Irony? Century Arms Introduces Cleaning Kits for the Run-Anytime AK Weapons System

72L_CL067 AK Cleaning System

Yes, yes, yes… All weapon systems do need and should be cleaned, but the comically ironic introduction from Century Arms was too good not to poke fun at. Debuted at the NRA show and now shipping, Century Arms has released not just one, but three separate cleaning kits for Kalashnikov pattern weapons. Based on the tools selected and pouches, the kits are all made under label by OTIS Technologies.

Dubbed the “AK Cleaning System”, the “Deluxe AK Cleaning System”, and the “Elite AK Cleaning System”, all will be marketed under the Red Army Standard branding. As one might expect based on the naming, the Deluxe and Elite are simply expansions upon the base AK Cleaning System.

The base system comprises of:

  • (1) Memory-Flex® Cable
  • (10) Cleaning Patches
  • (1) Solvent
  • (1) T-Handle Bar
  • (1) Obstruction Remover
  • (1) Slotted Tip
  • (1) Chamber-Flex® Cable
  • (1) Female Rod
  • (1) 7.62×39 Bore Brush
  • (1) 7.62×39 Chamber Brush

The Deluxe keeps all of the above, adding in a pin punch and gas tube brush specific for AK-style weapons. The Deluxe also upgrades the cleaning kit carrier into the common OTIS-round pouch. The Elite ups the game even further adding in solid rods and OTIS’ Ripcord pull-through bore cleaning snake.

72L_CL068 Deluxe Cleaning System

Pricing is set at $29.99 for the AK Cleaning System, $59.99 for the Deluxe, and $79.99 for the Elite. All three are available and shipping today to dealers with the standard AK Cleaning System also available for direct-to-consumer sale from Century Arms. 

72L_CL069 Elite Cleaning System



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.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

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


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  • Rousso

    According to the AK’s manual the rifle has to be cleaned at least once a week even if it’s not being used.

    • DanGoodShot

      Now thats hilarious!

      • Rousso

        No, that’s just practical, but this site is full of haters and trolls.
        Keep laughing

        • Twilight sparkle

          It would make sense if Russia was still using corrosive primers but they aren’t, I’ve got two Kalashnikov pattern rifles that have gone at least half a year without cleaning and they’re doing perfectly fine. You just have to make sure they’re properly lubricated

          • Joshua

            Bet they also don’t see rain, humidity, salt water, and a number of other harsh chemicals weapons see in field use.

            You ever see what blood does to a weapon if you leave it there?

          • Twilight sparkle

            See if it’s out in the field that seems like it’s getting used to me…

            And yes I have, it’s either not that bad at all or it starts rusting a bit, it kinda just depends on the finish of that particular firearm

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    You’d think if they wanted authenticity, the *real* Red Army Standard cleaning kit would be a bootlace with a knot in the end, some smudges of grease off a BMP to lube with, and a couple of harsh cigarettes.

    • Rousso

      That’s right! Because the Russians are stupid.

      For example, they used to send dogs into space. Isn’t that dumb? They should have send monkeys!
      At least, a monkey might operate the equipment, or something

      • cwp

        I don’t see any implication that Russians are stupid, merely that they make do just fine with what Americans would consider hopelessly inadequate. Which, if you think about it, means he’s making fun of Americans and their gear snobbery at least as much as he’s making fun of Russians.

        • Jwedel1231

          I thought he was being sarcastic, mocking the whole “Russians get by on barely anything” stereotype.

          • cwp

            I dare say there are multiple levels of humor at work. Here at TFB we’re a sophisticated bunch, you know!

          • Rousso

            And I think that Americans are much smarter than dumbass Russians. Americans invented McDonalds, iPhone, Instagram and Twitter.

          • cwp

            Hey, now, one of the Instagram guys was a Brazilian. You can’t lay all the blame for that one on us.

          • Rousso

            Don’t you like to like pictures on Instagram?

          • iksnilol

            Iphones are kinda crappy. Only good thing about is that they were easy to fix.

          • CZFan

            There is the old joke,
            The Americans spent years and millions of dollars developing a pen that could write upside down, in zero gravity, in freezing cold and boiling hot conditions.
            The Russians presented with the same set of problems used a pencil.

          • kingghidorah

            Don’t forget Tinder

    • iksnilol

      But… AKs do usually come with a cleaning kit in the buttstock. It’s that round cylinder.

      • Anonymoose

        Not if you stick a buffer tube adapter or triangle-folder on there. 🙁

    • You do realize that the AK has a cleaning rod built into the gun, along with a small area for a cleaning kit.

    • Kivaari

      AKs, SKSs, M91/30, M91 etc all came with cleaning rods attached, some with a butt stock tool kit and others with a pouch having adequate cleaning gear. Every Russian rifle I ever owned came with cleaning gar.

  • Jeff Smith

    I’m so happy to see Otis cleaning kits doing so well. I have 3-4 kits my father and I purchased in the mid to late 90s at gun shows from a gentleman I’m assuming is the owner.

  • PXN

    Nyet! Base kit from rifle is fine!

  • Rousso

    “The simplicity of Soviet weapons surprises everyone. But each type of equipment which is produced is turned out in two variants-the normal one and the `monkey-model’. The `monkey-model’ is a weapon which has been simplified in every conceivable way and which is intended for production in wartime only.

    For instance, the T-62 tank is one of the simplest fighting vehicles in the world. But as it was being designed, a still simpler version was also being developed, for wartime use. The `monkey-model’ of the T-62 does not have a stabilised gun, carries simplified radio and optical equipment, the night-vision equipment uses an infra-red light source to illuminate targets (a method which is twenty years old), the gun is raised and turned manually, steel rather than wolfram or uranium is used for the armour-plating piercing caps of its shells.

    Soviet generals consider, justifiably, that it is better to have tanks like these in a war than none at all. It is intended that the `monkey-model’ approach will be used not only for building tanks, but for all other sorts of equipment-rockets, guns, aircraft, radio sets, etc. In peacetime these variants are turned out in large quantities, but they are only issued to countries friendly to the Soviet Union. I have seen two variants of the BMP-1 infantry combat vehicle-one which is issued to the Soviet army and another which is intended for the Soviet Union’s Arab friends. I counted sixty-three simplifications which made the second `monkey-model’ different from the original version.

    …When one of these `monkey-models’ fell into the hands of Western specialists, they naturally gained a completely false impression of the true combat capabilities of the BMP-1 and of Soviet tanks. For what they were looking at was no more than a casing, or a container, like an empty money box which is of no value without its contents.”

    – Suvorov V.
    “Inside the Soviet Army”

    • Blake

      Great insight there, thanks.

      So the PPS-43 is the “monkey-model” of the PPSh-41…

      • DW

        I think PPS is actually product improvement

  • Anomanom

    -1 Will not fit in trapdoor of buttstock.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Is that irony? I don’t know, I’m asking.

    • Not really because standard issue AKs already have a cleaning rod and kit built into the gun. It was Americans that built that myth that the AK doesn’t need any cleaning.

      The American consumer market doesn’t normally include the kit, and the rod is often removed to put on aftermarket hand guards.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Go boresnake or rod. I bought an Otis kit and it works but is a compromise that can’t be used to knock out a stuck case and takes more time to use then a boresnake.

    • Anonymoose

      There is no reason you shouldn’t have a cleaning rod attached to your AK anyway, unless you’ve got some fancy forend or a chopped-down barrel.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Agreed. Kyle Defoor even mounted a rod to his AR15 with zip ties. That’s honestly one of the AK’s best attributes.

  • Will

    Hmmmm. $59.99-79.99 for a kit you can build yourself for $25-35.
    Difference must be the tacti-cool black pouch.

  • Steven Meyer

    What a waste of money…but I’m sure fools and their money will soon part over these.

    • Anonymoose

      That was supposed to be a joke, you know.

  • roguetechie

    I must have quite literally dozens of cleaning kits and requisite remedial action gear to get a gun back into operation. I thought that was just how you were supposed to do it?

    Doesn’t matter if it’s an Ak, a vz, an AR, or something else EVERYTHING has kits! When I buy a gun it gets a kit, when I sell a gun it’s new owner gets a kit and usually a ziploc with spare parts that may need changing and a PDF or printed manual.

    To be honest, I’m probably mildly OCD about the whole thing lol. Still I’d rather be this way and sacrifice some potential profit to make sure someone doesn’t get a gun that frustrates them so much they quit shooting.

  • Blake

    If it’s really for AKs it should some with some goop specifically designed to remove Cosmoline 🙂

  • Tim

    The true irony, Nathan, is that the US Army shipped Armalite M16’s to Nam without cleaning kits and without chrome receivers because it was a “self cleaning rifle”.

  • Andrey Martim

    I though you could clean an AK by pouring Vodka over it and screaming at it.

    • Cottersay

      Hell, that’s what I do.

  • Bob

    you can buy quite a deluxe cleaning kit for 79 bucks that will have a lot more then that.

  • Jose Ernesto

    When AKs sold in the same price range as Hi-Point carbines one could laugh off any attempt at cleaning. With many AKs now in the 4 figure range, well now it’s no fun anymore. They’ve become jusr another rifle you need to clean.

  • CountryBoy

    Kind of like what I sent my mother for Mother’s Day: I sent her a mammogram.

    • guest

      Candygram! Candygram for Mongo!

      • CountryBoy

        Ugh! Mongo love Candygram!