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Old 11-22-2017, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default Long term concerns about my slr-106

First thing Id like to say is that I love my SLR-106FR, I've customized it to my liking and it functions beautifully.
With having said that I'm concerned about the availability of replacement parts for this rifle in a long term setting.

I can go to pretty much any online retailer who sells AK parts and find any part I need to keep my 5.45 or 7.62 AK running forever.

What I cant find are 5.56 parts like extractors or any spare bolt parts for that matter unless I want to drop $90+ for a complete spare bolt from KVAR.

Will I wear out the stock extractor, well maybe someday but parts can fail at any time & I'd prefer to have a handful of spares around in case the need arises.
Recently finding mag's have also become an issue, luckily I have 40-50 30rd Circle-10 mag's in my stash.

I'm trying to weight the pros and cons of keeping the 106 or selling/trading the rifle and the 40+ mag's and turning that all into a 5.45 AK with spare mag's/parts and ammo.

Like I said maybe im just being paranoid....maybe not.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:12 PM   #2
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As I say every time this comes up - you're far more likely to lose a part during cleaning than for one to wear out or break.

The old cliche: The best replacement part is an identical rifle
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:58 PM   #3
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$90 for the extra bolt seems a small price to pay for peace of mind.

You can always sell it later.
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:28 PM   #4
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Just buy a second rifle back up. I did
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:41 PM   #5
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Aside from a spare Firing pin spring and Firing pin, assuming the 106 series actually do use the spring loaded pin, much of the spare parts are the same. A recoil spring will work regardless if it is a 5.45 or a 5.56 and the brakes& furniture will swap out with a 74 as well. You can get a 5.56 Broken shell extractor easy whereas ther 5.45 BSE's have not been imported for years.
If I am wrong, someone correct me, but I though the 106's used a standard AK 74 extractor? The extractor pin should be the same as a 74 pin as well. If you are worried about your bolt failing well... if that goes the trunnion is usually F'd as well.
EDIT, parts aside you are in a much safer position with the 106 FR than the 5.45 guys( me being one of them). You don't have to worry about ammo not coming in. If you really do have that many mags, sell 5 and the bolt is paid for easily.
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:53 PM   #6
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I hear ya, but $15 a pop for a few spare extractors is easier on my wallet than buying more rifles.
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:07 PM   #7
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I am in the purchase a second rifle as a spare camp. In buying rifles over the years, I have attempted to get two of the same model, but haven't all ways been able to. However, spare bolts, bolt carriers, recoil springs and recoil spring assemblies? Yes I'vemanaged over the past 25 odd years to pick up many duplicates from various sources.
From a member of the files I once acquired a spare bolt that will fit my Chinese .223 BWK 92.
From Classic Arms bolts and bolt carriers for AK-74's (the Romanian 5.45X39 bolts worked for me in a Romanian .223 rifle that I temporarily switched bolts on to fire 5.56 out of in the .223 rifle. ) From Armory USA Houston TX when they were still in business, I purchased spare 7.62X39 bolts to the tune of a couple dozen, and picked up close to 30 full brand new recoil spring assemblies, firing pins, etc. Have a converted Saiga 5.56 that I have a brand new .223 Saiga and a used Saiga in .223 to pull bolts and carriers off of if it came to that. The Market Place has people selling those hard to find items also. The thing about KVar - and I have purchased a relatively few items from them - their Bulgarian and former com bloc stuff is good quality. I mounted a Kvar Bulgarian Front Sight Gas Bloc Combo on my Saiga and it looks looks similar to a 106. What I am saying is that in agreement with a comment above - for some things a little extra geld goes a long way for that especially sought after part.
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:08 PM   #9
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SLR104CR????
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:13 PM   #10
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digging that handguard finish on the left. Need to do the same with my 104ur
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:38 PM   #11
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SLR104CR????
No. They are 106crs

This is my slr104cr..
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:57 PM   #12
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lxpony - Are those mags in the 106CR sbr's, Polish Beryl mags (obviously not the clear green ones)

Biohawk1 - I gotta' agree, you've got enough mags (the Polish Beryl mags work great in my SLR-106's)
K-Var does have the SLR-106 firing pins.
$88 for the bolt isn't bad either, you've almost certainly never need the bolt, but you still get the extractor, firing pin, and retaining pins too.
I'm gonna have to double check that Galil extractor in the 106 again, as I've been told it'll work, by someone who's very knowledgeable.
All the other parts shouldn't be a problem at all.
K-Var even has spare barrels.
Good idea to grab one or two of those.

Personally, I'm more concerned about ammo availability, that's why I've gone with the 106 in the first place.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:12 PM   #14
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Good grief.
You have 40 mags and your thinking of selling to go to a rifle that has no new ones coming in and ammo could be restricted any time the government wants.

Yea you better sell it because you $1200 rifle has a $90 bolt and 40 mags is not enough. Brilliant plan.


How many broken extractors have you seen??

I have about 16,000 rounds through a few 223 AKs. Never broke a part yet.

Just because 5.45 parts are around now dosent mean they will be in 20 years.

I have a spare 223 bolt but I don't expect to ever need it to fix a rifle.
It's not a AR were bolts are part of a scheduled maintaince plan.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:22 PM   #15
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Keep the 106. Buy the $90 bolt from kvar to put your mind at peace. Then after that focus on buying more 5.56.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:23 PM   #16
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Selling or Keeping a rifle based on availability of parts or mags or ammo seems silly to me. What should matter is if you like the rifle and it does what you want/need it to do at the range (or at work if you're in that kind of job). Everything else is secondary. If you want to sell your SLR-106, do it. You don't need a reason or excuse. If you want to buy a 5.45x39, just do it again. You don't need to justify or make a reason for it. We're free Americans. We should be able to buy & sell whatever we like...well..talking in terms of objects here of course. So just do what makes you happy. Both rifles are excellent and should serve you years or decades w/o any issues.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:43 PM   #17
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Hey biohawk I'm an hour away from you . If you want to unload that gun and mags let me know . Been looking to diversify the collection a bit .
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Old 11-24-2017, 11:40 PM   #18
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Personally, I've enjoyed having an SLR106CR again. Mags aren't 'cheap' but at least they're available and my Polish Beryl mags work in it too (though fit a bit loose).
Its something different to take shooting. If i had a Russian SGL32-94, of course then I'd not really want/need the Arsenal, but since I don't and since those are very pricy today; I am good with the less spendy option.
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:50 PM   #19
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OK, after being told by a VERY knowledgable Galil expert, that he switched out the Galil extractor into the SLR-106, and it hand cycled just fine, I decided to try it myself, and "low and behold", it hand cycled just fine, no failures to eject at all.
My main concern was that the extractor retaining pin on the Galil is considerably larger than the one on the Bulgarian SLR-106, so the Galil extractor might wobble a bit, and possible cause an extraction issue, but you could (I guess) drill the SLR's bolt for the bigger Galil extractor pin, or just leave it.

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