Arsenal AK rifles are almost universally regarded as among the best available anywhere in America. Made new in Bulgaria by the Arsenal Co of Bulgaria, they are imported to America by Arsenal Inc. and sold to Americans in order to preserve Kalashnikov's legacy in the highest quality manner possible. The list of rifles, pistols, and SBRs made by Arsenal is long and distinguished. Milled receivers and stamped receivers are represented here in order to give you as many options as possible.
Arsenal AK 47 / 74 Rifles For Sale at Omaha Outdoors
Not many people know that the original AKs were made with a milled receiver, and the stamped steel receiver versions came later. Arsenal milled SAM7 AKs are a tribute to those original rifles and that original design, but with modern updates to ensure that famous Kalash reliability, including a hot-die hammer forged blank. These aren't cheap rifles - the receiver blank alone requires almost 6 hours of milling time. The SA M-7 Classic is a testament to the lasting efficiency of the AK47 and the wicked beauty of its wood furniture, but fear not, there are over a dozen of variants of this rifle alone.
Want a side folder? SAM7SF for a standard-length AK, SAM7SF-84R with a Picatinny quad rail handguard, or SAM7SFK SBR for the ultimate close quarters combat 7.62x39 AK with an 8.5" chrome lined hammer forged barrel. Underfolder more your style? SAM7UF! Hate muzzle flash? SAM7R-65 with its Bulgarian 4-piece flash hider! Live in California? There's a California compliant version of all of these weapons, albeit with a fixed stock if you select a folder style version. Finally, if you want an SBR but don't want to wait right up front for the paperwork to clear or you just want the most compact AK possible, there's the SAM7K pistol. There's even a milled receiver 5.45 AK in the form of the RPK-3R with folding bipod and one 45 round magazine, though it takes any 5.45 AK magazines. Most of these rifles are compatible with scope mounts for the AK, although you should check notations for each individual model.
Stamped Receiver Arsenal AKs
Of course, most AKs made around the world have stamped receivers, and they're the rifles that everyone knows and loves - or loves to hate. They're lighter than milled AKs because the receiver is thinner. The SLR-107 Bulgarian made AK-47 is as close as you're going to get to enlisting in a Warsaw Pact military circa 1970 without building a time machine, although most models now have synthetic furniture. Are you a man or woman of refined tastes? Go for the plum furniture option. Arsenal also makes stamped receiver SLR-106 5.56 AK pistols in a pure pistol format and 5.56 pistols with included pistol braces which you definitely shouldn't shoulder like a rifle, but you could easily turn one into an SBR.
Which Caliber? 5.45x39, 5.56x45, or 7.62x39?
When most people think of an AK, they're thinking of the 7.62x39 version. Because each of these three rounds - 5.45, 5.56, and 7.62x39 - have different cartridge tapers, the magazines are shaped differently, and the classic curve of the 7.62x39 mag is what appeals to a lot of people. It's also readily available in the US and pretty cheap to shoot considering how big the bullet is and how much lead it throws compared to the 5.56 and 5.45. That said, 5.56 has a lot going for it because of how easy it is to find 5.56 and .223 in America and how many different types of ammunition are available for the caliber.
Not that we're biased or anything, but we think the best AKs come in 5.45x39 caliber. They're exceptionally reliable, more accurate than the 7.62x39 versions, cooler than the 5.56 versions, and effective to just as far as the NATO cartridge. Your only real challenge will be that 5.45 isn't as easy to find, especially with surplus ammo drying up. Thanks Obama! The SLR-104 AK-74 just might be Peak AK, and we're okay with that.