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    My SLR-106FR ser. BD 46 XXXX came with a certification sheet from the Bulgarian factory dated 2006. It matches up with the date codes.
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    Hi Guys, This tidbit of information may already have been noted here on the Forum, but then again, maybe it hasn't. Well anyway, here it is for what it's worth;
    >>> According to page # 248, of "The Grim Reaper" 2nd Edition / 2012, by Frank Iannamico, the author states that the recent Bulgarian manufactured AK examples may be dated by a code preceding the weapon's serial number. He further states, "The 1st 2 letters represent the production series, & the next 2 digits are the year code". So, he too believes that there is an ongoing date code on Arsenal Inc. production, exactly as posted here on the Forum by "22Many" a short while back.

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    Hello
    like all that work done here, but wonder how this fits into the line - could only guess of an export by the request of the customer. What do you think? By the way, its a deact in GermanyBulgarien 10 1974-4.jpg
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    They had standard dates until 74. "15" is the lowest date code I have seen so far.

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    Rob, thank you for that info.
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    Does anyone know what the dates in the SA M-7's mean (not the SAM7). The receiver I have is AH 08 xxxx. Does it mean anything? Obviously it will not line up with the Bulgarian two digit dates as it was "finished" in Arsenal USA not Bulgaria. Thanks.

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    Ok, I visited the Kazanlak factory last week and was allowed to photograph all their museum/showroom pieces.

    I can say, 100% without a doubt(not that there was one anyway), but date code +60 is 100% a fact.

    They had a few historical examples... #1,000,000... Marked with a "1982", etc... Date code was it was supposed to be... #2,000,000 was 2005.. Date code matched. They even had a recent example with "11" on the gun near the model number, and the matching date code.

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    Great info Rob! Nice to actually get some first hand conformation of it!

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    The reason 1960 might be special is that might be the first year that the Bulgarians actually started their own production, vs basicially assembling Russian parts and Bulgarian wood.
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    good to have that 100% sorted, thanks rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stottman View Post
    Ok, I visited the Kazanlak factory last week and was allowed to photograph all their museum/showroom pieces.
    Way cool! That could be a life time ambition for a lot of folks.
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