Century Arms crushed it out of the park a few years ago with the introduction of the Draco, an eminently affordable AK-style pistol. It featured all the ergonomic wonder of a Kalashnikov in an ultra-compact package. The Draco was an instant hit.
New for 2018 is the Draco NAK9, which is cut from the same cloth as the original only the NAK9 is chambered in 9mm. That makes it easier to control and cheaper to feed.
- Made in Romania
- 14x1mm LH thread
- Stamped receiver
- Accepts Glock 17 and 19 mags.
- Picatinny optics rail on top of the dust cover
- Rear sling mount
- Compatibility with AKM handguard
- Comes with one 33 rd. mag.
This is a wild step for Century. AR-pattern pistols stepped down to 9mm have been flying off shelves, so it makes sense that the AK masters would follow suit. The result is a blend of old and new.
The NAK9 looks AK and takes AKM handguards, complete with standard AK-style sights. Of note, the NAK9 retains a standard AK 14x1mm LH thread pitch on the muzzle. Don’t try your 7.62 can or muzzle devices, please.
Up top, the NAK9 sports a Picatinny rail, so you can put on a red dot or your optic of choice. Most importantly, for the modern world, the gun runs on Glock magazines.
Glock magazines have become the default setting for 9mm carbines, with good reason. They work, and there are lots of them. It must’ve taken some doing to get an AK to run them. But Century has done it. Yes, what we have on our hands with the NAK9 is another smash hit.
MSRP for the Draco NAK9 is $724.99. But I’ve seen listings on GunsAmerica for $675. Already sold out to distributors for Q1, might want to buy one if you see one.
For more information, visit CenturyArms.com.