View Full Version : Who owns Kahr Arms?

09-20-2011, 1:31 PM
Just read this interesting article about the ownership of Kahr. Apparently it is connected to the Unification Church of South Korea (aka the "Moonies").

Not taking a side either way, just thought it was interesting.


09-20-2011, 1:34 PM
IIRC it's Rev. Moon's son.

The Church also owns the Washington Times and a number of other ventures.

09-20-2011, 1:36 PM
I believe their model is Korean as well :).

09-20-2011, 1:41 PM
From Wikipedia:

The Unification Church and church members own a number of businesses in various countries. In Eastern Europe Unification Church missionaries are using the church's business ties to win new converts.[62] David Bromley, a sociologist at Virginia Commonwealth University, said: "The corporate section is understood to be the engine that funds the mission of the church. The wealth base is fairly substantial. But if you were to compare it to the Mormon Church or the Catholic Church or other churches that have massive landholdings, this doesn't look on a global scale like a massive operation."[63]

AmericanLife TV cable television network formerly owned by the Unification Church.[64]
Cheongshim Hospital, Korean hospital.[65]
Ilwha Company, South Korean based producer of ginseng and related products.[66]
Isshin Hospital, Church sponsored hospital in Japan which practices both modern and traditional Asian medicine.[67][68]
International Oceanic Enterprises Inc.[69]
International Seafood of Alaska [70]
Kahr Arms
Master Marine, shipbuilding and fishing company in Alabama.[71]
National Hospitality Corporation.[72]
News World Communications is an international media company owned by the church. It owns the United Press International (UPI), The World & I, the Middle East Times, Tiempos del Mundo, Segye Ilbo, Segye Times USA, Chongyohak Shinmun, Sekai Nippo, GolfStyles, and the World Peace Herald.[73]
News World Media Development, owner of The Washington Times since 2010.
New Yorker Hotel
The Washington Times newspaper in Washington, D.C.
Pyeonghwa Motors, an auto manufacturing company in North Korea.[74]
Tongil Group, South Korean commercial conglomerate. ("Tongil" is Korean for "unity" or "unification".)[75]
True World Foods, which runs a major portion of the sushi trade in the United States.[76]
USP Rocketts LLC, a real estate development firm in the United States.[77]

In the United States the church owns fishing interests. The biggest are in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Alaska and Alabama. In Kodiak, Alaska the church "runs a fleet of fishing boats ... [and is] the largest private employer" in Kodiak.[78]

HK Dave
09-20-2011, 1:44 PM
I wonder if they'd adopt me? :)

M. D. Van Norman
09-20-2011, 1:45 PM
And J. M. Browning was a Mormon! :eek:

09-20-2011, 2:54 PM
Old news to most, I love my Moonie guns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09-20-2011, 3:01 PM
From what I read in the article, the son was given a division of the corporation to run and Khar is under that division.
If you want another interesting read, check out the history of the Kellogg company how it came to be.

09-20-2011, 5:43 PM
It is funny how old news becomes new again

Kahr was founded by Justin Moon with funding from a corporation which is under the blanket of his father's Church. The model in the ads is Justin's wife

09-20-2011, 8:11 PM
own one love it,storry is old old news sorry bud

09-21-2011, 6:18 PM
I like this article (http://www.portfolio.com/careers/features/2007/09/17/Unification-Church/).

09-21-2011, 6:33 PM
The model in the ads is Justin's wife

That I didn't know...

09-21-2011, 7:39 PM
Speaking of Browning... I love my Kahr made Auto ordnance m1911.

Swift Justice
09-22-2011, 10:21 PM
Since I speak Korean, I made a point of stopping by the Kahr booth at SHOT show 2010 and chatted up Mr. Moon. He was very nice and gave me some freebie Kahr swag.

His wife (the lady in the ads, a Miss Korea runner up) was in the booth signing Kahr ad posters and brochures. I talked with her for quite a while, she was very nice and actually cuter in person than in the ads.