AK Corner: Century Arms

I know in the past Century Arms had a BAD (and I do mean BAD )reputation for ‘Frankenfish” or sub-par/shitty quality builds with their AK’s.

A decade ago I traded for an AK-74 Tantal that I discovered later had been fitted with a surplus 5.56 barrel that would tumble 5.45 rounds consistently. I sent the gun back to CAI and after a few weeks received another Tantal (with the correct barrel) that functioned flawlessly. Back in the day there were thousands of stories like this on AK forums.

Fast forward to present day and Century Arms is a different company with a much improved Quality Control Department.

That being said, if you are new to the AK game, you still need to understand how AK’s builds work. Bottom line, just like anything, you get what you pay for.

An Article I wrote back in 2015 titled “Addressing and Breaking the AK Stigma” is a good place to start.

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Weapons and Ammo: An Entertaining Look at “Iraqi Gunsmithing”

WTF is This??

WTF is This??

Iraqi Gunsmithing: SKS, Mosin Nagant Aficionados Be Warned!!

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I will warn you ahead of time; the photos that are included in this link are both atrocious and hilarious.

What they do to some of these older C&R Rifles to “modernize” them is just plain WRONG!!

The bad thing is I bet like me, some of you guys have seen weapons as bad as this at some rifle training classes!!

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Weapons and Ammo: Why Are Machine Guns So Expensive?


[Knob Creek 2016] Why are Machine Guns so darned expensive?

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Interesting read on a question I have often asked.

Essentially, when you boil it down past all the basic economics, you can thank good ole’ Uncle Sam, the ATF and 3 pieces of chicken sh*t legislation: the 1934 Firearms Act, 1968 Gun Control Act and the 1986 Firearm “Owners Protection” Act (stupid name) or simply, the US Government for their ridiculously exorbitant cost.

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Weapons and Ammo: The History of the AK Magazine


A Brief History of the Kalashnikov Magazine Part 1: Metal Magazines

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A Brief History of the Kalashnikov Magazine Part 2: Synthetic Magazines

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For all you fellow AK aficionados out there, this is an excellent little primer on Magazines. It goes without saying that any Semi-Automatic weapon is only as good as the mags that feed them, so do your homework.


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Weapons and Ammo: The 21st Century “Suchka” AKS-74U


Kalashnikov Releases New Micro Assault Rifle to Replace AKS-74U – 21st Century Krinkov!

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I am old school, and an AK aficionado (nut) to boot, so forgive me for making a mountain out of a mole hill with the terminology here.

If this is a replacement for the AKS-74U in 5.45×39 caliber, technically it would not be called a “Krinkov”, Krinkov is a purely Americanized Bastard Term invented for ANY shortened AK-47 or AK-74 Rifle.

The correct term for a AKS-74U would be either a “Suchka” (or translated in Russian..”Little Bitch”) or if you want a more utilitarian non-offensive term, “Okurok” which translated means “Cigarette Butt” in Russian.

The way I was taught (By a crazy Russian) was the caliber is the distinguishing factor as far as terminology.

A 7.62×39 “Shorty” AK is called a “Krink” or “Krinkov”, while a 5.45×39 Shorty AK-74 is called a “Suchka.”

Just a little Firearm Etymological history there for ya’.

My opinion based on looks alone? It looks like a SCAR and an AK had a really ugly baby; but military weapons have to improve over time to take advantage of new technology, right? It sounds like it is keeping the basic operating “guts” of an AK however, which is going to equate to the age-old reliability you can always expect with just a few more bells and whistles.


Not sure about that clunky ugly-ass optic on top there. I know the Russians have more streamlined optics, like the Kobra for example (shown above).

That thing looks like an over-sized version of an EO-Tech plus I bet it adds way too much weight to the gun and makes it top heavy to boot.

Will keep my ears open for any more news on this rifle or anything Kalash for that matter.

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