90% of the trash talk you see is from someone who's never seen one in person much less actually shot one. They just want to feel relevant.
Ask those wannabes if they wanna stand 100yds downrange of a WASR...
The only real problem with the WASRs are how wildly inconsistent the quality is, and the crazy prizes people are asking for them nowadays.
If you have a good one, you have a solid AK. If you have a bad one, you are doomed to never-ending frustration with it. And none of them are worth the asking prices we are seeing these days.