SAM7R-66 Rifle With Quad Rail

I will fully admit, I have very little interest in eastern-bloc rifles.  I have never really been a fan of the AK platform, or any of the variants.  But once in a while one catches my eye as something that I would actually like to get a hold of for my

Seeing a SAM7R-66 with picatinny rails actually peaked my interest.  The lack of accessory rails has always been something that has made me hesitate about the platform.  I will admit, I like to hang some things on my rifle to help make the rifle better for home defense.  It is also nice to have for the versatility of the rifle.  Being able to add a red dot, light and sling attachment just about wherever you want is a great feature of other platforms like the AR.

Take a look at their press release if you want some further information about the SAM7R-66 Rifle.

LAS VEGAS, NV– Arsenal, Inc. is introducing the latest configuration of SAM7R modern sporting rifle with Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System. Sold under the SKU SAM7R-66, the new configuration of SAM7R, as all other MSRs in this series, features Arsenal’s exclusive forged then milled receiver, original Bulgarian hammer forged chrome lined barrel, 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads, removable muzzle brake, bayonet lug, US made mil-spec polymer stock set with stainless heat shield and cleaning kit compartment, and 800 meter rear sight leaf.

After successfully fulfilling military requirements, for the first time, the SAM7R is being made available to the public with Arsenal’s latest design Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System. The PR-01 Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System follows Arsenal’s legacy of quality and craftsmanship and provides superior platform for wide range of attachments, including optics, flash lights, lasers, forward grips, and other accessories of your choice.

The PR-01 Picatinny Quad Rail Handguard System was designed and manufactured to meet and exceed the following stringent military requirements:

  • Ability to accept cleaning rod with the rail system installed – achieved with stainless steel internal guide rail
  • To easily align the rail system with both milled and stamped receivers – achieved with a pair of precision machined tabs
  • Ability to constrain debris from entering into the receiver from under-rail openings – achieved with sealing caps of the rail system
  • Minimize weight, while providing maximum strength – achieved with the triangular support design and utilizing aircraft grade durable aluminum material
  • Providing the maximum number of rails – achieved with optimum design with 14 rails on the bottom and the sides, and 9 rails on the top
  • Identification marks for repeat attachment of devices – achieved with clearly marked numbering system on all 4 sides
  • Provide comfortable grip to the shooter – achieved with compact system profile and smooth finish

This limited run of the SAM7R-66 rifle has an MSRP of $1,349 and is now available through our dealers and retail outlets.
Learn more about this product, click here.


  • Dimitri

    I let fotograf speak for Dimitri

    • iksnilol

      Only rails I can justify on a rifle is for optics, flashlight (rarely on a rifle) and a bipod (not used much in favor of a good sling).

      Suppressor, sling and good sights are the accessories I use the most.

    • ValleyForge77

      Dimitri says ‘keep that crap off my AK’ …..until he gets in an extended firefight and his wooden handguard catches on fire 😉 The old paradigm was: You can shoot an AK until the handguard catches fire, and keep shooting.. Now, you can remove the ‘until the handguard catches fire’ part from the equation. It’s also nice to now have a QD sling attachment point and a place to slap a light if needed as well…

      But seriously though, I dig the whole ‘traditional AK’ thing. I get it.

      • ValleyForge77

        Also, that looks more like Chen, than Dimitri 😉

      • Nimrod

        Except we are talking semi autos in most cases. I am all for you spending whatever you want on making your gun cool but don’t pretend it that you are really ever going to use it for other than range commando stuff.

        • ValleyForge77

          Yes, exactly. Dump a few mags at your ‘commando range’ and your wooden handguard is gonna get real hot.

  • Zachary marrs

    You do realize that ak’s with rails have been around for about the same time ar15’s with rails have?

    I could never justify spending over 600 bucks for an ak, or over 1000 for an ar, let alone any gun.

    • iksnilol

      Oh boy, you obviously aren’t in the bullseye precision market. Luckily there are inexpensive guns that work well (particularily Russian target rifles/pistols).

      I mean, have you seen how much a Pardini costs?

      • Zachary marrs

        If I was a competitive bullseye shooter, I could see myself justifying that, but this is just an ak w/ rails, not exactly a high end comp gun

  • ValleyForge77

    If you like that, you’d LOVE the Krebs AK UFM Keymod handguard (‘rail’) I just put on my Arsenal SAM 7 SF. It’s absolute AK perfection.

  • USMC03Vet

    $1300+ even for a milled AK is ridiculous.

    Better watch out for zombie Mikhail Kalashnikov

    • Bp. David

      About $2500 per M-4 is what the DoD has been spending on the weapons you were shooting back in the day, Jarhead. They weren’t plastic Bushies, but they weren’t half as reliable as a stamped out AK, either! SEMPER FI!
      Sword of the Word on my tongue and a brace of pistols on my pulpit!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Sam, while I have always had a lot of respect for your articles, this is one time I will have to disagree with you — AK-47’s, AK-74’s, all other AK variants, and many Eastern-bloc rifles such as the Czech vz.58, have had railed handguards, receiver top rail systems, side-mounted center-line detachable rails, adjustable / folding buttstocks, etc., etc., etc. widely available to satisfy anyone’s needs and wants for a very long time now.

    Still, I’m glad to see that the SAM-7R-66 featured here piqued your interest. The world of firearms offers no end of incredibly fascinating and unique variations, as long as one keeps one’s horizons open.