Century Selling M44 Mosins With Archangel Stocks

Shown off at the 2014 SHOT Show, Century will be selling a sporterized version of the Chinese Type 53 M44 patern Mosin Nagant rifle in a Archangel stock. Century is taking Type 53 rifles in inventory with beat up stocks and worn finishes and is refinishing and recrowning the barrels. Unfortunately they won’t come with the attached bayonet but they will come with a removable magazine in either 5 or 10 rounds. The barrels are 20.25″ long with the overall lenght at 40.5″ and the whole rifle weights in at 8.45lbs. There’s no word on pricing yet, the Archangel stock with a 5 round magazine is going for around $170 to $200 online however. Check out Century Arms for more info.

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  • jamezb

    OK…I like the idea..I like the Archangel stock, too, – and despite some glitchy guns in their past, I have no fear of today’s Century Arms, either – In my experience they improved their QC and provide great value for your money.

    Here’s my gripe. The Archangel is designed for use with a scope, yet the rifle shown, anyway, has a straight bolt handle. If you are going to the trouble of dis-assembling, refinishing the gun, and recrowning the barrel, why not take a torch and a jig and go ahead and bend the bolt, and attach Piccatinny or Weaver bases while you are at it? It would increase the value of the package mods many times in my opinion.

    I also think a deluxe package with an improved trigger pull, muzzle brake, bipod and scope that comes in a basic hard case would be a winning product for Century and for shooters as well.

    • Karl Kimball

      You had a very good point until you mentioned the “deluxe package”…It’s still going to be over a 100 year old designed Mosin Nagant rifle no matter how much money you throw at it. Why not start out with a modern day rifle design if your going to put a bunch of money into it?

  • St Grendel

    Let’s see, sub par and/or damaged rifle… check.
    repackaged rifle with nice gimmick…. check.
    not bother putting a sight on it to take advantage of gimmick… check.
    not bother doing a bunch of other simple fixes to rifle… check.
    good enough price to sucker in a bunch of people that will never know a million other things are wrong with it out of the box…highly likely.

    The drunken monkeys strike again!
    Seriously, Century Arms, just go away already.

    • You realize they are the largest importer in the US right? Without them I wouldnt have my yugo mausers, swedish m96, sks, k98k, vz24, cz52, etc.

      I hope they stay around and keep bringing in cheap military rifles and parts forever.

      • MichaelZWilliamson

        There’s a difference between importing and bubba-@#$ing.

        • Nick

          I don’t see how putting a rifle in a different stock is bubba’ing it? It’s nothing permanent and half of these T53’s look like they were pulled out of a rice paddy when they get here.

    • Man that is some seriously old news. Century has their act together as far as QC. Alex and I both have reviewed several Century AK’s and they’ve been really nice. In fact Alex you bought the two you reviewed right?

    • Frosty_The_White_Man

      Century has yet to mangle any bolt-action service rifle in my experience (save for electro-penciling).

      • Anonymoose

        Probably because they don’t have to build them from parts kits when they bring them over, like their AKs.

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  • John

    Please change the hideously misleading title of this article. They aren’t M44s, they’re Type 53s.

    • Paul Zimmerli

      What’s misleading? Except for the Chinese wood, the rest of the metal mechanicals make up an item identical to the Russian version. Plus, many of those who read this will stick M44s into Archangel stocks, because they’re interchangeable. I don’t agree with St Grendel below, either, about these being sub-par rifles. If they shoot with better-than-musket accuracy, load a round by cycling the action, and avoid bursting when fired, they’re rifles. Maybe not as well-finished, but functional and will be welcomed by many who could not afford a synthetic-stocked .308 from their local price-gougers…

      • John

        Talk to anybody who collects Mosins or has any serious knowledge base about the rifles, or anybody who just thinks things should be called what they are, rather than names that are meant to apply to things *like* them, and they will tell you not to call Type 53s M44s.

      • MichaelZWilliamson

        Bushmaster, Colt, Diemaco, who cares? They’re all the same, right?

        • Nick

          Would you call a Yugo 24/47 a Kar. 98 because it is also a Mauser pattern rifle?

  • Jeff

    Well I’ll be damned. YOU can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

    • Capybara

      399.95, it can be yours. Personally, I will take my M44s/T-53s in their original wood stocked guise. If the stock is too thrashed, plenty of replacements available on Gunbroker, Ebay for $40.00. For $400.00, that is most of the check you would need to write for a low end Savage or Remington that is going to shoot rings around this but I get the draw of cheap ammo too.

      Century making lemonade out of their broken stocked T-53s, people will buy them I bet. Most people could care less about preserving history.

      • jamezb

        How many of these very common “rifle without a war” knock-off budget M91 variants must remain untouched to placate those who parrot the over-used statement that “history must be preserved”?
        I know people who bought these unissued NOS by the crate for about $75 shipped in the late 80’s or early 90’s. While some rifles LIKE these may have seen some use in SE Asia, It’s very doubtful any of these saw any action in war, and even if they had, with no providence and literally “Chinese” record keeping, it could never be demonstrated that they did.
        What this leaves us with is a used military rifle that has likely fired most of its live rounds at paper, and has received most of it’s wear in the careless hands of a series of nameless footsoldiers during training. What vital history is there to preserve? Some guns purpose in life is simply to be used in whatever form best suits the desires of the user.
        For our precious, high quality rarities to become such great investments, they first had to cease being common, inexpensive rifles, and become rarities. If all the Mausers that have been sporterized and “ruined” historically had not been, then the Mauser market would be a glut of $100 rifles to this day.

        • DB

          That’s “provenance!” Providence is in Rhode Island Goofball!

      • MichaelZWilliamson

        “No, Mr Veteran, we will not give you a prosthetic leg. We want to preserve you for history!”

        Lacking a photo or a letter attaching the rifle to a particular event, it’s a cheap crap Chinese milsurp. And after Century gets done with it, it’s a cheap crap Chinese milsurp in a flashy stock.

        My Chinese Mosins have the grittiest actions of anything I’ve ever handled. They’re worth very little either as collectibles or functional rifles. But they do make good curiosities.

  • Nicks87

    Cool rifle bro, I bet it still wont shoot 2in groups at 100m.

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  • Dondgeon

    lol 400 bucks. No thanks. You could buy a T53 for $119 and get an archangel stock for $175. Even taking transfer fees into consideration, you’re still well under $400 if you just DIY it. Sorry Century, no deal.