Originally Posted By Sev89: bump this thread to see more suggestions.
what does everyone think of the Romanian wasr 10/63?
Not particularly fond of them. Poor fit/finish in the models I've seen, with a hearty dose of trigger slap being reported frequently. If I had to buy an AK tomorrow I'd head down to my favorite gunshop and hope that Saiga-12 is still on the shell. What's not to love about a 12 gauge AK?
Either an Arsenal or a 1960's Polish Milled. Here's my Polish milled after a bit of furniture refinishing - and yes the bayonet was included. Link to the Polish Milled thread.
Pic of 47-type 1960's Polish Milled sold through Century but built by ATM. Bought from Henderson Defense because of the extra $50 "certified" option which guarantees the gun will be correct. Still much less than $1000.
"If you're not shooting you should be loading, if you're not loading you should be moving, if you're not moving, someone is gonna cut off your head and put it on a stick...." -Clint Smith, Thunder Ranch
If you like milled receivers, the Century Polish milled AKs are actually pretty nice.
I got one and it leaves very little to be desired. I wanted an Arsenal originally but after seeing and shooting this one I wouldn't even bother. I'm no expert on AK rifles and there may be better deals out there so take this with grain of salt.
Just buy a WASR. Buy it in person, and you can eliminate all of the annoying features (canted sights, mag wobble, etc) by picking out one that doesn't have them. AKs are supposed to be cheap. It's part of their charm. Paying $800 for one just seems wrong.
Besides, you can't treat it like shit and wrap it in green tape if you pay too much.