Century AK-47, ok or bad?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by Pjj342, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    All I see when I look on dealers's sites is Century, and IO. There are others, probaly better, but are way out of my price range, (like $550). I know if i buy one to look at it first, to check for a straight block and fit and finish issues. But now are there any century or IO models I could put faith in on ordering online. Some have milled recievers and look alright. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Well I can't say anything bad about my WASR-10/63. Had if four years and no problems over what you'd expect from any rifle. Of course it's the lowest common denominator AKM out there but you have to chuckle when people talk about "quality AKs". :p They're supposed to be rough and cheap - but easy to use and reliable. Other than that whaddya need!

    I know they're cheap and a lot of negatives have been said about WASRs and Century but I'm a fan. I have four Century imports and got my money's worth out of each one.

    BTW, never seen an IO but have heard good and bad - probably much the same as Century.
     

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Basically, what Quentin said applies to my shooting buddy's WASR10. It's solid, but everyone talks smack about Century. His sights were straight & finish was good. I will say that the wood furniture wasn't maple or anything of great quality, but it wasn't on there long.

    The rabbit died, the one he shot with it that is.
     
  4. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    coool

    Thats really good to hear. I have heard good things about the wasr 10-63. Do they have any kind of warranty?
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Don't remember a thing about the warranty since I never needed it. No doubt mine's long over but definitely check that out with the dealer you choose.
     
  6. TJB63

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    Another Plus for the Century WASr - I have a 10/63 and a Wasr 2 - Both have had Zero issues as does the Century Yugo M70B1 I have, I've never met anyone personally that's had any of the documented issues with the Wasr's.

    They do what they were meant to do.
     
  7. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I've had Century Arms rifles that predate the ban and they are still ticking. I also have Centurys that I've bought in the last couple years and have run 1000's of rounds of cheap ammo through w/o a hiccup. NEVER GOT A BAD ONE and I've been shooting AKs for a good minute now. ;)

    I couldn't give you a round count, but it was during the time that a case of ammo was $80-$100, $250 bought you a NEW AK-47 (usually Chi-Coms :rolleyes:) and we shot them for months on end with out even running anything down the barrel. We still have a few of those rifles. One turned out to be a "Now-sought-after" Norinco.
     
  8. Pjj342

    Pjj342 New Member

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    alright

    Even though this is a fairly small cross section of ak shooters, these good reports are nice to see. All I hear on the web is bad things and i guess thats to be expected. thanks for all your help
     
  9. azlester

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    Like most internet myths, the bad stories get passed along rather quickly and freely. I asked Bryan with Aim Surplus about his return rate on the WASR 10's and he said that of all the rifles they had sold(hundreds!) that he had only had 2 return. Some places will do a hand select for you at a small charge. Henderson Defense guarantees the WASR's that they sell will be correct and straight.
    My WASR 10 was put together in 2004 and has a very slight cant to the front sight. It shoots to the point of aim so I never did get the sight straightened, if it ain't broke don't fix it!
     
  10. jpattersonnh

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    Century gets a bad rap, not sure why. I have never seen a Century AK of any type fail or have issues. I have a Wasr2 that has been flawless for years now.
     
  11. erikthebald

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    I like my C.E. Bulgarian AK=74

    I'm chiming in fairly late here but I just got a Century Arms AK-74 super cheap, am in the process of beating seven kinds of crap out of it and can't make it FTEject or FTFeed. I've got 10 mags (I know, I know, but they're just so inexpensive I just can't help myself) from four or five different sources and they all seem to work exactly the same. I'm shooting both the inexpensive military surplus and the equally inexpensive silver bear 5.45s and don't see any particular difference inside 100 yards, which is as far as Ive had an opportunity to shoot it.

    The fit and finish isn't bad. It's got a good heft to it and I plan on replacing the polymer stock with the AK StrikeForce package to get some rails up front.

    One of my shooting buddies has a C.A. WASR-10 and a C.A. CETME .308 Sporter and having shot and stripped both, they seem to be fairly sturdy rifles.

    I will say I'm not crazy about the trigger on the WASR. Lashes back harder than I care for, read that hurts like a bastard when you shoot it, so we're looking into a new trigger for it.

    The CETME .308 Sporter had a bit of a FTEject issue but a thorough swabbing of the chamber removed the carbon that had built up (cheap ammo) and seemed to sort that right out.
     
  12. aktommysks

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    century ak-47 ok or bad

    I had a century L1A1 put 1000's of rds through it never had any problems. I have friends that have century ak's and no problems. I don't know why century is getting such a bad rap. My experiences tells me different. For the $ they are a good choice.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

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    I've had a WASR and still have one of the M70's. Both never gave me a problem. The only reason I don't have the WASR now is it was give up in a trade for something I just had to have. A friend still has it and I get to see and shoot it pretty often.

    Bottom line after the two Century's I've owned and the many I've got to shoot I see no reason to not get another one. If I remember right the WASR's have a nut welded to the end of the bbl so adding a flash hider/muzzle break is not an easy task but the M70 had the slant break on it and it was easily changed to a different type.

    Somehow there was this splinter group of AK people that started believing that an AK was supposed to be some high end precision rifle. Maybe it was because all the comparing it to an AR. That's just plain nuts! An AK is what it is. THe weapon was designed to be used by anyone no matter their knowledge of weapons...Or even an ability to read. Drag them through mud, use it as a boat paddle, tent stake, they still work. That's what an AK is supposed to be. The uber tacticool AKs costing as much (or more!) as an AR are a little silly to me. If I want an AR I'll get one.

    The less expensive AK types out there are a little rough when it comes to fit and finish. But the ones [Century] I've used work just fine. They do what they are supposed to do.
     
  14. diggsbakes

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    Hmmm. That's odd, however there was a guy that popped up here a year or so ago and had some highly modified AKs that he claimed he had confirmed kills (groundhogs) out to 800yds. They looked like it too though! Apparently a decent barrel, like something off a Rem Mod. 700. :confused: I could dig up the thread if anyone is interested.

    I've had great fun finishing my own, DJ. Treat the wood like any other App, degrease, Duracoat and let it cure. . . make you any look you could think of!
     
  15. DrumJunkie

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    I recently got some wood to replace the black plastic on my M70. It took a lot of degreasing and sanding some dings and tool marks but they come out pretty good. The WASR I had I had redone the wood on it too. It was far from high end looking but I was pretty happy with the results. I was just saying that the lower end of the AK market you will not get the cleanest looking weapon. But they will work,and in my opinion they work pretty well. On another forum I used to post on there was one of those "uber" AK guys. It seemed the whole reason for all the money and custom work was to compete with an AR. While looking around some AR forums back when I got to looking for one for me I run across several of these people. It's their money and they can spend it any way they want. It's not gonna hurt me at all. But when it's my money I'm not dripping over a grand on any AK. Unless it has Stalin's autograph or something like that.:D
     
  16. shnorse

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    well, when i went to buy my century ak47 i am sure glad i looked over them first...
    First Ak had a really tight reciever at the mag, the mags would not slide in without a LOT of effort, way to tight...
    The seccond ak i took the dust cover off of and 4 people could not get it back on, it was made too long or something...
    The third AK was perfect, and i took it home... not an issue yet. sighted in pretty good from the factory.

    so just be careful to look over the WHOLE gun before you buy

    The G2 trigger is amazing, never expected that on an AK
     
  17. Ruzai

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    I've been looking carefully over my Century AK to clean and see what I can polish out and fix and havent found much of anything other than knicked rails that are more than likely my fault. I did have a canted front sight but that can be fixed fairly easily by any half-baked gunsmith. At the time I had to fix mine I was in school and didnt want to mess with it so I had the local guy do it, it was done in a day or two. He had to order a new post but I expected he would anyhow.
     
  18. Blaine

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    My WASR-10 U is great except the iron sites are off bad. The magazine's were hard to get in and out the well at first but better now. Overall you can't go wrong for the price.
     
  19. diggsbakes

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    Did you get ya one of these Blaine?

    TAPCO Windage and Elevation Tool AK-47, SKS - MidwayUSA

    If your irons are off then you're in for a lot of frustration and just a little, tiny bit of fun. . .

    The above tool will work very well for all adjustments. After you drift the front sight pin for windage, coat the seam around the pin with clear model airplane sealant. (you shouldn't ever have to move it again).

    I still prefer the "paddle" for elevation adjustments. There are MANY great after market front sight posts that make a world of difference over the stock post. I can't even list all of the options that will improve your shooting. . .

    As for the rear Krebs Custom has a "peep-hole" sight that, if paired up with the right front post can greatly improve results.

    Don't just say "The sights are way off", when there are countless options available to modify and improve the irons on an AK. The sights are one of the MAJOR weak points. Folks know about it and have done something (many things) about it too.
     
  20. Blaine

    Blaine New Member

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    I put a Red Dot on it. Thanks for the info though, I will look into that.