I have and use both.I have a few of these from the awb era. I wonder if I should keep them or sell them to buy guns such as AK pistols from PSA. I don’t really need 15 AK rifles but could use a AKP or AKV. if sellin, what is the market for SAR-1 and WASR-10?
My plan to to sell all the SAR and WASR to buy PSA AKV and AKP. SAR and WASR have chrome-lined barrel that USA AK of repute would be in $900+ price range and they were mostly built to withstand harsh environment unlike a lot of modern ‘sporting’ AKs, that while exceed civilian role, couldn’t come near. As I am still a hillibilly, PSA far exceeds my standard of 500 rounds a year.I have and use both.
A braced AK pistol is more than worth it from an end user perspective.
Have used a AK pistol/ brace in 7.62x39mm as a PDW and some close range hog eradication.
Truck/ UTV/ tractor/ horse gun
Currently evaluating it in extreme cold weather at 8k feet + above sea level.
It has replaced shotguns and PCC s in every role concerning security. ( 870, Benelli M1-121, M1 Carbine, Berretta CX4 Storm for a few examples.)
Will be taking it along to a civilian weapons course in the spring.
Sold an SAR1 to eventually fund another.
I hear you brother. Just about all of my AKs were bought new in late 90’s during AWB. I may have bought 1 or 2 AK47 around the sunset as I think one of it came with bayonet though I never mount it on the rifle. silly me never kept boxes and may have lost accessories but I am a gun owner and not some basement collector and oil dripper. I only have 1 AK74, which I ,Ike but I see it is in the $1200+ now. As much I like the round potency, I can easily see a 6.5 Grendel be a better round and can be had for half that in AR platform and I can get 1500 rounds of ammo to practice leaking milk bottle out to 300 yard on iron sight.I don't usually advise on selling anything unless its for a true upgrade. In this case, I don't think your actually upgrading anything.
I would keep what you now have, and just save up for what you want. The resale price on those old school WASR 10's has been going up quite a bit in the last few years, imagine what it will be when you can't get anything....
I always thought the WASR's were ok, got the job done but nothing fantastic, and feel the current AK's coming out of PSA, although a little better looking, are the same.
I would opt for an Arsenal AK, but again the price for those are quite high and they are not always available.
There is nothing wrong with salting away a few rifles for a rainy day, especially with the way thing have been going along the last 10 years.
Good luck with your choice!
As for barrels, I am a firm believer towards chrome lined tubes. ( Criterion in particular has been put thru shooting evils since 2003 via the M14)My plan to to sell all the SAR and WASR to buy PSA AKV and AKP. SAR and WASR have chrome-lined barrel that USA AK of repute would be in $900+ price range and they were mostly built to withstand harsh environment unlike a lot of modern ‘sporting’ AKs, that while exceed civilian role, couldn’t come near. As I am still a hillibilly, PSA far exceeds my standard of 500 rounds a year.
Velocity loss between a 16in tube and 10.5in tube is minimal compared to other cartridges. ( I will get back to as soon as I get to my notes concerning AMV I recorded with various loads via lab radar chronogragh. )Fragout, I have one of those AK pistols on the way to my FFL now. I was between that and a Draco as well as looking at 10.5in vs 12.5in but decided on this one based some what on some of your previous posts regarding that same gun. I.E.. hog hunting, PDW value, experience with other weapons, etc. I would still like a 12.5in but along with my AK63D and SKS-D I dont think I'm short in x39 guns, but I like them.
And for the OP, FWIW, I agree with Nomad. Sell 1 or 2, or 3 even, and you can get a few braced AK pistols and I think it would be well worth it, especially the way things are going nowadays.