WASR-10 (AK-47)


Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Action: semi-automatic, rotating bolt, long stroke piston, gas driven
Barrel Length: 16"
Magazine: 20 or 30 round detachable box (most common)
Overall Length: 34.5"

The WASR-10 is an AK-47 clone made in Romania. They begin their life as a single stack, low capacity semi-automatic rifle to pass the stipulation set forth in the 1989 Import Ban by George Bush (the first one) that no "non-sporting" rifle may be imported. Once they get to the US, however, through the miracle of the Dremel Tool, courtesy of the trained monkeys at Century International Arms, the guns are converted to accept standard capacity, normal AK-47 magazines. Because the guns were originally single stack rifles, they lack the mag dimples which would typically be there to help avoid magazine wiggle. Instead, there are small plates welded to the inside of the magazine well that do the job just as well.

The gun lacks the fit and finish of most commercially manufactured guns, and has at best an adequate fire control group, and at worst, a painful FCG. I had to grind part of the disconnector to make the gun pleasant to shoot. Also, it has a slight degree of cant on the front sight block, but nothing that a sight adjustment won't take care of.

I really, really like this gun, and for the price I paid, it's a keeper. As of the writing of this page, the WASR is the best AK bang for the buck out there, and the newest versions of the gun have the muzzle break and bayonet lug, which were prohibited under the 1994 "Assault Weapons" Ban imposed by Bill Clinton. I say if you want one, get it now; they won't be any cheaper, and who knows when they'll pass another crazy ban.