com bloc



Mosin Nagant M44 still in use in Afghanistan, alongside AK’s and other Com-Bloc firearms. The M44 is the carbine version of the M91/30 but it has an integrated side-folding spike bayonet. Since it uses the 7.62x54R cartridge, there really isn’t a logistical ammo issue since the PKM is widespread and commonly seen in the Middle East. (GRH)


Arsenal SLR-107

Bulgarian AK variant available on the U.S market, it is chambered in 7.62x39mm. Note the side folding stock and lack of the classic Com-Bloc style side-optic mounting rail. Overall it’s a top quality AK option, although Arsenal caught some flak when a video of their finish bubbling after the barrel heated up was posted on Youtube. I’m not digging the color choice here, but to each their own. (GRH)



Not an official term but rather a nickname often given to Saiga rifles that are converted into some sort of sniper rifle configuration. It obviously gets the latter half of its name because of the Dragunov silhouette. Black Horse Arsenal, a now defunct company, used to make SVD stocks for the PSL and Saiga rifles. I don’t know if they ever got their SVD handguard adapter on the market before they went out of business, but an AKFiles forum member did sell a small run of his custom made adapters. Most Com-Bloc weapons enthusiasts can’t afford an NDM-86, Tigr or the real SVD’s, so making a PSL, Vepr or Saiga look like one is the closest option. (GRH)



The example in the photos has a very rare Polish swing-away optic mount. It allows for the use of any standard Com-Bloc scope but it can swing to the side when you need to open the top cover to load another belt. I’ve seen the mounts before by themselves but this is the first time I’ve seen one installed. Interesting concept but it doesn’t seem like the idea caught on since few if any RPD’s were ever equipped with them. (GRH)


7.62x51mm chambered main battle rifle that has it’s origins in Belgium but was also produced under license in Brazil, Israel, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia to name a few. Often referred to as the “Right Arm of the Free World”, a nickname established by non-Com Bloc nations. The FAL and it’s variants can still be found in service today within South America, Africa and the Middle East. (GRH)


Vz. 24

A Mauser patterned rifle built in Czechoslovakia, this one has an interesting modification. It uses a specially made side rail for mounting Com-Bloc optics. Some would call this a field expedient sniper rifle from a war in the Balkans; note the crude wolf’s head trench art. You can buy the side rail mount off of eBay, so it’s not difficult to make your own copy. It actually sold for a decent amount, which I attribute to that carving giving it some character value. I was actually going to bid but it went out of my reasonable price range. (GRH)