I.O. has been in business for over 20 years during that time they have imported many collectible firearms, parts, ammunition and accessories. In 2008 they took a look at what was out there on the AK-47 platform. They took initiative and started producing their own American-made AKs in Florida, and since then we have made many improvements, both in their design and in the manufacturing process to bring you an AK with the highest level of quality and dependability. Their rifles go through a vigorous inspection process after assembly. Every rifle they make is test fired with 3 rounds and then checked for blemishes or imperfections by 3 different people (two gunsmiths and one manager). After that the rifles are sent directly to our shipping department and go out to our distributors and then later to our customers.