The GP WASR-10 and AK-47 are essentially the same with respect to lethality.
This post will be re-posted every time I hear about a mass shooting using an SKS, WASR-10, AK-47, or similar rifle.
Originally posted after the murders at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, 2019, and the El Paso murders on August 3, 2019
A while back I did some research on the M4 carbine, the M16 rifle, and the AR15-style rifles and concluded that the AR15 is a military weapon. After the attack on the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the attack on the El Paso Walmart one week later, I figured it was worth researching the SKS carbine and related firearms. Here’s what I found:
AK-47 rifle: 7.62x39mm Soviet caliber, ~380 yd effective range, ~2300 ft/sec muzzle velocity, semi-auto/burst/full-auto. It’s one of the most versatile, cheapest, and widely manufactured firearms and is easily modified and repaired. Nearly every member of the former Soviet bloc manufactured it under different names.
GP WASR-10 rifle: 7.62x39mm Soviet caliber, ~400 yd effective range, ~2300 ft/sec muzzle velocity, semi-auto. This is a cheap Romanian version of the AK-47 made semi-automatic only.
[As I write this on August 3, hours after the El Paso mass murder, the the exact model of murderer’s weapon has not been publicized, but we do know from security cams that it’s an AK-47 style weapon. I’ll update this post once the exact weapon has been publicized.]
The AK-47 (and variants) is military only. The WASR-10 may be owned by civilians.
From what I can tell, the three weapons are essentially the same with respect to lethality. The semi-auto only for the WASR-10 rifle is a distinction without a difference.
We regulate military weapons in the US, legally, under the Second Amendment (which does have the words “well-regulated militia” right there in it). The WASR-10 is, for all intents and purposes, a military weapon.
So why do we allow civilians to own a military weapon again?