Century Arms C39V2 born Russian cultured American.
The AK-47 or Автомат Калашникова was born in the Soviet Union in 1946, designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It was submitted to trials and adopted by the Soviet Army in 1948. Chambered in the mid range 7.62×39 cartridge that was developed for the SKS, it is ideal for short to medium range engagements sacrificing velocity and range to gain controlability and magazine capicity. The original Автомат Калашникова was select fire, capable of semi automatic or fully automatic fire, depending on how the safety/selector lever was positioned. It can be argued the AK-47 is the most popular battle rifle on the planet. It has been made and adopted by many countries and in many variations. Though most receivers are of stamped steel supported with rivets to be the most cost effective, that also makes it less durable than machined receivers.
Due to the popularity of the AK platform and the 7.62×39, it is logical that American companies should offer a similar rifle to those who prefer that platform. Century Arms is no stranger to the AK platform, as they have been importing such rifles for years. I believe Century Arms stepped up their game with the C39 AK style rifle, and while it was a solid model there were some improvements needed. Next came the C39V2 ,version 2, where these improvements were addressed as follows.
Standard AK front sight was added to the V2, adjustable for windage with the AK front sight tool. You can see the vents on the gas system, allowing extra gas to be vented during cycling. Note, there is no bayonet lug or cleaning rod as with traditional AK rifles. To the purist, this is could be an issue. Though I don’t care about the cleaning rod, I would like to see a bayonet lug if only for the cool factor. I expect that was left off so that Century Arms would only need to swap to low capacity magazines so this rifle can be shipped to states that infringe on our rights. The muzzle device worked well enough but is attached via metric left handed threads. While that may be standard, I would liked to see a standard right handed thread. Many of my favorite muzzle and silencer attachments are right hand SAE threads, such as those made by Advanced Armament Corp.
The receiver coated with a black nitrite finish will accept standard furniture and it is machined from 4140 ordnance quality steel. The safety has a notch machined into it as to act as a bolt hold open lever. In my opinion, all firearms should have the ability to hold the bolt open to show safe. The rear sight is adjustable for elevation out to 800 yards. This is a bit optimistic for the 7.62×39.
The improved trigger group is RAK-1, breaking at 5 1/2 pounds with some take up and over travel. Not a match grade trigger, but nicer than the other AK type triggers I have tried. The magazine catch is also enlarged to make it easier to find in a hurry.
You can see here, there are no provisions for attaching optics. Some complained about this but as you all know, I actually prefer iron sights especially on this type of rifle. So, for me this was not a problem.
The C39V2 field strips just as easy as any other AK type rifle, but now includes all Wolff springs. A definite upgrade from the C39.
My test sample includes Magpul furniture, and while not traditional, it is more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. It will also hold up better to damp and rough environments.
Initial Range Trip
….disclaimer… I am not a huge fan of the AK-47 or the 7.62×39. I am a former Marine and am in love with the M16A2/M4/AR-15 but I approached this unbiased with an open mind.
My mother and I hit the range with plenty of ammo and the C39V2. She and I both went through several magazines at twenty-five yards. As expected function was just fine and she and I both were able to keep rounds on a eight and a half by eleven piece of. Right off I liked the sights, especially the way the rear sight was configured. Thought not as precise as a rear aperture on an AR style rifle, it offered great peripheral awareness. The one thing I disliked, as with all AK-47s, the slide would not lock back on an empty magazine. I do understand that is the design of this type of rifle, so this is not a flaw of the C39V2.
Second Range Trip
Here is a bit of footage of the initial, second, and third range trip with the rifle.
Accuracy table, please click on the thumbnail for a larger chart. These were three shot groups, iron sights, from a rest, at 100 yards.
As I said, at the beginning of this review I was not a huge fan of the AK pattern rifles but, as with many of my reviews, I learned a great deal by being open minded. The 100 yard groups were better than I expected, especially with the higher quality Ammunition such as the Hornady. As you see in the video, after about 150 rounds, the C39V2 went into the mud and sat there about ten minuets. Note, though the magazine was loaded, the chamber was empty before I threw it into the mud and we checked for bore obstruction before live fire commenced. After that we fired another 250 rounds through the rifle without cleaning or lubing it. After all that we then shot a few three-shot groups and it was about that same as the groups we shot when the rifle was newish. I did run about another fifty rounds through the rifle after the video, so the final round count was about 456 rounds without failure or issue. The C39V2 ships with two Gen 2 Magpul PMags, and I received a Gen 3 PMag as well as the Magpul Ranger Plates for another review. I tested the C39V2 with the Gen 2 and 3 PMags as well as with and without the Ranger Plates. The rifle had no issues with either configuration. Though a rifle of this caliber (pun intended) should function exactly as it did, many would have fallen short. So, in my opinion the C39V2 performed exactly as it should, and I was satisfied. There were a few things I pointed out that I did not care for but none were real deal breakers.
100% Made in USA
Receiver: milled 11 lb. block of 4140 ordnance quality steel
Trigger: RAK-1 enhanced trigger group breaking at 5 1/2 pounds
Finish: black nitrite
Muzzle Thread: left hand 14×1 metric thread
Barrel: 16.5″ with a 1:10 twist
Overall length: 37.25″
Weight: 8.2 lbs
Ships with two Magpul 30 round PMags, can be had with low capacity magazines for states that are cool with violating our rights
1 year manufacturer’s warranty
I even took the C39V2 out with my BPM Patrolman’s Rifle, an AR-15, in 300 Blackout and contuary to popular belief, there was no rip in the space time continuum.