Domestically Built Arms Circumvent the 1989 Import Ban, GOD Bless the USA ~ VIDEO


Ft Collins, CO –-( “You should not have special fondness for a particular weapon, nor anything else for that matter. You should have as much weaponry as suits you.” ~ Musashi

1989 Import Ban

Since the 1989 Stockton, CA school shooting, and the subsequent panicked “import ban” of certain autoloading rifles (which is still in place) under the George HW Bush Administration, choices enjoyed by most American gun owners have actually expanded.

The ban effectively stimulated our domestic arms industry. I’m sure that was not the intent.

In 2004, FN ended the production of their gas-piston (long stroke), rotating-bolt FNC, their 5.56×45 rifle designed to compete with the American M4. FN was unsuccessful in its effort to interest western powers, the USA in particular, in this rifle.

FNC REM Sporter

The FNC was a scaled-down version of the 7.62×51 FAL, but the two rifles have different operating systems, little in common.

The FNC was subsequently superseded (2009) by FN’s SCAR (Special Combat Assault Rifle).

FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle
FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle

However, both the FNC and the SCAR have reciprocating bolt handles, which is a deal-buster for most western militaries. Thus, neither ever garnered much interest from the Pentagon, although both were sold commercially in the USA, and some were purchased by small, foreign militaries.

There are many FNCs currently in America (imported before 1989), but today they are of interest mostly to collectors.

The SCAR is still in production (in both 5.56×45 and 7.62×51 versions) and enjoys an American civilian following. SCARs are assembled in the USA, bypassing the import ban.

Daewoo was a huge South Korean industrial conglomerate that was active during the Cold War years. Daewoo went bankrupt in 1999 and subsequently broke-up.

When Daewoo broke-up, their firearms division was partially resurrected under the name, S&T Motif.

Daewoo K2 Rifle
Daewoo K2 Rifle

While Daewoo was active, their firearms division did produce an excellent military rifle, the K2, borrowing heavily from the Stoner System (with which they were very familiar, due to close ties with American military forces).

The K2 (in several versions) was adopted by Korean Armed Forces in 1984 and civilian versions were imported into the USA for a short time. They still enjoy a good reputation but have been unavailable here since the 1989 import ban.

Today, like the FNC, they are of interest to collectors, but few others.

The American “Stoner System,” which involves a gas-expansion chamber in the bolt-carrier itself, has over the last fifty years, proven extremely reliable, at least in rifles with “standard” barrel lengths of 16″ to 20″

Attempts to convert Stoner rifles into short-barreled SMGs have met with less success. With short barrels, H&K’s 416 works better.

Heckler & Koch HK416 Rifle
Heckler & Koch HK416 Rifle

This is one reason western militaries are now gradually moving away from the original Stoner System, and toward the short-stroke, gas-piston H&K 416, now the 433

H&K’s 416 (and 433), chambered for 5.56×45, are improved descendants of the H&K G36 (out of production since 2012). The G36 superseded H&K’s roller-delayed blowback G3 (“HK91” as imported for commercial sales into the USA). The G3 was chambered for 7.62×51.

H&K’s attempt to adopt its roller-delayed blowback system to 5.56×45 caliber, manifested in the H&K G41, met with scant success and thus enjoyed only a short tenure (1984-1996). A few copies were imported before the ban.

Thus, H&K finally abandoned its famous roller-delayed system in favor of its proprietary, short-stroke gas-piston system, H&K’s flagship system today.

H&K’s G3, HK91, and G41 are now all out of production.

However, an American firm, PTR, continues to manufacture their own version of the HK91 (in 7.62×51). Their “PTR91″ has since earned an excellent reputation and enjoys a significant following, including me! PTR has never made a domestic version of the G41.

PTR 91 PTR-FR Semi Auto Rifle .308
PTR 91 PTR-FR Semi Auto Rifle .308

Also in America, DS Arms continues to manufacture the original FAL (in 7.62×51). DS Arms and their rifles enjoy an enthusiastic following, including me, and the FAL, while no longer in service within NATO militaries, is still in active service in many far-flung corners of the world.

Another American manufacturer, Robinson Armament, makes their proprietary XCR Rifle, a long-stroke, rotating-bolt, gas-piston system, which has garnered a stellar reputation since its introduction in 2004. The XCR (in 5.56×45, 7.62×51, 7.62×39, 6.8SPC, et al) too has amassed an enthusiastic civilian following, including me.

Robinson Arms XCR Rifle in 300Blk
Robinson Arms XCR Rifle in 300Blk

Yet another American manufacturer, POF (Patriot Ordnance Factory), makes both Stoner-System and short-stroke, rotating bolt, gas-piston rifles. POF rifles are top-drawer and also have a large following, including me.

And, our own Springfield Armory continues to manufacture the American M14 (marketed as the “M1A”). Though out of American military service since 1964, the M14 is still a formidable weapon and popular with a veritable army of civilian Operators, including me.

BCM, IO, Daniel Defense, and others continue to manufacture excellent Stoner-System M4s in America.

Kahr and Inland both manufacture M1 Carbines, in America.

Century Arms is now a major manufacturer of Kalashnikov rifles (marketed as the “VSKA”) also right here in America.

Century Arms Heavy Duty VSKA AK Rifle
Century Arms Heavy Duty VSKA AK Rifle

These domestic manufacturers are not affected by the 1989 import ban, so their rifles are all currently in production, in America, which means parts and accessories are readily available.

No American should be without one!

“There are many advantages in being armed, and accustomed to the use of arms, and no possible disadvantage.” ~ Joel Barlow


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Green Mtn. Boy

As all gun control laws are unConstitutional, why not, build,build away.


So the AR 14 didn’t make the list ? You got one of them too ? lol


“ Though out of American military service since 1964, the M14…”
John, I was still using M14s on my ship in 1999! Although most of the military stopped issuing M14s, the Navy still has them in service.

Xaun Loc

Well, I see that AmmoLand editors seem to be consistent in trying to support Bloomberg et al in their crusade against our rights. At first I thought the AmmoLand headlines were JUST clickbait to entice the mall ninja crowd with key words like “Deadly” but here we have an example to prove me wrong. AmmoLand headlines are NOT JUST clickbait for mall ninjas — they even use words many mall ninjas won’t even understand, like “circumvent” — Wow, I’m surprised that John passed up the opportunity to use the word “Loophole” which would have been even better for both the… Read more »


Get a PSA AK Gen 3 with the FN CHF barrel, shoots lights out sub 2 moa with good ammo.’Best AK on the planet”forget Bolt/carrier /trunion.
ALL or 99% of the parts are made in the USA in SC.

Ryben Flynn

Don’t forget when obama banned Russian made firearms from import, Kalashnikov USA opened a plant in 2011 in Florida.

Xaun Loc

Now all they need to do is figure out how to build a import-quality AK at an import price