Two New and Exciting AK-47-style Models from Arsenal for 2017

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, News

With the start of a new year, you know manufacturers are set to release the product of the previous 12 months of brainstorming. That is exactly what happened when Arsenal Inc. released two new-for-2017 AKs. Here is the full release.

Arsenal, Inc. is kick starting the year 2017 with the release of two new and exciting rifles, which were on display at the SHOT Show 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. While the SLR-107R and the SAM7SFK rifles are in two different corners of the rifle spectrum in terms on platform, configuration, and utility, they have one thing in common—both SLR-107R and SAM7SFK are two of the most anticipated and demanded configurations from Arsenal, Inc., and there are finally here!

The SLR-107R rifle is an entry level stamped receiver, 7.62×39 caliber rifle with fixed polymer stock that is built with the same premium quality components and craftsmanship as all other Arsenal, Inc. firearms. The SLR-107R is being introduced to the American market with a very affordable introductory MSRP of $879.99.

Summary: SLR-107R – 7.62×39 caliber, stamped receiver, chrome lined hammer forged 16.25” barrel, 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads, removable muzzle nut, bayonet lug, black polymer furniture, Warsaw Pact length buttstock with compartment for cleaning kit, stainless steel heat shield, 2-stage trigger group, 800m rear sight, and side rail for attaching optics. Comes with one 5-round magazine, sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit.


SLR-107R

Arsenal Inc. SLR-107R AK-47 rifle leftp profile

The 7.62×39 caliber SLR-107R is a top notch, stamped receiver, semi-automatic modern sporting rifle manufactured in Las Vegas, Nevada, utilizing only the best and authentic Arsenal factory components.

The 7.62×39 caliber SLR-107R is a top notch, stamped receiver, semi-automatic modern sporting rifle manufactured in Las Vegas, Nevada, utilizing only the best and authentic Arsenal factory components. It is manufactured with a Bulgarian made Arsenal mil-spec 1mm stamped receiver and cold hammer forged and hard chrome lined barrel. The authentic US made components, such as the anti-slap double stage trigger group, mil-spec polymer stock set, Warsaw length polymer buttstock to perfectly complete this rifle for unparalleled quality and accuracy.

Summary

SLR-107R – 7.62×39 caliber, stamped receiver, chrome lined hammer forged 16.25” barrel, 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads, removable muzzle nut, bayonet lug, black polymer furniture, Warsaw Pact length buttstock with compartment for cleaning kit, stainless steel heat shield, 2-stage trigger group, 800m rear sight, and side rail for attaching optics. Comes with one 5-round magazine, sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit.

Variants

  • Black Polymer Furniture
  • Plum Polymer Furniture
Caliber: 7.62 x 39mm
Total length: 883mm (34 3/4 in.)
Barrel length: 415mm (16 1/4 in.)
Rifling: 4 grooves
Twist rate: 1 in 240 mm (9.44 in.)
Weight w/o magazine: 3.31 kg (7.3 lbs.)
Muzzle velocity: 710 m/s (2,329 fps)
Effective range: 500 m (550 yds)
Maximum range: 1,350 m (1,480 yds)
Rear sight range: 800 m (875 yds)

SAM7SFK

SAM7SFK-72 - 7.62x39mm caliber SBR

The SAM7SFK-72 – 7.62x39mm caliber SBR combines authentic, high-quality features rarely seen in the American market.

The SAM7SFK-72 – 7.62x39mm caliber SBR combines authentic, high-quality features rarely seen in the American market. Every component is engineered to provide decades of dependable service. The SAM7SFK-72 SBR is ideal for sport shooting, self-defense, and for home defense.

Arsenal’s Exclusive Milled and Forged Receiver

Each SAM7SFK-72 SBR receiver is milled from a hot-die hammer forged receiver blank by the Arsenal Co. of Bulgaria. Other milled-receivers are machined from bar stock, but Arsenal’s hot-die hammer forging produces stronger and finer-grained steel. Internal voids and cooling deformations are eliminated by the 5-ton hammer forging process.

Each forged receiver starts out as a blank and requires over 5.5 hours of milling before assembly. This forging and milling process is very complex and time-intensive, but with our meticulous attention to detail, we deliver a receiver of unequalled strength, precision, and durability.

Summary

SAM7SFK – Short Barrel Rifle, 7.62×39 caliber, milled receiver, short gas system, chrome lined hammer forged 8.5” barrel, front sight/gas block combination with 24×1.5mm right-hand muzzle threads, removable cone flash hider, right-side folding tubular buttstock, black polymer furniture, ribbed polymer handguards, stainless steel heat shield, ambidextrous safety, peep rear sight, and scope rail. Comes with one 30-round magazine, sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit.

Features

  • Factory Short Barrel Rifle
  • 100% new-production parts and components.
  • Bulgarian hot-die hammer forged receiver, bolt, bolt carrier and double-hook trigger
  • Cold hammer-forged barrel from Arsenal’s Bulgarian factory, built on Steyr manufacturing technology
  • Hard-chrome plated bore and chamber
  • Side rail for scope mount (does not fit KV- 04SP, KV-04, or SM-13)
  • Peep rear sight
  • Ambidextrous safety lever
  • Accepts any mil-spec magazine with 5-, 10-, 30-, and 40-round capacity
Caliber: 7.62 x 39 mm
Total length: 760 mm (29.9 in. – Including Flash Hider)
Folded length: 478 mm (18 in. – Including Flash Hider)
Barrel length: 216 mm (8.5 in.)
Rifling: 4 grooves
Twist rate: 1 in 240 mm (9.44 in.)
Weight w/o magazine: 3.22kg (7.1 lbs.)
Muzzle velocity: 710 m/s (2329 fps)
Effective range: 500 m (547 yds)
Maximum range: 1350 m (1480 yds)
Rear sight range: 500 m (547 yds)
Rate of Fire: 40 rds/min (practical)

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  • bill

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    I own 4 ak variants in 7.62×39, 3 in 5.45, 1 in 54r, and 2 in .308. I also have 3 sks, and 2 vz2008 in 7.62×39. I also have my share of ar’s, so I’m not bias.
    To those who comment on price, currently there are no ak’s on the market under $500 and the quoted price is msrp so you can anticipate sales at a $100 less. When I bought a wasr 10 for $300ish it was a good deal, now they are around $600…for a couple hundred more the arsenal is worth it. Many builds can be hit or miss but arsenal has a reputation of consistency. I have century builds that had 3″ group at 300 yds and 2″ steel target hits 200. So yes cheaper can be good, but if it’s a 50/50 on quality, if your wallet allows it, spending a little more for peace of mind isn’t bad.
    As for caliber, soviet doctrine was 300m for 7.62×39, 400m for 5.45, 600m for 54r semiauto and 800m bolt. With lead core 7.62×39 makes a crater in steel at 200, 5.56 just chips paint. Steel core levels the playing field, and 77gr 5.56 will make hard hits much farther than 7.62×39. So far my 308 aks (m77 and vepr ) haven’t wowed me, but my psl 54r always impresses.
    As for milled vs stamped, well that is a personal preference choice. Milled feel better, less clattery and more smooth. But is that worth the extra 1 to 2 pounds over other options? That’s upto you and what you expect to do with it. I won’t get rid of my milled arsenal, but at 8.5# I prefer to carry my 6.5# vz 2008 for an all day walk in the woods.

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  • Shaun

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    I own two Arsenals, a SLR107FR and a SAM7SF and I am here to say both have shocked me in regards to accuracy and reliability. The Sam has all round touching at 100yds (scoped with a VX Patrol / Midwest mount)and has a exceptional trigger (for a AK). The SLR with irons always hits what I am aiming at and has yet to disappoint. As for the range I live in MI and 300 yds. is about as far as you can shoot here due to woods. At $.23 a shot you cant have a better center fire for plinking, defense and hunting Yotes. Its a giant stopper… in regards to the cost Arsenal’s hold there value but some guys just aren’t AK guys…I have more ARs than AKs but if there is a bump in the night a 124 grain 7.62×39 soft point has me feeling very confident…that said not overly confident but certainly more than a AR in 5.56 does at those ranges…just saying.

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  • andrew

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    I meant the slr-107r is the one that seems alittle high for being advertised as “low cost”. Its not milled, only comes with an infantial 5 round mag, no flashider, no foldindg stock. After tax its a pretty expensive ak for being such a basic model. I still have my $329 wasr10 that ive shot thousands of rounds through. It will easilly last multiple lifetimes if taken care of. In my opinion that slr-107 needs to at least have a folding trunnion to be worth all its cost. Ive built these and to me it seems like theres more options out there. I care if its heat treated and has a decent barrel, yeah all the hot die hammer bla bla fancyness is cool but it seems a tad bit overkill and meant to justify the price.

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  • Aint So

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    Lots of buck for the bang for sure for that little SBR but we’ll see what turns up in range reports before passing judgment on whether this thing is worth a closer look. I’m surprised anyone really thinks $900 is all that much to spend on an AK with machined receiver assuming it is decently made. The manufacturer should be made to justify those phenominal range specs though, maybe with an apple on the head of the guy who came up with them. I divested nearly all of my AK’s a few years back with no remorse and went pretty much all AR conversions but the most fun still in my safe is the one AK pistol I held back in reserve because I just couldn’t bring myself to give up that mostly useless little flamethrower of a cannon with a 70 round drum. I hate to admit this since I am nearly an adult (going on 70 now) but I think I would probably find something of the same appeal in the SAM7SFK. For under a grand, even with the tax added, it still looks like fairly inexpensive fun in my book, especially with steel still being at around .23 a round. A whole lot of the fun of recreational shooting for some is still getting that big bang while knowing you are not breaking the bank with pricey centerfire ammo out of a gun that cost you 2 grand or better.

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  • Michael

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    AK for 900$ isn’t bad at all. Like the AM it’s a higher level gun than an AR as it’s rounds are more powerful than the “Maiming” 5.56 rounds. Generally and respectfully.
    There’s also a new 12 guage pump that’s not a shotgun or rifle or pistol that’s over a grand which seems high for a (not called) shotgun so to speak.
    Expect the AK’s to rise in price as they are becoming more customizable as the thought was for the AM47 which is generally an AR chambered in 7.62x 39

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  • andrew

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    But yeah it is agreeable that spending 900+ dollars on it is still high. I know its top quality parts but youd have to be a serious AK enthusiest or makes at least 20 bucks an hour to comfortably purchase one of these. Let alone 900+ for any rifle , and this is supposed to be their sweet “low price” rifle

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  • andrew

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    Everyone loves to hate on ak’s but an arsenal AK in 5.56 would most likely out do most AR/m16s. The bigger the round the faster it drops.my 5.56 ak is undescribably accurate. Recently hitting a 7″ metal plate at least at 130 with iron sights that were way bigger than what i was aiming at If they ever made a heat treated steel receiver version of an AR then i think AK’s would have a hard time sleeping at night. And alot of our enemys are either dirt hut savages or come from communist countries where all they know how to do is spray.

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  • jim

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    Well, Arsenal has brought out two “new” AKs. I’m sorry, but as a retired Army Foreign Weapons Instructor, I just canot see the wiseness of spending hard-earned money on a “SPRAY” weapon! Supposedly the model with the 16 1/4 inch barrel has an effective range of 550 yards. Since that of a Soviet Bloc AK is about 250 yards, I seriously doubt this new figure. The fact that the other model, the SAM7SFK has an 8.5 barrel means that you have to have the ATFs permission to possess it due to the barrel being shorter than 16 inches. If you wish to own an accurate AK, why don’t you just buy a Galil. The Israelis took out all of the faults and added new elements to the Kalashnikovs when they built their new infantry weapon in the 70s. Their weapon is no longer used because of its heft, not because it was inaccurate!

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    • Dark Angel

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      jim. Great response to the article. A little confused why an AK would be advertise as any more than a 300 yrd. weapon. Faced them in S.E.Asia, used them in combat in many a dust-up in other places. Have told people, some unwilling to believe, that the AK is ‘just’ a 300 yrd weapon. The 7.62×39 is an excellent ‘man-stopper’ but at short range. Want more distance go with a Dragunov in 7.62x54R. Have made 600 meter shots with this round.

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    • Gary

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      Jim – tell us more about the Galil – what changes did they make? I’ve fired an Arsenal SAM7 (longer barrel) and though haven’t fired it from distance, it’s spot-on in the 50-100 yd range I have fired it in. The forged / milled action and barrel are definitely a step above the basic, cheap-to-make-in-mass-quantity design of the AK.

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    • JHR

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      I am in no way questioning your knowledge or experience but I can from a supported position consistently hit a 18×18 inch steel target at 400 yards with a 3x red dot and anything in between is also toast with my Arsenal SLR-FR. Could I go it with iron sights? No, probably not, but at 62 I’ll take all the advantages (optics) I can.

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