Many AK enthusiasts in USA are often asking me why there are no “dimples” on AK rifles imported from Romania, like WASR10, Paratrooper and so on. In order to have official answer to this question, I decided to reach out to my friends working directly at Romanian Cugir factory, which is producing those rifles. Their answer was simple:
“We don’t put dimples on WASR/RH10/Paratrooper, because the after export from Romania, Americans have to literally “shave off” material from tabs inside the receiver magazine well (see picture on the left, note how narrow magazine well is – circled in red is one of of 2 tabs installed inside which has to be trimmed).
It’s just easier for Century workers to file material from those tabs the way we put here in the Cugir factory than to deal with an already made dimple. This
is all because of US import laws, which require that rifle has to work with that shitty single stack, 10 bullets magazine (until Century makes conversion so our rifles can work with standard AK mags)”.
On right is picture of modified for US market magazine well.
So, there you have it folks, straight from Romanian Cugir, best explanation for “missing dimples”. Below is picture of Romanian Paratrooper rifle. As you can see, no dimples…