Why Should I Not Buy a WASR-10?
This is probably the most reported issue with the gun.
Century Arms adjusted the magazine well in order to make it accept standard AK magazines. To keep the cost of the rifle low they outsourced this job to a group of lazy, blind, arthritic chimpanzees. As a result magazines are not seated or removed easily, especially on the models with a so called "Bullet Button". Here's an article that describes how you can file the well down to get rid of this very annoying problem. http://roman-forums.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=75
Don't buy the WASR-10 for the goodies. An unpractical magazine pouch, a stupid little oil bottle, two scrappy magazines and no sling come with the rifle. Then there's the bayonet. Lets talk about that..
Figure 1: This Mag Pouch/Oil Can combination will not make you the envy of the neighborhood.
The bayonet that comes with the WASR 10 takes the concept of loose manufacturing standards to whole new levels. In addition to the crappy manufacturing the bayonet sheet looks like it has spend its first 30 years in a damp warehouse. Were it was trampled by cattle.
The quality of this Bayonet makes it clear why communism failed.
Pistol Grip & Furniture
Ok, I understand there needs to be ten "Made in the USA" parts on the gun to meet legal requirements, but that shitty plastic pistol grip? Really? The plywood furniture is nothing to write home about either, but some Johnson Paste Wax will make it look pretty decent. Tip: if you are going to put stain and varnish on do it before you take the gun out. If you don't want to do that, put the wax on before you shoot it. If you don't, the combination of powder residue and sweat will grime up the furniture pretty bad.