Originally Posted by Down_Town_Dalton
I found a NIB wasr 10/63 for 475$ at a LGS. I'm very un-knowledgable about AKs. Is this a decent price ? If not where should I look and how much more would be needed for a good quality rifle ? Also are there any certain things I need to look for when checking out the rifle ? Any helpful input is appreciated !!
DON'T DO IT!
1)The WASR 10 isn't known for being a good AK.It is often cheap because it is not well made.
2)Your first AK should be something special, if you got disappointed by the first AK, thank you'll have a bad opinion about a platform which is VERY GOOD.Don't miss a thing!.
3)What are you supposed to do with the rifle?Don't set budget before you've defined what you're going to do with the rifle.Some AK are good for hunting; some other for tactical shooting; some other are collectible only.The price depends mainly on what you need.
4)Think twice.You are not buying the rifle only, your buying ammo(it can be hard-to-be-found, expensive or else), modifications(e.g. new furniture, upgrades, etc....again....it can be expensive or impossible to be done.), parts kits to replace damaged parts.
The best AK are the folowing:
Chambered in the M43 ammo, 7,62x39
-Zastava M70-Considered the best rifle by Tactical Shooter
-Saigas 39-Considered very accurate, good for hunting
-Type 56-Considered the general-purpose AK.Pretty good quality.
-IWI or IMI Galil- Hybrid between AK-FAL-M16 concepts.Military very appreciated and beloved, extremely good performace!
-AMD 65 & AK63-Hungarian made.One of the preferred rifles by contractors and security personnel. My opinion?IT ROCKS!
Chambered in the 5,56X45
-Galil/Galil ACE-See above
-AK 101 or AK 102-Available for export to the USA.Nice, but I would not buy one.I don't like them.
Chambered in the 5,45X39
-AK74-Russian made,one of the most successful AK derivatives.It is still the main service rifle of the Russian forces. the M model is cool(AK74M, the upgraded version of the AK74)
AVOID THESE RIFLES:
-WASR 10+ the whole line Wars(it is chambered in several calibers)
-Bulgarian o Egyptian stuff-These are known for being low quality products
if you need more info, let me know.I'll be glad to help you.