December 2011

AK-47s: Fixed-Stock Romanian Versus Folding-Stock Yugoslav

In this head-to-head evaluation, we pit two closely matched versions of the venerable AK: the WASR-10 from Romania and the M70 AB2, made in Yugoslavia, both chambered in 7.62x39.

The ever-popular AK-47 has been made in many countries over many years, and in many variants. They have been around a long time and are still being manufactured new today. Some are better than others, and the buyer will have to do some research to find the best bargain, and luck might have a part to play as well. In an effort to clear away a tiny bit of the fog, we acquired one of the recently offered fixed-stock versions from Romania, called the WASR-10 (about $450), and put it up against a recently made Yugoslav [IMGCAP(1)]version with a folding stock, called the M70 AB2 (about $500). Both were in the original 7.62x39 caliber, and both were in near-new condition. Our test ammo was two-fold only, Russian hollow-point and Chinese soft nose. Both rifles had what we consider to be excellent triggers. And besides the caliber and pedigree, thatís about all they had in common. We took a hard look at them, and hereís what we found.

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