By decree of Emperor Alexander I in 1807, was created "Izhevsk arms factory."
And in the course of the war of 1812, the plant was armed Russian army. Since then, no major Russian victory was not without Izhevsk arms. For example, during the Second World plant produced 11.3 million rifles and carbines — more than all the factories in Germany.
Moreover, this is where the legend was born-a Kalashnikov rifle.