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Arsenal AD AR-M1

Assault Rifle

Bulgaria | 1998

"The Arsenal AR-M1 Assault Rifle is a locally-produced and evolved Bulgarian form of the storied Soviet AK-47 series."

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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.

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Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Arsenal AD AR-M1. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,315 ft
400.8 m | 438.3 yds
2,415 ft/sec
736 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
The physical qualities of the Arsenal AD AR-M1. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
735 mm
28.94 in
O/A Length
206 mm
8.11 in
Barrel Length
5.95 lb
2.70 kg
Selective-Fire; Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
5.56x45mm NATO; 7/62x39mm
30-round detachable box magazine
Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics
Notable series variants as part of the Arsenal AD AR-M1 Assault Rifle family line.
AR-M1 - Base Series Designation; AK-74-style front sight base; black polymer stock; illuminated sights; flash suppressor; accessories rail section.
AR-M1 - Folding stock variant of AR-M1
AR-M2 - Shortened barrel assembly; AKS-74U front sight base; flash suppressor/muzzle booster fitted.
AR-M2F - Folding stock variant of AR-M2
AR-M4SF - Assault Carbine Form; AKS-74 influence; night vision support; red dot sights.
AR-M7F - AK-101-style folding stock; based on AR-M1 model.
AR-M9 - Based on AR-M1; thumb fire selector switch; revised polymer stock section.
AR-M9F - Folding stock variant of AR-M9
AR-1 - Illuminated sights; black polymer lining
AR-1F - Folding stock variant of AR-1
AR-SF - AK-74U influence; laser aimer
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Contractor(s): Arsenal AD - Bulgaria
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