ARCUS-94

     Notes: This Bulgarian pistol was designed for export.  Also known as the Belitza, it is a 9mm Parabellum-firing design based on several Browning pistols, especially the Hi-Power series.  Several variants are available, such as a steel frame, molded rubber grips, and even gold plating or stainless steel plating.

     The ARCUS-98DA is a fairly recent development of the ARCUS-94.  The trigger action has been changed to double-action, the weapon is lighter, and the magazine capacity is larger.  It is otherwise identical to the ARCUS-94.  A still later development is the ARCUS-98DAC; this is a compact version of the ARCUS-98DA, with a barrel 4 inches long as opposed to the 4.7-inch barrel of the ARCUS-94 and 98DA.  As with many pistols exported to the US during the Assault Weapons Ban period, they were at first sold in the US only with 10-round magazines, but after the sunset of those laws, larger-capacity magazines were again available in the US.

     Twilight 2000 Notes:  This Bulgarian pistol was first designed for export, but was soon pressed into service use when the Twilight War picked up, particularly among Bulgarian officers.  The gold-plated models were popular with Bulgarian generals.  The ARCUS-98DA is not available in the Twilight 2000 timeline, not is the ARCUS 98DAC.

     Through use of a parts kit, the ARCUS-98DA is able to fire .22 Long Rifle cartridges; this is normally done to reduce the cost of training.  The slide, barrel, and magazine are replaced by the parts in this kit.

     Merc 2000 Notes: This weapon did well among civilians on both sides of the Atlantic.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

ARCUS-94

9mm Parabellum

0.97 kg

8, 10, 13

$245

ARCUS-98DA

9mm Parabellum

0.95 kg

8, 10, 13, 15

$245

ARCUS-98DAC

9mm Parabellum

0.91 kg

8, 10, 13

$240

ARCUS-98DA Trainer

.22 Long Rifle

0.89 kg

8

$126

Trainer Parts Kit (Including Magazine)

N/A

0.32 kg

N/A

$62

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

ARCUS-94

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

ARCUS-98DA

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

11

ARCUS-98DAC

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

10

ARCUS-98DA Trainer

SA

-1

Nil

1

2

Nil

8

 

Arsenal P-MO1

     Notes: This pistol, bearing a marked resemblance to the Walther PP, is designed for short-range shootouts and as a backup weapon.  The barrel is of good length, however, and it is capable of some decent-range shooting, though the light weight makes the P-MO1 buck.  The P-MO1 is a double-action weapon with blowback operation, and has an attachment point for a laser aiming module.  Several finishes are available: natural metal, blued, shiny chromed, and matte chromed.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This pistol does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

     Merc 2000 Notes: As with the ARCUS pistols, Bulgaria did a thriving business in this weapon on both sides of the Atlantic.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

P-MO1

9mm Makarov

0.67 kg

8

$147

P-MO1

.380 ACP

0.67 kg

8

$140

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

P-MO1 (9mm)

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

9

P-MO1 (.380)

SA

1

Nil

1

4

Nil

9

 

Arsenal SAM-7K

     Notes: A pistol version of the SAM-7F semiautomatic version of the AR assault rifles, the SAM-7K is actually made in Bulgaria (though sold in the US by Arsenal USA and K-Var), and has been manufactured since 2011.  Arsenal uses Steyr-designed production equipment. It comes in several versions, depending upon the built-in accessories the pistol comes with.  Being US-made, tolerances are tighter and quality of manufacture are better than most AK-based pistols.  Construction of the receiver is milled from a hot-die hammer-forged receiver blanks, which results in stronger and finer-grained steel.  The hammer forging uses a 5-ton press, eliminating almost all bubbles and cooling deformations.  The process takes 5.5 hours to produce a receiver.  The SAM-7K has a polymer pistol grip and polymer handguards.  The barrel is 10.5 inches, chromed-lined, and cold hammer forged, and tipped with a combination flash suppressor/muzzle brake, similar to that of the AKS-74U.  Furniture is black, and the metalwork is finished with black Cerekote.  The SAM-7K has an ambidextrous safety lever, and comes with an AK-type scope rail. 

     The SAM-7K-01R is based on the SAM-7K-01, but has Picatinny rails on the handguards. The SAM-7K-02 has a sleeve on the handguard below the barrel designed to fit several tactical flashlights.  It is otherwise the same as the SAM-7K-01 for game purposes. The SAM-7K-03 is also similar to the SAM-7K-01, but has an original (non-AR) pistol grip, and a SiG Sauer stabilizing brace.  The SAM-7K-03R is the same weapon with Picatinny rails.

     The SLR-106-58 is a version of the SAM-7K-01 in 5.56mm.  The internals are somewhat different, of course, but it still is piston-driven.  The sights are modified forms of those on the AR-15, and 8.5-inch barrel is tipped with a two-slot muzzle brake instead of the flash suppressor/muzzle brake of the SAM-7K series.  The SLR-106-59 is for game purposes mostly like the SLR-106-58, but has beech handguards with a chestnut color (original Bulgarian “Krinkov” handguards).  It also comes with a stabilizing brace.  The SLR-106-58R is similar in concept to the SAM-7K-01R, in that is has four-place Picatinny rails surrounding the handguards.  The SLR-106-60 is basically a SLR-106-58 with a SiG SB15 stabilizing brace; for game purposes, it is identical to the SLR-106-59.  The SLR-106-60R is the same as the SLR-106-60, but also has four-place Picatinny rails.

     It should be noted that Arsenal plans to discontinue the SLR-106 series in late 2017.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

SAM-7K-01

7.62mm Kalashnikov

3.67 kg

5, 10, 20, 30, 40

$766

SAM-7K-01R

7.62mm Kalashnikov

3.76 kg

5, 10, 20, 30, 40

$784

SAM-7K-02

7.62mm Kalashnikov

4.17 kg

5, 10, 20, 30, 40

$781

SAM-7K-03

7.62mm Kalashnikov

4.67 kg

5, 10, 20, 30, 40

$796

SAM-7K-03R

7.62mm Kalashnikov

4.79 kg

5, 10, 20, 30, 40

$815

SLR-106-58

5.56mm NATO

2.49 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$502

SLR-106-59

5.56mm NATO

2.95 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$532

SLR-105-58R

5.56mm NATO

2.55 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$515

SLR-105-60R

5.56mm NATO

3.02 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$546

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

SAM-7K

SA

3

2-Nil

3

2

Nil

16

SAM-7K-02

SA

3

2-Nil

3

2

Nil

16

SAM-7K-03

SA

3

2-Nil

4

2

Nil

19

SLR-106-58

SA

2

1-Nil

3

2

Nil

9

SLR-106-59

SA

2

1-Nil

4

2

Nil

11