American Made AKs from Century–SHOT Show 2015

Authors Jacob Epstein SHOT Show 2015

New this year from Century Arms is the latest iterations of the C39, and its stamped receiver brother the RAS 47. Yes this recipe has been attempted before, but not to such a high standard. These look like they’ll be much more rugged, and still affordable. That’s a strong selling point for an AK that’s made in the United States.

Century 1429

The C39v2 has a muzzle brake with a threaded barrel.

The C39V2 is an AKM pattern rifle built exclusively from U.S. made parts. It is built around a milled 4140 steel receiver and dressed with premium wood furniture. The rifle isn’t just your standard AK. The safety lever has a bolt hold open cut out that can hold the chamber open. The trigger is now upgraded to the RAK-1 enhanced trigger system which gives the user an unbelievably clean trigger pull. The magazine release has been upgraded to an over-sized T-shaped lever which makes reloads even easier. And lastly, the barrel is threaded and then paired with a Century Arms muzzle break. The enhancements made to the rifle make this gun a true bargain at its $740 price tag.

The RAS 47 is also 100% U.S. made but is instead built around a stamped steel receiver. It is also upgraded with RAK-1 trigger system, the T shaped magazine release, and threaded barrel but this time utilizing an AK style slant break. What sets this rifle apart from the C39V2 is the addition of a receiver mounted optics rail, the stamped receiver, and less expensive wood. Coming in at $640, this rifle is truly a bargain.

These new rifles are defying the market and bringing the consumer quality and value that was previously unimaginable. These guns ship with two Magpul magazines and are backed up with a one-year warranty. If you’re in the market for a new AK pattern rifle look no further Century Arms has just the guns for you.


Century 1439

Stamped receiver on the RAS47.


Century 1435

They come with Magpul mags.

Century 1436

The grip on these are intense.

Century 1437

No 922r compliance at all with an American made AK.

Century 1428

The Century muzzle brake is their own design.


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The C39v2. Milled receiver.

Century 1434

These ship with two PMags.

Century 1433

Traditional AK styling.

Century 1430

The sights are what you’d expect on an AK. Nothing fancy there, but they work.


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  • Joe January 24, 2015, 11:48 pm

    I bought a NORENKO AK 47 about fifteen years ago. That Chinese piece of junk had a spread of about three feet at 100 yards. First shot off to the left, second one perfect, third one off to the right, no matter what you tried.
    I gave it to my brother in law and now shoot my old Chinese SKS which is fantastic. I put a mag feed on it and tossed the stripper clips and fitted it with a Monte Carlo folding stock
    These Centurys are a Chinese design and that scares me no matter what the price.

    • magnumstan January 25, 2015, 1:49 am

      Are you kiddin me? Norinco is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Red Army; they make some of the best guns in the world. My MAK-90 was head and shoulders above my Romanian WASR (and nothing was wrong with it either)…shot anything without complaint, but with Norinco ammo could actually shoot inch and a half groups at 100 yds, if I was having a good day. Yes I had an AR too, just beacause, but if the SHTF would grab the Chicom AK over it in a heartbeat. Along with a Norinco 1911A1 I paid $200 used for in early 90’s and has +/- 15000 rounds thru with only a recoil spring replacement.

      And no, I’m not some stinkin commie-lover haa, mainly a Smith wheelgun collector…

      • Joe January 25, 2015, 11:12 am

        Like I said, my Chinese SKS shoots circles around any NORENKO garbage.
        I’m happy you like your piece, but for me, once burned twice shy as far as Chinese designed AK 47 platform goes.
        As for AR 15’s, I love my bushmaster, I put a quad rail on it and hung a Colt front pistol grip with laser spotter and a 150 lumin LED spotlight off to the side, a 3 by 9 scope and 45 degree offset sights. It;s zeroed in at fifty yards so that 200 yard shot is just a little high.
        Happy shooting !!

      • magnumstan January 25, 2015, 11:16 am

        Oops, wrong commies…the People’s army, not the Red army…it was late 🙂

    • Pete January 28, 2015, 5:45 am

      Actually, all AKs and AKMs are Soviet design, not Chinese. Chinese used the Soviet design, the only major variations on it are Yugoslav (M64, M70, M92) , Finnish (Valmets), Galil (based on the Valmet Rk62) and South African (R4 based on Galil). In any case, I will take an AK over an AR for reliability, ease of maintenance and harder hitting round. Long after we are gone the mutated cockroaches will be fighting among themselves with AK pattern rifles.

  • Bruce January 24, 2015, 4:53 am

    Is this a 7.62×39 like the original Russian or 5.556???

    • Joe January 24, 2015, 11:40 pm

      You can get either a 7.62/39 or a 5.45/39 and most likely in 5.56 nato as well

  • Monte January 23, 2015, 6:14 pm

    For that price you really cant go wrong. I dont even know if they are 7.62×39 or .223 and Ill definitly be buying one. American made plus a one year warranty! Sounds good. If it doesnt work out, then it will go behind the truck seat.

    • Russ January 23, 2015, 11:11 pm

      You will be stoked to shoot cheap ammo (7.62)
      And I think I saw Classic firearms ad with these having a limited lifetime warranty.

  • Pseudomind January 23, 2015, 4:02 pm

    This link to their site gives a bit more detail, but not enough to answer all the questions presented here so far?

  • Dave Hazlewood January 23, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Really like the idea of a milled receiver. Are the barrels chrome lined or nitride? Do they come with the Tapco G2 trigger group? A little more info would be helpful.

  • Miguel January 23, 2015, 11:49 am

    Will they be available in CA compliant models?

  • John H January 23, 2015, 11:42 am

    Slide mount for optics?

  • Tery January 23, 2015, 11:27 am

    Who makes the barrels for Century’s AK’s. I don’t think they make their own barrels.

    • Butters January 25, 2015, 12:26 pm

      The barrels are made by Green Mountain, which is a HUGE upgrade from their previous in-house chrome lined barrels. Chrome lining is a great thing, but when you can’t do the process right (its very hard to do perfectly) then it fucks up the accuracy completely. The new barrels by green mountain have a nitride barrel, which is an up-and-coming process that seems to be as good as chrome lining, but

      • ejharb January 26, 2015, 11:24 pm

        I owned 2 amds one had a feg crome lined the other was a build with a green mountain. The gm shot half sized groups.

  • Doc Palmer January 23, 2015, 10:25 am

    I own an Romanian AK by M&M. Its a damn shame they don’t update the sights on these fine weapons. I hate them. Even with the sight tool they are a pain in the ass to sight in.

    • GuidoFL January 25, 2015, 9:40 am

      I solved the sight issue on my M+M by hanging a red dot on the front rail. Now deadly accurate.

  • Pete January 23, 2015, 10:23 am

    They need to report on whether it is chromed barrel or not, some of us still have cheap surplus ammo. I would prefer the WASR style laminated furniture too. Also a slant brake for traditional look versus the chevron brake, just as long as it is not spot welded. Needs a bayonet lug too. The rear sight could be improved to an adjustable style like that on the RPK too, so the windage could be simpler to dial in. Yeah, I know I am nitpicking, but if you are going to bother doing an AK from scratch, may as well go all the way.

    • Russ January 23, 2015, 10:44 pm

      No Pete your right to point out one thing for sure.
      The slant brake is there for a reason.
      When the AK ejects the case, that slant exacts the opposite perfect angle for the kick/rise.
      You will see that on the 74’s as well. (holes drilled off center to one side)
      The other stuff though, everyone personalizes their fit, no biggy.
      Chrome or not, these run real well and clean up like the whores they are.
      Century was smart to take up this niche and is striving to do it well.
      Watch Yeager torture it with 1000 rounds.

  • Mike Russell January 23, 2015, 10:12 am

    What is the cost?

    • Monte January 23, 2015, 6:07 pm

      Read the article. The 2 prices are both listed.

  • Steve Hullihen January 23, 2015, 9:35 am

    I’m just asking ..Isn’t it supposed to be Muzzle Brake not break. Just showing I am paying attention.
    I like the article.

  • Cal January 23, 2015, 9:24 am

    Tell us more; are the barrels chrome lined?; are the tolerances held to the original Ak or tightened up; which could be good or bad based on opinion. Everybody knocks the WASR; but I have never had any issues with mine. Thanks

    • E C January 27, 2015, 11:54 am

      The barrel is Green Mountain. The receiver and barrel inside and out are black nitrated treated. The tolerance are the same. It will take most AK furniture.

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