MANUFACTURER(S): Arsenal AD - Bulgaria
OPERATORS: Bulgaria; Iraq
ACTION: Selective-Fire; Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
CALIBER(S)*: 5.56x45mm NATO; 7/62x39mm
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics
Detailing the development and operational history of the Arsenal AD AR-M1 Assault Rifle.
Entry last updated on 12/5/2017.
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Arsenal AD of Bulgaria, founded in 1878, produces a local, improved version of the storied Soviet-era Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle as the "AR-M1". The design includes the front sight base of the AK-74 series rifle and is operated with a black polymer stock, flash suppressor at the muzzle and illuminated iron sights. A section of rail is provided for the mounting of various optics. The weapon is available in 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62x39mm chamberings.
Variants include the AR-M1F which is a folding stock model. The AR-M2 is a further evolved form of the base AR-M1 though which shortened barrel assembly, flash suppressor/muzzle booster attachment and AKS-74U style front sight base. Its folding stock counterpart is the AR-M2F.
An assault carbine model is seen as the AR-M4SF and includes a red dot sight from the AKS-74 series. There is also support for various night and low-level light optics. The AR-M7F features an AK-101-style folding stock. The AR-M9 has a thumb-operated fire selector and revised polymer stock section. Its folding stock counterpart is the AR-M9F. Black polymer linings and illuminated sights greet the AR-1 and AR-1F folding stock designs. The AR-SF is influenced by the AKS-74U and includes a laser-aimer.
The AR-M1 makes up part of the new Iraqi Army inventory.