Any word on the differences between the Bulgarian and the Romanian SAR-2s?
September 25, 2003, 04:27 PM
The Bulgarian AK-74 has the latest 90 degree gas block and the latest AK74 type compensator along with synthetic furniture. It has a paint over phosphate finish.
The Romanian SAR-2 have the AKM type gas block and no compensator and the furniture is either wood or laminated wood. The markings on the receiver of the SAR-2 are somewhat crude and not stamped. The finish is just a black oxide.
You would have to get someone to build a Bulgarian from a demilled kit on a new receiver, or a Hesse unit which is of questionable quality. The SAR-2 is readily available for less and can be upgraded with the compensator and front sight block for less. SAR-2 have quality issues with canted front sights.
Basically the more you spend the better. I would go with the SAR-2 with laminated stock and get the front sight block from K-Var along with the compensator. Then I'd give it a new bake-on moly finish and they look pretty sharp.
September 25, 2003, 04:41 PM
I have a SAR 2. Getting a bit rare as Century and Romania had a falling out over price. It'll be awhile before alternate importer is found, or Century or Romania makes consessions.
It is NOT howver, despite much rumor to the contrary, a new import ban by the ATF, Bush, or fed.gov.
I like mine, but get an AK-74 style brake threaded, and ATF legal hi-temp silver solderd onto it, or just wait and see if the '94 ban expires next fall and do what you want. The brake isn't really need on the puny 5.45 in a semi-only rifle, but without it in the way, the cleaning rod on the SAR2 will walk out of it's slot with repeated firings and eventually flop a few feet downrange.
The finish and markings are crude, but the worst is the Century importers mark on the reciever which is electric scribe penciled on, and looks like it was done by a dyslexic alcoholic monkey. :(
Many SAR 2's have some noticable and irritating to really painful trigger slap, but that's because the disconnector Century copies from the original Romanian FA parts has a "hump" meant to engage other pieces of the FCG a semi AK dosen't have, and it gets hit when cycling.
If you do a search for Linx310's excellent page on Romanian import AK's he has instructions for where to Dremel off the hump.
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