Century Arms C39v2 Red Army Standard | SHOT 2017

Century Arms C39v2 Red Army Standard

Century Arms C39v2 Red Army Standard

The Century Arms C39v2 Red Army Standard is a 100% American-made AK. It has a standard 16.5-inch metric-threadded barrel with a prorietary Chevron compensator which directs gasses upwards to reduce recoil-induce barrel rise and help the shooter keep the sights on the target. The receiver is milled 4140 ordnance-quality steel and has standard AKM-style sights.

The C39v2 Red Army Standard has a side scope mount similar to standard AK mounts except that this mount offers return-to-zero capability. This is a first for AK side scope mounts.

It also has an RAK-1 enhanced trigger group and an extra-large T-shaped magazine release. The rifle accepts all standard AK mags.

The walnut wood furniture is some of the best you will see offered standard on a stock AK.

C39v2s are available in a number of additional configurations, including

  • MOE model with Magpul Original Equipment stock, pistol grip, and handgaurd.
  • Zhukov model with Zhukov stock and handguard and MOE pistol grip
  • SBR model with a 10.6-inch or 12.40-inch barrel and Zhukov stock
  • Pistol model with 10.6-inch barrel and no stock


Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and GunPundit.com.


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  • The Destroyer

    Nice looking AK – it will be interesting to see the scope mount in person. What is the MSRP, and when will these be available to dealers?

  • LongRanger

    Looks like the same C39v2 from last year with a couple tacked on items. Wonder if they sorted out the quality control regarding their bolt carriers and soft metal. I own one of these, and it’s probably my least favorite of those I own, mostly because I feel like I bought a sucky product.

    • forrest1985

      Didn’t Rob and Paul of AKOU have a few issues, including build quality with a century arms AK? Not sure what model though?

      • AC97

        I think it was the RAS 47?

        • TheRealATF

          Both have had issues, more so the RAS47.

        • Twilight sparkle

          It was but the main issue was a poorly made cast bolt and carrier which is shared by the c39v2

          • AC97

            Oh trust me, I wouldn’t trust a Century made AK, ever.

    • andrey kireev

      Probably just paid off bunch of youtubers to hype up their products instead.

    • LA racer357

      I don’t know what you are talking about. Century scavenges only the finest dumpsters and roadsides in search of only the most premium beer and soda cans that they melt to make their rifles. If your rifle smells like beer, you know you’re shooting a Century.

  • iksnilol

    Thats how soviet scope mounts usually work as far as I know. Or did Yugoslavia make some secret squirrel ones?

    • andrey kireev

      Nah, Century is just full of crap. They invented a problem to sell their proprietary mount….. So now they gonna miss out on selling a $600 rifle, because they wanted to make an extra $100 on a garbage mount

      • iksnilol

        Well, of course, it is Century. I am just saying that the AK and SVD side mounts from.before return pretty well to zero.

        • andrey kireev

          Oh, believe me, I know lol

  • Twilight sparkle

    Is that the same gun with the dumb and ugly proprietary mount from last year?

    • andrey kireev

      Yup… even less reason to buy their AKs

  • Scott Connors

    Century really needs to quit rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and start paying attention to quality control issues, especially for critical components such as the receiver, bolt, and bolt carrier. Anyone who buys an AK over an AR does so because they prefer the legendary ruggedness and reliability associated with the Kalashnikov platform. But too many purchasers of CAI products, other than certain of their models imported from Romania or Serbia, end up with a poor range toy that won’t hold up even to moderate use.

  • andrey kireev

    “The C39v2 Red Army Standard has a side scope mount similar to standard AK mounts except that this mount offers return-to-zero capability. This is a first for AK side scope mounts.”

    Oh yay, Century with more lies about their crappy mount that no one wants. I have multiple side-rail mounts on my AKs that return to zero with no problems after remounting… in fact I have an optic mated to a mount, which I move between two of my AKs that holds zero.

  • USMC03Vet

    Friends don’t let friends buy century arms made AK.

  • Mitchell Gilliland

    My CAI AK74 works just fine, has for couple years. Didn’t even know the company beforehand, price was right and i wanted one.

  • Treyh007

    So would y’all choose this AK or PSA, or DDI?