Arsenal SLR-104FR

Arsenal has announced a new SLR rifle chambered in 5.45x39mm that will sell for $1099 …

Arsenal Inc. is proud to announce that for the first time ever the SLR-104FR is now available in the United States. This Bulgarian made, one-of-a-kind 5.45×39.5mm caliber rifle with a left-side folding stock is on our shelves and ready to ship.

Until now a factory made Bulgarian rifle in this configuration has never been offered in the US, and has been one of the biggest dreams of the collectors’ to obtain one. With this newest addition to the US market, Arsenal will be able to offer those who were holding their breath a sigh of relief. This Bulgarian factory made rifle is manufactured with quality parts and follows all of Arsenal’s strict technical and quality guidelines on premium craftsmanship. No other comes close to meeting Arsenal’s level of standards. Finally you can proudly own a Bulgarian 5.45×39.5mm side-folder now at a retail price of:

The 5.45×39.5mm caliber SLR-104FR rifles feature a mil-spec stamped receiver, hammer-forged and chrome-lined barrel, and left-side folding polymer stock. The stock set is manufactured to the true original design and utilizes mil-spec reinforced polymer. The buttstock uses the standard 4.5mm pin that is interchangeable with other standard side-folding stocks with 4.5mm diameter pin holes. The side-mounted scope rail allows usage of many attachments that are designed for this type of rail, including Arsenal’s latest SM-13 scope mount. On SLR-104FR, Arsenal uses its own US made fire control group with two-stage hammer and trigger that completely eliminates trigger slap and increases accuracy. The SLR-104FR has the standard 24×1.5mm right-hand threads with a removable muzzle brake. The stainless steel heat shield keeps your hand cool from the heat of the barrel. This rifle also features both a bayonet and accessory lugs on the front sight block and gas block. The SLR-104FR will be available in black stock set, desert sand stock set, and with left-side folding metal stock. Included in the rifle are one 30-round Bulgarian Arsenal Circle 10 magazine, sling, oil bottle, cleaning kit, and cleaning rod.


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  • Nick

    $1099? I’ll stick with my waffen werks.

    • Rich Guy

      I will stick to my $375 converted saiga…

      • Mike

        I’ll stick with my custom built Krebs rifle that cost less…

  • ABeiruty

    Sweet. Price it at $799 and it would sell like hot cakes.

  • Guest

    Price it at $1 and it would sell like hotter cakes….

  • Esh325

    I believe the Bulgarian AK-74 are closer to original AK-74 rifles opposed to the Russian ones which are based on the newer AK-100 series. I wish they made a fixed stocked version of this because folding stocks some what limit your stock options.

  • Lance

    Very overpriced.any AK is a $350 weapon that’s how it was designed for. in price for the Soviet military. Apart from price I think its awesome a real AK-74M rifle.

    • Mmmtacos

      AK’s WERE $350 weapons. They platform was only dirt cheap because of how plentiful they were. Their market has grown, available AKs have diminished, and demand has risen. What were weapons attainable at $350 or $400 three years ago are now $500 to $700 buys (unfortunately). With record gun sales year over year how can you be surprised when some platforms like AKs get more expensive?

      When you consider where Arsenals come from and that they aren’t just surplus rifles you can add to the premium for profit and higher costs.

  • Cknarf

    I will never ever ever pay that much for an AK. My $400 WASR does just fine.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Very nice — I’m assuming that the asking price of $1099 is MSRP in the U.S., which might mean that the real-world sales pricing would be somewhat lower. I love the fact that the SLR-104FR has a cold hammer-forged chrome-lined barrel straight from the factory. There are no better military-grade barrels in the world than quality Russian and East European barrels of this type. Keeping this in mind, the actual off-the-shelf pricing might give Waffen Werks a run for the money in the eyes of many potential buyers. Don’t get me wrong — I own a WW AK-74 which I think is a fantastic rifle, and which I dearly love, but this Arsenal model might just turn out to be a close rival when one weighs up the competing features in terms of ultimate cost-effectiveness.

    In the end, it still boils down to what your preferences are versus utility and available budget.

  • noguncontrol

    1099? you cant compete with ar-15s at that price.

  • Guest

    Now if only we could petition Arsenal to use 5.5mm rear trunnion blocks rather than 4.5mm, we’d have a real AK-74M clone here.

  • Bofh

    it looks nice but putting SLR in the name when it’s not a bloody L1A1 is making me not want to buy it.

  • José Pulido

    Paying 1100USD for a non-historical AK… lol I’ll regret not buying it in 20 years instead of regretting buying it right now.

  • mike gee

    Not paying over $1,100.00 for a souped up saiga I can,do at home for 250 less! A BCM M4 or an LMT can be had for less, and a colt 6940 goes for that price. I get it that Arsenal does go work at restoring AKs back to their “old world” configuration, but I recently took my 10 yr,old saiga in 7.62 x 39( which I bought for $279.00), and with parts bought on line for 200.00-g2 trigger, pg, ak stoke, proper muzzle break),went in my garage and after 3 hrs, had the same gun arsenal pimps out for a grand!!!

    With current market prices and anti gun legislation, I agree with the poster who said the ak depicted here shouldn’t be running more than$800 retail