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Florida firm pushing sales of its American-made AK-47

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 Just down the road from a Krispy Krunchy fried chicken store, in a nondescript east coast business park in Florida, a 60,000-square-foot factory produces about 2,500 AK-47 rifles a month. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ulrich “Uli” Wiegand, a German immigrant who started the company called Inter Ordinance Inc., sees a bright future for the American-made version of the Kalashnikov, the classic Soviet-bloc weapon with the iconic banana-shaped ammo magazine. It is the world’s most popular weapon. There were…

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Tampa subcontractor blamed for death by expired 30-year-old grenades

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The widow of an ex-soldier who was killed last year while testing 30-year-old grenades is suing all parties responsible for his death. Ziecha Norwillo, wife of Francis Norwillo, and Michael Dougherty are suing Purple Shovel, SkyBridge Tactical, SkyBridge Resources, Regulus Global LLC and Regulus Global Inc. after the accident that took Norwillo’s husband and injured Dougherty. According to BayLawsuits, logistics and construction company Purple Shovel was contracted by the government for training, equipment and obtaining arms. The company subcontracted Tampa-based…

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