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Arsenal Inc. SA RPK-7

Arsenal Inc. SA RPK-7
This is my Arsenal SA RPK-7. It’s a semi-automatic clone of the Arsenal Bulgaria LMG. This is a 7.62x39mm rifle utilizing the Kalashnikov action and loosely based on the design of the Russian RPK. It is primarily differentiated from the RPK in that the RPK utilizes a 1.6mm thick stamped receiver where the LMG utilizes a milled receiver that is the basis for most Arsenal Bulgaria’s Kalashnikov action weapon systems. What distinguishes the LMG from the other fixed stock 7.62x39mm Kalashnikov action weapon systems from Arsenal Bulgaria are it’s 24 inch heavy barrel, bipod, buttstock. To some extent the handguards and pistol grip can also be considered unique, but the entire furniture set could be exchanged with those from any other of their fixed stock milled receiver rifles. They are standardized in how they mount.

I became interested in the RPK variants in late 2003 and quickly discovered the existance of the RPK-7. I found out that there were only supposed to be 200 ever made and I set out upon tracking one down. Over the course of several months I found a few used one that I never had the cash to aquire. I also found 2 new ones in Washington state, but they sold the day after I found them. Eventually, matty on Gunsnet posted that he had seen one at a gunshow in Pennsylvania. I contacted him to find out the name of the shop that had the booth he saw it at. It was Ed’s Sport Shop in Tamaqua, PA. I contacted them and they had sold out. They took my contact info in case they got any more in, but it was more of a “just in case” measure as I figured it wouldn’t happen. Well, a couple weeks later, I received an e-mail from them stating that I was first in line for one they had gotten if I still wanted it. Of course I did. That was April 2004. In September 2004, when the AWB was to sunset, I sent my RPK-7 to Firing Line to have it post-sunsetted, which means to get the muzzle nut taken off. You can see in my picture above and below that there are bare muzzle threads. I currently have another muzzle nut on there, but it isn’t permanent, and I have an RPK-74 style flash hider that I can swap onto it in a couple of minutes. All it needs now is a matching SBR Krinkov.

I really enjoy shooting this rifle. It’s rather heavy, so standing with it isn’t want I do much of, but from the bench it’s great. I particularly enjoy loading up a 75 round drum and using that. You don’t have to reload as often, but 75 rounds still goes rather quickly. Where can I get one of those magic move magazines that never run out? Something I’ve discovered after taking several people out shooting with this rifle is that it tends to become their favorite. Most don’t like it particularly well initially, but after trying a bit of everything and getting some practice under their belt they most all conclude that they like the RPK-7 the best. To me, that’s an interesting statistic to keep in mind.
Arsenal Inc. SA RPK-7
Arsenal Inc. SA RPK-7