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Posted: 1/21/2006 6:34:23 AM EDT
I'm thinking of buying an SA M-7 SF. I really want a AK in 7.62x39, but Arsenal doesn't
have any stamped models available att. Is the quality of the milled receiver worth the extra money? Also, what is the weight difference between a stamped and milled receiver?

Does anyone know when Arsenal will make the stamped 7.62x39 available?

I also have an urge to get an SLR 105 A1, but ammo availability and stocking up on another caliber can be problematic. However, for the cost of an SA M-7 SF I could get an SLR 105 A1 and a stamped SLR-107 A1R.

What do you guys think?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 6:42:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 6:43:46 AM EDT by BigAKFan]
95% of the time an AK is an AK (no problems), but, The SAM7SF is about the best there is to get. I do like the idea of having 2 AKs over 1. Any Arsenal is the best you can buy.
I think the weight difference is 1.5-2 pounds between a milled and a stamped.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:25:46 AM EDT
I feel it is worth it. Quality all the way in my experience so far. Heavier, but to me feels much more like a quality rifle than the stamped rifles I have dealt with. However, I guess all the AK's I have ever handled just shoot and shoot and shoot, so to say the cheaper ones weren't quality would be wrong.

I also think that if (perish the thought) you ever have to sell one, you will get your money out of an Arsenal to a much greater extent.

My .02
Doc
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 8:08:07 AM EDT
What do you think about the SLR 105 A1? I'd like to get one, but the ammo supply issues and
the fact that I'd have to stock up on a different caliber are holding me back att. I'd hate to miss out on one though, know what I mean?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 8:17:34 AM EDT
I would get the SLR-105A1, if you can find one. I saw some on Gunbroker.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 8:53:41 AM EDT
I had an AK74 no long ago. It was a super gun. I loved the cheap magazines and how well it shot. But I HATED running down 5.45x39. Even then the good stuff (Barnaul) was nearly impossible to find. That being said, I would pass on the SLR 105.

The SA M-7 SF is great if you have the money. I also like the Classic model. If you wanted to save a little cash you might consider the SA M-7A1. Lastly, if you have an AR and already stock 223, you might give the SA M-5 consideration.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 8:59:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 9:31:00 AM EDT
What's the availability of the SA M-7 SF? Are they still in stock with dealers?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 9:32:50 AM EDT
Atlantic Firearms appears to have them in stock for $1199.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 9:47:29 AM EDT
Thanks for the heads up.

I'm waiting for confirmation that they have them in stock.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 9:57:32 AM EDT
I have a simple rule: Alway's get the one you "really" want first and then get the one you "kinda" want ...
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 10:04:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Apache659:
I have a simple rule: Alway's get the one you "really" want first and then get the one you "kinda" want ...



Apache659, I know that you've extensive knowledge on Maadi but that's just awesome words!
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 10:12:00 AM EDT
Atlantic does not have any in stock.

Arsenal lists them as in stock; any other ideas?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 10:20:41 AM EDT
Maybe contact Jensen Arms to see if they have any or have any on the way.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 10:21:41 AM EDT
I left an email with RSR.

These are around, aren't they?
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 9:39:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 9:45:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By coolhand:

Originally Posted By Apache659:
I have a simple rule: Alway's get the one you "really" want first and then get the one you "kinda" want ...



Apache659, I know that you've extensive limited knowledge on Maadi but that's just awesome words!



I just tinker around a bit ...
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:31:28 PM EDT
What's a fair price for a SA m-7 SF? I found one for $1250 with five mags thru it. How could one only shoot five mags? Anyways, thats the story.

Let me know what you guys think.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:35:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By runningman-2001:
What's a fair price for a SA m-7 SF? I found one for $1250 with five mags thru it. How could one only shoot five mags? Anyways, thats the story.

Let me know what you guys think.



I'd get it. The only new one I found when looking for mine was a $1350 on line and a local guy has one for $1400 plus tax.

Of course for $1150 you could get a SA M7 SFC
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:00:07 AM EDT
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