Century Arms has been trying to perfect an American-made AK for the past 20 years and is finally getting close it would seem.
The company started down the road just after 9/11 when the Pentagon was looking for U.S. gunmakers to deliver Kalash to overseas users that were on the payroll, (e.g., post-Saddam Iraq and post-Taliban Afghanistan) while keeping as much of that money circulating in the U.S. to keep the politicritters happy. Long story short, there wasn’t an American-made AK that could pass military QC inspections, so those millions were spent buying guns from Eastern European makers.
Century, realizing there was a market there, especially if guns from Europe became banned, tried with the RAS47, then came close with the VSKA, and now, the BFT47 could be the ticket.
With a bulged and forged 4140 steel front trunnion, a carburized 4140 steel bolt, 1.5 mm heat-treated stamped 4130 steel receiver, manganese phosphate finish, and a 16-inch 1:10 chrome-moly 4150 steel barrel, Century says the rifle is “designed to operate under stress with all commercially available ammo on the market.”
It also carries the company’s RAK-1 trigger pack, has a rear bolt-hold open selector, and has an optics side mount.
MSRP is $829. Can’t wait to get our hands on it.