US Palm is Back, Thanks to Century Arms International

US Palm magazines and grips are back! (Photo: US Palm)

In a surprise announcement, US Palm is back in business thanks to Century Arms International. The Florida-based company is best known for their AK-pattern guns and surplus arms and accessories. Now they’ll be known for helping make what many consider to be the best 7.62x39mm AK magazines on the market.

The merger will keep US Palm owners and designers in place as their steel-reinforced polymer magazines go back into production. Century will showcase the parts on their rifles and pistols going forward.

“In this area of brand acquisitions and company mergers, there are some brands and products that need to be kept alive and untainted, US Palm is a perfect example,” said Century marketing director Chip Hunnicutt. “As a leading seller of AK rifles for nearly forty years, Century feels it is important to keep US Palm’s brand and level of craftsmanship in producing quality magazines and grips alive, so consumers won’t have to settle for imitations or knockoffs.”

“Working with the original brand co-owners and designers, US Palm legacy magazines, instantly recognizable by their distinctive waffle and tread design, and US Palm grips favored for their exceptional ergonomics, will still be available under the original brand while staying true to their authentic vision,” he added.

This early quad-stack magazine holds 45 rounds in a package just slightly shorter than a standard 30-round magazine. (Photo: MAC)

As a bonus, this will let US Palm continue to develop some of their other prototypes. Back in 2012 US Palm announced two interesting quad-stack 7.62×39 magazines, one 45-round about the same length as a standard 30-rounder and a 30-rounder the size of a 20-round “tanker” mag.

Unfortunately, these never went into mass production. Hopefully with Century’s support products like these will finally see the light of day.

“We’re really excited that we were all able to make this happen and to see US Palm continue to deliver the highest quality AK accessories,” said US Palm founder and co-owner Rob Anderson. “Century’s significant history with the AK platform made them a logical fit for this effort and their energy regarding this project and insistence on sticking with our original vision has been impressive.”

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“The fact that we are heavily involved in this process and not simply being swallowed up by a massive corporate conglomerate was very important to us,” said Anderson. “We can’t wait to see where Century takes US Palm in the next chapter of its life.”

US Palm plans on attending this year’s Red Oktober next month. They will also have a booth at next year’s SHOT Show.

“It’s important to us that our supporters and the shooting community at large know this is a direction we not only support, but are excited about,” said co-owner Brandon Finch. “Red Oktober has become an impressive gathering for AK enthusiasts and a logical place for us to close out the year and set the stage for US Palm’s new beginning.”

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Gary Newman September 14, 2018, 4:55 pm

    Where is red Oktober held at. Does anybody know dates?

  • Michael September 14, 2018, 2:49 pm

    I guess everyone who sold their US Palm grips for high prices and those waiting for the prices to go higher just got screwed. I am glad they are back! Maybe alineing with Century Arms will help if Century uses those pieces in their builds.

  • Guido September 14, 2018, 5:21 am

    Yeah, make sure you don’t mention how sweetheart Magpul put US Palm out of business in the first place.

    • Al September 14, 2018, 9:29 am

      Guido, that’s called the free enterprise system, and if Palm couldn’t cut the mustard, then so be it.
      Folks, when it’s an American company competing against another American company in a ‘niche’ market, then that’s how it works.
      There’s no free ride here, nor should there be!
      History proves that when done in a regulated Free Market system, competition is healthy and the best way to run that system.
      Lamentations for a company ‘Gone South’ because they couldn’t compete is silly, it’s the way of business.

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