WASR ? What are they?

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  1. Big Daddy K

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    and about how much?
     
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  3. Big Daddy K

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    I know but I want info from you guys not a company selling the stuff.
     
  4. elmerfudd

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    They're the crudest, cheapest AK you can get. They're low capacity Romanian imports that Century converts to high capacity rifles, adding enough US parts to make them legal. The finish is poor and front sights are often canted, but for the most part they do work. About $350.
     
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    Elmer Fudd pretty much has it. I've had one for a while now, and it works great. If you start shopping them, look out for canted front sights and gas blocks. Mag wobble can also be a problem.

    Tons of information here: http://www.gunsnet.net/Linx310/
     
  6. newsavageowner

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    Got one too. Ugliest AK you'll find, but mine works every time I pull the trigger. Ditto on checking the front sight base for a cant before buying one, but other than that, they are a fairly good buy...for the money.
     
  7. cat_IT_guy

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    cheapest AKs out there, but they GO BANG EVERYTIME (as any AK should). +1 on watching out for the canted front sight...mine has that problem, but it is fairly minor, I was able to adjust the sight to comp for it.
     
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    They're the biggest pieces of crap ever made! :neener: Just kidding. Everyone agrees they are cheap AK's, that with a little work, can be great beater guns.
     
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    mine has a canted sights, butt ugly furniture, the bolt sticks on the hammer if i let it smack shut, but it cant be beat for pricw. I got mine for 375 from a friend. I could have spent $100 more and gotten something better, but its an AK. I know every time i pull that trigger, there is going to be a .30 cal bullet heading in the direction i had my sights pointing.
     
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    Bought one Friday. Ordered a case of ammo too! Finally got to shoot it today and it is a blast. I really didn't get to work it much but I think it is going to be a great CDR. Fit and finish on mine seems to be above average but maybe some other guys have a lot higher standards than me. I need to get a flash supressor and sling and then add more mags.


    I guess you could say I started my panic buying early! :what:
     

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  13. ZombiesAhead

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    Everyone should own a WASR. Especially if you are panic-buying it is a great way to get an "evil" looking "assault" rifle for very little money. All the criticism of them comes down to three points:

    1. They're ugly (although the finish on mine is above average)
    2. Some have a canted front sight - This should be obvious when you buy it so don't buy one sight unseen
    3. The mag wells have been modified from accepting only low capacity magazines to accept high capacity mags. This can sometimes cause a "wobble" with magazines - more pronounced in some guns than others. This can be fixed.

    You will pay under $400 for a WASR high capacity with threaded barrel/flash hider/muzzle brake, sling, magazines, cleaning kit, and side mount optics rail. It's a great deal and they are functionally as reliable as any other AK. Accuracy will not be as good as those AK's with closer tolerances but you should be able to hit a piece of 8.5 x 11" paper at 100 yards.
     
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    WASR = cheap ak that not even the Romanian military would use. The parts are not mil spec. Better to get a Romanian "G" kit and build one.
     
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    I have a Gp WASR-10. I love it. I did replace the furniture though. The wood was terrible. Got mine for 329 last april at a show. Now their up to 379 for basic ugly wood stock.
     
  16. nalioth

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    ... so our Ruger rifles aren't any good? How about Remington? Smith & Wesson?
     
  17. tnieto2004

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    Good, cheap, reliable, hi-cap.. Most threads I read where people bash them .. The people didn't ever own them ..
     
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    I got one of the WASR-3s in 5.56 and it is the greatest thing ever. It eats everything from Hornaday to Silver Bear without a hickup. You need to clean it before you go trigger happy though. Makes it a smooth operator, so much so I may fix the front sight.
     
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    I think its more accurate to say the parts didn't pass inspection to be used on the military rifles, rather than they aren't mil spec. That is, they use "seconds" to build wasr rifles.

    I had a WASR that was a crude little beast, but it shot every time the trigger was pulled. One thing to note, the magwell chop job didn't allow me to use a drum until i got the dremel ahold of it. Refinished it and it turned out to look nice. Sure, I'd love a valmet or an IMI galil, but for the price you'd have a hard time beating it. :)
     
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    I'm very happy with my WASR. Accurate enough (minute of bad guy) and relatively trouble free. I don't weep if it gets banged around either.

    I'd buy another.
     
  21. Higgy

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    In my opinion, a WASR is a tool. They can be made better with better sights and some aftermarket accessories. A few of them in the arsenal are good for trading material, and for making sure that everyone is armed if the zombies are coming over the walls. :rolleyes:
     
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    +1

    If you are shopping for one, buy it local. That way you can inspect the rifle for said defects.
     
  23. Slater

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    WASR = Wanted Arsenal, Settled for Romanian

    :D
     
  24. Swampy

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    WASR = "What A S****y Rifle".....
     
  25. Z71

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    I bought one late last year, last of November or so. Not perfect, but not bad.

    For a first ownership experience with an AK, I was suitably impressed.

    Almost looks like the gun left the factory before it was quite finished!

    Not sure what all Century did to it, but they left it full of metal shavings, from machining the mag-well I guess?

    Rear sight notch was off center and crooked, looked like a thin, hacksaw cut!

    I delicately filed the sight notch to center and square, adjusted the front sight to height, and it shoots as good as a $1000 AK!

    I got some used mags(Romanian/Russian?) for Christmas. Be careful there! I don't know where my wife bought these, but one had a huge, deeply pitted area of rust on it's side, other had a smaller rusted place! They works fine, but if you get a WASR, buy new extra mags . Cost about $15 for new 30 shot Romanian mags.
     
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