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Old 09-17-2019, 12:34 AM
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Any Arsenal owners?

I have a couple, was lucky to pick them up a few years ago at a good price. I have some experience with the platform and have always found AKís to be just plain not fun to shoot, from semi autos to full house rock ones. So I never had any interest in personally owning any. I donít get the Arsenalís out too often but when I do I really enjoy shooting them. Theyíre so pleasant and smooth shooting. Anyone else out there have and enjoy them?
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:18 AM
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Yup, got a SGL-21, SGL-31, SLR-101s, SLR-104, SLR-106, & SLR-107. Whatís not to like?
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:28 AM
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Yup, got a SGL-21, SGL-31, SLR-101s, SLR-104, SLR-106, & SLR-107. Whatís not to like?
Exactly. Mine are a Sam7sf and the sam7sf with the rail system. Theyíre great rifles IMO but it seems like thereís not a whole lot of feedback from legitimate owners. Many would say itís because those owners are satisfied. I would agree, but I have some colleagues who say they would never pay that much for an AK. I think theyíre missing out, theyíre a joy to shoot and with what the ammo costs itís a great option.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:06 AM
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I couldnít pay that much for an AK now that Iím retired, but I was able to afford them before I retired. Iím sure my Russian SGLís seemed a little expensive when I bought them but try to buy one now. My SLRís are built every bit as good.

There doesnít seem to be a lot of middle ground with AKís, itís mostly Century or Arsenals (and if you see one you like you better buy it, because it might not be there tomorrow).

I donít believe in buying second rate firearms so I bought Arsenals when I wanted AKís. I believe they were worth the money as none of them has given me any trouble. Only a rich guy can afford to buy it twice.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:14 AM
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BTW, the only reason I bought an AK to begin with was I was bored so I bought the ugliest gun in the LGS, a Century Arms WASR. Both Warrior Princesses had entered the Army and I thought it would be a good idea to train them to be able to handle a “Battlefield Pick-up” if necessary.

I still have that WASR, never had a problem with it. As I used it, I became aware of the genius behind the design. Perfection really is the enemy of “good enough”.
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:25 AM
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The only AKs that I have are a couple of Norincos.

I paid a whopping 159.00$ apiece for them back in the early nineties. One is unfired. The other one runs like a top.
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:19 AM
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I have a few Arsenal 223 folders. Solid rifles.

I think the 223 AKs are much more pleasant to shoot than the 5.45 or 7.62 versions. They still kick more than they should, but that is a design issue.
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:38 PM
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My only AK is a SAM7SF that I picked up a couple of years ago. I honestly prefer taking it to the range over my AR's. It's cheap to shoot and goes bang every time. It's pretty accurate even with the cheap steel cased stuff. Overall it's a ton of fun.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:18 AM
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Recoil is a subjective thing but I feel like my 5.45x45 AK74ís kick the least (except for my .22LR AK).
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Old 09-18-2019, 02:23 PM
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Recoil is a subjective thing but I feel like my 5.45x45 AK74’s kick the least (except for my .22LR AK).

I suppose with such a large bolt group cycling back and forth some might perceive the recoil of a 223 or a 5.45 AK to be more than it should be. I’ve seen similar reports about the 5.56 version of the scar, which also has a hefty bolt group. On my sam7sf’s it feels like the bolt is cycling right at a Goldilocks speed to me, not too fast and not too slow, just smooth. No other AK I’ve fired has felt that way. I know a lot of people ditch the AK74 style brake that they ship with but I love them, they seem to do a great job. Just got back from taking my newest one out for a few mags today, didn’t miss a 9 inch plate once and as I’ve already mentioned, it was pleasant and great fun.
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:55 PM
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I have a SAM7R. I like it. It's a good shooter.
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:37 PM
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I was on my way in my local gun shop to purchase a new SA m1A in 308. He just put out a rackfull of the newer Russian izmash saigas in 308win. It was $307 out the door. Since we were headed to go big game hunting I was thinking about letting her tag along. What an awesome semi auto in 308 /16” barrel the saiga really is. The saiga Ak/Akm really proved it’s worth shooting at 100 yds on the berm. We shot 1 1/2” groups at 100yds using the South Africa 308 ball ammo.
I went back to the LGS to purchase more saigas and they were almost all sold outs.

I did find a Chinese norinco m14s in 308 nato.
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:04 AM
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I was fortunate to have bought a century Rom-arm SAR-1 about 20 years ago VERY CHEAP.
Turns out they are a highly regarded rifle these days. Mine has always ben accurate - without a hiccup all these years.
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:44 PM
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Picked up another one today. SLR 95 to go with the others I have.
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