I spoke with K-Var after the announcement and the sales person confirmed that once they sell their inventory, they're gone (re: according to the press release "for now", I guess???). I did some additional research on the Arsenal, Bulgaria website and all their AK's are being offered in either 7.62x39 or 5.56x45 only for both military and civilian export. I don't know how long this has been the case, but it seems to give some credence to the "military and contractual commitments" leading to the suspension of the 5.45 option. I bought a SLR 104-31 FL about a week before the announcement just to finally add a 5.45 to my AK collection. What timing, I guess I beat the "panic" and now own a collectors item, Lol.