It’s hard to keep a secret, especially for two years. For the last few weeks, Arsenal has been sending out newsletters and suggesting the SAM7SF will be the most finely tuned and advanced member of its SAM family the AK community has every known. The result of Arsenal’s secret project, called “The Game Changer,” was shown to the world on August 7th, 2013.
Before that date, a select group of evaluators at Guns & Ammo were given a first look at the very first sample. It’s finished in black, wears a U.S.-manufactured Bulgarian-style handguard with gas tube cover, and looks like it should already be a member of the SAM7R family. But if you look closely, you’ll see why Arsenal is particularly proud of this one.
We have yet to completely evaluate the Arsenal SAM7SF AK-47 on the range, but look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Guns & Ammo magazine on newsstands.
- We’re not talking about the traditional stamped piece of metal on the right side. Arsenal has engineered a new selector lever positioned above the left side of the pistol grip and just behind the trigger. It’s as easy as using the thumb on a right-hand firing grip to push the lever forward to engage the safety, and you can work it without having to move your hand.