Romanian AK's


June 29, 2007, 07:38 PM
Is $400 a good price for a Romanian AK?

Also, are they as durable and reliable as other AK's?

If you enjoyed reading about "Romanian AK's" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!
June 29, 2007, 07:45 PM
Romanian AK is a loose term...are we talking about a WASR or something like an AK built off a Romy parts kit? I have a "romanian" AK47 built off an SAR1 parts kit with some upgraded parts and it's very nice. No problems ever with it. Shoots "minute of man" at 200 yds with irons which is what it was designed for...not a tack driver for sure.

June 29, 2007, 07:50 PM
Only other thing I recommend is either rework the trigger or just thirty five or forty bucks on a Tapco trigger to get rid of the trigger slap.

Some of the WASR's wont accept double stack mags either, some come modified, some don't.
June 29, 2007, 07:55 PM
Mine is a Romanian WASR 10, new in the box, with the Dragunov stock on it, and the pistolgrip and "military" stock in the box. It had a cleaning kit, 2 30rd mags, bayo, and sling, all for $350. After I changed out the stocks, it felt more like a good rifle to shoot. It seems a good reilable rifle for the price.

lee n. field
June 29, 2007, 07:56 PM
Is $400 a good price for a Romanian AK?

With or without American made compliance parts?

Nomad, 2nd
June 29, 2007, 08:00 PM
1. It is too high (IF we are talking WASR's...)

2. Make sure the Trigger says: G2 Tapco

3. Reciently, with the increased demand for firearms MANY companies are having QC problems... Century IMHO is one of them.

June 29, 2007, 08:02 PM
I have an AMD-65 AK 47 with a Tapco G2 trigger....beautiful. MUCH better than whatever trigger is in my SAR-1 based AK. It's so crisp.

June 29, 2007, 10:09 PM
SAR1? Yes. WASR10? No.

And don't go out and spend money on a trigger to get rid of "trigger slap", if you haven't even shot the gun yet. Not all of them do.

June 29, 2007, 10:31 PM
that's about the going rate for a wasr-10 in my neck of the woods, and with two stocks I think you got a reasonable deal. They come with the Tapco triggers these days afaik and they are fine. I have one, it's been totally reliable and is pretty accurate as combat style guns go. enjoy

June 29, 2007, 10:55 PM
About the best deal on an AK is at AIM

For $400 look at:

The STG-2000 is a nice rifle in the AK variant. It has a forged barrel and an M16 style muzzle brake.
It takes a little getting used to but it handles well.

June 29, 2007, 11:07 PM
The Aim Surplus AK in 5.45 (WASR-2) for $290 is a good value. These take 30 round mags and come with a cleaning kit and sling, and two mags (one of mine did not work). The rifle is new and has a very good Tapco trigger. Mine came with a wooden stock that looks better than that shown in the Aim online ad. If you are willing to be very conscientious about cleaning, you can fire Bulgarian corrosive ammo priced at $115-$125 for 1080 rounds. My rifle has been reliable and fun to shoot.


June 29, 2007, 11:34 PM
Will the WASR rifles reliably feed bulk Wolf ammo?

I've heard about some corrosive primers or ammunition? Is this Wolf?

June 29, 2007, 11:53 PM
Wolf isn't corrosive. Some of the Milsurp 5.45 stuff is. Some of it is, even though it isn't labeled as such. Don't know about 7.62. My WASR feeds FMJ Wolf 100%. HP not so much.

June 30, 2007, 12:45 AM
Here's a Romanian AK web site that covers just about everything you need to know:

June 30, 2007, 02:13 AM
I checked out the site and have been reading everything I can find.

I've read a fair amount about problems with quality from Century. I want an AK, but I don't want to spend the money only to have it turn out to be a POS.

The WASR's seem to be the better choice than the SAR's as far as overall quality goes, but I could be wrong.

Let me know what you think.

Prince Yamato
June 30, 2007, 02:23 AM
Will the WASR rifles reliably feed bulk Wolf ammo?

They'll fire a steel core turd. AKs do not care what you feed them.

June 30, 2007, 04:56 AM
The WASR's seem to be the better choice than the SAR's as far as overall quality goes, but I could be wrong.
Other way around but the WASRs are very workable guns, any small issues are likely easily resolved w/ a little tinkering. They are fun project guns IMO.

June 30, 2007, 08:20 AM
only thing I did with my wasr is replace the shepherds hook thingy with the plate, just because I think it's better and eliminates a common weakness. Runs like a champ.

And AK's and Wolf ammo were literally made for each other.

June 30, 2007, 08:35 AM
Built one & bought one, latter being a Century WASR-10 U/F at the Houston gun show last month. Love them both. Century quality is a coin toss, it helps to go to a gun show & look at what you want to buy. I have no regrets about being a WASR owner--it's fun to shoot & hits a 100 yd target with 3-4" groups.

June 30, 2007, 08:54 AM
$400 is a bit high, but if it's at a gun shop, I wouldn't turn it down.

I bought a GP-WASR-10 a while back and paid $375 for it.

If you buy a WASR, BUY IT IN PERSON. Yes, you can order them on the 'net cheaper, but are MUCH more likely to buy a turd.

Consider WASRs to be kit guns that the riveting has been done for you.

Buy in person and check for: front sight block cant, gas block cant, magazine fit. If the magazines are tight, but still go in, this is ideal. The guys at Century do not deburr the magazine well when they mill them out for double stack magazines. You'll have to do that yourself (take a mill flat, or a flat smooth file and s-l-o-w-l-y remove the burrs). If those things are OK, then you'll have a rifle as good and reliable as any other AK.

Look on the left side of the trigger, if it says Tapco G2 on it, you're good to go, if not, go to and get the G2/retainer plate package for $46, it's worth it. Many of the newer WASR imports already have the G2 in it, if that's the case, then just buy the retainer plate (replaces the shepherd's hook). Again, it's worth it.

IMO stay away from the "AK-STG-2000-C Romanian STG-2000C 7.62x39 Rifle" in the second AIM link above. They charge $70 more for cheap, crappy furniture on a WASR (look at the receiver, no dimples, it's a WASR). For $4 go to Ace hardware and get the stain of your choice and a cheap brush, and give the laminated wood 5-7 coats of stain.

If you can still find them, the Yugoslavian AKs are a bit better and have been better builds from Century, and they run about $100 more, but are getting hard to find.

Are there better AKs? Sure, but not in that price range of the WASR (SARs are getting pricey as well).

June 30, 2007, 09:16 AM
Defintely look for the Tapco G2 trigger (stamped on the side of the trigger). The trigger on my GP WASR 10/63 is amazingly good, very, very light with a crisp break.

If you enjoyed reading about "Romanian AK's" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!