Century Arms is launching a new line of Heckler & Koch-derived roller-delayed blowback firearms “based and built off of the original and historic design from the 1970s,” called the AP5 for “Apparatus Pistol.” Chambered for 9mm Luger, Century is working on three models to start with.
The pistols, made in partnership with MKE, will be offered as the full-size AP5, a mid-size AP5-P and a compact AP5-M. Century plans to offer compatible accessories to follow, although many existing aftermarket parts may work with it just fine or with some fitting.
“This firearms platform is iconic,” said Century Arms Marketing Director Adam Ruonala. “We at Century Arms have been a leader in the US firearms importation business for many years, to now have the opportunity to bring such a fan favorite to the U.S. market under our company flag, is truly a huge honor for everyone involved in the project.”
The AP5 is being imported in numbers and is shipping to stores now. Each version of the AP5 ships with two 30-round magazines, standard, a Picatinny-style rail for optics, a cleaning kit, a sling, a gun lock and a hard case for storage.
All versions are rated for 9mm NATO and 9mm Luger +P ammo and have cold-hammer-forged barrels featuring both 3-lug accessory mounts as well as a threaded extension for 1/2×28 muzzle devices and direct-thread suppressors.
For now, Century has released specifications for the base model AP5. It has an 8.9-inch barrel with 1-in-9.8 rate of twist, an overall length of 17.9 inches, and an unloaded weight of 5.5 pounds.
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Century recommends using full-pressure ammunition for the AP5 for the initial break-in, which is common for these firearms. Pricing for the AP5 starts at around $2,799, although market rates right now are hard to pin down.
For anyone who has been on the fence about picking up a roller-delayed H&K-style pistol, now might be the time. Regardless of the price at the counter, these are sure to move fast.
For more information about the AP5 and the rest of the Century catalog, check them out online.