Arsenals New SAM7 SF

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Nobody can tell you more about the new Arsenal AK than the folks who make it. This information is from Arsenal:

  • The SAM7SF is a semi-automatic rifle built on the legendary forged and milled receiver, manufactured by Arsenal Company of Bulgaria and re-manufactured into its fi nal confi guration by Arsenal, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada. No detail is overlooked in the SAM7SF and it is designed to provide the ultimate reliability, quality, and longevity one would expect from a serious military grade fi rearm while at the same time incorporating the features of modern sporting and tactical rifle.
  • The barrel on the SAM7SF is the original Bulgarian made, Steyr technology hammer forged, hard chrome lined barrel. These essential features ensure that the shooter gets the maximum accuracy and longevity expected from a rifle of this quality.
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  • One of the most unique features of the SAM7SF rifle is the Bulgarian Arsenal’s right-side folding buttstock, specifi cally designed for the milled receiver rifles. Unlike others on the market, it can be fi red while in the folded position, giving plenty of clearance to the bolt carrier while providing a comfortable and sturdy grip for the shooter to fi re and operate the ambidextrous safety without changing positions.
    • The modern ergonomic pistol grip on the SAM7SF rifle is the latest product from Arsenal, Inc. It is larger in design from traditional AK pistol grips and provides more comfort and ease when shooting and handling the rifle. It has a special cut-out on the left side for the ambidextrous safety and like our other current production pistol grips, has an integrated reinforcement metal washer allowing a solid purchase with the receiver without creating any fl ex that may otherwise damage to the pistol grip when shooting the rifle.
    • The fire control group on the SAM7SF rifle is mixture of original Bulgarian and Arsenal, Inc.’s US made components using the original Bulgarian forged and milled double-hood trigger and Arsenal, Inc.’s US made hammer and disconnector.
    • The SAM7SF rifle comes equipped with a removable time-proven AK-74 style muzzle brake. This US-made one-piece unit is the pinnacle of the AK-74 style muzzle brake design. Our precision machined brake makes an enormous difference in minimizing muzzle climb and the recoil, with almost no affect on bullet trajectory. The original 24×1.5mm right-hand threads on the front sight block allow the shooter attach any standard attachment designed for the 7.62×39 caliber as well.
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    • The SAM7SF rifle is furnished with the latest design black polymer pistol grip and handguards. The handguards are mil spec with metal insert and stainless steel heat shield in the lower handguard for isolating and more effectively dissipating the heat without causing any damage to the polymer or any discomfort to the hand of the shooter.
    • The SAM7SF rifle is equipped with a scope mounting rail, attached to the left side of the receiver. It also has an 800-meter rear sight leaf.
    • Due to the right-side folding stock, you no longer have to remove your scope to fold it, unlike the traditional left-side folding stocks on stamped receiver rifles. This allows you to fold the buttstock for carrying or storage with the scope on, zeroed and ready. When the rifle is needed, simply extend the stock and it is ready to shoot.

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Specifications

MSRP: $1,600.00
Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Total length: 970mm (38.2”)
Folded length: 720mm (28.4”)
Barrel length: 415mm (16.3”)
Number of grooves: 4
Twist rate: 1 in 240mm (9.45”)
Twist direction: right-hand
Weight: 3.85kg (8.5 lbs.)
Muzzle velocity: 710 m/s
Effective range: 400m
Maximum range: 1350m
Rear sight range: 800m
Rate of fi re: 40 rds/min (practical)

Arsenal Website

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Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the senior writer and moderator at TFB as well as the review manager. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • SnJohnson

    Sadly I’m not surprised at all. I was hoping for some kind of AEK type action, but all we get is “new game changing features” that don’t change anything at all. Pass.

    • Esh325

      That’s a bit too ambitious for Arsenal. The Russian haven’t given anybody the license to build them yet.

    • Lysenko

      That would be great, but how? AFAIK, Izhmash is just letting Arsenal import their civvie AK-107, not licensing the BARS design to them. Even then, have any of those actually made it to the US yet? I’d love to see a 7.62 design featuring BARS, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards any time soon.

      • Esh325

        I don’t think the Saiga 107 design is finished, so there aren’t argreements with regards to importation yet. I wouldn’t expect to see until 2014 or even 2015. They did make an AK-109 Bars rifle in 7.62×39, but I don’t know if it was ever produced. Should the Saiga 107 succeed on the US market, I have no doubt you’ll see a 7.62×39 version.

  • Esh325

    I guess being able to fold the stock with a side mount installed and thumb safety are nice features, but are in no way “game changers”. From owning a few AK milled rifles, I can tell you that they are very overated. They are just more expensive, and typically a little heavier.There is no appreciable increase in accuracy with a milled receiver over a stamped. A sturdy and reliable dust cover rail out of the box,railed hanguards, and accepting AR15 seems to be the most demanded features of the AK rifles right now.

  • Andrew Tuohy

    Leave it to Arsenal to come up with something even less game changing than Red Jacket.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      I did expect something more as well Andrew. I like the features they added but—-

      We will have a review very soon. We’ll see what that reveals.

    • ClintTorres

      You said it. Even airsoft makers are ahead of the these Arsenal guys:

      http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?cPath=21_44_219&products_id=42066

      Buahahaha.

      • big daddy

        Wow I like the airsoft version. That’s an AK I would buy like right now without a hesitation. There are things about an AR that is just excellent, add them to the AK and you have a modern rifle. Just adding what looks like a FAL folding stock and a muzzle break is not a huge step forward. But it’s more important what’s inside and that it is a highly functional accurate rifle. The other things can be changed.

      • Anders Albertsson

        Kill it with fire!

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Hey Andrew Red Jacket is a curse word here–LOL!

    • FourString

      I’m so underwhelmed….. :o

      • Suburban

        I like the safety, but it’s not something that I’d buy unless there were no other options. Yawn.

  • jay1975

    $1600 for an AK?! For that kind of money you can get 2 plain jane AKs or a decent AR.

    • Kav

      MSRP. But yeah.

  • Jeff

    “New game changing features” = Marketing’s way of attempting to get people excited that their new sandwich now comes with ketchup. It’s a milled AK with a folding stock and thumb safety tacked on.

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    It would’ve been a game changer sixty years ago.

  • ClintTorres

    Someone clue me in…why would anyone choose an AK over an AR for $1500? You can configure the AR in a bazillion ways. You can shoot 7.62×39 and even go piston if you want. I don’t think it’s a myth that the AR will be more accurate. If not an AR, for $1500, I’d go with the SIG 556R in 7.62×39 over an AK.

    I suppose if you just have to have an AK nothing else will scratch that itch.

    Frankly, I was hoping they were gonna announce an AK in 6.5 Grendel. That’s something which would intrigue me.

    • Esh325

      You don’t need to spend 1500$ for a good AK. An AR15 won’t be as reliable as an AK in 7.62×39. The bolt design doesn’t go well with the heavy taper, which part of the reason they developed the .300 BLK http://www.300aacblackout.com/. Yes, you can get a piston but I’ll bet it won’t run as well in the long run as the AK or from sample to sample.

      • ClintTorres

        I think that’s my point. Why spend $1500 on an AK like the SAM7 SF when their are less expensive and, perhaps, just as good, AK options out there.

        Once you’re into the $1k-$2k range, the possibilities really open up. I think I’d spend the extra $400 and spring for a Tavor then spend $1600 on the SAM7 SF. To each his own. Nobody has to justify their gun purchases to me, their significant other perhaps, but not me.

        I’m in no way espousing 7.62×39 in an AR, just pointing out that it is possible if one desired. I think piston ARs are a little gimmicky as well. And I believe most folks agree that 300blk is a better option for the AR platform. However, a lot of people like to shoot cheap steel-cased ammo.

        Actually, I was hoping the game-changer was gonna be was 6.5 Grendel steel-case ammo to go with a Grendel AK. Grendel ammo is not economical to shoot.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      The 6.5 is still a niche caliber. They would’t sell enough to warrant the cost.

      • ClintTorres

        Yeah, I know, but I can still wish.

        Someday, people will open their eyes to what the Grendel can do. With respect to the current AR-15 platform, it’s about as good as it gets (ballistically).

        An expansion into a less expensive weapon platform and ammo supply chain would do wonders for it’s adoption rate. I think.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Heck ya we can all hope!

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Where it ultimately matters, i.e., on the battlefield, the AK — or almost any one of its numerous sub-types and variations — is generally a more durable and reliable weapon than any AR, and still has more than sufficient accuracy to do the job very, very efficiently. The AR might be a little more accurate at the range under controlled conditions, but this has little to no bearing on the battlefield. As others have correctly pointed out before, if you hit an enemy combatant, whether it’s within 1 MOA or 3 MOA, that combatant is basically down and finished. Also, the weight and energy of the larger 7.62mm x 39 round will more than compensate if you don’t hit your target exactly on-center.

      The oft-quoted “spray and pray” cachet concerning the AK is nothing more than a myth that has as much credibility as your typical so-called “reality” TV show, which is to say, somewhere between zero and nothing. Just to put this in perspective, soldiers of any nation, regardless of how well-trained they are or what kind of automatic weapon they are armed with, will end up “spraying and praying” when subject to sufficient battlefield pressure that overcomes their professional instincts and allows self-preservation to take over. The myth of “spray and pray” regarding the AK has also been perpetuated by the fact that less-focused and less-than-competent irregular forces have often been equipped with it because of larger political considerations, and not because of any deficiencies in the design of the gun itself. While many of these irregular forces are highly-determined and technically competent, an equal number are not, and this is where you will see footage and read reports of the “spray and pray” syndrome, which has given rise to a false and dangerously-incorrect perception about the AK.

      The SIG 556R, and in fact almost any piston-operated SIG rifle, is a very well-made and highly-reliable battlefield rifle with a lot of desirable and ergonomically-friendly features. DGI AR’s of any kind do not stand up to comparison, and it is only the very best piston-operated AR’s that are about equal to a SIG. However, this equality comes at a large cost. And both the SIG and the top-of-the-line AR are still not as durable or as reliable in a real-world battlefield scenario as an average military-grade AK, which also happens to be far less expensive.

      Having said all this, for all the great qualities and features of the SAM-7F, Arsenal’s asking price of $1600 is too steep. I think it may be more representative of a mark-up based on existing market perceptions on their part than a justifiable real-world price increase for the added advantages of the features they have listed.

      • ClintTorres

        I hear you loud and clear. However, for me at least, all my weapons are nothing more than range toys that, I hope, will never see combat.

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          I understand perfectly what your preferences and priorities are and, rest assured, I definitely respect them. Also, I sincerely share your hope that you and I , and anyone else for that matter, will never have to put our weapons to that kind of test again. There is enough to deal with in life as it is, and no-one needs another conflict just because the powers-that-be on either side decide otherwise for their own ends.

          On an infinitely better note, what sort of groups with your rifles and various configurations have you been achieving? I hope you don’t mind my asking this as I’m interested in ( and would like to learn more about ) different set-ups as they work for different users. Thanks in advance for your understanding and patience with this request.

          • ClintTorres

            Last summer, I built an AR Frankengun in 6.5 Grendel…kinda. I purchased a complete LMT lower.

            The upper is all over the place: AR Stoner 18″ Grendel barrel and bolt, Vltor MUR upper, PWS DI BCG, YHM free-float handguards and low-pro gas block.

            It is capable of 3/4″ 5-shot groups with factory Hornady 123gr Amax ammo.

            This from an upper I built myself with only YouTube and the fine folks at the 65grendel.com forums for guidance. First build ever. Imagine what seasoned builders could produce.

            I was lucky to get this kind of accuracy from my late 90s Savage110 FP bolt-action in .308 (medium contour barrel, free-float stock) with handloads tailored to my chamber dimensions and lots of load development.

            With the proliferation of CNC technology throughout the firearms industry, uniformity/precision of parts has created spectacular out-of-the-box accuracy. Take a look at an AR upper from today and one built in the early 90s and there is no comparison.

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            Clint, thanks so much for your reply and for the information — it was very kind of you to share it. While I agree that there is a huge difference in CNC-machining technology and precision today vis-a-vis the 1990′s ( and this applies to equivalent comparisons within any industry and not just firearms, let alone a single type ), I still think you did a very good job of putting together your AR. It is quite obvious that, in spite of the different array of components from different sources, that you put a great deal of thought into the build and matching those components properly. Although it was your first build, I wouldn’t sell you short versus the experienced builders either.

          • ClintTorres

            One of the joys of being a gun enthusiast these days is the vast amount of information at your finger tips. Expert advice is lurking around every corner of the internet. This is the real boon…reviews from guys who have been there and done that prevent the average Joe from committing the mistakes any newbie will inevitably make.

          • DiverEngrSL17K

            I should also have mentioned that the groupings you achieved using standard Hornady factory loads make your achievements all the more remarkable under the circumstances. The attention to detail and effort you put in clearly shows. Congratulations, and I am looking forward to hearing more from you on other TFB discussions :)!

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            I’ve had similar results using a Savage 10FP in .308 using a Choate stock and Federal match ammunition.

            http://www.riflestock.com/store/do/product/22-06-15

          • JG

            I also just completed a home built 6.5 Grendel, Seekins lower, Geiselle trigger, JP silent captured buffer spring, Alexander Arms dual charge upper w/ Stainless fluted 20″. Yankee hill rails. extremely accurate. If you can “love” a rifle….

    • Raven

      A 6.5 Grendel AK is as easy as installing a new barrel on a 7.62×39 gun.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Leave the gun alone and find a way to lower the MSRP. Now THAT would be a game changer and something to get excited about.

  • wetcorps

    So that’s the “game changer” we all got excited about last week?

    *facepalm*

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Yep that’s it—-but now that I see the whole picture—-

  • Hunter57dor

    the latest from GM:

    new car will have TIRES, made of a rubber composite, that will keep you from sliding on the road.

    doors have easy to use handles, for opening and closing them.

    engine takes standard 87 octane gasoline for easy fill ups.

    price: 2,500,000 dollars.

    LOL this is about as “revolutionary” as an AK i can build in my garage.

  • Stephen Lucas

    When they said “game changer,” I was expecting something like a bullpup, or a semi-auto AN-94, or a modern PSL. You know, things that would actually change the AK game.

    • Ian

      You must be new.

    • Anonymoose

      The AN-94′s main selling point is its recoilless 2-round burst feature. You may as well get an AR if you’re looking for a semi-auto with no recoil.

  • Josh

    Oh look another overly expensive arsenal gun. Imagine that.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    I’m disappointed :(

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    @ DiverEngrSL17K :

    Correction — I meant to say SAM7SF in my previous post. Apologies for the typographical error.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Not a big deal sir

  • Nadnerbus

    Definitely more evolutionary than revolutionary. Still a very nice looking gun.

    If you were to engineer in some sort of rear sight peep back at the dust cover hinge, a la the Galil, and put in a good quality, low slung gas block rail, it would really be a something I might consider (if I didn’t live in California, and wasn’t broke).

  • ClintTorres

    After all I’ve said, if someone gave me this rifle, I’d love it.

  • Clint Notestine

    the only game changer is the price… id rather get a couple stamped aks or a saiga i can make just as good as this

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    This is the “game changer”? What a cruel joke. A right folding stock is your innovation? Really?

    The horror. The horror.

  • Leo

    I always knew that the Arsenal/Manchester United rivalry would one day become militarized…

  • Masoo2

    No Korobov here ;_;

    good game arsenal, gg

  • Sean J.

    Other than the milled receiver and caliber, this doesn’t seem to be much of an improvement over my Interarms Polish Tantal. It already has a right folding stock and a selector that know functions as a thumb safety. Definatley over hyped.

  • Andrew

    Y U NO CHANGE GAME, ARSENAL?!!?!??!

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    You could cover that AK with hookers and crack cocaine and it still isn’t worth $1600.

  • Nicholas Mew

    If they want the utmost in reliability, this is what you make.

    • Esh325

      Why is prototype rifle more reliable than the AK?

      • Nicholas Mew

        Lever delayed blowback TKB-517.
        Proved to be cheaper, more accurate and more reliable than the AKM in testing.

        • Esh325

          I’ve read that too, but it’s really hard to draw any conclusions with mixed information and the secrecy regarding Soviet Weapons. Blowback weapons have a lot of technical problems when it comes to rifle cartridges.

  • John Sjöström

    “Make a new rifle of the AR15-design and no one bats an eye, make one of the AK-design and everyone loses their minds”

  • Guest

    Yawn.

  • Hellmouth

    I can’t wait to fi red it!

  • Brandon

    If they would sell it for a grand that’d be a game changer.
    All of Arsenal’s products cost way too much.

  • AJ

    Yeah, still happy with my VZ.58.

  • ST4

    Second world tech for first world price. No thanks.

  • RobGR

    Agreed with the overall sentiment, not very compelling. Add a TWS dogleg style dustcover rail and polymer stock, like the Zastava M21BS, an updated muzzle break, maybe a flip up front sight like the Beryl Archer (not the crap IO imported), now that’s compelling! At least for me it is.