Century arms ak?


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December 24, 2008, 01:43 PM
does anyone know if a century arms ak is worth buying or not? it's a model 3 or 10 and it has some kind of double stack magazine... a friend of was asking me about one and i've never seen one... i'm not impressed with the quality of their handguns... anyone have any answers for him??


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December 24, 2008, 01:58 PM
With century AKs it really depends on the individual rifle and the price. They are cheaply made and sold cheap which is fine as long as you realize that. I would never pay a premium for one though. You should also be willing to "complete" the manufacturing of the weapon as Century has a tendency to skip the last few finishing operations (cleaning, polishing and general debugging).

December 24, 2008, 02:18 PM
I've got one CAI product, a AES-10B. Only buy from a place that has a good exchange policy.

I got mine from classicarms.us The 1st one had to go back for a canted FSB and floppy mag well disease. Classicarms handled the exchange w/no problems and threw in a extra 40 round mag for my troubles.

The 2nd one is a keeper. I had it parkerized and refinished th ewood in tung oil. The PK bipod was also replaced with a correct RPK bipod. BSW





December 24, 2008, 02:46 PM
A lot of folks don't realize that Century is an importer first, and a gun manufacturer second.

The most commonly known Century AK is the WASR-10. These are manufactured in Romania and have 922r parts installed here. Century does not make them.

December 24, 2008, 02:57 PM
I bought a CAI Yugo underfolder - had some 'touch-up' issues but was workable out of the box. The touch-up involved smoothing out the inside of the receiver in a couple places, and doing some bluing to the back of the receiver where a big spot was missed. It feeds every mag and brand/make of ammo I've tried with it so far without fail, and I'd buy that one again in a heartbeat if I find one again for the same price (not likely though :uhoh:).

I've also bought two Golani Sporters. One Golani works fine (its a bit picky about ammo though - strangely and sadly steel case ammo (the cheap stuff) won't reliably feed through it; also the front sight was machined crooked, but it sights in OK despite that) and the other, I had to take back (slam fire even with a completely degreased spring-loaded firing pin - hint: the hammer was down resting on the pin when 'it' was done firing...). I bought that one from a place with a 30 inspection period and they took it back for a refund.

So for me, 2 our of 3 success rate with CAI AK style guns. Like has been said already, recommended that you don't pay a premium for one, and make sure you can return it or at least can get it repaired (shipping and repair/replacement time via CAI can take awhile as they're probably busy as heck making units right now while they can, and/or while the market is so frenzied :banghead:).

December 24, 2008, 05:16 PM
I picked up a Century-built Yugo Underfolder M70AB2 early this year for about $550 new... I assume the current price is close to twice that. The rifle has performed very well through about 2000 rounds. The only issue I had was that I broke the disconnector in the FCG... it is about a $3 part. The problem was that Century used a disconnector from a full-auto that was ground down for semi-auto use. Unfortunately they ground it too much to where it became thin and weak. I just upgraded the FCG to a Tapco G2 that included a solid disconnector and it has been good ever since. I really love the rifle, and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a solid AK.

Here she is with some "minor" upgrades...

December 25, 2008, 01:47 AM
i have the centry arms ak and i love it. paid $399 plus tax. quality is rough but again it's an ak and it will fire. if i could i would pay a little more and get the yugo version because it is slightly better quality. other than than i put over 1200 rounds through it this year brand new and no problems so far. seems to spit every type of ammo i throw at it unlike my ar15.

December 25, 2008, 08:27 AM
I have a friend who has a Century built Yugo M72 that is a tack driver.

I have a Century AR-15 that works great.

December 25, 2008, 09:42 AM
I have a Century WASR 10/63 and the finish may not be the best but it eats anything I want to feed it and no problems out of it yet. I would recommend jumping on one if you find a good price and look for the common problems first. Canted sights, mag wobble etc.
Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008, 09:54 AM
For all incentive purposes id say.......yes. I had a Yugo M70B, it was alright.

December 25, 2008, 10:03 AM
I like my Century-imported SAR-1.


1 old 0311
December 25, 2008, 10:46 AM
I have owned 3, and all were flawless. In fact out of the 8-9 different AK's I have owned the ONLY one that was not reliable was a Arsenal. Go figure.:confused:

December 25, 2008, 01:26 PM
I have a GP 1975 from Century, it's a pretty nice rifle. I paid $474 for it in June, I see them for $600+ now on gunbroker.

December 25, 2008, 03:53 PM
I picked up this Century Yugo M70AB2 back when they were $449 and it's been great so far. Looks to be well built and functions as it should. Nice little rifles.

December 25, 2008, 04:36 PM
CAI is what it is. The guns aren't up to exacting standards but they are functional for the most part. Visually inspecting the a gun from them would be best. With AK's some of the parts are pressed together off center such as the sight block or gas block so you want to look for the pick of the litter.

My SAR-1 had the gas piston welded crooked on the bolt carrier which was rubbing the inside of the dust cover. I called and they quickly sent me another crooked one. So they get an A for effort but I ended up buying a $60.00, quality Bulgarian carrier and piston. I would buy from them again but probably not sight unseen.

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