Updated Pistol: Arsenal SAM7K-03

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Arsenal has improved upon their most popular pistol with a new version, the SAM7K-03.  The SAM7K series is a line of Bulgarian-made SAM7K 7.62×39 caliber pistols.  The “03” now includes the Sig Sauer SB15 Stabilizing Brace.

The brace uses the operator’s forearm, providing a stable support to reduce felt recoil and minimize accuracy-robbing spin and shift. The stabilizing brace sits on the receiver extension, and the flexible cuff with two adjustable nylon straps allows the brace to be custom fit to any user.  I personally was not a fan of this brace when I had one installed during my review of the PWS Diablo, but a lot of people do like it…

The SAM7K-03’s receiver extension has a water proof storage compartment with a sealing threaded cap. It is accessible when the brace is removed or pushed all the way forward.

Arsenal notes that each SAM7K-03 pistol receiver is milled from a hot-die hammer forged receiver blank  (other milled-receivers are machined from bar stock). Internal voids and cooling deformations are eliminated by the 5-ton hammer forging process.

The SAM7K also boasts a flip-adjustable peep rear sight, and ambidextrous safety lever.

The first variation of the SAM7K pistol was introduced in 2013; you can read an article we did on it then (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/04/15/k-var-sam7k-pistol/).

www.bluetimemedia.com SAM7K03ai

FEATURES

  • Sig Sauer’s SB15 pistol stabilizing brace
  • 100% new-production parts and components.
  • Bulgarian hot-die hammer forged receiver, bolt, bolt carrier and double-hook trigger
  • Cold hammer-forged barrel from Arsenal’s Bulgarian factory, built on Steyr manufacturing technology
  • Hard-chrome plated bore and chamber
  • Side rail for scope mount (does not fit KV- 04SP, KV-04, or SM-13)
  • Peep rear sight
  • Ambidextrous safety lever
  • Accepts any mil-spec magazine with 5, 10, 30, and 40-round capacity


Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • ASterisk

    I’d like to see some accuracy test with this and a few other AK-based pistols. Maybe just out to the effective range they list and some points in between. Curious as to whether the receiver and arm brace help accuracy over, say, a Draco or PAP

  • Lance

    Rather have a 5.45mm version and have as close as you can get to a real Krinkov.