American gunmakers help Ukrainians fight back against Putin

  • Above: Adrian Kellgren, director of industrial production of KelTec, holds a 9mm SUB2000 rifle, similar to ones being shipped to Ukraine, at their manufacturing facility on Thursday in Cocoa, Fla. Below: Pallets containing a shipment of 9mm SUB2000 rifles await shipment to Ukraine. Kellgren’s family-owned gun company was left holding a $200,000 shipment of semi-automatic rifles after a longtime customer in Odessa suddenly went silent during Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Fearing the worst, the company decided to put those stranded 400 guns to good use, sending them to Ukraine’s nascent resistance movement. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Pallets containing a shipment of 9mm SUB2000 rifles await shipment to Ukraine at the KelTec gun manufacturing facility on Thursday in Cocoa, Fla. The family-owned gun company was left holding a $200,000 shipment of semi-automatic rifles after a longtime customer in Odessa suddenly went silent during Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Fearing the worst, the company decided to put those stranded 400 guns to good use, sending them to Ukraine's nascent resistance movement. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • KelTec employee Bobby Cormier looks through lines of rifles, similar to ones being shipped to Ukraine, at their manufacturing facility on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Cocoa, Fla. The Florida-based company decided to donate weapons to Ukraine's nascent resistance movement after it could no longer locate a longtime civilian customer in Odessa that had ordered $200,000 worth of rifles before Vladimire Putin's invasion. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • KelTec employee Bobby Cormier tests a 9mm SUB2000 rifle, similar to ones being shipped to Ukraine, at their manufacturing facility on Thursday in Cocoa, Fla. The Florida-based company decided to donate weapons to Ukraine's nascent resistance movement after it could no longer locate a longtime civilian customer in Odessa that had ordered $200,000 worth of rifles before Vladimire Putin's invasion. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

MIAMI — Adrian Kellgren’s family-owned gun company in Florida was left holding a $200,000 shipment of semi-automatic rifles after a longtime customer in Ukraine suddenly went silent during Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country.