Congratulations on owning a genuine AK 47.
I am extremely proud of that rifle. I had the choice between it and an AR-15, but it was my dream since I was about 8 years old to own an AK. I didn't need to think twice!
After purchasing it, I took it to an expert and was told that it was a 1950's model that was modified and imported. Based on the make-up and parts on the rifle I was told that it had probably seen combat, and may have been some place in Africa, such as Angola. It has a reddish wood stock on it, and I affectionately call it 'my little redhead.'
I served the Yugoslav National Army carrying this weapon http://bit.ly/t7WiSQ
, Ak47 M70 AB2. I find it more versatile than the WASR-10 due to it's underfolding stock (Serbo-Croatian = rasklopiv kundak). Such stock is lethal in close combat (almost no need for a bayonett).
Ok, questions: how does it affect the firing of the rifle when the stock is folded? I assume you would want a folded stock for sweeping a room, or in tight quarters. Are there other situations when the folded stock is an advantage?
I understand your comment about the lethality of the unfolded stock. The AK bayonet is nice just as a blade in itself, but it is also a wire cutter. Can't do that with a folding stock.
The weird thing about the Yugoslav People's Army is that it started introducing the SKS rifle (locally knows as PAP) only in 1959.
The SKS is also a great weapon. I've handled one before... Drawbacks are - it's mostly made of wood (at least the one my friend had was), and the bayonet was crap compared to the AK bayonet.