Introduced by Century Arms a few years ago, the WASR-M, like its standard WASR (Wassenaar Arrangement Semi-automatic Rifle) older brothers, are all essentially semi-auto variants of the Cugir Arms Factory’s PM md. 63/65 series AKMs, licensed Kalashs that the Romanians made by the hundreds of thousands over the past half-century.
WASRs have been popular on the U.S. import market for years, and Century made them 922R-compliant by adding furniture, mags, pistons, and triggers. Heck, when renting an AK for a class at Gunsite, the only in-house choice is a WASR. It’s a budget answer to more spendy Arsenals or Zastavas still made by folks who understand Kalashnikovs. Century has splashed in 9mm AK water with Cugir before, having marketed first the Draco NAK-9 pistol and the newly announced Draco 9S in recent years.
While the Dracos are fun, those wanting a full-sized stock and barrel are left out of the party, which brings us to the WASR-M. The significant difference in the WASR-M variant is that, instead of being a gas-piston operated rifle chambered in 7.62×39, it is a direct-blowback-action pistol-caliber carbine chambered in 9mm NATO that uses doublestack Glock 17/18/19 mags.
Ladies and gentlemen, the WASR-M, made by Cugir in Romania and imported by Century Arms of Vermont, which added enough U.S. parts to make the ATF happy. (Photo: Chris Eger).
I’ve put about 500 rounds through one and detailed the whole deal. Check it out after the jump.
Since Gaston Glock came down from his Austrian hilltop and gave forth to the world his polymer framed joy in the 1980s, shooters have been looking for extra magazines for them. There are a few basic tips and tricks to these things so sit back and let us talk for a bit.
Always remember that caliber, not model number, drives Glock mag interchangeability. For instance, a 17-round magazine for a
G17 will also fit the smaller framed G19 and G26 as well as the tactical/practical G34. The only caveat to this rule is that mags made for short guns will not fit into full sized ones (i.e. a G26 mag won’t work in a G17) since they are too short to reach the chamber.
Then there is the generational divide. Many people think that older Gen 2 and 3 mags will not work in a Gen 4 gun of the same caliber. This is a mistake. A Gen 4 gun will take all older mags unless that gun was swapped over for a left-handed magazine release.
Glock mags are hard to wear out. I have had several 2nd Gen mags that are pushing 20 years old that haven’t suffered from worn out springs yet. However, I have had some go south in as little as five years of hard ware. The beauty is that this is usually fixed by replacing the spring. Factory OE springs run about 80-cents each while nicer Wolfe type run just a few cents more.
If you have mags, buy a pack of springs for later down the road. Better to have them and not need them than need them and
not have them….
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