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The Century Arms PAP M92 is a pistol that’s been on the market for a few years now. Developed as an import version of the Serbian Zastava M92, the gun is capable. Like the AK74u or Krinkov, the PAP M92 keeps to the small form factor. These guns are arguably more effective and much more cost effective than their Russian cousins.
Out of the box, the gun is missing a few key components that hold it back from being a true battle implement. But with a few quick additions this budget blaster becomes very capable of holding its own when stacked up to other AK platform weapons.
- 7.62x39mm caliber
- Stamped receiver
- Hinged top cover
- Weighs 5.69 lbs.
- 19″ OAL
- 10″ Barrel
- Ships with two 30 round magazines
- MSRP $439.00
Shooting the PAP
Shooting the M92 in its stock configuration is a bit of a challenge. The gun is large, heavy, and a bit unbalanced. It is possible to shoot the gun well and make consistent accurate hits but it requires practice. While this is true of every gun, to an extent, it is much more apparent with the guns that are essentially short-barreled rifles without stocks.
Any time you stretch a weapon into a different ATF classification, things get a bit dicey. Pistols are intended to be shot with only two points of contact (your two hands), rifles typically have three (adding in your shoulder). Shooting a pistol that is more like a rifle than a pistol means a stretch in ergonomics. Magazine releases are just out of reach, stiff safeties may be hard to maneuver, iron sights are hard to use, and keeping the firearm on target is even harder. The reason? The shoulder stabilizes everything against your core. When you move, the gun moves. Because the PAP M92 is classified as a pistol (and has no stock) it has all of these issues in its stock configuration.
Consider how you would hold a pistol like this. You can one-hand it, but that requires serious arm strength. And recoil will be harder to manage. You can do the air-guitar version of big pistol shooting and pretend there is an invisible stock. Doesn’t make it any easier, really. The best option is to attach a sling, and push out against the tension of the nylon for extra stability.
Adding a few accessories to the gun drastically improves its effectiveness and more or less makes it shoot like a full size Kalashnikov. With an arm brace the gun becomes a much more usable platform. Recoil is balanced and the gun stays steady on target. The controls become more accessible and you are able to loosely handle the pistol grip instead of having to use a death grip. All in all, even with keeping the arm brace far from your shoulder (thus making the ATF happy) the gun lives up to its potential.
Once you get a handle on it, the gun holds true to its Kalashnikov roots. Reliability is a given. The PAP M92 eats all types of 7.62×39. Out of the 1200 rounds fired during the testing period, I had no malfunctions. Shooting Wolf, Tula, Red Army–it all went down the pipe without question. If this were a pissant concealed carry pistol, that might be an accomplishment. But it is an AK. If it had choked on a single round, I’d have likely sent it back.
Beyond reliability the gun shoots like most any other AK pattern weapon. The magazines easily rock into the receiver. The safety moves fluidly while and still locks into position. The trigger breaks surprisingly clean and light (measuring between 5-6 lbs). The sights are crude, but the Front sight does have a flip up quick acquisition post that is amazingly effective at short to medium engagement distances. The gun just seems to be a winner, notably at a budget price.
Shooting groups with the PAP M92 isn’t something to be taken lightly. The gun isn’t deigned for sniper precision. I was able to produce decent groups at realistic engagement distances. But the short-barreled AK just isn’t designed for this kind of work. On average I was able to shoot a 3” five shot group standing from 10 meters and a 4” group from 20 meters. Combat effective? Hell yeah. Is it a scalpel? No. After adding a red dot to the gun and a Shockwave Blade I was able to produce these groups consistently thanks to the third point of contact: check weld.
On steel, where a 1″ group is as good as a 4″ group, the gun is a rock star. Shots are easy to place and the gun swings form target to target with ease. In all honesty, this is the type of shooting the gun is designed for.
Yes the PAP is fine out of the box but why stop there? I’ve already alluded to the idea that the gun itself is a platform on which to build. Here are some of the upgrades I’ve been working with.
Working from the back forward I attached a Shockwave blade to the rear. Utilizing a Storm Werkz side-folding stock adapter you can run an arm brace while not adding an extra 8-10” to the rear of the gun. When in storage or transit, the Brace can be folded to side and out of the way.
Exchanging the stock pistol grip for a Magpul AK MOE allows for a more comfortable and controlled grip. The grip fills your hand and supplies enough traction that you don’t have to worry about losing your hold on the gun, even when actuating the safety or inserting magazines.
Replacing the stock gas tube of the PAP with an Ultimak railed tube gives you plenty of co-witnessing rail space to mount optics, lights, or anything else you may want to throw on the front of the gun. I chose to use a Primary Arms Micro Dot and a Surefire G2. But you could easily mount an Aimpoint, EOTech, or Meprolight red dot on the rail.
Last but not least, I cut off the welded thread protector and installed a CNC Warrior Detent and muzzle device. Working with both the Krink 4 piece brake, and the Night brake, the gun looses a lot of its obnoxious muzzle flash and whip. The perk of using the 4 piece brake over the night break is it adds back-pressure to the equation. In a gun this sized, back-pressure means increased reliability so if you can only have one, the 4 piece is the way to go.
- Night brake -$ 39.99
- 4 piece – $89.99
- Detent kit – $8.99
- Side folding adapter – $75.00
- Blade kit – $95.00
- Gas tube – $104.00
- Micro Dot – $169.00
- G2x – $60.00
In the End
The PAP M92 is a low cost, high value firearm that is readily available and easily customized. It retails for less than $500 and can normally be had for much less on the second hand market. In its out-of-box configuration there is no doubt it is a behemoth. But its still more than capable of being handled and shot well. The M92 is worth a second look and maybe even more if you’re interested in working with the platform to take what is already excellent and making it perfect.
On Sale at Atlantic for $439: https://www.atlanticfirearms.com/zastava-pap-m92-pv-pistol