Adrian Kellgren is an American veteran who severed in the US Navy. He now helps operate his family’s gun manufacturing business in Miami, Florida called KelTec.
KelTec is a highly-respected gun manufacturer that shows the quality and craftsmanship that comes out of family businesses across the country, including in the arms industry.
Yet, something unusual happened recently that led KelTec into becoming an arsenal for freedom abroad.
A Stalled $200,000 Shipment
Recently, KelTec had a problem when one of their big customers wasn’t answering messages about an order for 400 semi-auto 9mm foldable rifles.
This customer was located in Ukraine. Kellgren and his team were worried they’d been affected by the ongoing war. It is now approaching one month since Russian troops under Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24.
At the point that their shipment was stalled, KelTec could have cancelled the order and tried to make more money, but Kellgren and his family wanted to do more.
Thanks to their knowledge in gun exports and connections in the arms world, they were able to get the right licensing to export these weapons to civilians fighting off Russia in Ukraine.
Americans across the country and gun companies have been doing what they can to get together equipment, guns, and ammo for the people of Ukraine. However, have often run into red tape in trying to get it out of the country.
The American company KelTec is giving Ukraine 400 rifles. This is only the first lot, which will be delivered to our country under NATO control. pic.twitter.com/E9idln5IMG
— Ukraine: breaking news (@breakingnews_ua) March 19, 2022
Getting Guns to Ukraine
As KelTec ships the guns out on an aircraft to Ukraine, they will be taken by the country’s Ministry of Defense and then gotten out to fighters on the frontlines and in the most dangerous areas.
Other gun manufacturers and guns rights groups are also doing their part to help, including Adams Arms in Florida, which recently shipped out a big load of carbine rifles for Ukraine.
There’s also help from advocacy organizations, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation which has made a helpful guide for its group about how to get an export license and send guns to Ukraine.
KelTec is looking to send even more weapons to Ukraine, since it is allowed to export up to 10,000 under its export license. The 400 guns it’s sent now will certainly be a help, but 9,600 more would be even more of a help.
A U.S. gunmaker sold rifles to a distributor in Ukraine for years, but that buyer suddenly went silent after Vladimir Putin invaded the country.
Now the U.S. company KelTec is cutting through red tape to send nearly 400 guns to the Ukrainian resistance.https://t.co/59nlYXwQor
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 18, 2022
The Bottom Line
These weapons from KelTec will help a civilian defend their country from foreign invaders. They are 2A in a crate, ready-made for defending freedom against tyranny and murder.
Unlike more sophisticated weapons like anti-tank weapons and RPG launchers, these foldable semi-auto rifles are quite quick to learn the basics of. They will be a vital tool for Ukraine’s citizen militias in defending their country.
Good on Adrian Kellgren and KelTec for stepping up.