MY Iraqi Contractor WASR from Atlantic

  • imarangemaster
Posted: Tue, 06/09/2015 - 14:50

WASR-10 Iraqi Contractor WASR
Well, I'm 63 years old, a retired LEO and ex-military, and not expecting to battle Zombie paratroopers any time soon. If I did, I have a couple ARs, a PTR91 with a 3x9, an M1 carbine, and 12 Gauge riot gun as a back up. For an AK platform, I had a Saiga (restored to its intended form with a pistol grip and AKM furniture), but it was too pretty.

hat I really want is a cheapo, beat up "featureless" AK that I could throw behind the seat in the 4x4 F150 in the mountains (without a case) and not feel the slightest bit bad about it. As I already said, my restored Saiga was just too pretty. I also had too much into it to beat it up! With that in mind, I ordered one of the Atlantic Firearms "Iraqi Contractor" WASR 10/63s for $489. I sold my Saiga to fund the purchase, and I used the extra money left over after buying the WASR from to fund another AR15 project. I wish I had done it when they were $449, but oh well, what the heck, better late than never.

Another reason I wanted to switch from the Saiga to an AKM based one was spare parts. Just try to find a spare Saiga (AK103) bolt, carrier, or extractor. If you do, it will cost more than an entire AKM parts kit! Heck, I can get a complete Polish Bolt, carrier and recoil spring set for $69!

Do I think they are super special because a SOC contractor from Uganda guarded the PX on a base outside Baghdad with it? Not really. While it does add a certain neato-keen factor, the price was actually the main selling point. If door kickers had used them, that would raise the value in my mind. And, no, I don't think they took new WASRs, aged them artificially, just to sell them for $80 or $90 LESS than they would get new. That's just a retarded argument from couch commandos, mall ninjas, wannabes, and "Atlantic haters." I have been buying from Atlantic for years, and have had nothing but EXCELLENT customer service.

P.S. What does the color

  • Chris
  • 03/17/10
  • Tue, 06/09/2015 - 20:46

P.S. What does the color coded tape on the magazines indicate?

color tape

  • imarangemaster
  • 06/08/15
  • Thu, 06/11/2015 - 20:02

The mags with green tape are full of Chinese steel core ammo. While not actually AP (despite what the clowns on Gunbroker claim), they still penetrate better than standard FMJ. The mags with the red tape are loaded with Ulyanovsk 8M3 124 grain "fragtastic" hollow points. They have pre-fail cuts in the jacket, inside the hollow point. They open up and make insane wound channels. Very popular years ago for hog busting.

I use the same tape color codes on my AR mags: Red is for mags with MK262 MOD1, 77 grain OTM (Sierra Matchking Bullet) and green is for 62 grain, (steel penetrator) M855 ball.

Atlantic Firearms Statement on Iraqi Contractor WASR-10

  • Chris
  • 03/17/10
  • Tue, 06/09/2015 - 20:44

A WASR with a Story, I like it! This is what Atlantic Firearms has to say about it:

After the terrorist attacks of 911 the US government began using overseas contractors to
supplement their military forces in various regions including Afghanistan and Iraq .
These forces were often issued US supplied weapons including the DPMS AR 15 and the
AK47 Romanian WASR 762 x 39. We believe that these rifles were employed by a firm
known as SOC USA doing US government security work ( http://www.soc-usa.com/ ) and
possibly Ugandan defense contractors shown in the pictures below. The Rifles will show
the Flavor of deployment on the battlefield. The guns have a neat a slightly collectable
niche for those who may want a conversation piece and good shooter. The Contractor
guns are in Good Working order & will show wear on metal and wood surfaces & may
need cleaning before usage . Stock sets may show wear , minor cracks , gouges or signs
of general use . They will be rated Military Surplus in NRA good condition and come with
1 -30 round mag, Mag type may vary. There are no special request on the rifles . Will
show usage Character & may have blemishes , dirt , minor rust or chips & dents in wood
stocks. Please Note : rifles Actual Wear & Character may vary Greatly from minor to
major & all guns are in Good working order , there are no special request on amount of
wear .There is no factory warranty offered on used firearms .