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    Re: Bulgarian Milled Imports (Resource Guide)

    The SLR-96 on the previous page came straight from Arsenal of Bulgaria's web site. It clearly has a 90-degree gas block, so if your SLR-96 came from the factory with a 45-degree gas block, my best guess would be that they produced them with both. Maybe they used remaining 45's before going to 90's. Who knows? Hopefully someone here has an SLR-96 in original factory form, and can post a pic.
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    Re: Bulgarian Milled Imports (Resource Guide)

    Here are the pictures of my SLR-96 that I asked about earlier.
    When purchased it had the original wood and thumbhole stock. I'm pretty sure it was as imported when purchased.
    Tim at Gewerwerks added the tang and USA gas piston and I added a G2 trigger set.
    The current stock set is Bulgarian purchased from desertfox.







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    That's the difference between the 95, & the 96. The 95 is a milled receiver assembled in Bulgaria with modern AK 100 parts. Thin barrel, & 90 degree gas block. The 96 is basically a 93. Heavy barrel, 45 degree gas block etc. I have never seen a 96 in person that had a 90 degree gas block. The 96 is much rarer than the 95. GARY

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4KVE View Post
    The 96 is much rarer than the 95.
    This is definitely true. I've never even seen a 96 in person or for sale. Production and/or importation must have been very limited.
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    I have a question for those more well-versed on nuances of Arsenal's receivers. A SAM7R-61 receiver - mine is marked with "Made in Bulgaria" - which I know means it is forged in Bulgaria. But is it also 100% machined there as well? Or does Arsenal in Las Vegas get the blank receiver and machine it in the U.S.?

    I spent a good amount of time reading online this evening, and unfortunately, conflicting information abounds. Some get confused and reference the SA-M7 and its US-made receiver, others say a blank Bulgarian receiver is shipped to Las Vegas and machined in the U.S., others state the receiver is forged and machined entirely in Bulgaria.

    Thanks for the clarification guys.
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    Yeah, its a bit confusing, especially due to Arsenal's part numbering. To my understanding, the Arsenal SAM7 rifles are made by Arsenal of Bulgaria, then shipped to Arsenal of Las Vegas and moded for 922r compliance, then distributed by Kvar. Meanwhile the Arsenal SA M-7 rifles are built with imported Bulgarian parts using US-made receivers that are actually imported from Bulgaria as incomplete 80% receivers (not yet a true gun per ATF) and 20% completed (now a true gun per ATF) here in the US to Arsenal-of-Bulgaria spec. Since they are not 100% Bulgarian-made receivers, they cannot be engraved Made-in-Bulgaria, hence they are engraved Arsenal, Las Vegas, NEV, USA.

    If anyone knows this to be incorrect, please correct me and provide a proper explanation.....
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    Got an email back from Arsenal this morning:

    "The entire firearm is milled and assembled in Bulgaria and then imported by Arsenal Inc and made 922R compliant to be sold in the U.S.

    Thank you for your purchase."

    Guess that settles it.
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    Just wanted to post a big "thank you" to the OP for this great information. I was referred to it by the guys over at AKFILES.

    QUESTION:

    What, exactly, do the letters "SAM" stand for in the name of the Arsenal AK the SAM7SF.

    Thanks.

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    Found this thread at the same place Amsdorf did.

    I built a rifle on a SLR100H receiver last summer. Importer info is on the right side, and is marked as coming from Intrac.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amsdorf View Post
    What, exactly, do the letters "SAM" stand for in the name of the Arsenal AK the SAM7SF.
    I "think" it stands for "Semi-Automatic Milled", but I'm not 100% sure.
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    The picture of the SLR 95 in the first post looks exactly like mine, except that the barrel appears to be about 2 inches longer in the photo than on my rifle. Promo photo hijinks? or were there different barrel lengths? Mine's 16 inches.

    (Great thread)

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    Quote Originally Posted by waspswatter View Post
    The picture of the SLR 95 in the first post looks exactly like mine, except that the barrel appears to be about 2 inches longer in the photo than on my rifle. Promo photo hijinks? or were there different barrel lengths? Mine's 16 inches.

    (Great thread)
    I'm 99.9% sure its just the weird angle of the photo from Arsenal's web site that make it look longer. I've only ever seen the SLR-95 come in one standard barrel length.
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    Got one of the "other" Arsenal milled AK, Arsenal of Houston SSR99, Gordon Tech built, my favorite milled AK.
    P1210001_01.JPGak3.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by gp35fn View Post
    Got one of the "other" Arsenal milled AK, Arsenal of Houston SSR99, Gordon Tech built, my favorite milled AK.
    P1210001_01.JPG
    What's that coming off the back of the fsb?
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