Got a Bulgarian AK...


Dave Markowitz
November 26, 2004, 09:03 PM
... an Arsenal, Inc. SLR-101SG1, to be exact. Pic from Arsenal, Inc.'s site here ( Yes, another impulse buy. :uhoh:

Neato features:
--Made in Bulgaria
--American made green polymer furniture
--Milled receiver
--Double hook trigger
--Scope rail on the receiver

It has BY FAR the best fit and finish I've ever seen on an AK. Comparing one of the Century Romanian hack jobs to this rifle is like comparing a Yugo to a Caddy.

It came with only a single 5 round Bulgarian polymer "waffle" mag but WTH, I have a ton of AK mags. Aside from the mag it came with a sling, oil bottle, cleaning kit, cleaning rod, and a nice manual which was signed by the QC inspectors.

My Hesse/Saiga is going to go, I think. It runs good since I replaced the FCG but the SLR is NICE. I'm going to see if I can swap the Saiga to an electrician friend in exchange for some work around the house.

I'm going to try to get it to the range on Sunday. Report to follow.

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November 26, 2004, 09:17 PM
But be forewarned, some will call you names for daring to say that the Bulgarian milled receiver AK's are better than the stamped variants. I'm looking for a second Bulgie, myself. Another SLR-95 or similar would look quite nice next to my first, and now that the AWB's dead, I have an early Ace Ltd. sidefolder that's ready to install on it. :D

November 26, 2004, 10:38 PM
Congrats, I love the bulgarian ak's. May I ask how much you paid?

November 27, 2004, 05:04 AM
i own an SLR-101 in black plastic. Awesome AK. Some of the best built.

Dave Markowitz
November 27, 2004, 08:27 AM
Congrats, I love the bulgarian ak's. May I ask how much you paid?

$565 OTD. :)

November 27, 2004, 10:51 AM
I've been shooting my slr101 for about a year now.

No complaints here.

November 27, 2004, 01:33 PM
Amazing how nice they are compared to the rest of the junk out there, isn't it? I suspect you will be pleasantly suprised by the accuracy as well.

Best AK type rifle ever made.

November 27, 2004, 01:41 PM
Yea, I've owned chinese, hungarian and romanian aks. The hungarian is nice, but the bulgy is in a class by itself. I like it so much, I had to put more money into it than I'll ever get out of it.

November 27, 2004, 02:12 PM
My Bulgarian is a good shooter, I made a 2 1/2" 3 shot group @ 100 yards resting on a table kneeling. I bought a Galil (Galil is a copy of a Valmet)parts kit and built a Valmet M-62/76 clone out of it. Even found an original Valmet top cover/rear sight assy. Very good sights, much nicer than the open notch on the barrel, and it has tritium night sights that flip up when needed. The walnut stock may get replaced with the Galil folder at some point. The Galil pistol grip is more comfortable than the regular AK type, being longer and slightly larger diameter.

November 27, 2004, 02:46 PM
Mine is homebuilt on stamped reciever, but I still consider it one of my nicer weapons.

Matt Sutton
November 28, 2004, 06:32 PM
Arsenal Inc. makes some incredible stuff. They really pay attention to detail. No canted sights here! It came sighted in dead on at 100yd.

November 28, 2004, 07:12 PM
Nice rifle Matt. I complement you on your choice of magazines. The 20 rounders are great, not so bulky and heavy as the 30's.

November 28, 2004, 07:25 PM
Besides the pistol grip and stock, what is the difference between the SLR 101 and the SLR 95 ?

November 29, 2004, 09:10 AM
As imported, the slr101 will only accept single stack 5 or 10rd mags. When it gets to arsenal in Nevada it is converted(opened up)to accept double stack hi-cap mags. Any rifle that has the pg conversion done also has the correct US parts count. SLR101 were sold as thumbhole stock single stack, pistol grip single stack and pistol grip double stack.

SLR95 were imported with a thumbhole stock and would accept doublestack mags.

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