Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Menger40

    Wow. How does that happen? Ammo problem?

    • Tim Pearce

      Not sure. I was going to blame it fully on the ammunition, but when looking at the video again, the bolt doesn’t move rearward on the discharge that blows up the gun. It could have *also* been a very excessively overcharged round, in addition to some mechanical failure with the gas system, or an excessively large bullet that never made it to the gas port before stopping. It could also have been something else, completely unrelated to the ammunition, however.

  • Tim Pearce

    Gotta love that steel case crap.

    • mosinman

      why is it crap?

      • Ko I

        Poor to non-existent (depending on brand) quality control in the form of frequently being well outside tolerances for standards on chamber size.

        • mosinman

          odd, i have yet to have issue with steel cased ammo and i shoot it extensively

          • kingghidorah

            I only fire the finest Lapua brass through my $400 gun. lol.

          • Tim Pearce

            That AK is setting off and directing, what, a 45,000 psi explosion? With the shooter’s hands wrapped around it and their eyes inches away from it. The OP video is of a very lucky person. People lose fingers, hands, eyes, etc to catastrophic failures. I’m not sure, but it looks like the dust cover bounced off his shooting glasses.
            Go too cheap with anything regarding firearms, and your $400 firearm turns into a $20,000 medical bill, possibly a life-changing injury.

          • kingghidorah

            Okay then, I’ll wear a face shield and a leather glove next time I buy some Silver Bear.

          • Tim Pearce

            I’ll admit it’s an overgeneralization to simply hate on all steel case ammo, but after having to knock two steel cases out of AR-15 chambers (Silver Bear both times), having to do a similar job on an AK that had become quite attached to a lacquered steel case, and seeing ranges that simply will not allow Tula ammo due to frequent squib loads (combined with inexperienced shooters who don’t stop when the gun goes “pop” instead of “bang”), I’ve simply gotten to the point that I steer clear of the whole lot of them.
            Further, I tend to see the steel case ammunition like most .22 LR ammo. It’s cheap for a reason. When you shoot quality ammunition, you see a whole different world of accuracy. Yes, I know, the OP is about an AK and there’s nothing to be done to make them accurate, but, still. I’m the first to admit I’m an accuracy snob.

  • sianmink

    Headspace off? oof. Century Arms QC is going to have a fun time with that.

    • sauerquint

      Headspace being off could also be the result of the explosion. A squib load followed by a normal one would be pretty destructive.

      • sianmink

        There was no indication of a squib. If there had been, the rifle would almost certainly have failed to eject the case and load the next round. Also a follow-up after a squib would have failed part-way down the barrel, not in the chamber.

        • Ko I

          Yeah, from what I see in the video, if the head space was off, it’s more likely that it was an overcharged (like a few percent, nothing outside what a properly headspaced rifle could handle) round that blew it up. The case head of that round failed and the previous ones did not.

  • jeff k

    ouch . headspace will kill ya

  • Vhyrus

    Well, I guess there is a way to make an AK stop firing.

    • iksnilol

      Yeah, but this is Century we are talking about. They could probably make a brick malfunction.

    • Giolli Joker

      Still it seems that you just need a new magazine to start spraying bullets again. 🙂

  • Esh325

    It’s Century arms what do you expect? If you shoot enough of their guns they assembled, you’ll find problems with them. I love how people say their Century arms guns are equal to Russian or Bulgarian made guns.

    • floppyscience

      With Century I expect the occasional canted sights, mag wobble, and mismatched/beaten/unfinished furniture. Not a rifle exploding during its first magazine.

  • Juice

    Well, that’s one way to mag dump.

  • Ken

    The SAR is Romanian made, Century imported. The WASR is Romanian made, and Century modified. They milled out the magazine well and trunnion to take double stack mags and sometimes it’s sloppy. Other issues such as trigger slap, hammer hangup, and canted sights would be the work of the Romanians, not Century.

    During the last two panics, Century did make some AK’s out of US made receivers and barrels along with Romanian parts kits as the GP 1975. The quality of the US made guns depended on who Century subcontracted the work out to.

  • Grindstone50k

    Rifle is fine.

  • kingghidorah

    Wow, the mag went kablooey.

  • Lance

    Ethan where can you find 5.45mm components in North America???

    • floppyscience

      RCBS makes dies. I’m not sure where you’d find boxer primed cases and projectiles, but they evidently do exist.

  • Lance

    I’ve shot a Century AK-74 no issue I do say a Arsenal has same chance of blowing up we dont know what this man did or neglected to to do with this rifle. need all the facts, before you blame Century all together.

  • Patrick Mingle

    obviously not an AK. Nothing ever fails on an AK. This was obviously editing to make the M16 look like an AK74

  • J.T.

    Seems that way. In the second picture it looks like the case is stuck in the chamber but missing the primer, a sign of an overpressure round. The case being stuck might explain why the gun didn’t cycle on that round but I’m surprised that the extractor didn’t just rip the rim off the case.

  • MIke

    This is a great ad for the strength of an AK magazine lockup

  • Hanzo

    It’s probably extremely hard to find a Galil that’s blown apart. Just sayin’.