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The WASR-10 AK-47

By Kevin Felts On October 22, 2010
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wasr-10 ak-47The WASR-10 AK-47 is a Romanian variant of the Russian AK-47 rifle. The rifles uses a receiver made in the USA, unlike the SAR series that use a Romanian made receiver.

The equivalents with Russian models are:
* AKM: WASR-10 (7.62×39)
* AK-74: WASR-2 (5.45×39)
* AK-101: WASR-3 (5.56×45)

WASR-10 Specs:
Overall Length: 35 inches – including muzzle break
Barrel: 16 inches – including muzzle break
Stock: Wood
Pistol grip: Plastic
Caliber: 7.62X39

The WASR-10 rifles are made with stamped receivers and were originally intended for single-stack magazines. After the so called “assualt rifle ban” expired, the receivers were milled to accept a double stack, high capacity magazine. WASR-10 rifles feature a chrome-lined barrel and wooden stocks. The WASR-10 rifles are imported by Century Arms Intl. It is at the Century Arms Intl. factory where they widen the magazine wells and install Tapco-compliant parts.

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From a survivalist point of view, the AK-47 and its 7.62X39 is well rounded for hunting deer sized game and for urban survival. Th rifles are cheap – but continue to creep up in price, the magazines are cheap, and the ammo is cheap. Overall, there is nothing not to love about the WASR-10 AK-47, except maybe the quality of the workmanship.

There are numerous complaints of magazine wobble and a canted front sight (front sight leaning to one side). Sometimes you get what you pay for in life, and the WASR-10 might be considered a cheap rifle. If you want better quality, go ahead and spend the money and get a real Russian AK-47.

On the magazine wobble – some magazines fit better then others. May “made in China” AK-47 magazines have a little bit of wobble in them, while the Bulgarian AK-47 magazines seem to fit just fine.

From the Speer reloading manual #11:
7.62X39 – 110 grain bullet travels 2,000fps – 2,200fps out of an 18.5 inch barrel
30-30 – 130 grain bullet travels 2,000fps – 2,400fps out of a 20 inch barrel
308 Winchester – 130 grain bullet travels 2,000fps – 3,300fps out of a 22 inch barrel

Some people consider the 7.62X39 a 30-30 short. And from the bullet size and velocity, this seems to be pretty close to being true.

*Velocities vary depending on charge, primer, and other various conditions

When I bought my WASR-10, I paid about $399 + tax, which brought the total to somewhere around $425. Thinking back, I kick myself for not buying a case of Russian made AK-47s in the 1980s, when they were $75 each. But who knew that a $75 rifle would turn into a $750 rifle 20 years later. I remember being at a Port Arthur, Texas gun back around 1984 or1985, and brand new Russian made AK-47s were priced at $75 – $99, and people were just passing them by. If I remember right, the regualr model with a full stock was $75; and the para-trooper model with a folding stock was around $99. I wish I would have bought 6 of them back them.

Some of the things I like the WASR-10 – its a rugged rifle, and since it did not cost a “lot” of money, I dont mind if it gets scratched up a little bit.  This is the kind of weapon that can be strapped to the front a 4-wheeler, stored behind the seat or in the trunk of a car, stored in a bug out location / remote camp, and the magazines are cheap.  I remember going to one of the Houston, Texas gun shows and getting AK magazines for $3 each – that is 5 magazines for $15.  That makes it easy to stock up on enough AK mags for your home and your bug out location.

Post your comments in this forum thread about using the AK-47 as a survival rifle.

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Kevin Felts

Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm clearing brush, working on a fence, building something, or tending to the livestock

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