I am waiting for my next paycheck and want to (finally) order a SAM7. I saw at k-var.com that they have the barrel for a AK-104. How hard would it be to exchange the barrels? I have little gunsmithing abilities, could I do it myself, or should I have it sent to a gunsmith? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Unless you have built AK's before, I would definately send it out to a good AK gunsmith. Arsenal's are one of the best if not the best AK out there and I would hate to see you mess it up trying to save a few bucks.
+1,.. in addition, you would have to get the 200 SBR stamp approved and back in your possesion before you even attempt to install the 104 barrel.
i am building a AK-104 clone from all new parts,..includeing that barrel you saw at K-VAR,...but i have also built a few AK's already so i can work my way thru it ok. but if you have not built or done any work to any AK's you would be better off sending it out or getting some build experiance first.
now about useing a Arsenal SA-M7,....i know it is a super rifle,...but that milled reciver will not accecpt a AK-100 series butt stock,....if you are going to pay for a SBR stamp you may as well get the folding stock,..otherwise you will just have a barrel that is only 1-3 in shorter depending on what muzzel device you use.
heres what im building mine out of,.... the most expensive parts are the barrel and buttstock,..the butt stock had a 3 month wait because it came from Russia.
AK-104 barrel assy....new
Romanian AK-47 trunnion,..new
Bulgarian ak-47 bolt ,...new
Russian AK-100 series poly folding butt stock,..new
Global Trades 1.0mm reciver,.. new
Russian dust cover,..used from a Saiga
Bulgarian safty selector used
Romanian bolt carrier and trigger guard/ mag latch,..used
so far thats about 600 in parts,...+ the 200 SBR stamp,.. it would have been alot less if i used all used parts,...but i made sure all the parts i have do not have any other numbers on them,...
it will cost more,.. but if you are after a close copy of a AK-104 it is worth it,.. hope it helps