SHOT Show: Century Arms AES-10B Romanian RPK in 7.62×39 [VIDEO]

Century AK AES 10B RPK

Luis Valdes for TTAG

After a years-long hiatus, Century Arms International is re-importing that AK-mania Cold War classic, the Romanian made AES 10B RPK in 7.62x39mm. It has a heavy barrel, adjustable bipod, carry handle and comes with a 30-round magazine for $1499. Check out the video.


  1. avatar Esoteric Inanity says:

    For that kind of price it had best come with an optics rail and a barrel clamp bipod. Should come with a drum mag to boot. Century really is milking their products for every last drop now (Especially the imports).

    Speaking of Kalashnikovs and Century Arms, Esoteric Inanity is quite disappointed that nobody from this site has mentioned Zastava USA. Perhaps this one has missed it, but Century Arms losing out on it’s Serbian firearm’s offerings, and a new importer of combloc weaponry, should illicit some type of coverage. Zastava is purported to have a booth at SHOT. Go get some pics of the M91.

    1. avatar supergun says:

      For that kind of price, buy a GALIL AK 46 Rifle.

      1. avatar super says:

        Correction above: AK-47

      2. avatar Esoteric Inanity says:

        “For that kind of price, buy a GALIL AK 47 Rifle.”

        Disregarding that a Galil (like the VZ 58 and Valmet) isn’t a true Kalashikov, Esoteric Inanity will chalk it up to cultural metonymy. In this one’s opinion, supergun is correct in that the Galil Ace in 7.62×39 or any quality AK platform would constitute money better spent than on a Century assembled Romanian RPK.

        1. avatar Dan B says:

          Not all Century guns are assembled by Century. They are simply the importer. My WASR was manufactured by Cugir in Romania.

      3. avatar Alvin k York says:

        Comparing a Galil to an RPK. Appels to Oranges my friend

  2. avatar Gadsden says:

    1500$ for a century arms AK with a long barrel. Yeah ok.

    1. avatar Rob says:

      It’s only imported by Century, which means it should be ok.
      The old AES-10b’s they imported were pretty good by all accounts.

    2. avatar ai338 says:

      They make the world’s most expensive cheap trunions.

  3. avatar MLee says:

    Those guys are on crack. You can buy a top of the line MILLED Bulgarian SAM7R and the variety of variants Arsenal has for less than that.

  4. avatar 22winmag says:

    Once the barrel is hot you’ll be shooting 10 inch groups at best.

    Ask me how I know this.

    Why not go get an 8mm M76 or PSL (for less $) if you want a long barrel AK with punch?

    1. avatar MLee says:

      So…do you shoot an M76 sniper rifle until the barrel is hot?

        1. avatar 22winmag says:

          Smoking hot actually.

    2. avatar Esoteric Inanity says:

      Has 22winmag seen what PSLs are going for lately?

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        The PSL and the SVD are both cool as heck but considering the cartridge they fire I don’t think they justify their own price points.

        1. avatar Esoteric Inanity says:

          Indeed, there’s just something about combloc sniper (Ok they really fill more of a DMR role) rifles that just screams cool.

          Sadly, neither can be had at a reasonable price currently. As to this, regarding the SVD and PSL, each are expensive for vastly different reasons. Not to come off as didactic, but none of it has to do with either rifle’s chambered cartridge specs.

          To all that aren’t familiar, the PSL and SVD are two vastly different guns that where both created to fill a similar niche. While each rifle tends to fulfill the role of a sniper platform (Soviet doctrine considered a sniper’s role to be the equivalent of a modern day DMR), the SVD is far and above superior to the PSL for this purpose.

          Esoteric Inanity has had the pleasure of shooting a Dragunov platform rifle, albeit an NDM-86 chambered in 7.62×51. The rifle was by no means a tack driver, however, with matchgrade ammo it was capable of 1.5-sub M.O.A. 5 shot groups. Whereas the PSL, while not necessarily a pleasure to shoot, is still an adequate rifle that can perform quite well. With good ammo (And a decent rifle), this one has found that 3.5-1.5 M.O.A. groups are possible.

          The SVD Dragunov was designed by Russian arms engineer Yevgeny Dragunov for a contest to come up with a rifle that would be part of a new weapons system and replace the PU Sniper Rifles based on the older M91/30 Mosin Nagants. The SVD was designed with a short stroke gas piston system similiar to an SKS, thus contributing to its accuracy. The PSL on the other hand, was developed by the Romanian army in order to fill the same role as the SVD. It is essentially a stretched RPK receiver with a lengthened long stroke gas piston system and is chambered in 7.62x54R. This was necessary, as Russia had cut off Romania from it’s arms technology due to rising tensions between the two nations.

          For those that are unaware, a true SVD Dragunov platform is no longer importable to the US. Thus, what is currently available in the country is all that there will be for the foreseeable future. These are limited to the few war souvenir bring backs from the 70’s, a very small number of rifle imports from Russia during the very early 90’s, a somewhat sizable supply of NDM-86s (Chinese copy of the SVD imported in the early 90’s) and a slightly more abundant supply of Izhmash TIGRs (A Russian sporterised SVD that was also imported in the 90’s). The Norincos were banned from importation in 1994 via an executive order issued by President Clinton. Contrary to popular belief however, he did not prohibit the TIGRs from coming into the country. In April of 1996 the US and Russia agreed to a Voluntary Restraint Agreement that precluded the importation of certain small arms that weren’t specifically listed in said agreement. No Dragunov platform (Including the TIGR) was included, neither were SKSs (Hence why Canada has a surplus of $250-300 Russian SKSs, while the US has only what has been in the country for the last 23 years). It is due to the current scarcity of the SVD and lack of a future supply that drives its overpriced status.

          The PSL has been imported into the US now for at least the last 15 years (Potentially longer, although Esoteric Inanity is not aware). When initially imported, most builds were based on old parts kits and could be had for around $450-500. Included were two magazines and a 4×32 scope. Since then the price has steadily been on the rise. The latest imports are ostensibly built with brand new parts from Cugir. These PSLs have been retailing at around $2000. The reason for this price increase seems to be a bit tentative. Some claim that there has been a mass increase in demand for combloc weapons, especially since Izhmash and Molot can no longer provide their products to the US. Another explanation is that with all the old PSL kits drying up, the new production guns more accurately represent a realistic price point of the PSL without an abundance of kit builds and used part guns driving the cost down. Of course, Century might also just be getting greedy and are sticking it to gun owners.

          Now if only Zastava USA can import the M91 at a reasonable (Sub $1100) price.

  5. avatar DJinFL says:

    Sold my RPK during the Obama hysteria for $800, whoch was twice what I paid for it. It wasn’t particularly fun to shoot. I prefer an AK.

  6. avatar possum says:

    ?why not 7.62X54, that’s to much money I think for a 7.62×39

    1. avatar Esoteric Inanity says:

      Because the RPK isn’t chambered in 7.62x54R. The Romanian PSL and Serbian M91 are however built on a 1.5mm thick RPK like receiver and chambered for 7.62x54R. Also yes, the price point of Century’s Romanian RPK is ridiculous.

  7. avatar Cooter E Lee says:

    I’m done with Century and worrying about their lack of quality. I buy my firearms to shoot and I expect them to all last several 1000 rounds.

    I’ve ordered the Palmetto KS-47 for $699. I’m hoping this is a light and reliable 7.62×39 platform.

  8. avatar Trampled Under Foot says:

    Didn’t even bother to watch the video. Stupist thing I’ve ever seen since the FN-FAL heavy barrel semi-auto back in the day. Why would anyone want to carry a semi-auto version of a full auto heavy rifle? The exercise?

    1. avatar Removed_californian says:

      Cool factor? It’s the same reason someone would buy a 249s. It’s a different looking gun with a recognizable silhouette.

      1. avatar Trampled Under Foot says:

        A belt fed semi-auto only proves that as stupid as something is, there is always something that is more stupid.

  9. avatar Cam says:

    Wrong price point, I can get an m1a for that, and $200 more I can get the loaded with match barrel.
    To quote Reagan, “not gonna do it!!”

    1. avatar Alvin York says:

      Everyone needs to get a grip and understand that not every gun should be for for Home defense or competition shooting. Not Every gun should be an AK or AR15. Its seems like everyone keeps missing the point when they see guns like this come out. The 1st thing people do is complain about the price and how they could buy a different gun for less. Well, good go buy that gun and STFU. The AES10B wasn’t designed for Home defense or 3 gun matches. This isn’t supposed to compete with the AK, AR15 or M1A. So everyone complaining about the price are only showing how little you know. This Romanian AES10B is a Semi-auto version of the RPK which is a Squad Automatic Weapon like the US M249 SAW. Meaning this firearms only competition would be a Semi-Auto M249 which is $7500.

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