Gun Review: Century Arms Yugo PAP M92 AK Pistol

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Ever since ATF approved the arm support brace, rifle-caliber pistols have become wildly popular. For the AK pattern rifle-caliber pistol, one of the best on the market is Century Arms Yugo PAP M92. It’s very affordable and surprisingly nicely made for under $500.

 

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After having one for a few months, I have to say the Century Arms M92 is the most “fun” gun I have ever owned. It’s a great blaster. My local gun store just couldn’t keep one in stock. It took Century Arms two months to ship my back order.

Since this is an AK shorty, I’m not going into too much detail about its accuracy. With the standard WPA Military Classic steel case 124-gr ammo, I have no problem hitting torso size steel plate up to 100 meters while holding it like a pistol. Maybe 150m and slightly farther out when better support is used. While the trigger is above average for a stock AK, the very short sight radius is what affects its accuracy at the longer ranges.

 

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Often called the “Krink” or “Krinkov” style, the Century Arms M92 resembles the shortened version of the AK74, the AKS74U, which was originally developed as a PDW (personal defense weapon) for Russian tank and armored vehicle crewmen. The Russian military have never used the term “Krinkov”. According to my findings the name actually comes from the American gun community. I believe one of the gun writers started using that term back in the days when AKs were rare guns on the North American market. The name Krinkov or sometime shortened to just Krink has stuck ever since.

 

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The review M92 sample comes with the factory OEM muzzle device installed. It serves dual purpose of acting as a booster for the shortened gas system, and its bell shaped front portion directs the blast and flash away from the shooter. This also available separately from Century Arms as a retail package (product code PAP0013) for $34.95.

 

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The Century Arms M92 is currently available in two calibers, the 7.62×39 as tested, or the M85 NP 5.56mm NATO version. It’s also available with or without the SB-47 arm support brace. I picked the 7.62x39mm caliber version because it’s an AK after all.

 

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Close up of the Century Arms M92 and it shows some of its nice features. There’s a small bolt hold-open notch on the selector. The charging handle is covered with a grey color soft rubber cover. It’s a small touch but I found that adds comfort and helps to insulate from the heat after the gun gets hot. The distinctive looking Yugo pistol grip fits better in my hand than the short & stubby Russian style ones found on most other AKs.

 

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Two 30-round Magpul polymer AK magazines come with each Century Arms PAP M92. My surplus Eastern Bloc steel AK magazines worked perfectly with the M92 too. The 5.56mm M85 NP variant comes with two 30-round AR-15 type metal magazine.

 

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Century Arms PAP M92 AK Pistol Specification:

Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Barrel Length: 10-inch
Barrel Thread: 26×1.5 LH threads
Overall Length: 29.2 inches w/ armbrace
Weight: 7.06 pounds w/ armbrace
Cost:
M92 AK Pistol: $499 MSRP
Muzzle device: $34.95 MSRP
SB-47 Arm Brace: $139 MSRP



Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • Lolattfb

    That ‘nice touch’ grey rubber cover is literally there only so the charging handle doesn’t poke through the shipping box. It’s common on Century imports.

    I feel like the author has never fired an AK before this. An AK noob shouldn’t be doing a review in my opinion.

    • Jeremy Star

      My thought as well. Every Century AK I’ve ever seen comes with the grey rubber on the charging handle. It will turn and you will lose control of the bolt at some point. I’ve seen it happen a hundred times at the range. (Usually after trying to help someone by explaining that it is not meant to stay on the firearm after you unpack it from the box.)

      Also, that’s a flash hider, and it is completely ineffective on the M92 PAP. It has nothing to do with the gas system. They used to come with thread protectors welded on, and they fire just fine. If yuo want to tame the 6′ fireball from an M92, you need to buy a 4 peice cone-style flash hider.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        It’s not a flash hider, it is a booster. They were designed originally for the AKS-74u to help ensure greater reliability with the gas port being so close to the muzzle. They don’t have to have them, but they will keep them running in the most adverse conditions. It allows gas to expands and then restricts it again forcing more back into the gas block. Same thing the Bulgarian 4-piece and the Noveske Pig.

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Everything this guy writes comes off as a puff piece for some company. Look at the ones about that optic company Holosun or whatever it is. I feel like this is all scripted and just pointing out what Century wants to highlight.

    • USMC03Vet

      My DDI came with a black one, cuz more tactical. There was no warning to keep it away from small children due to choking hazard and I almost died though.

  • aweds1

    Does the muzzle device truly act like a booster or is it just a decorative sleeve to cover the barrel? I thought that the PAP had its barrel go up to the end of the booster? Can’t really tell in the pics.

    • Just a Guest

      It’s a real booster – the PAP barrel ends at the gas block, like it should.

    • andrey kireev

      It does increase pressure, but out of the factory gun normally comes with just thread protector. It can function without the booster.

  • Mike

    can we have a AK pistol in 5.45×39

    • Zugunder

      Yeah, like, come on people. AKS74U never (to my knowledge) was in anything but 5.45×39.

      • andrey kireev

        Before AK74U there was an AKMSU in 7.62×39 (very very limited)… Just saying

        • bojan

          It is a fake, no russian book I read notes it and it was not in “Modern” competition for compact carbine that gave AKS-74U at the end.

          • Southpaw89

            Real or fake I just realized that I desperately need one.

        • BrandonAKsALot

          It supposedly originates from the middle East. Not much is known and it was not produced by Tula. Pakistan produces some very nicely made copies of all kinds of stuff and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if it came from there.

          • andrey kireev

            Look at my other post. As far as I know it was one off thing.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        The 74 designation is only used with 5.45×39. Tula did a lot of experimentation, so who knows what all they made in similar form factors, but they were the only producers of the actual AKS-74u. Izmash produced standard AK’s and the compact series (AK-102, 104, 105) which are available in the three major calibers.

        Now that imports of 7n6 are cut off, I would love to see a 5.45 pistol. Too bad the sanctions pretty much kill that and I’m not sure if a Saiga could be imported as a pistol.

    • skusmc

      Ostensibly it hasn’t been offered before because if there were a pistol for sale (even a single one, it was said) in 5.45×39 the cheap surplus ammo would banned for import like it was with the 7.62×39, because of some legal nonsense the BATFE pushed about “armor piercing” ammo for hand guns not being legal for import.

      But 7N6 was banned anyway… so yeah, why hasn’t someone done this?

  • Jeremy R.

    I feel like we can do a better review than that. Also what with all the AK glamour shots?

  • Dracon1201

    This review was as bad as reading a dead tree publication.

  • iksnilol

    Put a folding stock, red dot and suppressor on it and you have one of the most practical rifles out there.

    • Mickey R

      Yup! I have 2/3 of those things on mine (just lacking the red dot) and absolutely love it.

  • john huscio

    Put a sling on it and replace the sigbrace with a shockwave and your GTG. (IMO)

  • GuestingMyTesties

    Isn’t it illegal to shoulder a Sig brace? Unregistered SBR, anyone? The charging handle shipping protector being a “small touch” is hilarious.

    • Southpaw89

      I think he’s just got a cheek weld there, the wrinkles on his shirt seem unaffected suggesting that there in no shoulder contact.

  • Buffalo_Samurai

    Is the gas tube removable so you can mount a Ultimak rail on it? Can A optics rail be mounted on the side? Or an optics dust cover top rail like the TWS dogleg?Is the rear of the receiver relatively easy to modify so that one could SBR this rifle w/o a huge gunsmithing fee?

    • Mickey R

      Yes, gas tube is removable and there is an Ultimak to fit. No optic rail on the side. Yes, TWS makes a dogleg for the M92/M85. As for the SBR conversion, I did mine myself with zero hassle. One thing to note is that the rear of the receiver is angled, so you’ll probably want to do what I did and buy an angled steel wedge to go between your stock/folding adapter and the rear trunnion. They’re available from a couple of places.

    • Mickey R

      Yes, gas tube is removable and there is an Ultimak to fit. No optic rail on the side. Yes, TWS makes a dogleg for the M92/M85. As for the SBR conversion, I did mine myself with zero hassle. One thing to note is that the rear of the receiver is angled, so you’ll probably want to do what I did and buy an angled steel wedge to go between your stock/folding adapter and the rear trunnion. They’re available from a couple of places.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    Was there a review hidden in this? All I saw was a sales flyer and some tier 1 operator photos.

  • Mickey R

    The questionable nature of this “review” notwithstanding, the M92 is a great little gun that just screams to be Form 1ed into an SBR.

  • Sn SM

    The M92 is a very very good bit of kit. The better option for a muzzle device
    are the units from Manticore Arms NightBrake units.

    NightBrake

  • Grindstone50k

    Woah, woah, woah, woah! You’re completely redesigning the pistol by touching that brace to your shoulder! Did you file a Form 1 for each time you shoulder that brace? I sure hope so!

  • jerry young

    AK pistol? then why in every photo does he appear to be handling it as a rifle? the brace is meant to go over your arm but I guess you can use it as a rifle stock too, kinda defeats the purpose of haveing an arm brace though

    • Steve Truffer

      Before the ATF got their panties in a knot over it, it was an inexpensive, more flexible alternative to going the Form 1 SBR route. Still very servicable for its original purpose, making an AR/AK pistol easy to shoot like a normal pistol.

      • jerry young

        exactly!

  • M.

    This wasn’t even a review. It was a show-and-tell

  • myndbender

    The only thing that gives me pause about buying an M92 or any other Yugo AK variant is the lack of a chrome lined bore. Is that a huge issue or not?