AK-47 — Made in America? Century Arms C39v2

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I belong to multiple social media boards and forums that show a strong following of support for our military and our country. Having served in military and been described as so patriotic that I had shooting out of my… rump shall we say, I also have a serious love for our patriots. I am also old enough to remember when “Made in America” meant something. I suppose it still does, but far too many wear it with the pride it deserves, but I am getting off the topic.

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According to Century Arms, the C39v2 American AK is built on a milled receiver machined from a solid 11-pound block of 4140 ordnance steel.

As patriotic as I am and as much as I want to buy American only, I am still a logical person and look past the label to see what I am really buying. For instance, I will pay more for a product made in America versus one made over seas, but the quality or value has to be reasonably present. In other words, I refuse to pay twice the price for a product with half the quality. To me, that is not being patriotic, it is being foolish with your money.

Many like-minded patriots have come across the same dilemma when purchasing certain firearms. They would rather buy American, but if a pistol produced overseas has better quality and reliability than a model under the same name produced domestically… The same is true of the venerable AKs. The quality and reliability may be vastly different depending on the country or factory of origin. Add to that the 922r compliance laws, and you could end up with a real Frankenstein gun. The compliance parts may not play well with the original part. You may get a premier name, but what about the quality? The President’s decision to ban imports from Kalashnikov Concern (Russia) is also a concern that would be eliminated with an American made product. Century Arms is looking to change all of that by offering an American made AK-47.

Century has some experience with this concept based on its American made C39 rifle. The C39v2 will be the “American AK.” At the recent SHOT Show in January, I did not have a chance to put the C39v2 through its paces on the range, but I did get to play with it in the booth. Picking up the C39v2—it is all AK. It is solid, heavy—compared to today’s lightweight AR-15s—and fills the hands. It has a good balance and all of the familiarity you expect from an AK. The fact that it is made in America, and all parts have a consistent quality and design is more than just a little appealing as well.

According to Century Arms, the C39v2 American AK the newest addition to the C39 line of rifles, is 100% American made without the use of any imported parts. It is built on a milled receiver machined from a solid 11-pound block of 4140 ordnance steel. Enhancements include a T-shaped magazine catch, compatibility with AKM furniture; bolt hold-open safety, enhanced dust cover and standard AK sights. The C39v2 is coated with black nitrite and uses a new enhanced trigger group. The C39v2 barrel has a concentric left hand 14×1 metric thread and is ready for a variety of muzzle attachments.

Century Arms C39v2 American AK right side profile view
Century Arms C39v2 American AK
Century Arms International C39v2
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 16.25 inches
Caliber 7.62x39mm
Overall Length 35.25 inches
Weight Unloaded 8.2 pounds
Sights Standard AK-47
Stock or Grip Plastic pistol grip
Capacity 30 rounds
Receiver Milled 4140 ordnance steel

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Comments (20)

  1. the author is talking about 922r compliance.

    cmon man thats about imported guns!

    if the reciever (what atf considers to be the gun) is made in USA you can put any parts you want on the gun.

    922r doesnt even apply to a basic end user in my non expert opinion. it was made because companies were important whole aks in a sporter configuration then they would have to pit us parts on it.

    now the gun makers are making their own reciever, then they can use any parts they may have lying around. though i believe barrels cant be imported anymore.

    too many laws!

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    2 is a nice rifle, however I could not use it. Century Arms has deleted the left side rail that can be used to mount an optic device, such as a red dot reflex sight.

    I can no longer see the rear and front sights anymore, without reading glasses. And with reading glasses, I cannot see the target. I’m doomed to only being able to use optics to accurately shoot at a target.

    Seeing that AK’s are notorious for making it so difficult to be able to use scopes, and other aids, I’ve had to look at other vendors who could make that possible. I purchased an Arsenal AK-47. It has a good selection of picatinny railing to mount other objects, besides optics.

    I did buy a Century Arms RAS47 for my wife, and got her a red dot optic for her rifle. It is a real fine rifle, with beautiful blond furniture. No additional baubles were mounted on her rifle, except for the sling. It’s just the way that she likes it. She’s now outshooting me with that firearm. I guess that she has a steadier hand than I do now.

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  4. Just bought my C39V2 last week. Took off the wood furniture and lightened it up with some polymer and aluminum mods. This rifle is amazing. Receiver is quite robust and the action is smooth as butter, even with minimal lubricant. I know many people hate on Century. Heck, i was one of them in the past. However i decided to give them another chance, and i have not been dissapointed with my $700 purchase. Some people of the forums sqwauk about how an all american AK pattern rifle “has no history or pedigree”. Well all i care about is how it functions, especially when buying a rifle such as the AKM. History and pedigree have their rightful places in the gun world, but that usually means they stay locked up as a safe queen. An all american made milled AK with a black nitrided barrel made by green mountain sounds like a winner to me. Everyone one may have their opinions regarding the C39V2, but if you have not handled the rifle PERSONALLY and fired a multitude of rounds downrage, then your opinion is as useful as a mittens for an armless man.

  5. How about an American made Saiga clone it might sell well here behind enemy lines in The Peoples Demokratik Socialist Workers Republik Of New Yawkistan. The Saiga rifle in its sporting configuration is NY SAFE compliant.

  6. I have an AK chambered for the .223. It works well, as does my Mini-14 .223, which I bought in ’79. I need to use 50 grain (preferred) or 55 grain as the barrel’s twist in my Ruger doesn’t stabilize heavier bullets and my groups at 40 yards open to 3 MOA.

  7. I bought a Centurion C39 AK 5 months ago. It’s a dependable shooter, and with a recoil that is very easy to handle. It functions well, and I have experienced no misfires.
    When cleaning and lubing it, I use white, lithium wheel bearing grease. You can find videos on you tube on how to greasing it.
    When I first took t out to shoot, I also took my AR 15 along and ran the same amount of rounds through both. I used Wolf ammo in the AK, and Federal in the AR. When cleaning the rifles, I was surprised to find that the AK 47 barrel was substantially cleaner (my AK has a chrome lined barrel).
    The insides of both rifles were about the same as far as cleaning.
    There is a video on you tube that shows a factory rep and another man pulling one of these AKs out of the box, and firing 1000 rounds thru it as it came The barrel became so hot it turned green and melted some of the plastic furniture. Now the factory may have cleaned and checked out the gun knowing where it was going, but not checking the bore for obstructions and cleaning and lubing it before hitting the range is a NO NO. It was a terrible example of how not to take care of a gun. Don’t do it!! Also there are videos of owners throwing them in mud, water and sand. Again DON”T DO IT. As far as I’m concerned, these people have lost credibility with me. Hickok45 has a great 22 minute video on the Centurion AK 47, and he know how to treat a gun.
    All in all, I give the Centurion AK 4.5 stars out of five. The reason being, the receiver should be drilled and tapped to allow the mounting of sights on the side of the AKs that have wooden furniture.
    A great gun, and will give years of shooting pleasure and service if taken care of.

  8. I picked my new Centurion C39 AK from my FFL pal last week and it’s truly a beautiful piece of workmanship. I did a quick bore site check from about 50 yards and the rifle appears to have been bore sighted at the factory in Vermont. I don’t have enough ammo yet to do a proper sight in yet but I’ll save my pennies and get me a couple of ham cans full in the near future. The trigger is made by Tapco and is very smooth and breaks cleanly and is much better than the one on my recent Mini-14 which is kind of gritty feeling that I think I can polish out. All in all,this new rifle is one very nice gun.

    1. I’d buy one just to stick a finger in the eye of the anti-gun “”president”” that sits his anti American but in the White House.

  9. This is just a thought, I haven’t done any research to validate it, but it occurs to me that the effort to block imported (7.62X39) ammunition in addition to Kalashnikov products might make the choice of ammunition/caliber for American made AK variants now a more realistic consideration. For example, the .300 Savage is shorter than the .308 it is derived from but still using the same case head dimensions while preserving similar ballistics. The case taper while changed from the .308 is less than the 7.62X39 and would solve some of the magazine and feed issues. A fine tuning of the .300 Savage and AK platform might provide the opportunity for a lighter weight carbine with great ballistics, all American made. The .300 Savage was after all the starting point for the 7.62X51 NATO with the major modifications being only a sharpening of the case neck angle and shortening of the case neck. Most popular propellants for the NATO cartridge work fine in the .300 Savage. Accuracy is as good as or better than the 7.62X39 and brass is easily adapted from .308 Winchester or 7.62X39 by resizing and trimming the case neck. 125, 150 and even 180 grain projectiles work well and are readily available from a wide variety of manufacturers unlike the AK fodder eliminating the need for .311 size stuff.
    Like I said, it’s a quick thought but a simpler adaptation than many others I have heard about and the .300 Savage is a proven round still chambered and in use today, albeit in reduced numbers.

  10. I’d love to buy one of those, brand new and made in the U.S.! Alas, they are verboten here in Kommiecticut.

    Legally, that is…until the courts overturn the unconstitutional BS they passed a year and a half ago, we will still NOT COMPLY!!

    Perhaps I will travel to a gun friendly state to get one.

    1. Move to Maine and get out of that communist state. I left Assachusetts 4 years ago.. Century Arms C39V2 are here in Maine to stay. They are a kick ass weapon and easy on the arm to shoot.

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