WASR-10 SlideFire - Photo and Video Review

We love it when our readers tell us stuff. That's why we were very happy that TNAK (one of our site's members) offered to share with us how the SLIDE FIRE AK-47 Rifle Stock (SSAK-47-XRS-RH if you want to get technical) works out on his WASR-10. This Slide Fire AK-47 review contains original pictures, videos and most important, TNAK's personal experiences with his Slide Fire AK-47. In a hurry? Skip right to the videos at the bottom of the review!

What the Heck is a Slide Fire AK-47 Stock?


The idea behind the Slide Fire is simple: Fix the stock and pistol grip together and then allow the rest of the rifle to move (slide) forward independently from them. Then provide an anchor point for the trigger finger on the fixed grip/stock. Pushing the forend of the gun forward with your support hand will pull the finger up against the trigger which is anchored on the grip/stock, causing the AK to fire. The recoil then kicks the gun back into its "slide" on the grip/stock, allowing the trigger to reset. But, as the operator keeps pulling the rifle forward, it pulls up against the trigger finger again, and again, and again. So the sliding stock results in a predictable bump fire. Basically, the Slide Fire stock gives the shooter the full-auto experience.

And here's the kicker: Since this stock does not have any "mechanical devices" (like a spring) it is 100% BATFE approved!

But (of course there is a but) before ordering one, make sure you verify that the slide fire is legal in your state. For example, in California the Slide Fire Stock is deemed illegal (CalGuns.Net has a very informative "Sticky" on this one.)
WASR-10.com SlideFire Review
Figure 1: The mechanism of the Slide Fire. The small part attaches to the receiver and can move back and forth within the large "grip/stock" part.

TNAK's WASR-10 Slide Fire Experiences


Cost: Before we kick this off, let's get the main issue with the Slide Fire out of the way. It "Ain't Cheap". At over $300 it is one of the most expensive AK accessories you will ever buy. And of course the cost does not stop once you have purchased it; "you'd better have a lot of ammo to feed this thing"!
WASR-10 with SlideFire
Figure 2: WASR-10 with SlideFire Stock. Please note how this version (right handed version) has the anchor point for the trigger finger on the left hand side.

"Gun Control": To TNAK's surprise it did not take a lot of practice to get it to "bump fire" (or is it "slide fire"?) consistently. It just worked from day one. However, this might be due in part to the TAPCO Vertical Fore Grip that TNAK mounted (See pictures below). The vertical grip also helps control the AK, which tends to rise a bit when "slide" firing. As you can see in the pictures below, TNAK uses the TAPCO's Full Size Vertical Grip. We prefer using it's shorter cousin because it tends to get in the way less when quickly reloading 30 round magazines (for 3-gun). Also, as you can see, TNAK keeps his bayonet mounted to help compensate for muzzle rise (and for Zombie slaying).

Besides the vertical fore grip, and the weight of the bayonet, TNAK controls the muzzle rise by leaning into the stock a bit more than one normally would during regular semi-auto fire.
SlideFire on the WASR-10
Figure 3: Note the knob on the bottom of the stock. It can be used to screw the stock in place, eliminating the bump fire feature.

Do we dare to bring up Accuracy?:
While the AK is "certainly not a tack driver in Slide Fire mode" TNAK is able to hit a 12"X12" target at 20 yards with 30 to 50% of the rounds.

And what about the Semi-Auto mode?:
As we mentioned before, the knob on the bottom of the stock allows the operator to lock the stock to prevent it from "sliding". According to TNAK, "doing so does not feel weird at all. There is still plenty of room to get your finger on the trigger, with the very tip of your finger against the flat spot right behind the place where you rest your finger during Slide Fire mode." The only complaint TNAK has is that, "there is too much play in the stock when it's locked. You would think Slide Fire Solutions could make the fit a little tighter between the slide and the shoulder piece. However the play has no effect on accuracy when firing in semi-auto mode. When I did some testing at 50 yards off the bench with sandbags I could get about a baseball size group with open sights shooting semi mode."

Thumbs?:
Well, I guess you already saw it coming: We give Two Thumb's Up for the Slide Fire! "If you have not tried the Slide Fire Stock yet, all I can tell you is get one and you won't be sorry. I was skeptical when I first saw them advertised, but I can tell you now that it works flawlessly. Lots of fun to shoot. Even though it is a bit pricey, you will not be disappointed!" On the WASR-10 in general and the WASR in combination with the Slide Fire TNAK had this to say:"Awesome gun. It has NEVER failed to fire - in semi-auto mode or Slide Fire mode.":)
The receiver on the AK-47 angles a bit. For this reason the designers of the stock left a gap between the pistol grip portion and the receiver, to allow it to travel freely.
SlideFire on the WASR-10
Figure 4: Notice the gap between the pistol grip and the receiver. This is part of the design.
SlideFire on the WASR-10
Figure 5: One more picture of the back of the rifle.
SlideFire on the WASR-10
Figure 6: This picture shows the stock and pistol grip in the forward most position.
SlideFire on the WASR-10
Figure 7: Imagine placing your right finger on the anchor point on the left side, and pulling the receiver forward... Boom, boom, boom.:)

Configuration


TNAK's AK-47 configuration from Front to End:
1970's GP WASR-10/63.
TAPCO Slotted AK Muzzle "Device".
Bulgarian Black Gen 3 Bayonet
Mako AK-47/74 Handguard
Tapco Intrafuse Full Size Vertical Grip
Right Handed SLIDE-FIRE AK-47 Stock

See for yourself: Video's


Bla bla bla bla right? If you are not convinced yet, check out these video's... Can your AK-47 do that? :-)
WASR-10.COM Original Home Video's!
First some original unedited WASR-10.com Home video's.

Figure 8: WASR-10.COM Slide Fire User Review Video #1


Figure 9: WASR-10.COM Slide Fire User Review Video #2


Other Slide Fire AK Video's
Now let's switch to some stock Youtube Slide Fire WASR-10 vid's.

Figure 10: Slide Fire Video Review on WASR-10 and AR-15


Figure 11: Quick WASR-10 Slide Fire Mag Dump


Figure 12: Another Quick Mag Dump


Figure 13: Slide Fire Installation on the WASR-10 Instructions.


Figure 14: Problems with the WASR-10 Slide Fire Stock?

Links:
Slide Fire Solutions SS AK-47 XRS Manufacturers Web Site
"Bureau for Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms & Explosives" (BATFE) approval letter.
Excerpt from California Penal code:
***The below excerpt shows why the Slide Fire is illegal in California:
12020 PC.
(a) Any person in this state who does any of the following is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not
exceeding one year or in the state prison:
(1) Manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or
exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, or possesses any ... {snip}..., any multiburst trigger activator,
...{snip}....

(c)
(23) As used in this section, a "multiburst trigger activator" means one of the following devices:
(A) A device designed or redesigned to be attached to a semiautomatic firearm which allows the
firearm to discharge two or more shots in a burst by activating the device.

(B) A manual or power-driven trigger activating device constructed and designed so that when
attached to a semiautomatic firearm it increases the rate of fire of that firearm.