New Aresenal SLR107 and SAM7 Rifles | SHOT 2017

Although KVAR has these new Aresenal models in stock, I did not find them in either of their SHOT Show booths. And while they aren’t drastically different from previous rifle configurations, both guns will appeal to AK lovers. Below are the two new SLR107 and SAM7 models

The SLR107-11P will attract budget-minded buyers – an Arsenal for sub $900 is an excellent buy. Whereas  the new SAM7SFK-72 is a bit pricier, however a factor Arsenal SBR can be highly sought after.

Arsenal SLR107-11P Plum Version $869.99

SLR-107R – 7.62×39 caliber, stamped receiver, chrome lined hammer forged 16.25” barrel, 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads, removable muzzle nut, bayonet lug, black polymer furniture, Warsaw Pact length buttstock with compartment for cleaning kit, stainless steel heat shield, 2-stage trigger group, 800m rear sight, and scope rail. Comes with one 5-round magazine, sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit.

  • caliber: 7.62 x 39 mm
  • total length: 937 mm (36 7/8 in.)
  • folded length: 695 mm (27 3/8 in.)
  • barrel length: 415 mm (16 1/4 in.)
  • rifling: 4 grooves
  • twist rate: 1 in 240 mm (9.44 in.)
  • weight w/o magazine: 3.31 kg (7.3 lbs.)
  • muzzle velocity: 710 m/s (2,329 fps)
  • effective range: 500 m (550 yds)
  • maximum range: 1,350 m (1,480 yds)
  • rear sight range: 800 m (875 yds)


arsenal SAM7SFK-72 SBR $2499.99

SAM7SFK – Short Barrel Rifle, 7.62×39 caliber, milled receiver, short gas system, chrome lined hammer forged 8.5” barrel, front sight/gas block combination with 24×1.5mm right-hand muzzle threads, removable cone flash hider, right-side folding tubular buttstock, black polymer furniture, ribbed polymer handguards, stainless steel heat shield, ambidextrous safety, peep rear sight, and scope rail. Comes with one 30-round magazine, sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit.


  • caliber: 7.62 x 39 mm
  • total length: 760 mm (29.9 in. – Including Flash Hider)
  • folded length: 478 mm (18 in. – Including Flash Hider)
  • barrel length: 216 mm (8.5 in.)
  • rifling: 4 grooves
  • twist rate: 1 in 240 mm (9.44 in.)
  • weight w/o magazine: 3.22kg (7.1 lbs.)
  • muzzle velocity: 710 m/s (2329 fps)
  • effective range: 500 m (547 yds)
  • maximum range: 1350 m (1480 yds)
  • rear sight range: 500 m (547 yds)
  • rate of Fire: 40 rds/min (practical)


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  • Raginzerker

    An Arsenal for less than 1200 bucks….? bruh…

    • Anonymoose

      And one for $2500. 😀

      • Raginzerker

        Lol and that’s without your tax stamp

        • Lee Enfield

          And probably won’t be under the Christmas tree 2017.

          • Raginzerker

            Unless ‘m on the nice list this year 🙂

  • pun&gun

    The SLR107 should be able to take aftermarket stocks, unlike its Belgian-patterned brethren with the factory folders, if I am not mistaken.

    • Anonymoose

      Belgian? Wait, what? They use the Bulgarian-standard folding mechanism which is identical to the current Russian one except the pin is 1mm smaller, which was the old spec from when the Soviet Union split up. They make adapters to put a 4.5mm stock on a 5.5mm hinge but not the other way around. The SAM7SF series uses a flipped-over 4.5mm AKS74 folding mechanism mated in a straight line to a slant-cut milled receiver, which is a Bulgarian creation. The SLR-10xF models use the standard stamped AKS74 folding stocks, and Manticore and JMac make AR stock adapters for those. Arsenal used to market a folding stock adapter to put the AKS74 hinge on a fixed-stock stamped AK too. Most of the folding stocks on K-VAR are compatible with the SLR-100 series.

      • pun&gun

        Yeah, sorry, I hadn’t had my coffee and borked up Bulgaria into Belgium.
        Point was that the Arsenals up to this point don’t take stocks meant for the Russian platforms (like Magpul’s offerings). Last I’d heard, this rifle should.

        • Anonymoose

          To be fair, the Belgian AK folding stock really is unique and there is no aftermarket for it. TFB did a review of it 4 years ago when Alex C was still here.

        • LCON

          Give That Man Some Waffles!!

  • HemingwaysBeard

    So, what’s the lowest price point for a decent AK nowadays?

    Is the rule of thumb to question the quality of a sub $800 rifle?

    – from an AR guy

    • Joe

      I think Wasr 10s and NPaps are decent and can be found around $680.

      • AZgunner

        WASRs can be a bit hit or miss. I had a 5.45 one that was alright, but it was pretty rough around the edges. Sharp edges, bolt carrier didn’t smooth until a couple hundred rounds, and the “finish” on the stock was almost bare wood. With a little bit of work it turned into a decent rifle, but I don’t know if I would go that route again.

    • Johnsmyname

      Chinese guns are nice and around the $800 mark. I’m not sure about the current imports but as Joe says, Wasr and Yugo guns seem OK for the money. At the end of the day it’s an AK, not that complicated or tolerance oriented.

    • USMC03Vet

      Palmetto State Armory has good $750 rifles. They also have build kits which are around $500. I.O. And Century may sell some cheaper or the same price but both companies make horrid rifles that are simply dangerous to use and nobody should consider them at this point.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Evidence of the “horrid”-ness of PSA rifles?

        • AZgunner

          I believe he was stating that I.O. Inc. and Century Arms are horrid, whereas PSA are actually good.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Gotcha’. Thanks.

    • Red79cj5

      I’m pretty damn happy with my Palmetto State AK, $750 with MOE/Zhukov furniture, they’ve actually been in stock lately too.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      As it has been forever, the WASR is the best entry level AK. The quality has improved drastically, although the price has gone up a bit.


    I’m feeling so confused. Is it ArEsenal, or the correct spelling of Arsenal?

    • Tinkerer

      Came here to make fun of that typo, and suggest it was a theoretical joint venture between Ares and Arsenal.

  • Tormund Giantsbane

    The SLR 107 for under 900 MSRP is the best deal on the AK market.

  • l2a3

    They can sure screw the pooch trying to put a folding butt stock on, instead of using the original. I guess it lost something in translation from English to Russian.