Arsenal slr107ur 7.62x39
Into the wasteland:
I've had several semi automatic AK-47 knock off's over the years. Some have been better than others. Some have had a nicer finish. Some were stamped. Some were milled.
All were either the AK47 pattern, or the "modernized" AKM pattern.
Some were AKS rifles with the obligatory underfolding stock.
Differences mostly noticed purely by purists (and as these were all commercial semi-auto's the purists wouldn't likely bat an eye at any of them).
Not so this one. This rifle is an example of where the design was heading at the end of the 20th Century.
By the mid 1980's the Soviets were fielding gear modernized from the lessons they had learned in Afganistan.
They were swapping their 7.62x39 AK-47's for the newly developed 5.45x39 AK-74, which proved a worthy successor.
An interesting derivative of that rifle was the AKS-74U, which featured a shortened barrel, revised gas block and sight, and a side-folding stock. Guess what, just like this one.
As far as I know, neither the Soviet Union, or the Russian Federation ever fielded that carbine in the 7.62x39 M43 cartridge.
If they had, it would have looked similar to this rifle, which is what this essentially is.
I went ahead and did the NFA paperwork, paid my tax, and turned it into a Short Barreled Rifle.
I bought a Harbor Freight 20 ton press, and drove off the gas block, chopped the barrel, re-crowned it, and pressed the block back on.
Add some "new" surplus Soviet wood, and PRESTO!
I also added the "Krinkov" flash hider which helps divert the incredible concussive force away from the shooter. It is...earth shaking.
I don't know if this is a very practical weapon, but it sure is a blast to shoot.
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