.com.
"Speer ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide"

Good luck with that.
 
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After looking closer at that picture I see they have a recessed area that the leather cordage sits inside. If you added cordage to a regular grip w/o that recessed area it would make the grip too “fat”...Scratch that idea unless you have huge hands anyway.
 

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After looking closer at that picture I see they have a recessed area that the leather cordage sits inside. If you added cordage to a regular grip w/o that recessed area it would make the grip too “fat”...Scratch that idea unless you have huge hands anyway.
Or a belt sander and a drill...
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BREAKING: ATF Raids Polymer80, Cracking Down on ‘Ghost Gun’ Build Kits



Our friends at the ATF simply can’t wait for a Biden inauguration in January. They’ve been licking their regulatory chops, getting ready for crackdowns they’ve been planning on pistol braces and home build kits — alleged ghost guns — for months, anticipating a Trump defeat.

Now that it seems they’ll be getting the change of administrations they’ve been silently cheering on, they’re wasting no time. Yesterday ATF agents executed a raid on Nevada-based Polymer80, one of the largest makers of 80% lowers and pistol frames.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The raid target, Nevada-based Polymer80, is suspected of illegally manufacturing and distributing firearms, failing to pay taxes, shipping guns across state lines and failing to conduct background investigations, according to an application for a search warrant unsealed Thursday after the raid took place.

The probe focuses on Polymer80’s “Buy Build Shoot Kit,” which includes the parts to build a “ghost” handgun. The kit, which Polymer80 sells online, meets the definition of a firearm, ATF investigators determined according to the warrant application. That means it would have to be stamped with a serial number and couldn’t be sold to consumers who haven’t first passed a background check.

It appears that the ATF may have once again changed their definition of a firearm and now considers Polymer80’s Buy Build Shoot kit the equivalent of a firearm, requiring serialization and a transfer through an FFL.

The ATF previously gave Polymer80 permission to sell unfinished receivers. But the Buy Build Shoot Kits, which are advertised as having “all the necessary components to build a complete…pistol” weren’t submitted to the agency for approval, according to the application for the search warrant. These kits can be “assembled into fully functional firearms in a matter of minutes,” the warrant application says.

Uh huh. If there’s nothing in the box that’s legally a “firearm,” why submit it for approval? If the frame still qualifies under the ATF’s definition of an 80% firearm — with no serial number or transfer required — it’s not clear how selling the frame as part of a kit, along with the other parts necessary to complete a build, would change the legal status of the kit as a whole.

Then again, legal niceties have never been the ATF’s strong suit. They’ve shown themselves to be more than willing to change their definitions and rules on the fly, manufacturers and buyers be damned.

We’ve asked Polymer80 for a comment on yesterdays festivities, but have not heard back yet. This likely won’t be the last of these actions by the ATF as we get closer to regime change in D.C.

UPDATE Polymer80 has given TTAG the following statement:

Over the past few years, and at the present time, Polymer80 has had numerous contacts from federal, state, and local law enforcement officials across the country. In each such instance, when properly and lawfully so approached, Polymer80 has expended best efforts to fully cooperate with law enforcement. When and as appropriate, the company will continue to do so.

This practice is consistent with Polymer80’s hard-earned reputation as an industry leader and responsible corporate citizen. Indeed, the company takes its legal obligations seriously, just as it does its treasured and fruitful relationships with its customers and independent dealers.

In short, Polymer80 is committed to discharging all of its responsibilities and duties as to them, as well as vigorously protecting its rights under the law. We will continue to monitor all developments as they arise.


https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/breaking-atf-raids-polymer80-cracking-down-on-ghost-guns/


Polymer80 Raided By ATF Breaking News LIVE With John Crump of AmmolandNews


By my understanding these are the Buy,Build and shoot kits, where everything needed to complete your build is included in one box, not parts purchased separately.
 

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GHOSTED: ATF Visiting End Users; Requesting Forfeiture Of Polymer80 Kits

Earlier today TFB reported on a story in the Wall Street Journal stating that the ATF had apparently conducted a search warrant at Polymer80 Inc, a company known for producing 80% firearm kits and related parts. These 80% builds, often referred to as “Ghost Guns” by media outlets, presumably because they can be built into firearms without needing to visit an FFL, have long been a topic of debate. This morning, an anonymous TFB reader provided additional information pointing to the ATF visiting end users and requesting the forfeiture of certain Polymer80 kits.

The reader stated that on the afternoon of December 10, 2020, they were visited by the ATF and were requested to surrender any Polymer80 kits. The ATF took custody of the Buy Build Shoot Kit and provided them with a receipt for the property. In the “Basis for Transfer or Seizure of Items” box, the ATF agent wrote “Polymer80, Inc. Investigation”. The email to TFB stated:

They are also going after customers. Had ATF at my house approximately 1pm yesterday telling me I need to surrender my P80 or he would return to raid my house with a warrant. Enclosed is my surrender sheet for proof. If anyone purchased a “Buy, Build, Shoot” kit from them they will probably be hearing from the ATF as well.

https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2020/12/11/polymer80-kits/


ATF RAIDS POLYMER 80


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I believe that House and Senate Republicans will have the ATF under their microscope for recent dubious rulings and flip flopping on those rulings that has occurred. Guns and gun ownership has never been more popular, new gun ownership this year was 40% of the total guns sold. The constituency of these elected officials is more and more gun owners, thus, the representatives should be more vocal in their support for the rights of gun owners, and without worrying about the next election. We are all guilty of not challenging our elected officials to defend our rights to keep and bear arms, but I’m going to start right now and email my representatives on this matter, I encourage everyone to do the same. Only takes a minute.
 

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I believe that House and Senate Republicans will have the ATF under their microscope for recent dubious rulings and flip flopping on those rulings that has occurred. Guns and gun ownership has never been more popular, new gun ownership this year was 40% of the total guns sold. The constituency of these elected officials is more and more gun owners, thus, the representatives should be more vocal in their support for the rights of gun owners, and without worrying about the next election. We are all guilty of not challenging our elected officials to defend our rights to keep and bear arms, but I’m going to start right now and email my representatives on this matter, I encourage everyone to do the same. Only takes a minute.
‘A republic, if you can keep it.’ Benjamin Franklin
 

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12/12/20 Update

If you missed the news yesterday, the ATF raided the offices of Nevada-based Polymer80. The pretense for the raid was the regulator’s new interpretation of gun law claiming that selling an 80% pistol frame in a box, along with all of the other parts needed to build a complete gun makes the kit a legal firearm.

To be clear, selling the 80% frame in one box and a completion kit in another is apparently A-OK as far as the galaxy brains at the ATF are concerned. But selling them in one box now makes the contents a firearm and means it has to be serialized and transferred via your local FFL.

Yes, that’s a fly-encrusted load of stinking equine excrement, but that’s the regulatory environment in which we live (and it’s not going to improve any time soon).

What can be done about it? Well, an affected individual can sue the bastards at the ATF. That would be a really good start.

We’ve talked to the folks at Gun Owners of America and they’re fixin’ to do just that. There’s only one problem. They need a plaintiff. That’s where you come in.

To qualify, all you have to be is an owner of one of Polymer80’s Buy Build Shoot kits. Oh, and you also have to live in Alabama.

Is that you? If not, do you have a friend in the Yellow Hammer State who owns one of those kits? Please let us know. Email us at [email protected] and we’ll get the process started.

Please spread the word and thanks for your help.
 
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