The Centurion 39 Sporter is newest addition to rapidly growing, made in USA, milled AK’s family. Rifle is chambered in 7.62×39 mm and as you may know already, it is based on milled receiver. According to Century International, which manufacturing Sporter, receiver is machined from an 11 pound block of 4140 ordnance quality steel.
Sporter is loaded with some surprises. Most noticeable one is left and right side charging handle allowing the right handed shooter to keep his primary hand on trigger guard during reloads. Another interesting addition is, combined with gas block, front post sight.
Rear sight was also modified. Instead of adjusting for windage from the front sight like on other AK rifles, the rear sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation. Finally, Sporter has an oversized mag release button, for easier mag changes.
The upper and lower handguards have four Picatinny rails, but please note that upper hand guard will not work as an optic mount, because it is not rigid enough for this kind of job. From my first impression, I will tell you also, that rifle is incredibly light for milled receiver version. It weights 7 lbs and 3 oz (unloaded) – that’s only 3.26 kg. Some weight saving was done on bolt carrier group. Century basically created open slots in it, to get rid of dead weight – interestingly enough, I have seen something similar done on AEK 971…just saying.
Barrel is chrome lined, 16.25” long with 1:10 twist and has “bird cage” type flash hider. Overall, initial feeling on it is good and Sporter is easy to drive from target to target, but the real results will come from the extensive range and field use…I should have report on it done in the next few weeks…
Ps. You can get C39 Sporter for around $650.