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Nothing special although it has mag well dimples unlike the new Romanian offerings. I would have bought it just for that alone. Nice rifle!
 

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back in the day, circa early 2000s, these were the bottom of the barrel commercial AKMs, plagued with canted sights, gas blocks, rear sight block and general $hitty overall workmanship.

now, they are all the rage because they got the mag "dimple" and the "Y" indent for the auto pin :rolleyes:

I bought the SAR3, because it was chambered in 5.56 and it was cheap, cheap, cheap. something like 110 bucks or there abouts from a dealer at a show. and even then the dealer couldn't even give them away as it was not popular at all, folks were wanting 7.62 and 5.45, so he was selling what at the price he bought them for just to get rid of them

a couple issues with mine was it had canted rear sight block + the face of the hammer was not striking the bolt tail square on, but at a angle causing the "tail" to be deformed, which was common with all the SAR 3s.

the hammer was a AKM hammer and the bolt was shorter then a AKM bolt. fixed that problem by buying the correct SAR3 hammer and replacing the AKM hammer.

sight block, ehhhh I was able to overcome that by replacing the rear sight with a RPK rear sight. which gave more windage adjust then the front sight
 

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Nice, I didn't pay much and my sights aren't canted so I guess I'm doing well. Thanks for info.
 

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Most SAR 1, 2 ,3 models were decent factory builds and functional.

The biggest problem with the SAR 3 was the lack of correct 5.56 magazines.
The East German Weiger's or Romanian copies were uncommon.
Century tried to use DDR 5.45 bakelite magazines but they were problematic. Users often tried other types and feed failures were common.

The SAR 1 and 2 were much less problematic and magazines not an issue..

The SAR rifles were in the $225 - $250 price range when first imported.

The SAR 3 suffered from trigger slap and attempts to use a standard profiled hammer was not mechanically a correct fitment.
The SAR3 bolt profile required a different hammer face profile so it would contact the rear bolt face and firing pin squarely.

If not properly profiled the hammer struck the bolt tail at the bottom and often light struck the firing pin and started to open the bolt tail.
Misfires were then possible.

Re-profiling a hammer to work properly in a SAR3 is not difficult but most owners were not versed in this process.
 

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Recently fiddled around with my SAR3. Solved the mag problem by using Tapco Galol mags. Never found any Weigers to try. Replaced the trigger and sear with an RAS double hook, but retained the original hammer as it was fine. Overall a fun rifle.

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Apex Gun Parts currently has those Weiger magazines in stock (search using 'Wieger' spelling), however they are not cheap at $65 each...

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Weiger magazines are sometimes offered in gun site marketplaces of AK sites., $45-$60.

I would double check any USA hammer for proper bolt contact.
 

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Good solid rifles, if it has the century trigger in it still, swap it for a tapco or alg.
They are factory double stack receivers, way better than the dremeled out WASRs that replaced them.
Some will dis them, but I never had a problem with the 2 I had over the years...
 

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Recently fiddled around with my SAR3. Solved the mag problem by using Tapco Galol mags.
Hal, now you just need to take one of mags and make a feed tower to go onto a 100 rd. 5.56 round drum :),

below is a picture on how to cut and mate the top of the mag to the bottom part of the AR feed tower. use a piece of wood the same inside width as the tower and mag to line it up, then epoxy it and brace both sides with flat alumium stock. then attach it to the drum then "you'll be cooking with gas" :laugh:

 

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I'm also working on an AR15 mag adapter for the SAR3.hope to get it done by the end of the month.

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great :) post a picture and give us the details on how you went to go about it. :)

I have more respect and admiration for someone who can fabricate things, then someone buying a part or accessory putting it on their gun then proudly announced "look what I did" :rolleyes:
 

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"Thoughts on this? Any fun facts I should know with this variant?"

As long as they are straight enough and the welded up gas piston is copacetic with the gas tube and the trigger doesn't slap your finger too hard they are good rifles. A far better weapon than the ones made here by folks who thought that clearances are the same thing as tolerances. My SAR 1 puts 4 rounds into <4 inches from sitting at 100 yards, <8 inches at 200 and will hit 12 inch by 12 inch steel at 300 with Barnaul HP. It has never failed to fire.
 

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Most SAR 1, 2 ,3 models were decent factory builds and functional.

The biggest problem with the SAR 3 was the lack of correct 5.56 magazines.
The East German Weiger's or Romanian copies were uncommon.
Century tried to use DDR 5.45 bakelite nagazines but they wete problematic. Users often tried other types and feed failures were common.

The SAR 1 and 2 were much less problematic and magazines not an issue..

The SAR rifles were in the $225 - $250 price range when first imported.

The SAR 3 suffered from trigger slap and attempts to use a standard profiled hammer was not mechanically a correct fitment.
The SAR3 bolt profile required a diffetent hammer face profile so it would contact the rear bolt face and firing pin squarely.

If not properly profiled the hammer struck the bolt tail at the bottom and often light struck the firing pin and started to open the bolt tail.
Misfires were then possible.

Re-profiling a hammer to work properly in a SAR3 is not difficult but most owners were not versed in this process.
One had to buy a Red Star Hammer to fix this issue.... I am not sure if they are still in business....
 

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One had to buy a Red Star Hammer to fix this issue.... I am not sure if they are still in business....
Any AK hammer can be profiled to properly contact the rear bolt face and firing pin of the SAR3 bolt.

Red Star simply did it for the consumer/ owner.

But the modification of any hammer is easy.
 

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SAR-1:
2,000 or so total rds., using only Russian ammo.

Zero operating issues. My only magazines (on all AKs) are Hungarian Tankers.

A little trigger slap was avoided by easily installing a Tapco trigger group. Also Very easily installed a "Pin Retainer Plate". There is no reason to ever again struggle with a "shepherd's hook".
 

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. Also Very easily installed a "Pin Retainer Plate". There is no reason to ever again struggle with a "shepherd's hook".
when I converted my SAIGA 12 to pistol grip and SBS'd that's what I used to secure the pins............except I didn't buy it, I made it in about 40 minutes using 28ga. sheet metal:)
 
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