View Full Version : Arsenal SLR-106FR Review

September 8, 2012, 06:28 PM

The Arsenal SLR-106 got off to a rough start; the early guns quickly developed a reputation for failures to feed and many had canted sights. That was remedied soon there after and they've been a relatively popular civilian version of the AK-101 since.

The rifle starts its' life in Bulgaria and is then imported to the US by Arsenal and is converted to meet the ridiculous 922r standards. For compliance, Arsenal adds a pistol grip, folding stock, trigger, hammer, disconnector, and handguards.

Here's a few pros and cons about this rifle (one man's opinion here):

-Reliable. This gun has been 100% reliable so far (only about 400 rounds, but still...)
-The gun feels very solid. Stock locks up tight in both positions and the build is top notch as expected
-I feel the Arsenal 2 stage trigger helps with accuracy at distance due to it's predictable break
-Cold hammer forged chrome lined barrel produced in the Steyr factory
-Matching serial numbers (I know some people like that)
-The stock is very solid in both the folded and extended position
-Sights are properly aligned
-Chrome lined muzzle break
-Relatively large trigger guard for gloved shooting
-Very tight, positive mag lock up with Circle 10s
-Relatively accurate for an AK. With iron sights I got a 3.5'' group at 100m with 62gr Wolf ammo. My guess is those groups would tighten up if I mounted up some glass on the optics rail
-1 in 7 (1 in 178mm technically) twist so it'll handle the heavier defensive rounds well

-Cost. This rifle generally sells from $900-950ish which is pretty expensive for an AK variant
-Ships with a 5 round magazine. For the money, this rifle should include at least 1 or 2 30 rounders
-The finish is painted on. Use of any 'harsh' cleaners will likely rub it off. Arsenal recommends only CLP which is what I use anyway
-Magazine cost. Most places sell mags from $30-35 a piece

Here's a video of some shooting from the 15m line, 40m line, and 75m line followed up by a table top review of the rifle, followed by a demonstration of the fragmentation of the 62gr soft point Brown Bear round and a chronograph test:

ARSENAL SLR-106FR REVIEW LINK IN HD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aViS8uXN48Q&feature=g-upl)

Chrono numbers:

62gr Brown Bear Soft Point: 2864fps, 1128 ft/lbs of energy


September 8, 2012, 06:57 PM
Love mine

September 9, 2012, 09:37 AM
Thanks for the review. My buddy bought one ealier this year and I got to shoot it a few times. It was fairly accurate and 100% function. Like you said, it's pricey so I have not bought one. And because most of the cheap ones are gone, I probably missed out this year.

September 9, 2012, 09:44 AM
I have one of the early, suspect SLR-106fr rifles. After a few hundred rounds, I realized that the groups were opening up because the gun was crushing the brass or setting the bullet back and askew from the right feed position.

I performed the "fix"by lightly dremeling oi was nervous as heck) the right side feed ramp, followed by polishing. It still dings the shoulder of brass cased ammo, but I'll live with that.

Even with the problem, its sol the nicest AK that I've used or handled.

September 9, 2012, 07:31 PM
Like you said, it's pricey so I have not bought one. And because most of the cheap ones are gone, I probably missed out this year.

I actually got mine by swapping for a gun that I paid $600 for. Quite happy with the rifle as a $600 gun; probably wouldn't be as happy if I paid $1k :D

September 9, 2012, 11:03 PM
I'd buy one for $600 :D But sadly, that's not what they are going for. Maybe a used one?