Everything on the barrel is dimpled. I looked one over this week that a friend received. Beautiful finish and nice quality components...:thumbsup:the bolt would have to change to a 5.45 bolt, but everything else should be good to go. The only thing Im not sure about is how everything on the barrel is attached, ie pinned or dimpled.
I agree with you I have a Yugo reweld M-70 in 7.62 and a SAR2 in 5.45 everything else is 223 or 12ga. I too wished I would of waited on the 1V RPK but at $1450 I am still happy with it. It funny I just sold 2 saiga 12's and I am torn between the same 3 guns you mentioned. Dont know what to get next.I would highly recommend the 5.56 RPK as is. I was happy picking it up at $1400... kinda wish I had waited. Excellent weapon, and you are future proofed against 5.45 drying up. I'm having trouble deciding between the archer, a 2nd rpk or a 2nd vepr 12.
Most of the Arsenal issues were mag related with changes to the design of the magazines themselves. However they have since updated the barrel feedramps so they can feed from all three gens of Bulgarian 5.56 mags. Basically, they are good to go now and that issue was addressed well over five years ago.so since there are a couple of guys here with the RPK, have you had any issues with them running? I know some guys have issues with 556 AKs on occasion.