The following is an Armalite, Inc. press release:
ArmaLite’s president, Mark Westrom, and Sarsilmaz’s Mr.Aral Alis have announced that ArmaLite and Sarsilmaz are expanding their international trade relationship to include a high-grade line of handguns for the U.S. Market and planned license-production of ArmaLite rifles for the Turkish Armed Forces.
Sarsilmaz has served as ArmaLite’s exclusive link to NATO’s second largest Armed Force for several years. Strategically located close to key Middle East hotspots, Turkish forces are the NATO element closest to the problems in that region.
offering a channel for a line of military and police shotguns.
The handgun effort is based on the standard sidearm of the Turkish Armed Forces, the Sarsilmaz-produced "Kilinc" (Sword) 9mm pistol. Finely made of classically forged and finely machined slides, barrels, and frames, the military version is upgraded to ArmaLite specifications to match the needs of the American market as the AR-24. They are high-capacity, double action pistols produced in full size and compact steel-framed models in calibers 9mm and .40S&W. A similar line of AR-25 pistols will be introduced with polymer frames for law enforcement and other customers requiring a lightweight handgun. A third model, the .45 caliber AR-26, is currently available only as a full-sized pistol.
Note: The company says photos are coming soon.