Arsenal SAM7R-68 – SAM7 Series Rifle With a New Handguard

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    Arsenal Inc., the importer of Bulgarian AKs, has announced the availability of a new iteration of their milled receiver SAM7 rifles. This new version of the rifle is called SAM7R-68. The difference from the base rifle is the new handguard. The SAM7R-68 comes with a Bulgarian-made polymer handguard that has a built-in bottom Picatinny rail.

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    As in the case of other SAM7 series rifles, the SAM7R-68 also features a milled receiver machined out of a forging. According to the company, such receivers are stronger than those machined of billet steel blocks. The 5-ton hammer forging process is also said to eliminate any “internal voids and cooling deformations“. The SAM7R-68 receivers also come with a side scope rail.

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    The SAM7R-68 rifle is chambered in 7.62x39mm. It has a 16.3″ cold hammer forged barrel that features a chrome-lined bore and chamber.  The muzzle is threaded with 14x1L left-hand metric thread pitch and the rifle comes equipped with a muzzle brake. The twist rate is 1:9.5″. The US-made intermediate length polymer stock is 10″ long which results in a 13.4″ length of pull. The overall length of the rifle is 36.5″ and it weighs 8lbs.

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    The Arsenal SAM7R-68 rifle is listed on the company’s website at an MSRP of $1,419.99. The rifle comes with one 10-round magazine, sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit. The new polymer handguard is also available separately at an MSRP of $59.99. The handguard is compatible with other SAM7 series milled receiver AKs.

    Arsenal’s Bulgarian AKs generally have a reputation of high-quality rifles and are probably the best bang for your buck if you are shopping for a new factory-made AK. Let us know in the comments section if you agree or disagree. Also, tell us what do you think about the new handguard? Do you prefer a lower Picatinny rail over a smooth handguard?

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