Mittelstand guns: Made in Germany, fired in America

Handelsblatt Global Edition | 5/11/2018 | Staff
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Midsize German gunmakers whose firearms are either heavily regulated or banned in Europe have found eager buyers in the US. One top model was invented by the Nazis.

Mowing down school kids, concertgoers and other innocent people is a quintessentially American homicidal tradition that annually devours more lives than terrorism. For many of the sick, angry assailants, the weapon of choice is a military-style, semi-automatic assault rifle, purchased over the counter and made in Germany, where such assault-type weapons are banned for civilian use.

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German gunmakers Heckler & Koch and Sig Sauer are major suppliers of semi-automatic assault rifles designed to rapidly fire ammunition that can kill or maim people. While their primary customers for these guns are armies, the firms have also tapped into lucrative markets in the civilian sector, especially in gun-obsessed America.

“It’s a masterpiece,” said Miguel Conforto, holding an assault rifle manufactured by Heckler & Koch, which is based in Oberndorf in southwestern Germany. “It’s one of the best.” The US Army veteran took off two days of work to attend a recent gun show in San Antonia, Texas. He is one of many Americans fascinated by the semi-automatic “sporting rifles,” as they’re euphemistically called. Big in demand are those made in Germany. “Folks love German engineering ingenuity,” Tom Millay, a gun dealer in Inwood, West Virginia, told public broadcaster ARD.

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“Folks love German engineering ingenuity.”

Heckler & Koch is building a $23-million gun factory in Columbus, Georgia, to be closer to the US market and under the wing of Donald Trump’s “America First” protectionist program. But its gun sales, paradoxically, have dipped since Mr. Trump moved into the White House. The reason: Because the president is a self-professed friend of the gun lobby and opposed to harsh European-style controls, gun enthusiasts don’t see an urgency to hoard firearms for fear...
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