Century Arms Faces $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Century Arms, Inc. is now subject to a class-action lawsuit filed on January 19th over defective AK-47 safety / selectors. In short, the lawsuit claims that the safety / selector used on most Century Arms AK’s after 1995 are capable of moving past safe and when moved such, able to discharge a round unintentionally.

An example video of the defect is courtesy of YouTube channel MattV2099which showcases the issue:

The case also calls out a video from channel IntoWeapons, which also demonstrates the issue of the full auto safety / selector. Of late, Century has had a few videos showing issues including this one of a weapon catastrophically detonating. 

And before you think the case is frivolous, the plaintiff has retained Angelo Marino, Jr. who previously won a class-action against Taurus International to the tune of $30 million.

The suit is filed as Erickson vs. Century Arms et. al. in Federal Court in Florida. Damages are sought at or above $5 million by the class. The suit alleges that Century did not warn consumers about the issue when it that they knew, or should have known based on testing, that the safety selectors in question could cause the issue.

The lawsuit specifies models C39,  M70, 1960, 1980, and other 7.62×39 chambered semi-automatic AK-pattern rifles.

If you have any rifles that may be effected, I would advise that one replaces their safety / selector.

On the flip side, their C93’s are a fantastic HK style rifle per our review. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • NEWS JUST IN!!!!!

    Ak’s stamp metal parts can come bent out of shape, and require potato hammer to be made operational.

    Seems more like a ambulance chasers who can’t wait for an ambulance

    • Andrew

      In mother Russia ven AK no verk more jus trow it avay an forge 2 new one from shovel vit bare hans, no sue anyone liek sissy American.

      • Vhyrus

        Thank you for that. Just one question: how does The Swedish Chef know so much about Russian firearms culture?

        • Andrew

          You were supposed to read it in a Bond villain accent.

    • iksnilol

      What’s a potato hammer? Why would you hammer potatoes?

      Westerners are truly weird.

  • M

    This issue has been known for years and is intrinsic to AKs with full auto safeties, not just Century.

    It’s just what happens when you introduce a weapon built for conscripts viewed as expendable and sell it to a litigious nation that views it necessary to warn people that coffee can be hot

    • Drew Coleman

      If you referencing the McDonald’s hot coffee case, the issue was that the coffee was WAY too hot and caused 3rd degree burns. That’s unacceptable.

      • Jerry

        Good Coffee needs boiling water >Boiling water is hot>Good coffee is hot.
        BTW, served coffee can’t be hotter than boiling water (100C) or McDonald’s have the physics of their own?

        • ostiariusalpha

          Jerry, nobody in their right mind serves coffee straight from boil to a customer.

        • Edeco

          Nigh-boiling ftw. It’s like how spiders only eat prey they’ve found alive and moving. Must be ripping hot when I get it to trigger my consumption-reflex. I can’t be fooled by merely having someone jiggle the cup.

        • Stella Liebeck’s injuries, don’t say I didn’t warn you:

          http://bit dot ly/1LbKNBc

          • JackGalt

            Stupidity is often disastrous. No one should be paid for being stupid (despite congress’ example to the contrary) even if the injuries are horrific. Sorry.

          • 2hotel9

            Rewarding stupidity is one of the primary reasons our society has the problems we are suffering through.

        • Cymond

          Do you seriously drink coffee at 100*C?
          From what I’ve read, coffee is normally served from 60-70*C. They were serving it at around 90*C. That’s above McDonald’s company policy, they had already been cited for it, and had already received customer complaints about it.
          Initially, she only requested enough to cover her medical bills ($20,000 USD) and McDonald’s offered $800 USD).
          http://www.knowable dot com/a/-next-time-you-see-caution-may-be-hot?utm_content=inf_10_3136_2&tse_id=INF_de58d8bbfb1c4e5d8ad9530d458bea57

      • Andrew

        You look like the type of dude who would drop a jar of alfredo sauce on the floor at Costco, then slip in it and sue them.

        • Drew Coleman

          No, no I am not. Have you actually read the facts on the hot coffee case? The coffee was hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns on her legs and groin area, and then they wouldn’t pay her medical bills (which were extensive). The jury awarded the really high amount and it was later reduced.

          When your product causes injury to someone when you should have known it was possible (and at that time they did and had been sued before), you are certainly liable.

          • McThag

            While focusing on the temperature of the coffee, it never seems to get remembered that Ms Liebeck spilled the coffee on herself.

            The rationale behind the suit was that McDonalds was somehow responsible for the behavior of the customer post sale and post delivery because their coffee was made how coffee is made.

            My very first thought when I heard about the case was, “how do you get to be 79 without learning coffee is hot?”

            This is, so far, the only successful “coffee is hot” suit and not a single seller has reduced their serving temperature. All that’s really changed is the addition of a label telling people what they should already know by the time they’re 79.

            Also, look askance at any reward decided using comparative negligence. Deeper pockets are always more negligent somehow.

          • iksnilol

            Nah, their coffee was about 10 degrees Celsius higher than average.

            Coffee is usually sold 70-80 degrees Celsius, they sold it at 90 degrees.

          • The hot coffee case has gotten the reputation it has because that was everyone’s first thought. In reality, the coffee was capable of causing some gut-wrenching burns, and Stella Liebeck only spilled said coffee while attempting to put cream and sugar in it (not, as most people assume, in an infomercial-esque farce of flying coffee cups).

            After seeing the image I am deadlinking below, I doubt you’ll disagree with the lawsuit:

            http://bit dot ly/1LbKNBc

          • Tormund Giantsbane

            Firearm blog, where you can argue about the definition of intermediate calibers, whether or not something is an assault rifle, what the legality of the new binary AR triggers is, or jump in on a discussion about law suits from the 1980s.

            I love America.

          • Suppressed

            Just don’t disagree with Phil about 9/11, because that’s where they draw the line and ban people.

          • anon

            Emotional appeals are a type of logical fallacy Nathan. just sayin

          • Ignoring well documented facts and name calling are poor excuses for logic too.

          • ConservativeSurge

            Thankfully, the extent of injuries does not (yet) prove liability…even in California.

          • No. They handed it to her with the lid half snapped on, so that just grabbing the cup normally caused the lid to pop off and dump scalding coffee on her genitals. I’ve had that happen myself. Also, the smoking gun in this case was a bunch of corporate memos instructing restaurants to set their pots much hotter than their policy manual stated. The notion was that since they were offering free refills in store, people would ask for less refills, since they had to wait for the coffee to fill. The punitives were based on the fact that McDonalds went out of the way to shaft the lady after the fact, rather than just paying her medical bills. McDonalds then spent about $7 million + on a smear campaign against her- and at this point far more than the actual original judgement.

          • Perry Landis

            The name of that consumer product is commonly referred to as hot coffee. I assume that in English that might translate to be careful its hot. Given the name you wouldn’t want to put it anywhere it might burn you.

          • Cuda

            the jury was wrong, she was negligent holding the cup with no lid between her thighs, you would have to be a moron to do so since you can’t even pick up a cup from the top with two fingers with no lid. Having had deep second and third degree burns I doubt she had those as third degree she would have had no suffering from pain. The most painful burn is second degree, McDonalds should have covered medical period but only out of being gracious this suit was frivolous

      • M

        I am well aware of the case and have seen the “shocking” photos and am not refuting that it was hotter than necessary. I don’t understand how that changes things though: just because the burns were so severe? You will get burned one way or another, whether it be at near boiling or at boiling. There is no need to put “coffee is hot” on the cup

        • iksnilol

          The cup was also faulty. Don’t forget that.

          • Jeremy Star

            That’s the thing about that case: Internet Lawyers read the briefest summary and opened their Internet mouths to decry the miscarriage of justice. If you’ve taken any sort of decent law classes in college, you were probably informed of the real facts: McDonalds was REPEATEDLY warned that their A)COffee was served WAY too hot and B)Their cups were not rated for the temperatures they were containing and became soft and prone to crumpling or cracking and spilling burning liquid. McDonalds choose to ignore these warnings and were then sued when their negligence caused this woman to recieve nasty burns. The massive amount was awarded as a punative measure to force McDs to change. That woman never saw the original award amount.

          • M

            Again, how does that warrant placing words “coffee is hot” on the cup? People keep circling the details other than that. Yes the cup got defective but that doesn’t answer the question.

          • M

            There is a big difference in wondering why it is necessary to warn people that coffee is hot, and thinking that case was because the woman thought the coffee was too hot. You are proving the latter, not the former

      • Varix

        You’re obviously an iced coffee guy.

      • Yeah, the hot coffee jokes kind of evaporate when you see pictures of that lady’s injuries…

        • Mark

          Then let’s use the example of the drunken Porsche Turbo driver who successfully sued Porsche for not warning him that he had purchased a fast car. So, it was Porsche’s fault that he killed two people driving drunk at 120mph on La Jolla Blvd… that kind of nation.

          • Rich White

            Better yet the woman that successfully sued Walmart because she broke her leg after tripping over a misbehaving toddler. IT WAS HER KID!

          • Mark

            …and the burglar who successfully sued the warehouse owner when he fell through the roof of the warehouse he was trying to burglarize… etc.

          • Tim Pearce

            It would have been funny if Walmart banned toddlers from their stores as a result.

      • Kelly Jackson

        How about the woman who won 88 million from GM after she crashed her car through her garage by mistaking the gas peddle for the brake?

        • Drew Coleman

          I am not familiar with that one.

        • Max Glazer

          Wasn’t that an Audi? Claimed that braked were somehow faulty

      • john

        Coffee is supposed to be served between 71 and 85c. Her attorney argued that that that coffee was defective at 82-88c, which is within McDonald’s policy of 80-90c and and similar to Starbuck’s at 79-85. She then thought it was a good idea to hold it between her knees to add cream and sugar, an insecure way to hold a paper cup, especially with the lid removed. I think we’re all familiar with how flimsy paper cups are. She then ended up dumping the cup’s contents on herself.
        That leaves us with coffee that isn’t defective by industry standards and user error. Citing the severity of her injuries, grievous as they are, is nothing but an emotional appeal; it has no place in a logical discussion. If you are careless with a product, you are responsible for the consequences, just like the guy who tried to use a live 50bmg as a pin punch.

      • GOT12

        if coffee cups have to say coffee is hot why not gun barrels that say “caution bullets exit this end at a high rate of speed”

        • RatInDaHat

          “at a high velocity” would be more correct. “rate of speed” is meaningless, and used by journalists and cops to sounds smarter.

          • GOT12

            it is hopeless no matter the wording people surprised to learn coffee is hot would still have to look down the barrel to see how fast or discover what velocity means, boom another attorney gets rich

      • Cuda

        not quite, the coffee was normal the lady buying it put the Styrofoam cup between her thunder thighs to hold it…this woman ruined coffee being sold for a decade ( coffee was not too hot was 140 as it should have been)

      • dat bee tru

        so that’s why some autos came with 12 cup holders. they didn’t want to be sued for “not having a place to hold me hot coffee”

    • John

      So, you import a weapon meant for expendable soldiers to a country that value their soldiers, and you have end-user problems. Sounds about right.

      • G.K.

        Oh good, yet another post about how the USSR clearly didn’t care about their soldiers at all, yet other countries just clearly cared so much for their well being based on the unrefutable evidence of:

        • anon

          Need I remind you about how they sent one soldier into combat with the ammo and one with the mosin and were told to pick up the rifle/ammo when the other guy died? Or the Pyrrhic victories of of the battles of Rzhev, where rather than using strategy, they just kept throwing men at the Germans? Or their glaringly disproportionate causalities for the entire war?

          • iksnilol

            Eh, that part was a myth. Never happened, makes for good movies though.

            They did have many casualties though I doubt they would waste resources by sending unarmed men into combat.

    • G.K.

      By all means, please give us your evidence that the USSR viewed their soldiers as simple expendable assets.

      Clearly a war winning mentality.

      • mosinman

        the USSR would never value their soldiers that they invest time and money to train and equip to fight competently to help them win wars… right?

        • G.K.

          Clearly not, I mean, we all know the point of having soldiers is to not care about them at all and lose any conflict you go into.

          I mean, It’s not like they were risking all out war with the enitre organization of NATO or anything, clearly those guys would be pushovers and training and caring for them to fight such a potential massive conflict of unprecedented scale would just be a waste of time.

          Or at least, that’s what random people on TFB comments told me!

          • mosinman

            and the M4 was a death trap and the P-51 won the war 🙂

          • DaveP.

            Any gas-powered tank in that era was a “deathtrap” if it took a penetrating round. In fact, that’s exactly what a guy who used to work on and with them called his book: “Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II”.
            And the P-51 was lackluster until they stuffed that Merlin engine into her nose. After that, she was as good as any other fighter in the world.

          • G.K.

            Wow, you’re actually quoting Belton Cooper as a reliable source now?

            Feel free to just stop to save what non existent credibility you have left.

          • DaveP.

            Hey, maybe he was a revisionist!
            Or maybe a “McCarthyite”!
            You are just such a special boy.

          • mosinman

            nope. the main cause of a burnt out tank was actually due to ammo and not fuel fires as was a study conducted by various allied armies , primarily the British and Americans . secondly Belton Cooper is full of crap, his memoirs are filled with errors , even when talking about the tanks he claimed to service . the P-51 was actually pretty good with the Allison engine installed, until it left low altitudes, due to the lack of development of superchargers for the Allison series of engines

          • DaveP.

            Saying a fighter was ‘pretty good until it left low altitudes’ is like saying a boxer is pretty good until he leaves his corner. The enemy gets a say in the fight and if the enemy can climb and you can’t it’s going to be a bad day for you. The USAAC agreed with me: the early Mustangs were pulled from service- not supplemented, replaced- just as quickly as Merlin-Mustangs could be brought on line and relegated to things like ground support.
            Gas engines were blamed for tanks brewing up by both the American and Russian militaries after the War and crew survivability was one of the reasons we eventually switched to diesel tank engines. As far as Cooper goes: once again, he was there and actually experienced things. If you have a contemporary primary source disagreeing with him on matters of fact (not opinion), whip it out. If you’ve got a bunch of guys on the World of Tanks discussion boards… can’t help you.

          • n0truscotsman

            Survivability had nothing to do with tanks abandoning gasoline engines.

            The reason why they switched over to diesels was because they gained armor/protection and evolved with bigger guns, which increased weight. Diesel engines had the necessary durablity, fuel economy, and torque necessary to produce favorable hp/ton ratios, mobility, and ease of maintenance.

            That and diesel became the cornerstone of military logistics, powering generators, supply trucks, etc, which would be largely superceded by JP8 in the army.

            Cooper’s memoirs are good reads, but they have many historical inaccuracies that have been addressed many times by other historians like Zaloga. They are excellent for general chatting but very poor for technical discussions.

            “If you’ve got a bunch of guys on the World of Tanks discussion boards… can’t help you”

            I consider the WoT technical forums to be among the most credible when it comes to addressing these subjects. Read the stuff put out by “the chieftain” one of these times (who is a commissioned armor officer IIRC). Very interesting. Tank archives blogspot is also excellent.

          • mosinman
          • mosinman
      • DaveP.

        Read “Inside the Soviet Army” by ‘Viktor Suvorov’. Or pretty much any honest history of the Eastern Front.

        • G.K.


          You told me to read any “honest history” of the Soviet Union, and then directly before that, you tell me to read the works of a known historical revisionist?


          • DaveP.

            Because of course a guy who was actually there and served in the Soviet military, and then spent years lecturing the United States Army (among others) on Soviet tactics, is totally ignorant…and you, random internet troll, have the gnosis.
            Go home, Vlad… you’re drunk.

          • G.K.

            Clearly pointing out pop history myths that are reputed by the west to this day = trolling, nevermind I’ve spent time, you know, actually talking to Soviet expats who would call you out on your McCarthyist crap instantly, I’m clearly trolling because I actually spent time educating myself.

            Nice anti Russian remark at the end there by the way, clearly shows you’re a completely unbiased individual on the topic, and not someone who’s simply wasting my time.

          • DaveP.

            “Pop history myths”== truth that conspiracy theory nut disagrees with. you see this one a lot from all kinds of goobers, from folks who say the Holocaust never happened, to those who want to believe that Roosevelt (or maybe Truman, or maybe space aliens) started World War 2, to folks like you who want to believe that the nation that brought us the Holodomor and the Katyn Forest Massacre was sweet and kind and full of flowers.
            “McCarthyist”==conspiracy nutcase for “You’re right, I’m wrong”. You see this a lot form all sorts of Leftoids about … well, basically everything. Pointing out that the NKVD really DID have agents in the US? McCarthy! (go read The Mitrokhin Archives, BTW- unless the guy who kept notes for the KGB was a ‘revisionist’ too, wink wink nudge nudge) Point out that the Gulag Archipelago was a real thing that really happened?: McCarthy! Toast burned in the morning? McCarthy! It’s basically a signal that the person using the word is ignorant and paranoid. Using it here implies that naming ‘Viktor Suvorov’, ex-GRU ex-Spetznaz, officer in the 145th Motorized Rifle Regiment, as a source is somehow a McCarthyite act. I leave the logic of this to the gentle reader.
            “Educating myself”== ‘Finding some nutcase who agrees with my need to feel special’. It doesn’t matter if the goober in question believes in Atlantis or that the Nephilim are the Secret Masters, as long as they can find ONE loony even loonier than them who has a webpage or a pamphlet… that’s “Educating Themselves”. Critical examination of content is totally beside the point: the author agrees with me, so EVERYONE ELSE must be wrong and he must be right!
            “antiRussian”== “I can’t refute you, so I’m just going to accuse you of bigotry”. ‘Cause, you know, the ONLY people named “Vlad” are Russian (go ask the Romanians!) . Actually I was implying that either you were one of those paid pro-Russian trolls who occasionally show up, or that you’re one of those Soviet-fetishists that, while more rare than their spiritual brothers the Nazi-fetishists, do occasionally pollute the world.
            I do withdraw “drunk”. It’s obvious that alcohol would be contraindicated with the daily mental stability medication regime you’re on.

          • G.K.

            The fact you wrote such incoherent garbage after being called out on being wrong is really wildly amusing, though, thanks for clearing up that you’re a total moron who, judging by your completely non-sensical rant, is probably as much of a demagogue as McCarthy himself.

            Do the world a favor and stop using the internet forever, and preferably get a vasectomy while you’re at it, same with anyone dumb enough to upvote that.

          • DaveP.

            …Really? That’s the best you could do as a rebuttal? Wow. They ain’t breeding losers like they used to.

            And notice that we’re back to “McCarthy!!one!” again? It’s like he thinks it’s a magic word: it doesn’t really mean anything to him, he just whips it out and expects it to magically win the conversation for him. “Alakazam! McCarthy! Magic Missile!”

            Here’s a piece of advice, buddy: Plowhands shouldn’t draw on top guns,

    • Scott P

      Yea let’s split hairs on an irrelevant issue that goes beyond the function of the gun which would not happen under normal conditions because some moron does not know how to handle a gun so you can boast your own ego.

      On top of that let’s take a company known to push out the lowest grade crap on the market and use that as the pedestal to judge the entire design. Based on your logic then I can say AR’s are crap too because of the likes of Olympic, Del-Ton, Bushmaster, Battle Rifle Company, etc. I mean since you are applying that standard to AK’s then I can to AR’s right?

    • mossbergman

      we need to idiot proof everything / just start reading warning labels to see how nuts it gotten

    • 2hotel9

      Yea, if you are too stupid to know that HOT coffee is HOT perhaps you should order a coke with extra ice. And for all you lawyer defending crybabies, I have been splashed with boiling tar, paraffin wax and sprayed with live steam, at no time did I EVER consider a lawsuit over my mistake. Did punch in the mouth the a$$hole who dumped the bucket of tar. Never crossed my mind to sue anyone.

      • Tassiebush

        I heard they do that steam, parrafin and tar stuff at one of the nightclubs in Sydney… :p

        • 2hotel9

          Kinky is as kinky does!

    • JoelM

      Mr Kalashnikov didn’t design this problem into his rifle, and certainly wouldn’t have with lack of compassion for conscripts. The original full auto disconnector doesn’t allow the safety to rotate to contact the disconnector high enough to cam the entire trigger assembly and cause a discharge. This is a problem with semi auto parts or full auto parts that have been neutered (disconnector tail cut off) for semi auto use.

      • 2hotel9

        The man who first taught me AK handling was from East Germany, served in army and was a border guard(till STAZI went after his family). He recommended not carrying with a rd chambered and safety on, especially under rough handling conditions, more because AK safety lever can be knocked/rubbed into fire position, not for this post’s specified reason. Wish he was still alive to ask about this one.

  • Geoffry K

    “If you have any rifles that may be effected, I would advise that one replaces their safety / selector.”
    Where is your proofreader?
    If you have any rifles that may be AFFECTED I would advise that one replaces their safety / selector.


  • commenter1

    The identity of the lawyer is not the deciding factor in the frivolity of any particular case.

    • Drew Coleman

      No, but some lawyers have better records and resources than others, and this guy has already shown success in a somewhat similar case.

  • TexTopCat

    I suspect that many people that purchase an AK style do not consider the “environment” that the gun was designed and built for. My opinion is that the problem is more of a “education” problem than something that Century arms should be expected to fix. I think that many “ASSUME” that the gun is built to US standards like the AR system.

    • Edeco

      Yeah, to me just another style of industrial design. There’s a lot to be said for buying new, from a company with a big, long standing US presence (if one is a US person). Mil surp and the like (i.e. AK’s) one is a little more on ones own.

    • John

      Any firearm should have good build quality. They’re firearms. The first ASk were milled and hand-checked after all.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        The first AK’s were stamped, but they were hand fitted and serialized for that reason. AK’s made in Izhmash are still hand checked at several stages for function. This whole situation is a combination of improper knowledge of a firearm and the fact that they must be neutered to semi only here.

  • Bear The Grizzly

    The first time I stripped my Vepr I discovered the safety “defect”. Fortunately, I’m not an idiot and clear my guns before cleaning them.

  • lowell houser

    Is there anyone that thinks that this is anything other than total and complete bullsh*t?

  • Vhyrus

    Considering it is inherent to the design, you might as well dig up Comrade Kalashnikov and sue him while you’re at it, for all the good it will do.

  • Carl

    Read Read Read…

    “…other 7.62×39 chambered semi-automatic AK-pattern rifles” Damn I have an M74. Cant get some of that money pot.


  • Emfourty Gasmask

    Well considering this appears when the rifle is functioning way out of its normal intended operation and you have to deliberately push the safety up and over the receiver, I’d say this is a bit of a money grab attempt.

  • phauxtoe

    Hillary said we couldn’t sue Gun Manufacturers!
    are you telling me she Lied to me?


  • DW

    Can Century argue that rotating the selector that far without clearing the weapon first count as a misuse of firearm?

    • Cymond

      I think the issue is that people trying to put the safety on, and unintentionally push it too far. So instead of putting the weapon on “safe”, they fire a round.
      Some people would call that a negligent discharge. Others would call it a negligent design. Either way, a gun should not fire when pushing the selector towards “safe”.

  • Lance

    Quality AKs from Century are mixed and match. There late 90s SAR-1, 2 where great AKs, but there home built AKs need more to be desired.

  • RTBA8

    So has anyone actually been injured due to this fault in the safety? What are the actual damages here, and who benefits from a settlement here other than Angelo Marino Jr.?

  • Phaideaux

    Its my understanding that aks don’t need the notched selector if the full reatard trigger group is being used, so can we sue the fed for forcing us to use dangerously modified firearms to appease NFA requirements?

  • 7n6

    All of my saigas and arsenals come with the modified selector factory. If you are using a akm or ak47 top cover that lacks the little lip present on the ak74 top cover its feasible that your safety could go over the cover ( depending on tightness of your safety selector). The most likely circumstance leading to an accident likely involve removing the selector on a loaded rifle. Century should have just modified the safeties, would have been cheaper than 5 milli

  • A.WChuck

    For those who have one of these rifles (M70), but are not “AK guys” what is the recommended replacement safety to use?

  • Cymond

    I’ll play Devil’s Advocate here.

    Is it asking too much for Century to use a different safety selector, or to put in a stop to prevent the selector from going too high unintentionally?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Meh, there’s a lot of things Century could do on their guns that aren’t too much to ask for.

  • Yup, this has happened to me on the range.

  • 2hotel9

    I just checked both my CAI rifles, no problem. Perhaps this “lawsuit” is based in the intrawebsthingy myth that AKs can fire full auto if you push the safety lever above the “safe”,position, something that can be done if you use an excessive amount of physical force, or some instrument to bend the safety lever away from the body of the rifle because you are a dumbf*ck who believes the myth on Al Gore:The Goreacle’s intrawebthingy that pushing the safety on an AK above the “safe” position will let you fire full auto. Either way, if you are this stupid perhaps you should simply allow yourself to drown on your own spit, instead of letting mommy swab your throat out every 5 minutes.

  • Gern Blanston

    well dammit ban forks cause they make people fat and that causes type 2 diabetes and all sorts of other health issues…

  • Bravo Delta Kilo

    And instead of contacting the manufacturer to rectify the situation they sue. While the issue must be addressed and resolved (no question about it), suing is all about the money baby!

  • JoelM

    I had this problem on my home build parts kit Hungarian AKMS. The fix is very very simple, you grind the tab on the safety where it would hit the back of the disconnector. The gun discharges because the safety tab that would engage the disconnector tail in a full auto model pushes on the disconnector and trigger unit and trips it when the safety rotates past the designed range of travel.

  • bruce Cambell

    This has been a known issue with semi AK’s. However we all know that Century has a long history of cutting corners when building rifles from parts kits, This is just one corner that they should have cut but didn’t. (of the selector bar). I hope that $5 million is worth the extra five minutes it would have taken to modify the selectors when they were built.

    btw.. I like my coffee hot please.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    My PAP M92 did the exact same thing. I went and got a proper safety from Krebs and never had a problem again. Sad if the lose this and such a cheap fix could of prevented such issues.

  • Andrew Foss


  • dat bee tru

    a milled slot between the notches (see curved scratch in pic) and a pin on the safety instead of the “nub”.

  • You Know

    The coffee analogy is stupid. Not even close to being the same thing. Century screwed up, plain and simple. A rifle should never discharge unintentionally.They either were aware of this issue and chose not to address it, or they were negligent of the workings of their own rifle, if that is the case they shouldn’t even been building them. More may come to light about the C39 than we see now. The main issue here is the safety lever, I hope they look into where these safety’s came from and who built them, and why they built a made in the USA full-auto safety for a semi-auto rifle. If these safety selectors were indeed imported, it might bring on another case, as many people who purchased these rifles did so because these parts were 100% made in the USA. That would be false advertisement if some of the parts were from imported parts kits.

  • smartacus

    Did anyone else just get an overwhelming urge to check if their mailbox flag was up?

  • Leigh Rich

    No one was shot? Bet liberals are jumping all over this to ban and consficate all AKs

  • CJS3

    It never ceases to amaze me that people will sue a manufacturer because when they operate a device in a way it was never meant to operate, it malfunctions.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Yesterday I was at the new Cabela’s in Madison, AL. They had a Century C39V2; I checked and it had a ‘semi’ safety.

  • rvman

    The AKM top cover prevents the safety from rotating far enough to trip the disconnector and release the hammer. The only way that safety will rotate that far, cover in place, is if the user bent that safety outward to make it easier to rotate. That’s user error.

    This lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to take down a major firearms importer. Or perhaps, the anti-gun lobby’s attempt to claim a design flaw of the AKM and somehow get it banned.

    Either way, it’s a BS lawsuit. Any builder of these firearms knows that. Any user of these firearms who knows anything about their safe and CORRECT operation knows this is a BS lawsuit.

  • Slugg Gimp

    My Saiga 12s converted by CAI also has this issue, so its not just 7.62×39 rifles.