Originally Posted by pauljbrennan
How can you tell the difference between the A3 and A7 ?
I had a brand new condition A7 about 2 years ago. What a piece of junk!
The A7 is the closed bolt model of Gevarm. The rest of them are open bolt. And what a difference!
I took the bolt assembly out of the gun to clean it on the A7. Between the springs, the spring guides, the firing pin/striker and it's springs, extractor and spring, ejector...there must have been 30 pieces. What a complicated contraption!
If I had lost a single part I would have been completely screwed.
I was terrified till I got it all back together. Sold it off immediately.
Couple that with even worse news....the A7 uses proprietary magazines, not the same as any other Gevarm...now why would they do that?? (actually I can answer that. The A7 has a separate ejector, the other models use the feed lip on the magazine as an ejector- totally different setup) The mag had a little sticker on it that said A7 and would not fit into my A3. In other words, you are never going to find a mag for it. The regular ones are hard enough to find.
And, it gets worse yet! My plan in buying the (reasonably priced) A7
was to steal off all of the really nice, new looking parts, put them all on my beater A3 and then sell off all the junk on the A7!
But not one thing was compatible...it didn't work at all.
It truly is a totally different gun.
Contrast that with the A3- 2 main moving parts. The bolt and the bolt spring assembly. No extractor, no ejector, nothing but a solid bolt with the firing pin being machined right into the bolt face. Basically an unstoppable little gun as it sets off any crap ammo, the pin hits from one side to the other.
Here is the A7 for your viewing pleasure. Thank your lucky stars that you don't own it.
I really wish now I had taken pics of it apart, should have but you have to understand, I was terrified and I'm not joking. (but it is funny now)