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First Look: Arsenal SAM7UF

by G&A Online Editors   |  April 10th, 2014 7

Arsenal, Inc. is announcing the introduction of their SAM7UF rifle. If this AK-variant looks familiar, that’s because Arsenal released a similar version in limited quantities a couple years ago as the SAS M-7.

This 7.62x39mm semi-auto rifle is built with the traditional hot-die forged and milled receiver we’ve come to expect from Arsenal, but this model boasts an under-folding stock that locks on either side of the receiver.

The SAM 7UF also features mil-spec components and a hard chrome-lined, hammer forged barrel with 14x1mm left-hand muzzle threads. Other features include a stainless steel heat shield and 90-degree vertical gas block, polymer pistol grip and hand guard.

The SAM7UF is distributed by K-VAR Corp. and comes to market for $1,299.

  • vanbachbn

    Indeed you can, although you will pay more for ammo.

    Some of us
    like AKs. The sooner the people of the gun realize that the days of 300
    dollar AKs and 60 dollar 1000 round tins of 7.62 are over with, the
    better we can adapt and move on.

    • Mike Wood

      Very true, however paying upwards of $1000 or more for an AK is a Big Over-Priced Rip-Off.. You can still find a few pretty good AKs out there for around $500 (plus or minus) if you search around.. Ammo prices are coming down now since Connecticut School incident has passed. You’re right about cheap Ammo, 1000 rds of Steel Case Ammo from the old Eastern Block countries & Russian averages around $240, I don’t think it gonna go much lower either…

      • Space_Magic_5

        Seems to me that the list price reflects the mystique of the under-folding stock. A side-folding stock, even at the same price-point, would be a much better value. That said, there’s almost no firearm that I would spend $1000, or more, to purchase. I’m more than happy with my MAK-90 sporter that I managed to convert back to pistol grip configuration.

        • BaconLovingInfidel

          Yep, under folders suck. I’m done with AKs, but still disappointed Arsenal didn’t build this with a side folder.

      • BaconLovingInfidel

        Exactly right. AKs used to present a great value. Now, the quality kits have been gone for years, and the Russians ship increasingly awful quality crap, the best of which requires the skilled handiwork of Marc Krebs or Jim Fuller, and now you’re easily into the $1500-1700+ range which is crazy for ANY AK.

        The best AK options by far are the Arsenals and cherry picking a decent build here and there from others. The best 7.62×39 option is to move on to a more modern platform. The Sig 556xi provides superior materials engineering, accuracy, fit, finish, and equal functional reliability to a good AK with unparalleled ease of optics and accessory mounting at an unbeatable price. Add the ambidextrous controls and modularity which allows the 5.56 and 7.62×39 lowers to be swapped and for rapid barrel changes in the field, and the advantages and value differential continue to pile up.

        Beretta’s ARX should actually make it to market soon and will offer a modular lower for 7.62×39. After they establish a foothold with the 5.56, they’ll release their 7.62×51 version which will also feature the modular lower and a 7.62×39 conversion option. I think the Sig may be lighter, cheaper, and functionally at least equal, but the Beretta offering is another very slick new generation combat rifle that progresses beyond the AK.

        A good AK will always be a terrific combat rifle which sets the standard for reliability, but better options are now available especially when considering value.

  • R.Lopaka

    Has G&A covered legality of folding stocks in the US?

    • Space_Magic_5

      To my knowledge, attaching a butt stock to a firearm (folding or not) is legal provided the firearm’s barrel meets or exceeds a certain minimum length (16 inches, if memory serves). If it doesn’t meet the minimum, the firearm must have a valid federal tax stamp. Additionally, state and local laws may further limit legal possession of short barrelled firearms (as they happen to do in my state). Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

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