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Posted: 11/13/2010 9:17:50 PM
I had a Ruger SR-556 and found it to be a mighty fine Zombie killer. However, I just could not warm up to the .223 round. A Marine friend explained to me that after his two stints in Iraq (he is a medic for an entry type team and he saw a lot of action), they trained 3 shots in the body, 2 in the head with their M4s. Anyway, I sold the SR-556 and was without an assault rifle with 30 round magazines (unless we cound my gorgeous old .30 Carbine, but it's too valuable to seriously consider shooting if the stuff hits the fan.

I felt a .308 would be nice, but I remember shooting a friend's HK 91 and not really liking the recoil much. It didn't hurt, but it sure was sharp.

I had an SKS years ago because the rifle was $109 and the ammo was $1.90 for 20 rounds. I always liked the 7.62x39 round.

Then I saw the Centurion 39 from Century Int'l Arms. I now have one. It is my first experience with an AK and the first I've ever held. NEATO! I like it a whole lot!

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion001.jpg

I like the red front sight, adjustable for windage rear sight, and the milled receiver.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion009.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion010.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion006.jpg

I took it to the range on Friday, but I could only shoot it at 25 yards. The 100 yard stations were all taken by the deer hunters sighting in their rifles. I was really happy with the Centurion 39. It shot great with no problems at all. The trigger measures five and a half pounds on my Lyman digital trigger gauge with no overtravel at all.
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Posted: 11/13/2010 9:22:25 PM
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion002.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion003.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion004.jpg

The recoil was as I anticipated, which is to say not much at all.

This was one of my first 5 shot 25 yard groups after I adjusted the sights just a smidgen.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion010-1.jpg

This is 10 shots at 25 yards, shooting pretty quick. I tend to shoot a little high because I wind up holding a bit high, even when sandbag resting.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion014.jpg

I just ordered a Hogue Monogrip because I have large hands and the factory (Tapco) grip's finger grooves don't line up for me at all. I have a Hogue on an AR-15 at work and it's comfortable.

I also ordered a 6 position collapsible stock that should fit the milled steel receiver and I have a 10 shot magazine coming since the 30 rounder is a bit hard to use when sandbag shooting.

I love this Made in the USA Centurion 39. I would like to put my spare Leupold 3-9x40 scope on it somehow and ring out some 100 yard accuracy and see how it does!

-Steve
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Posted: 11/13/2010 9:37:17 PM
Finally a forum member has one of these. Everyone has been curious about them. I would love it if you could post close up pics of all the parts like the bolt carrier, bolt, gas tube, etc. So we can see if they are all obviously US made or not.
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Posted: 11/13/2010 10:02:06 PM
I like it. Where did you buy it from?

Also, we dont have medics in the Marine Corps. Was he a corpsman (navy)?
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Posted: 11/13/2010 10:36:49 PM
Is that an adjustable rear sight on that rifle? Does it have a set screw to lock it the adjustment?
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Posted: 11/13/2010 10:37:57 PM
Save your self some time and take the plastic sight post out.
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Posted: 11/13/2010 10:48:30 PM
Originally Posted By rube79:
Save your self some time and take the plastic sight post out.


Humm......I think the red plastic is really pretty

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Posted: 11/14/2010 1:35:57 AM
That looks really nice. Please take a few more shots of the internals and close ups of the gas tube, bolt and carrier if you could. I'm very curious if those are US made or not.
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Posted: 11/14/2010 5:22:27 AM
It certainly looks like a beautiful rifle. I am intrigued by it. I wonder why they did didn't bother with bayo lug on it?
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Posted: 11/14/2010 5:51:43 AM
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My friend is a fireman and he is a Marine, but the term "medic" was just my own. I'm not sure what his official title would be, but since he is a paramedic for his full time job, that's what he did with his unit over there.

I have to work today, but I'll take more photos on Monday/Tuesday since those are my days off. When I picked the rifle up at my FFL, he perused it and was very impressed. I have to figure out how to take it apart since the AK is one of the few guns I am unfamiliar with.

Yes, the rear sight has an Allen screw to adjust it for windage. I made sure I had the right size Allen wrench before I went to the range, but when I made sure I could loosen the screw, I moved the sight a smidge. Otherwise, I think it would have been right on at 100 yards. When I was at the range, I just had to move it back to the center. There are little hash marks on the top of the rear sight to line it up when adjusting it. I guess other AK47s don't have this adjustment feature?

More photos to come!
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Posted: 11/14/2010 4:05:14 PM
That muzzle brake looks interesting
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Posted: 11/14/2010 4:21:24 PM
Originally Posted By mm6mm6:
I guess other AK47s don't have this adjustment feature?

More photos to come!


Your rifle is quite a bit different than standard AKs. Supposedly yours is 100% US made, so it has some differences when compared to the foreign made AKs that are all over the market. The foreign rifles don't have windage adjustable rear sights(some do, but for the most part they are the minority).. all sight adjusting is done at the front sight.

Other differences I can see with your rifle is the gas block, front sight base, and I've seen that the bolt carriers are different too.

I'm going to stick to foreign AKs until someone makes a US one that is identical to the foreign guns.
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Posted: 11/14/2010 8:59:52 PM
I've been waiting almost a year for a review on one of these and unsurprisingly, it comes from a non-AK enthusiast. I'm glad the review is up, I'm really hoping to see what the itnernals on this thing look like, but it looks like a decent rifle for the most part. The muzzle brake is kind of... umm... interesting and I'm not really diggin the stamped dust cover or furniture, but it looks like a pretty stout rifle.

Glad you like it OP, I hope you share a few more pics with us later on.
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Posted: 11/14/2010 9:53:57 PM


Thanks for the review, Steve. It's odd how hard it's been to find any actual photos of it.

Am I seeing that serial correctly? First one?
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Posted: 11/14/2010 9:54:50 PM
Thanks for sharing. Been curious about this rifle for a while. The windage adjustment on the rear site is nice.... It's a huge pain in the ass on a regular AK.
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Posted: 11/14/2010 10:18:22 PM
Originally Posted By Richard-ar15:


Thanks for the review, Steve. It's odd how hard it's been to find any actual photos of it.

Am I seeing that serial correctly? First one?


No- he blurred the digits after the 1. Looks nice.
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Posted: 11/15/2010 8:29:35 AM
Yeah, I blurred the last two digits. Sorry about that, it does look like I got serial number 1 doesn't it? Alright, I'm off to take some photos. Hopefully I'll figure out how to get it back together again! I might be back for help!
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Posted: 11/15/2010 8:38:04 AM
That actually looks nice. As others have said, I would probably ditch the plastic front sight though.
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Posted: 11/15/2010 8:39:26 AM
Nice review, but your friend is full of shit.

American Rifleman did a review of these and reported exceptional accuracy for a 7.62 AK. Though your groups were only at 25 yards, they are indeed nice and tight.

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Posted: 11/15/2010 10:23:41 AM
There is a rather short list of firearms I have not owned, shot, or at least messed around with a bit. The Broomhandle Mauser and the AK47 are two I can think of. I've dealt with just about everything else. The Centurion 39 Owner's Manual has the best step by step, easy to understand, and thorough take down/reassembly instructions I've ever read. Of course, the AK design is rather simple. But explaining how to position the bolt in the carrier and how to press down to overcome the hammer spring tension was very well done.

I took a bunch of photos and I'm heading out to Cabelas today to buy some more ammo (with my two $10 off coupons in hand!). I noticed that the Herters ammo is available in 122 grain and a heavier round (I think 150-something grains). Is there anything I should know about the heavier bullets? I figure I'll buy a little bit of everything, with most being soft point 122 grain 7.62x39 with brass cases and non corrosive.

Here's the pics, I hope I got some quality close ups of what those of you interested in this rifle want to see:

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion015.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion016.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion020.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion021.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q187/mm6mm6/Centurion022.jpg


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Posted: 11/15/2010 10:24:41 AM
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Posted: 11/15/2010 10:45:10 AM
That lightened bolt carrier is very interesting. Wonder what else they've changed, and why...
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Posted: 11/15/2010 11:04:55 AM
Originally Posted By Chris_1522:
That lightened bolt carrier is very interesting. Wonder what else they've changed, and why...


Maybe to not need as large of a gas port? I'm just guessing though. Also maybe because of the heavier milled receiver.
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Posted: 11/15/2010 11:13:23 AM
Are the muzzle threads the standard M14x1 LHT?
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Posted: 11/15/2010 1:03:31 PM
I am gonna admit I find that rifle uniquely hot looking, I think I may want one.

Thanks for posting the pics and putting up the review.



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Posted: 11/15/2010 2:20:00 PM
That sure is a funny looking bolt carrier! GARY N4KVE
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