While visiting family in Florida with my kids for their spring break, I found myself just a few minutes from the headquarters of Century Arms in Delray Beach. While Century’s HQ is almost all offices and paperwork — warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, etc. is in North Carolina — they do have some of their digital marketing folks there and I paid ’em a visit.
After passing dozens of offices and large rooms with cubicle-style desks — compliance, customer service, accounting, marketing, etc. etc. — I found myself in the realm (well, one of the realms) of the digital marketing folks. A large room with multiple photography areas, stacks of photo backdrops, lighting, props of all sorts, some trade show stuff, and more.
My liaison for the day had pulled some guns out of the vault for me to play with.
The first thing I checked out was their BFT47, a U.S.-made AK at a very appealing $829.99 MSRP price point.
This particular one was rocking a surplus bayonet, though I forget the bayo’s country of origin. They aren’t on the Century Arms online store as of this writing, but should be available there soon.
If I recall correctly, they’re also planning on offering rifle packages that include a matching bayonet. Don’t quote me on that, though, I was too focused on clicking it on and off the gun and racking the bolt to remember the details I was supposed to remember.
At any rate, the BFT47 felt solid, smooth, and well put together and I liked the oversized mag release.
The SFx RIVAL, which Dan highlighted here just a couple days ago and which I shot at a range day a month ago, is one hell of a ready-to-race 9mm competition pistol setup. At an MSRP of just $679.99, the RIVAL comes in a hard case complete with cleaning equipment, tools, multiple aluminum magazine baseplate options, high-capacity mags, various optics plates, a holster, and more.
With an insanely light and crisp trigger, great sights, and everything else you need to enter gun games, the SFx RIVAL is literally competition-ready right out of the box and it’s production legal for use in IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, etc.
This gun shot great for me on the range last month and the fact that it competes with “the big boys” at, in many cases, a quarter of the price is pretty darn impressive.
So is the entire TP9 lineup, really. These guns have proven themselves to outperform their price class since they were first introduced in the U.S. and my opinion hasn’t changed since June of 2015 when I reviewed the original model. Given I took that one almost straight from the box to an IPSC-style shoot and turned in a third place finish, you know the tuned-up versions are going to hold their own.
After playing with the Caniks it was onto all three versions of the Century Arms AP5.
These are, obviously, HK MP5 clones and they’re actually built with quite a bit of original HK tooling.
There’s a standard pistol AP5, a micro pistol AP5 (directly above), and a large pistol AP5 (below).
MSRP on all three flavors of AP5 is $1,999.99. Playing the roller locker game is never inexpensive, but this still represents a much more approachable price point than a brand-name HK and, having shot the AP5s at that same range day last month during which I also shot the HK originals, I can attest to how extremely smooth and nice the Century versions run and feel.
That’s about it! This was a quick visit mostly just to say “hi” to the crew there and to talk about TTAG borrowing some Century Arms and Canik guns for reviews.
So, what about it? What from Century and Canik would y’all particularly like to see us put through the paces for feature Gun Review?