Izhevsk Mechanical Plant

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Not to be confused with Izhmash.
Izhevsk Mechanical Plant
Type Unitary enterprise
Industry Defense
Fate Merged with Izhmash to form Kalashnikov Concern
Predecessor(s) Plant 622
Founded Izhevsk, USSR July 20, 1942 (1942-07-20)
Founder(s) State Defense Committee
Headquarters Izhevsk, Russia
Products Firearms, weapons
Revenue Increase US$ 94,867,462 (2009)[1]
Net income Increase US$ 225,315 (2009)[1]
Employees 11,633 (January 2010)[1]
Parent Ministry of Industry and Trade
Subsidiaries Trading House "Baikal"
Website imzcorp.com

Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (Russian: Ижевский Mеханический Завод, Izhevsky Mekhanchesky Zavod) or IZHMEKH (ИЖМЕХ) was a major firearms manufacturer founded in Izhevsk in 1942 for manufacturing small arms. After the end of World War II it continued producing firearms, both for military and hunting applications, and later high-tech weapons and civilian machinery. After the Dissolution of the Soviet Union the range of civilian products was greatly expanded, but firearms were still its major production.

Since 1960 Izhmekh supplied hunting shotguns for export under the trademark "Baikal". Their products also included various hand held pistols, including the criminally popular Baikal IZH-79.

Izhmekh was widely known for having developed and manufactured Makarov and Yarygin pistols. It was also one of the primary factories producing Mosin-Nagant and SVT-40 rifles during World War II for standard issue to Soviet troops.

On August 13, 2013, Izhmash and Izhevsk Mechanical Plant were merged together and formally renamed Kalashnikov Concern.[2]

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