View Full Version : Should I buy an Arsenal SLR101S?
04-26-2004, 09:39 PM
Since Arsenal Inc of Las Vegas has decided to drastically reduce production of the milled receiver, I was thinking of buying ONE MORE milled Arsenal rifle with a scope rail (I already have the SAM7S; the SLR101 would be an "everyday use" rifle). I was leaning toward an SLR101S with green furniture. I want this one because I believe the price is lower than an SA M7S and yet still has the scope rail. I hesitate because of what I've heard about the single-hook triggers and how the SLR101's have been converted from single-stack rifles.
Have you guys heard anything about the SLR101's, or better yet, have experiences with them, good or bad?
04-26-2004, 10:27 PM
If I had as many Arsenal guns as you I wouldn't worry about it. The only downsides I've heard about the SLR-101 are that the FCG is cast, it doesn't have a cleaning rod, and the magwell is sometimes tight (but isn't a problem most of the time unless you are using a drum).
04-26-2004, 10:32 PM
If I had as many Arsenal guns as you I wouldn't worry about it.
You're probably right. I was only thinking that my SA M's will now be more likely to go up in value since Arsenal is going to cut production on the milled receiver in favor of the stamped one.
I just wanted a "beater" that I wouldn't be afraid to get scratched up.
My other alternative to buying an SLR101 is to buy a side rail from Tantal and have a gunsmith friend of mine attach it to one of my basic SA M7's. That's probably the route I'll go.
I was checking the FAC catalog just now, and the wholesale on the SLR101 ain't a whole lot less than a full-blown SA M7. And I thought the SLR's were about one half to two-thirds the price of the SA M's. That's what made this attractive: I thought I could get an SLR101 for a little more than a Romanian SAR; now it looks like that's not the case.
04-27-2004, 02:46 AM
The SA-M7S's at FAC have gone up in price from what is listed in the catalog. I don't know if Harlan wants them posted yet (otherwise, he'd probably have their website updated), but they are higher. I'll generalize and say they are now more than $600. I don't know about the other models.
04-27-2004, 08:15 PM
I waited three months for my SA M7S; at retail it was just a hair under $750.00. The sad thing is--that was a year ago and they've ALL gone up now.
That's one big reason I want a "beater" so I don't have to put wear and tear on my SA M7S that was very hard won.
04-29-2004, 11:56 PM
A lo-cap converted to a hi-cap, or more for an originally-built hi-cap? To me, that's a no-brainer. If it does the same thing, why pay extra?
Of course, when you'll pay $750 for an AK, I guess it doesn't make a lot of difference. I'm glad I was building mine earlier. I missed out on the great deals they talk about, but I got a few.
04-30-2004, 12:03 AM
What one is willing to pay is a subjective thing. I'm so convinced that the milled receiver will outlast the stamped that I'm willing to pay more. When I read that the military standard for stamped receiver life (at least for Hungarians) is 15,000 rounds, I consider my milled one a bargain even at twice the price. The Bulgarian Arsenal museum has a milled AK that has supposedly fired 300,000 rounds. If this is true, then the difference between stamped and milled is obvious.
It turns out my decision to buy milled Arsenal rifles might have been inadvertently smarter from a collector standpoint, too. Since Arsenal recently announced that they are cutting way back on production of the milled rifles in favor of stamped ones, that one thing alone may have made my collection of milled Arsenal AK's more valuable in the long run.
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