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Arsenal Incorporated’s SA M-7 is a Made in USA 7.62 x 39 mm gas-operated semi-automatic is an improved copy of the AK-47 Kalashnikov. As such, it’s one of Arsenal’s “historical” AK-platform models. The “M” in the gun’s initialism stands for Modernized. But it still looks classic in large part because it uses classic blond wooden furniture.

The gun’s chrome lined hammer forged heavy barrel is 16.33” long and sits below the signature slanted gas block. The bore is 6-groove rifled with a 1 to 9.44” twist ratio, and the barrel is fronted by 14mm threads. The semi-automatic has a 40-rounds per minute rate though, of course, you’ll have to swap magazines before you can do 40 rounds! It also has a 34.25” total length and an unloaded overall weight at 7.7 pounds.

SA M-7s use milled receivers instead of the stamped receivers on some other Arsenal guns. Like true historical Soviet AKs, this one uses the shorter classic Soviet-style buttstock that evolved out of World War II’s intense combat experience.

The SA M-7 uses a hot-die hammer forged receiver blank that averages 5.5 hours of milling. This craftwork is done by the parent company Arsenal Co. of Bulgaria using advanced tooling. Arsenal loves hammer forging since it aligns the metal, strengthens the steel and eliminates internal voids (tiny bubbles).

Other hammer forged parts include the receiver, bolt carrier, and bolt. The result of all the hammer forging and milling is rugged durability. Some people prefer the original AK-style stamped receivers because of their lighter weight but decades ago, Arsenal found the milled ones improved quality. In a turn of fortunes, now stamped receivers can also be made with the same quality.

This semi-auto has a front sight block with a bayonet lug, an accessory lug and comes with a cleaning rod.

The semi-automatic comes with a 30-round “Waffle Pattern" mag. The company’s magazines are very durable with plenty of metal/steel reinforcements at the bottom, along the inner curved frontstrap, at the feed lips on top, etc.

Maximum range is 1,480 yards, and muzzle velocity is 2,329 feet per second. Thus, rounds should cover that range in about two seconds.

Arsenal is the exclusive US manufacturer of guns based on products made in the Circle 10 Factory, Arsenal of Kazanlak in central Bulgaria. Arsenal started operations in 2000 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company makes shoulder-fired, gas-operated, magazine-fed semi-automatics based on 7.62x39mm, 5.56x45mm, and 5.45x39.5mm calibers using forged, CNC milled or stamped receivers.

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