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Your Next Deer and Hog Rifle is an AK-47 – and it’s 100% American made!

100% American Made – Machined 4140 ordnance quality steel – 7.62X39 – Perhaps the finest AK on the market? The Century Arms C39

AllOutdoor – If we look at the ballistics of the infamous Russian AK-47 7.62×39 round, we see that its energy and trajectory look just a bit better than the most famous deer cartridge ever, the 30-30. I have often heard “experts” note that no one hunts with the 7.63×39 or AK-47, but why not? After all, the original AK-47 even had a wooden stock, which (if you listen to politicians who go on about evil black stocks) should make it a “hunting rifle”, right? With better ballistics than the 300 Blackout and 30-30, why indeed would we not consider the most dependable rifle design in the world as a fine deer, hog, or scout rifle.

The problem, of course, is that the AK-47 has an image issue as the firearm of thugs, warlords, and communists. But a new 100% American made AK-47 may change your mind about what it could do for your next whitetail and hog hunt.

During the early 1990s, I decided to pass on the shower of $99 Chinese AK-47s that hit the shelves at my local dealer. I wanted an AK-47, but there were a few details, such as fit and finish, holding me back. A friend had a $99 AK and, although 100% reliable, it was a total piece of crap from a craftsmanship perspective. It felt like something made from junkyard parts. The many affordable AK-47s presented to me over the years have also lacked the quality to gain my attention. They also lacked and omitted some obvious modern refinements which could have made the AK more comfortable, easier to shoot, and accessorize as needed.

Finally, the other problem with importing an AK-47 is that you also have take care to assure that you are compliant with the magic ten imported parts of the ambiguous Title 18 Chapter 44 Section 922R code for imported firearms. Continuing my search for an American made AK-47 seemed like the better option for a gun which may be called into service as a defensive gun. Of course, US made AK-47s are not uncommon, but they typically offered little more than the cheap imports. Century Arms must have heard my thoughts, because they’ve developed an upgraded, updated, affordable, and 100% American made, quality AK-47.

Fit and Feel

AK-47s are generally known for reliability but not looks. The only beauty in the beast is that the design permits a large margin of error in manufacturing tolerances without affecting reliability. Usually this slop manifests itself in a fit often tuned by pliers. The Century Arms Centurion Sporter is a giant leap for AK owners with the most well crafted fit of any AK-47 I have yet to handle. Definitely a far cry from the garage sale parts-type fit of most AK-47s. Century Arms has made a reputation for quality AKs, and the American Centurion appears to be made at even a higher grade than their other AK-47s in the line that I have sampled. It must be the 100% US manufacturing.

The original AK-47’s typical blocky wood stocks were serviceable, but are about as ergonomic as 2x4s. The wood buttstocks were about an inch shy of fitting an average American stature. Century tackled these ergonomic issues with an very comfortable ergonomic polymer grip and 1” extended polymer buttstock length. The wood to polymer stock conversion does also drop a little weight while drastically improving handling.

With the 4140 machined ordinance steel receiver at the core of the gun, the Century Arms Centurion 39 Sporter has a much more solid feel than any of its stamped steel receiver brethren. While shooting the Centurion, it feels more solid instead of the typical shoot’n wiggle flexing that most stamped steel AK-47s suffer from. With the fit and feel, solid milled steel billet receiver, and nicely blued parts throughout, the Century Arms Centurion model feels supremely more solid and of higher quality than any other AK-47s I have shot.

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