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Whether or not wasr is a good buy depends on your pocketbook. I can say if you get one you won't regret it. The trigger on them is surprisingly good.Yugo or non-Russian SKS since it's cheaper than an AK. If you can find a Saiga for under $600, probably one of those too. I personally haven't seen how WASRs or Century Arms AKs are a good buy.
I personally think it's better to just go with a Vepr since Veprs aren't that much more. The cheaper option is the SKS, and if we're talking about a range toy that won't get accessorized, a SKS should do.Whether or not wasr is a good buy depends on your pocketbook. I can say if you get one you won't regret it. The trigger on them is surprisingly good.
I have owned two post 580 series Mini-30's, my current one is a scout setup, and I love it. That said, they have a known history of issues with anything other that brass cased boxer primed ammo (I prefer Red Army Elite or Fiocchi), and while as I said, I love mine, I would *NOT* recommend one in this case - moreover, it's almost 2x the cost of a nice com-block SKS (never mind the cost of reliable ammo).I too agree with SKS, but also own a ruger mini 30 that eats up the commie ammo with no issues.