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TypeCadet rifle
Place of originRomania
Production history
ManufacturerCugir Arms Factory
  • AK-22
  • AK-22 Trainer
  • RAK-22
Cartridge.22 LR
Actionsimple blowback
Feed system10-30 round box magazine
SightsAdjustable iron sights, optional mount required for optical sights.

The WASR-22 or AK-22 Trainer is a .22 Long Rifle, semi-automatic cadet rifle loosely based upon the AK-47 and manufactured in Romania by Cugir Arms Factory.[1] Unlike the AK-47, it uses a simple blowback method of operation. As such, it has no gas system and the internal components have been modified accordingly.


The use of .22 LR cadet rifles replicating standard service rifles in its dimensions and features is used by many countries for training military, paramilitary and police "Cadets" in basic firearms handling and marksmanship. While the WASR-22 was designed to be a cadet rifle for the Romanian Army, it was never used as such. The Romanians abandoned the use of cadet rifles for training army recruits, due to the enormous availability of standard service rifles and ammunition already in stock.

Instead, the WASR-22 was sold on the civilian market, primarily in the United States in collaboration with Century International Arms. The AK-22 or RAK-22 is also made for Chiappa Firearms, which is also sold in the United States.[2][3][4] Because of its cheap ammo and low recoil, it is marketed as a “starter” or “trainer AK”.[1] It is usually shipped with two 10-round magazines and is currently sold with the price ranging from $200 to US$500.

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  1. ^ a b "WASR-22 | WASR-10.COM". wasr-10.com.
  2. ^ https://www.gunsweek.com/en/rifles/shot-show/chiappa-firearms-ak9-pistol-and-ak22-rifle Chiappa Firearms AK9 pistol and AK22 rifle
  3. ^ https://www.northwestfirearms.com/threads/chiappa-offering-a-romanian-22-ak.264141/ Chiappa offering a Romanian 22 AK
  4. ^ https://www.atlanticfirearms.com/products/chiappa-rak-22-rifle CHIAPPA RAK 22 RIFLE - AK47 RIFLE - IMPORTER AUTHORIZED SALE

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