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Posted: 1/14/2021 8:33:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/14/2021 8:37:55 PM EST by XTrooper]
I snagged one of these Bulgarian Arsenal SLR-107R AKs a couple of weeks ago. I didn't really need another AK, but decided I should get an imported AK before Inauguration Day because I'm fairly certain imported AKs will be kaput a lot sooner than later.
In any case, I took it to the range yesterday, got the iron sights sighted in, and put a couple of hundred rounds through it to get it broken in a little. It performed flawlessly and, other than the sub-par finish, it's the solid, functional AK I was hoping it would be. I'm glad I got it.



Link Posted: 1/14/2021 9:11:34 PM EST
I think that was a smart move.  Enjoy!
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 9:35:12 PM EST
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Originally Posted By PirateEC:
I think that was a smart move.  Enjoy!
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Thank you, PirateEC!
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 7:42:30 AM EST
if you're a fan of the 100 series muzzle device, I bet you could still find a 24mm FSB. They're easy to install. That's what I would do anyway, I love the 74 style brake, it's really effective.

Looks great! You mentioned crappy finish, are these still having issues with solvents? I always use CLP, so I never had a problem.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 10:14:09 AM EST
What issues are you having with the finish?
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 11:22:45 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/15/2021 11:27:59 AM EST by CarlosC]
That is a thing of beauty.

On the FSB, there are plenty of 24mm FSBs out there for purchase if you want to replace your current one, and it's not that hard. I replaced the standard FSB on my Romanian with a 24mm FSB (I couldn't and still can't find a Romanian 22mm FSB).


Option B is installing just the bayonet lug behind the existing FSB and you can get those from Dinzag.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 12:38:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/15/2021 12:39:01 PM EST by Speedwinder]
OP.

Smart move on a very nice AK!

I think ex com-bloc is going to get very rare soon.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:29:31 PM EST
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Originally Posted By nictra:
if you're a fan of the 100 series muzzle device, I bet you could still find a 24mm FSB. They're easy to install. That's what I would do anyway, I love the 74 style brake, it's really effective.

Looks great! You mentioned crappy finish, are these still having issues with solvents? I always use CLP, so I never had a problem.
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Hi. I don’t have a problem with using the current Ukrainian brake and adapter. I used a high-temp permanent  threadlocker to basically weld the two parts together.
Regarding the finish, I guess the real issue is with the application of the paint (it’s rough in spots) and it chipping off around the front sight protector ears which I assume occurred from a combination of less than gentle handling and the flimsy boxes Arsenal uses. The finish is, overall, not bad and it’s not coming off due to cleaning or shooting it. Weapons have always been tools to me so it was only slightly annoying to me to buy a “new” rifle and find that some of its paint had been knocked off. Others I think would have probably gone wild. Since it shoots straight and is reliable, I just touched it up with a matte black paint pen and called it a day. I put the word new in quotes because I purchased this AK from  K-Var not even two weeks ago yet the receiver bears a 2017 date code. Three years in one of those Arsenal cardboard boxes is a long time to survive without some scars! 😁
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:33:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/15/2021 4:30:12 PM EST by XTrooper]
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Originally Posted By CarlosC:
That is a thing of beauty.

On the FSB, there are plenty of 24mm FSBs out there for purchase if you want to replace your current one, and it's not that hard. I replaced the standard FSB on my Romanian with a 24mm FSB (I couldn't and still can't find a Romanian 22mm FSB).
https://i.imgur.com/4jWYBbq.jpg

Option B is installing just the bayonet lug behind the existing FSB and you can get those from Dinzag.
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Thanks! It’s possible I may do that in the future, but, at least for now, I’m ok with using the thread adapter. It’s really not a hassle since I permanently bonded it to the brake. That Romanian of yours looks outstanding! 👍🏻
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:35:52 PM EST
I agree smart move for the reasons cited.  K-var has raised their price on that model at least $150 since the first of the year.  I believe Comrade Joseph may EO the imports out of existence first thing.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:41:02 PM EST
I like my Arsenal AK...
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Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:41:16 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Farmer-Ted:
What issues are you having with the finish?
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Hi, Carlos. As stated above, it’s mostly the fact that it didn’t hold up that well to apparently getting beat up a bit in storage and/or shipping. It’s really not that big of a deal and I wouldn’t normally have mentioned it except for the fact that this is the most I’ve ever paid for an AK by a few hundred dollars so it was initially a bit annoying, if you know what I mean.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:47:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Speedwinder:
OP.

Smart move on a very nice AK!

I think ex com-bloc is going to get very rare soon.
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Thanks, Speedwinder! 👍🏻
I totally agree. Unfortunately, I think any former Soviet-bloc AK is going to be very desirable in the not too distant future. It’s disheartening to imagine what things are going to look like within the next year or two.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:52:49 PM EST
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Originally Posted By billbotts:
I agree smart move for the reasons cited.  K-var has raised their price on that model at least $150 since the first of the year.  I believe Comrade Joseph may EO the imports out of existence first thing.
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I believe you are absolutely correct. That will probably be done on Day 1 of his presidency.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 1:55:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ICU:
I like my Arsenal AK...
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/16226/IMG_1557__1__jpg-1780328.JPG
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Hahaha That is frigging hilarious! 😂
Corpsman!
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 9:11:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By XTrooper:
Hi, Carlos. As stated above, it’s mostly the fact that it didn’t hold up that well to apparently getting beat up a bit in storage and/or shipping. It’s really not that big of a deal and I wouldn’t normally have mentioned it except for the fact that this is the most I’ve ever paid for an AK by a few hundred dollars so it was initially a bit annoying, if you know what I mean.
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Who's Carlos?? haha  Lucky it's not Egyptian, the paint falls off if you look at it.  The Arsenal finish is not the best but if you take care of and use CLP to clean it and it will last a long time.  Not sure on this model but earlier ones are parkerized under the paint.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 9:54:58 PM EST
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Who's Carlos?? haha  Lucky it's not Egyptian, the paint falls off if you look at it.  The Arsenal finish is not the best but if you take care of and use CLP to clean it and it will last a long time.  Not sure on this model but earlier ones are parkerized under the paint.
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Originally Posted By XTrooper:
Hi, Carlos. As stated above, it’s mostly the fact that it didn’t hold up that well to apparently getting beat up a bit in storage and/or shipping. It’s really not that big of a deal and I wouldn’t normally have mentioned it except for the fact that this is the most I’ve ever paid for an AK by a few hundred dollars so it was initially a bit annoying, if you know what I mean.


Who's Carlos?? haha  Lucky it's not Egyptian, the paint falls off if you look at it.  The Arsenal finish is not the best but if you take care of and use CLP to clean it and it will last a long time.  Not sure on this model but earlier ones are parkerized under the paint.


Hahaha Sorry! Got the names/replies out of sync. Yeah, I only use CLP for cleaning my weapons so I don't think I'm going to have any further trouble with the finish. I read about the parkerizing under the paint, but it's hard to say with this rifle. It was like a silver-grey where the paint was chipped off. It didn't look like a typical parkerizing, but who knows? In any case, my trusty paint pen took care of the problem.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 7:55:09 PM EST
Nice pick up.  I didnt realize those rifiles didnt come with the 24mm FSB, good to know.  I think of CLP more of a L and P and less of a cleaner -  I think a hoppies product is needed to really clean a firearm.  My $0.02.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 10:36:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AKR:
Nice pick up.  I didnt realize those rifiles didnt come with the 24mm FSB, good to know.  I think of CLP more of a L and P and less of a cleaner -  I think a hoppies product is needed to really clean a firearm.  My $0.02.
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Thanks! Yeah, it's a decent rifle though, like most things firearms-related today, their price tag is definitely inflated and rising almost daily. Regarding cleaning, a good CLP used regularly will keep a firearm functioning just fine. If you want/need more than that, then Hoppe's et al. are the ticket. 👍
Link Posted: 1/17/2021 12:47:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Farmer-Ted:


The Arsenal finish is not the best but if you take care of and use CLP to clean it and it will last a long time.  Not sure on this model but earlier ones are parkerized under the paint.
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Paint seems to be a bit of a problem with many very nice AK's. I have an Arsenal Sam7-R that I bought new back several years ago. The paint on the outside is okay, but the paint on the bolt is now missing. No rust or problems with the rifle. I just make sure I keep the bolt clean and lubed.

I also have one of the very first WBP Foxes. It has somewhat chippy paint. I think WBP solved that problem on the newer Foxes. I really like my Fox and decided if the outside paint ever gets to bad, it hasn't yet, I will repaint it.

Several years ago I painted one of my AK's that I bought knowing it needed painted. Painting an AK was easier then I thought it would be.
Link Posted: 1/19/2021 10:48:15 AM EST
If you do decide you want a 24mm fsb, CSS sells a US made one for like $75. I just used it on a .223 Saiga conversion and am pleased with it.
Link Posted: 1/19/2021 11:15:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By HWI:
If you do decide you want a 24mm fsb, CSS sells a US made one for like $75. I just used it on a .223 Saiga conversion and am pleased with it.
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Thank you for the tip! I will make a note of that. 👍🏻
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