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  • DalFort

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    Hey everyone,

    I've been wanting to get into the AK arena and looking for some advice.
    I'm looking for a basic model like a WASR-10. I've read up on these and know of the pros and cons. I'm looking at these because the funds are pretty limited so a high dollar AK is out. I've found one local which includes 2 30 rd mags, bayonet lug with bayonet, 16" chrome lined barrel, cleaning rod, and a 75 rd drum for $600. My research online shows these, minus the drum, to range from $500 and up.
    My internet research also shows that these use to be $500 and down.
    Do you guys/gals think the market will get better or is this just the way things are now? Should I go ahead and jump on this deal?

    Thanks for any advice in advance.
     

    majormadmax

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    Get a Zastava O-PAP, it's about the same price and the better rifle.

    I picked up a WASR-10/63 for $350 a few years back, but I doubt we'll ever see those prices again. $500 seems to be the new low mark for AK rifles, and despite rumors that The Kalashnikov Concern (the new name for Ismash) signed a contract to sell 200,000 rifles in the US and Canada every year, I would still recommend buying sooner more than later. It only takes another incident to start another panic...
     

    Shooter McGavin

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    As BC stated they have come down in price (like everything else firearm related) from this time last year. Waiting is rolling the dice, it only takes one political figure to give a speech on banning gun something another, to send the masses into a panicked, gun buying, frenzy. As we witnessed from the Sandy Hook shootings. IMHO, we have at least until the mid-term elections barring any further black gun associated mass shootings until another swipe is made at the firearm industry on a National level.
    Just to add Classic Firearms has a Centurion 39 Milled AKMS for $599.99 and the WASR-10 for $499.99.
     

    DalFort

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    Thanks for the replies!
    I don't know anything about the Zastava O-PAP, but I'll definitely look into it.
    Again, the advice is much appreciated.
     

    robocop10mm

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    This is my understanding, so please do not take it as Gospel;
    The WASR-10 was imported as a single stack rifle (hence the 10 designation). Importation of high cap AK's is not allowed. Section 922r of the old AWB is still in effect. If the rifle has more than 2 of the "evil features" (protruding pistol grip, folding/retractable stock, high cap capable, bayonet lug, flash hider (or the ability to install one via threaded barrel) it cannot have more than 10 imported parts. Converting a WASR-10 to accept standard 30 rd AK mags causes section 922r to take hold. One MUST install some US made parts to replace some of the imported parts or face the ire of the ATF.

    Many WASR's were modified contrary to this Federal statute. BE CAREFUL!
     

    majormadmax

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    robocop, the flaw in that theory is that if WASRs were imported/modified in violation of Federal law, there'd be arrests because of it; and I can't find one instance of that happening...

    Some AKs are brought into the country as single stacks and converted, but legally so. There are hundreds of thousands of WASRs in the US and I have yet to hear of anyone being arrested in violation of 922r.
     

    navysooner

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    Look at Opaps, Npaps, and ever romy g's. The Opaps and Npaps are cheap on centerfire systems and classic.
     
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