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5.56 AR-M1
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An Afghan policeman with an AR-M1
TypeAssault rifle
Place of originBulgaria
Service history
Used bySee Users
WarsAfghanistan War
Iraq Wars
Russo-Georgian war
Libyan Civil War
Yemeni Civil War (2015-present)
Production history
ManufacturerArsenal AD
VariantsAR-SF, AR-M4SF, AR-M14SF, AR-M7SFT, AR-M2F, AR-M2T/AR-M2TB, AR-M52T/AR-M52TB, AR-M11F, AR-M8F, AR-M52FB, AR-M1F, AR-M7F, AR-M7T, AR-M75F, AR-M9, AR-M9F[1]
Mass(without magazine) 3.62 kg (7.98 lb)[2]
Length930 mm (36.6 in)[2]

Cartridge5.56×45mm NATO and 7.62×39mm
ActionGas-operated reloading
Rate of fire700 rounds/min[3]
Muzzle velocity910 m/s (2,986 ft/s)[2]
Effective firing range600m[3]
Maximum firing range1,350 m[2]
Feed system30-round detachable box magazine[3]
Sights370 mm (14.6 in) sight radius[2]

The AR-M1, also known as AK-47M1, is a Bulgarian derivative of the Kalashnikov rifle.


The -F model features a folding stock.

  • AR-M1 / AR-M1F - improved AK-47 copy with an AK-74 front sight base, flash suppressor, black polymer stock set, luminous spots on the iron sights and a rail for mounting optics. Chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO and 7.62×39mm.
  • AR-M2 / AR-M2F - improved AK-47 copy like the AR-M1/AR-M1F, but with a shortened barrel, AKS-74U front sight base and muzzle booster/flash suppressor hybrid.
  • AR-M4SF - extremely short development of the AKSU with red dot sight, provision to mount a night vision or laser sight. Chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO[4] and 7.62×39mm.
  • AR-M7F - improved AK-47 copy like the AR-M1, but with an AK-101-style folding stock.
  • AR-M9 / AR-M9F - improved AK-47 copy like the AR-M1/AR-M1F, features a thumb-operable fire selector and a different style polymer stock set.[5]
  • AR-1 / AR-1F - improved AK-47 copies with black polymer lining and luminous sights.



  1. ^ "Comparative Table for 7.62x39 mm ARSENAL Assault Rifles - Arsenal JSCo. - Bulgarian manufacturer of weapons and ammunition since 1878".
  2. ^ a b c d e "5.56x45 and 7.62x39 mm AR-M1 - Arsenal JSCo. - Bulgarian manufacturer of weapons and ammunition since 1878".
  3. ^ a b c d Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (28 October 2006). Iraqi Security Forces: Weapons Provided by the US Department of Defense Using the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (PDF) (Report). SIGIR-06-033. pp. 8, 17.
  4. ^ a b "Police Small Arms Arsenals in the Northern Central American Triangle". Small Arms Defense Journal. Vol. 7 no. 5. 4 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b Jenzen-Jones, N.R.; McCollum, Ian (April 2017). Small Arms Survey (ed.). Web Trafficking: Analysing the Online Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Libya (PDF). Working Paper No. 26. p. 53.
  6. ^ Jenzen-Jones, N.R. "UN small arms trade register".
  7. ^ Picture of an Iraqi soldier with an AR-M1[better source needed]
  8. ^ de Tessières, Savannah (April 2012). Enquête nationale sur les armes légères et de petit calibre en Côte d'Ivoire: les défis du contrôle des armes et de la lutte contre la violence armée avant la crise post-électorale (PDF) (Report). Special Report No. 14 (in French). UNDP, Commission Nationale de Lutte contre la Prolifération et la Circulation Illicite des Armes Légères et de Petit Calibre and Small Arms Survey. p. 97.
  9. ^ @africaken1 (30 Nov 2016). "Nigeria army soldier armed with a 7.62x39 mm Bulgarian ARSENAL Assault Rifles AR-M1 with fixed butt stock" (Tweet) – via Twitter. [self-published source]
  10. ^ @africaken1 (17 Apr 2017). "Nigeria soldiers armed with 7.62x39 mm Bulgarian ARSENAL AR-M1 fixed Buttstock Assault Rifles" (Tweet) – via Twitter. [self-published source]
  11. ^ a b c Jenzen-Jones, N.R. (31 January 2016). "Bulgarian AR-M9 & AR-M9F rifles supplied by UAE to allied forces". The Hoplite.
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