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Yugo vs. WASR

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by thisismygun, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. thisismygun

    thisismygun Active Member

    Well, I'm looking to buy my first (yes, first) gun. I have decided on the AK variants. I'm in the below $450 price range, and I was close to getting a WASR, but I read a few negative reviews or suggestions that I should get a Yugo instead. I'm currently investigating this one:


    A few notes; I won't be able to "hand pick" them (buying online - i.e. can't tell if WASR is canted), I honestly cannot go over $450 or I'll get my rear handed to me :( , and I'm a huge gun noobie. I'm doing as much research as I can, and I was also directed here so I'm guessing somebody here knows what they're talking about :cool:
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome to THR!

    Yugo all the way over the Romanian WASR.
  3. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Well-Known Member

    i own a WASR

    my votes YUGO.

    wasrs are alright if you just want a beater.
  4. squirrel sniper

    squirrel sniper Well-Known Member

    I've got a WASR 10 that has canted sights. I havent fixed it, i just adjusted the sights till it was close. I dont have a problem with it being off a little. If i wanted a benchrest gun, i would have gotten a benchrest gun. If your looking for something to start with, a WASR should be fine
  5. bigcozy

    bigcozy Well-Known Member

    If the Yugos are still $429, that is the best price on the web, I have researched it. Classicarms has them at the same price. You need to figure shipping and FFL transfer. Last rifles I had shipped from AIM were about $28 and FFL transfer is usually $20, so keep that in mind. I am ordering a Yugo Monday, I think the M70's and the AMD-65s are the best deals on the market.
  6. thisismygun

    thisismygun Active Member

    Yeah I'm considering the fees too. The Yugo on AIM is $420, so with fees I'm looking at $478. Its a little over my price range... but... if it is truly better, I may have to make a sacrifice... Won't be happy, but maybe the quality of a Yugo will cheer me up..
  7. Stuartx09

    Stuartx09 New Member


    I just bought a Yugo for my wife's birthday and I am very pleased with it. She can't wait to go shoot it this weekend. I did a lot of research before I bought It. Go with a Yugo, you wont be disappointed.
  8. thisismygun

    thisismygun Active Member

    Glad to hear that Stuart, I think I'm going to pony up and get the Yugo. The WASR sounds decent, but I don't want to fork over about $400 and be weary of what could have been... My gun collection may start and stop with the first gun I buy, so I guess its best to get the higher quality now.

    Thanks for all the responses guys, greatly appreciated. I hope sometime soon I'll be able to post my satisfaction with it.
  9. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    The Yugo I had was a tack driver. Sights were nice and crisp. Only issue I had with it was that the gas block was terribly corroded. It still functioned just fine, but that thing was gnarly.
  10. RP88

    RP88 Well-Known Member

    after it's all said and done, a WASR is about 70 bucks less than a Yugo (~$410 vs. ~$480) after all shipping, tax, and fees from aimsurplus, classic, etc.

    that extra 70 bucks gets you a better fit, finish, durability, better parts (i.e. not screwed up, old, or canted), and better accuracy. Go with the Yugo unless that extra 70 bucks means alot to you

    all in all, you'll still be saving about 150 bucks buying one online then you will at most gun stores (around me, in-store Yugo underfolders go for $599.99 :()
  11. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    I also own a WASR and I'll vote Yugo as well. I love my WASR, but it's not the greatest.
  12. bigcozy

    bigcozy Well-Known Member

    Forgot to say the Hungarian AMD-65s are going for $399 at classicarms. I decided to go Yugo, that is a good deal IMHO.
  13. Mikee Loxxer

    Mikee Loxxer Well-Known Member

    Get the Yugo. You should get the best Kalashnikov you can afford as one day you won't be able to get them at all.
  14. GTSteve03

    GTSteve03 Well-Known Member

    Don't the current Yugos have non-chromed barrels that are made here in the US?

    If you want a chrome bore for better longevity, you might want to just stick with the WASR.
  15. TheGrimReaper

    TheGrimReaper Well-Known Member

    +1 for the Yugo.
  16. Lonestar.45

    Lonestar.45 Well-Known Member

    Get the WASR, and spend the money you saved on mags and ammo, which are both going up in price every day. I bough a WASR from AIM and love it. I refnished the wood with 9 coats of tung oil and it looks 100% better. It shoots great too. The Yugos are very nice, but in the end it is still an AK and I doubt one would be more accurate than my WASR.

    The problems you read about with the WASR I think occurred several years back. There's no more trigger slap, as they use the Tapco G2 triggers now. The canting of the front sight is old news, they've gotten a lot better at putting them together. I haven't seen one with canted sights in a long time, but for a while there they were pretty common.

    I'd say go for it, and buy as many mags as you possibly can. I have a very strong feeling that imported hi cap mags for AKs are going to go the way of the dinosaur within the next few years due to the shifting political winds. I may be wrong, but I'm not taking any chances.
  17. thisismygun

    thisismygun Active Member

    Hmm still some mixed reviews I see.

    Well you seem satisfied with the WASR. I guess I'm still on the fence with this. The price certainly attracts me, and according to you it doesn't have all the problems people said it has (anymore).

    Also someone mentioned a chrome barrel, is this something I'd miss with the Yugo?
  18. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    Yugo no question about it.

    I love my M70B1, its far nicer than the Romanian I owned a few years ago by leaps and bounds.
  19. thisismygun

    thisismygun Active Member

    I should have put a poll option here... Eh I guess I'll count it the old fashioned way, polls are for rigged elections anyway ;)

    Thanks for the input nwilliams, I'm taking that into consideration.
  20. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Well-Known Member

    the WASRS still have issues with canted front sights. they are much rarrer than the past. but of the ones i looked at when i bought mine, atleast one of them had a noticibly canted sight. and event he one i have seems straight but i bet if you ran a plum line or something you will see a cant, but it doesnt effect the aim.

    the chrome lines barrel is kinda a toss up. some people say your gun will disintegrate to rust in a matter of seconds with out it. others will say its H.S.

    owning a wasr. if i could have gotten a yugo ( MA has an AWB so my WASR is the ban style with out bayo lug or slant brake) i would have in a heart beat

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