Arsenal is Bringing Back the Underfolding AK, and They’re Doing it With Style
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I’ve always been more of an AR guy. That’s not to say that I don’t like a nice AK pattern rifle and I’ve certainly got a few thousand rounds downrange behind various examples.
That said, an underfolding AK has always been on my shortlist. I don’t know why, but there is something downright sexy about the simplistic, highly functional underfolding stock. Maybe it’s the fact that the stock gets completely out of the way when folded, unlike a side folder.
Anyway, it seems like it’s been harder and harder to find quality examples of underfolding AKs in recent years, which is why Arsenal’s new model is so exciting.
The SAM7UF is Aresenal’s latest AK model for the American market. If you’re not familiar with them, Arsenal is regarded as making some of the best production AKs that are available in the US. Outside of going for a custom build from one of the custom AK shops, you can’t do much better than Arsenal for fit, finish and features.
Here’s the low down on the new rifle from Arsenal’s website:
Arsenal, Inc., the premier American importer and manufacturer of semi-auto rifles, is proud to offer to American shooters the new addition to the SAM7 family – the SAM7UF rifle. This 7.62×39 caliber rifle combines authentic, high-quality features expected in the SAM7 Family. From its reinforced under-folding buttstock to its 14x1mm left hand muzzle threads with muzzle nut, every component of the SAM7UF is engineered to provide decades of dependable and accurate service. The SAM7UF rifle is bound to become a sought-after and collectible firearm.
The New Reinforced Under-Folding Stock
The SAM7UF utilizes the modern straight-back under-folding stock, which locks perpendicular to the action and the bore of the rifle. In order to provide a more secure and firm lock, whether in a folded or extended position, this stock locks on both sides of the receiver with 4 solid pins. The reinforced, straight-back folding stock stabilizes the rifle which significantly reduces the climb and gives the shooter much firmer control over the firearm for improved accuracy and effectiveness. These are major improvements over its predecessor, the tilt-down stock, and this rifle will surely exceed it.
Arsenal’s Exclusive Milled And Forged Receiver
Each SAM7UF receiver is milled from a hot-die hammer forged receiver blank by the Arsenal Co. of Bulgaria. Other milled-receiver AKs are machined from bar stock, but Arsenal’s hot-die hammer forging produces stronger and finer-grained steel. Internal voids and cooling deformations are eliminated by the 5-ton hammer forging process.
Each forged receiver blank requires over 5.5 hours of milling before assembly. This forging and milling process is complex and time-intensive, but Arsenal’s meticulous attention to detail delivers a receiver of unequalled strength, precision, and durability.
SAM7UF-85 | SAM7UF model 7.62x39mm caliber rifle, milled and forged receiver, chrome lined hammer forged barrel, 14x1mm muzzle left-hand threads, muzzle nut, bayonet / accessory lug, reinforced under-folding buttstock, black polymer pistol grip and handguards, stainless steel heat shield, cleaning rod, one 10-round magazine (accepts any mil. spec. magazine), sling, oil bottle, and cleaning kit.
MSRP is around $1300. I’d expect the street price to be around $1000 – 1200 once the demand for these settles down. Not too bad really for a very high quality fighting AK with a milled receiver and legit underfolding stock.
Here’s some more photos for ya (all photos via Arsenal).