[SHOT 2016] Arsenal, Inc’s New Suppressor-Ready AKs, FIME Rex Zero 1S Pistol

Arsenal, Inc, importer of highly regarded Bulgarian AK-pattern rifles, was present at the show, displaying two rifles hot off the production lines: An SLR-104 and an SAM7SF with barrels threaded for 14.5×1 LH twist threads, to accept suppressors. These rifles were fitted with Gemtech suppressors marked “ARSENAL” on the side. According to representatives, the rifles are specially selected to ensure their front sight blocksĀ are straight, as that part is not normally toleranced tightly for suppressor mounting to prevent baffle strikes.


My camera was challenged by the Arsenal booth’s stand lighting.




This suppressor was mounted to the SAM7SR rifle, and is marked both “GEMTECH” and “ARSENAL”.


Arsenal shared a booth with associated company FIME Group, which has begun importing the Slovenian Rex Zero 1 pistol, an aluminum-framed, hammer-fired pistol similar in appearance to the SIG P226. The gun is chambered in 9mm, and has a 17 + 1 capacity, weighing in at 29 ounces. I failed to actually take a picture of the gun, however, so we will just make do with promotional images for now (I will add pictures tomorrow):

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The company that makes these pistols, Arex, has been in the manufacturing business for twenty years, after branching off from a department of the Iskra company. The guns appeared well-made and finished, and will retail for $599 MSRP. Arex also developed the AKB-15 upgrade kit for Kalashnikov rifle receivers, and announced the Rex Zero 1 early last year.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • I won’t be surprised if the REX accepts P226 mags…

    • It is unlikely given the nature of the ambidextrous magazine release. If I’m not mistaken, the catch locks up on the face of the magazine, not the corners. Their fellow former Yugoslav republics have developed pistols with similar features, like the Croatian HS95 and the Serbian CZ99.

      • Thanks for that info. It would have been nice to get P226’s to work.

    • walker english

      it does not accept SIG magazines…these mags are 17 round mags made by Mec Gar.

  • Friend of Tibet

    I bet if this is a Chinese firearm company everyone will be screaming “knockoff” or “they just keep copying” already………..

    • tsubabaka

      i’ve read a review of the unlicenced chinese p228 with pictures,it’s a very rough gun not what you will expect from a commercial gun,with scratches,marks.
      i think why everyone is against chinese copy it’s about quality.
      so a “p226” for 599$ i’m on it

      • Friend of Tibet

        I personally own Norinco CQ-A, T97 and my friend runs with CF98 and NP34 and also Chinese M14 using US machine. The New NP34(P228) is 400 dollars and it just keep running with no issues aside from the not so fancy finish. I also have friends running with Norinco TYPE56 in US which are amazing from their review. So guess for Chinese firearms they are super reliable on function but less impressive on finish. But for quality, I’d say they are amazing for the price. A proper M14 for 600 dollars, good luck finding that in US.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Did you not read “Slovenian Rex Zero 1 pistol?”

  • maodeedee

    Why copy a handgun with a DA/SA trigger? The only sigs worth having are the ones that are single action and can be carried cocked and locked.
    Better to copy a 1911. When Norinco did that, they produce and excellent gun.

    • walker english

      you can carry this pistol in the cocked and locked position…OR use it with the decocker in DA/SA mode.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I’m not understanding this statement from arsenal. The fsb has zero to do with the 14×1 threads on the barrel. The problem is concentricity usually. The 24mm fsb is usually even more tricky because you have potential for the barrel and sight block to be eccentric.

    • Ryan Hicks

      The suppressor will be mounted with a proprietary bi-lock system from Gemtech. The suppressor is not thread mounted to the rifles – only the bi-lock. The rifles to be suppressed will be tested with gauges and hand selected to ensure they are concentric.