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Vlad Lobaev claims to have some interesting concepts for long-range fi rearms.


The Russians are coming A


Russian benchrest champion shooter, who has


turned his hobby into a business, is looking to set up a new production base in either Europe or the USA. Vlad Lobaev runs Tsar-


Cannon Ltd, which makes benchrest equipment and long-range, sniper and mountain hunting rifl es at Tarusa, just south of Moscow. Vlad is now actively looking to expand but, because of cost implications and licensing issues, is still deciding where to set up another factory. “At the moment we’re looking


at Switzerland, the Czech Republic as well as the USA and, all going well, we could have everything in place some time in 2011,” confi rmed Vlad. “We have some very


interesting concepts for ultra- long-range fi rearms, robotic weapons and specialised ballistic


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Vlad Lobaev turned his hobby into a business and is now looking to expand.


computer software that we feel will be very popular. Some of them are at practical stages of development and others are still just ideas,” he continued. “However, because of diff erent


foreign restrictions we have to produce everything at our factory. T is isn’t too bad as it keeps us busy, makes us independent and stimulates our own R&Ds. But there’s downside to this – cost.” Vlad points out that this makes his company uncompetitive in relation to some of his American


competitors: “In the States there is no company of similar size that makes barrels, actions, stocks and assembles the rifl es. In fact, the biggest American company working in the benchrest market, Kelbly’s Inc, makes almost everything except barrels. Because we have to manufacture these, too, it makes our selling price uncompetitive in most markets. “At the moment the products


we make in Russia – mainly rifl es in .408CT calibre for the home market – are quite specialist and we believe revolutionary. Exporting, if feasible at all due to cost implications, is very complicated. “It is obvious to me that it’s better to build something where I can sell it later without having to deal with the extra cost and licensing problems, and that’s why I am looking at other places to manufacture. I’m a realist, and


while our products continue to be made in Russia our price is way too high for the American market,” said Vlad. Although much of Tsar


Cannon’s production has been in the military fi eld, the hope is that if the company does target the USA, then it can look for sales in the hunting and sporting market. “We would proceed slowly


and carefully and start with our external ballistic software – such as hand-held ballistic optic calculators, which keep you on target at distances over 3,000 metres,” he concluded.


Vlad Lobaev 249100, Kaluga region, Tarusa, Lenina str., 61, TSAR-CANNON, LLC E: benchrest@inbox.ru W: www.lobaev


.com


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