figurin on buyin 1-2-3-4 who knows how many of em soon ...
so ... ive read about the serial number issues with barrells, but then i read that the TTL serial numbers were also used on newer ones with no issues...
ive read to look for a tapco trigger group, non-canted sights, but you cant tell the barrell from the outside
what serial #s should i try to find matching on parts?
thanks a lot ... been wanting a few AKs for a while now .. trying to get a 74 as well from a local guy but planning to get a good number of WASRs when they go on sale next locally (both underfolder and wood stock). and i want to make sure i get the best of the bunch they have (i know some will argue they suck but to me its a good value)
Watch out for canted front sights....
I have owned 3 wasr's, and i have had some bad ones. If you can, go to a dealer who has 4 or 5 to choose from, inspect all of them for canted front sights, canted gas tube/blocks, magazine wobble, front trunnion gaps, and rivet form (should be as close to perfect circles as possible). If you can fine one with matching serial numbers on the trunnion, bolt carrier. and bolt, thats a good thing too. Fit and finish isn't as important as the above features, at least not in my opinion. Odds are, any WASR you buy will run just fine, but having a well made one will make zeroing much easier. The good thing is that your WASR will have a chrome lined US made barrel, so shooting corrosive ammunition shouldnt be a problem as long as you maintain your rifle properly.
Read these two threads in the following order:
Next browse the tutorials at this site: http://www.novarata.net/Linx310/index.shtml
The site is primarily for Romanian AKM rifles, but a lot of the principals apply to any AKM.
Ignore the donation request if you want to. He is trying to raise money to keep the site active.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the serial # vs. barrel issue I believe concerns 5.45mm Tantals, not WASRs O.P. From the sound of things, you really need to hook up with a buddy who knows these rifles. Also, be prepared to pay too much and/or stand in line when word gets out there's AKs in stock at some store. They might last a day. And be sure to thank your commander-in-thief for this absurd situation.