News: Arsenal Inc. Stops Production of SLR-106 Rifles

English: 30 round AK-47 magazine loaded. One b...

English: 30 round AK-47 magazine loaded. One bullet is pushed forward to show how they are loaded/chambered. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arsenal Stops Production of SLR-106 Rifles

This was bound to happen.

For those of you who don’t know what an SLR-106 is, it is basically an AK-47 pattern rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm (what the majority of AR-15s use). The VAST majority of AKs in the United States are chambered in 7.62x39mm.

I’ve always considered the AK47 in 5.56 a dead end platform for a few reasons.

Magazines are proprietary and often expensive and just hard to find

This was a huge deal-breaker for me. Just about every 5.56mm AK out there had its own particular magazine.

  • Arsenal 5.56mm used these polymer magazines with a yellowish-clear tint
  • Norincos in 5.56mm had their own proprietary steel magazines
  • VEPRs used AK74 magazines with dremeled feedlips and a new follower.
  • Romanian SAR-3s had their own magazines.

See what I mean?

What is the point of owning a 5.56mm rifle if it doesn’t use the ubiquitous Magpul PMAGs?

No noticeable weight reduction even with a cartridge swap

For what you give up in cover penetration when switching from 7.62x39mm to 5.56x45mm, you may as well get the weight reduction that comes with an AR-15.

Even AKs run the risk of parts breakage. That is a fact of life for anything manmade.

I’m not broken up at all about Arsenal Inc. stopping production on this rifle simply because there are much better guns than the SLR-106 out there.

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