By Dan Zimmerman
Looking for a higher quality AK variant? Willing to spend a more for a precision made Kalashnikov? Arsenal’s now importing Bulgarian hammer-forged, milled receiver rifles that may be just what the commie-gun aficionado has been waiting for. Press release after the jump . . .
Arsenal, Inc., the premier American importer and manufacturer of Kalashnikov-pattern rifles is proud to offer to American shooters the Bulgarian-made SLR-101S. This 7.62×39 caliber rifle combines authentic, high-quality features rarely seen in the American market. From its intermediate-length trapdoor buttstock to its removable four-port muzzle brake, ever component of the SLR-101S is engineered to provide decades of dependable and accurate service. The SLR-101S rifle is bound to become a sought-after shooter and collectible firearm.
Each SLR-101S receiver is milled from a hot-die hammer forged receiver blank by the Arsenal Co. of Bulgaria. Other milled-receiver AKs 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 blank required over 5.5 hours of milling before assembly. This forging and milling process is complex and time-intensive, but Arsenal’s meticulous attention to detail delivers a receiver of unequaled strength, precision and durability.
caliber: 7.62 x 39 mm
total length: 927 mm (36.5″)
barrel length: 415 mm (16 1/4 in.)
twist rate: 1 in 240 mm
weight w/o magazine: 3.67 kg (8 lbs)
muzzle velocity: 710 m/s
effective range: 400 m
maximum range: 1350 m
rate of Fire: 40 rds/min (practical)
MSRP Range: $1019.00