MANUFACTURER(S): Arsenal AD - Bulgaria
OPERATORS: Bulgaria; Iraq
ACTION: Selective-Fire; Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
CALIBER(S): 5.56x45mm NATO; 7/62x39mm
LENGTH (OVERALL): 735 millimeters (28.94 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 206 millimeters (8.11 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 5.95 pounds (2.70 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 2,415 feet-per-second (736 meters-per-second)
RATE-OF-FIRE: 650 rounds-per-minute
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 1,315 feet (401 meters; 438 yards)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Arsenal AD AR-M1 Assault Rifle.
Entry last updated on 12/5/2017.
Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
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.
Where applicable, the appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Russian Ministry of Defense, Chinese Ministry of Defense or British Ministry of Defence visual information does not imply or constitute endorsement of this website (www.MilitaryFactory.com). Images marked with "www.MilitaryFactory.com" or featuring the Military Factory logo are copyrighted works exclusive to this site and not for reuse in any form.