After some digging, I mean it is in my back yard after all, I've come to the conclusion that the C&A,C8A and D.I.G. are the same importer.
Now here is the way I think it broke down over time, GM's theory on researching the history of it.....
The last "known" address for D.I.G is, at least everyone says this is what it is known as, but lets reboot it, lets shed light on the address and such....
Dominion Import Group Ltd <------------wrong name, try Delta Investment Group Inc, see all the info below
5051 Euclid Rd
Virginia Beach VA
In 1977/78, Va Beach has no listing for such address, address is non existent, so I jumped ahead to 1984:
Naw.....this ain't an import company..
, but now, the address at least exists
VIRGINIA REALTY CO
(W F Thornton Jr), Realtors, Member Multiple
Listing Service, Real Estate Sales-Rentals, Property
Management Insurance Residential Builders, 9646
Granby St, Norfolk, Va (23503) Tel (804) 583-2311
” Reel h3300 Sandfiddler Rd
” Sales 5051 Euclid Rd
” Salt Water Fishing Tournament Claude Rogers Dir 968 S Oriole
I bounced to 1987 and I think I hit pay dirt... this was the business listed at the: 5051 Euclid Rd Va Beach Va address:
China Trade Intl Inc 5051 Euclid Rd
Then in 1988:
China Trade International Inc Robt J Roskovich
Luan H Nguyen Ofcrs trading 5051 Euclid
These are, I'm guessing were the C8A and C&A import stamp days, now, see below.
Then in 1991, Va Beach has this as the business name locked to that address... note...a D.I.G. name variant pops under the same persons/owners name.
Now this coulda changed somewhere between 1988 and 1991, key thing is, the name changed.
Delta Investment Group Inc Robt J
Roskovich Ofcr 5051 Euclid Rd Tel
In 1995, still around and kicking:
Delta Investment Group Robt Roskovicb 5051
Now, the above address is now a roofing/siding place from what a friend tells me who laid eyes on the physical address not so long ago, so no more goodies, unless you want siding and shingles.
To add to the confusion
, there is or once was a small place called Dominion Import Group Ltd, at a totally different address, roughly 6 miles away, it's address reports as 4524 Rothwell Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia, listed as importing Wholesale Novelties, durable goods, near as I could find, records show it was established in 1997-'98. I believe this is a totally different, separate entity, owned by the same fella, but possibly not involved in importing firearms.
Given the time frame of establishment of 1998 and courtesy of Clinton who halted Chinese weapons in '94, they really couldn't have imported Chinese weapons.
According to the Washington Post from Feb of '89...in 1989 there was suddenly a "Delta Investment Group Inc.(a.k.a. D.I.G.) in Virginia Beach." This narrows down the name change even more, too between '88-'89, it was listed as one of the top 15 importers for Chinese Aks/weapons. Note....no mention of a Dominion Import Group Ltd., it wasn't even around....yet.https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1989/02/02/ak47-rifles-flood-into-us-from-chinese-sales-war/6a509816-0602-45f6-a4db-d347c0cb7802/
Top sellers listed in the above article, note some familiar ones in the list:
THOSE SELLING AK47s AND RELATED WEAPONS Beta/Crow International Dallas, Tex. Century Arms St. Albans, Vermont Chinasports, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Delta Investment Group, Inc. Virginia Beach, Va.
Firearms Services of America Bellflower, Calif. Federal Ordnance, Inc. South El Monte, Calif. GLNIC Corporation of America Los Angeles, Calif. Golden State Arms Distributors, Inc. Manhattan Beach, Calif. Inter American Import Export Co. Sacramento, Calif. Keng's Firearm Specialty, Inc. Riverdale, Ga. Navy Arms Co. Ridgefield, N.J. Royal Arms International Woodland Hills, Calif. Sherwood International Export Co. Northridge, Calif. Sile Distributors, Inc. New York, N.Y. Weapons Corp. of America Milford, Conn. SOURCE: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Also a some other juicy tidbits from further digging
... This importer was headed by a guy(going off the above name, Robert J. Roskovich) he was actually a lawyer. In June of 1999, he died of a heart attack, so as it's said, his associates assisted his wife in continuing the business and by partnering with Intrac. Near as I can tell, Intrac was an importer located in Knoxville, TN. Intrac imported trademarks manufactured by Arsenal Bulgaria, and by IM Metal Production facility in Croatia late 2000-2004. Also at some point D.I.G. imported the PSL and quite a few other items. It seems to be speculated D.I.G had kind of formed alliances with Dunav International Trading, Inc. in Lynnwood, WA as well as Sentinel Arms in Detroit, MI, but there is no clear data as to with what or during what years.
So I'd guess somewhere in the 00'-05's time frame, D.I.G. vanished of the planet, leaving a mystical legacy of what's what.
Ok, whats yawls thoughts? Am I close