Century Arms International C39 Pistol review

C39 line has become flag ship for Century Arms. Without loosing the steam, CAI has released pistols based on popular C39 milled receiver. With ATF recent ruling on use brace, pistols has become extremely popular in USA, because brace offers users taste of short barrel rifle without hassle of going through stupid paperwork. We have put that C39 pistol for series of grueling tests to see if this little bastard will hold the line and continue to go Bang every time. Here is our video review onย Century Arms International C39 Pistol!

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23 responses to “Century Arms International C39 Pistol review”

  1. Asamurai Avatar
    Asamurai

    Rob,
    Century recently announced a new version of the C-39 which answers many of the difficulties you described. They say even though the C-39v2 has a milled receiver it will accept stamped AKM furniture both, fore and rear. Also Century is now doing their own trigger which they say wont be set off by safety lever over travel and wont hang up the carrier. Even more exciting they announced a stamped version of their US AKs called the RAS47. Both these guns are supposed to start shipping in December. I can’t find these details anywhere but in a video posted by James Yeager.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxkK-KsIAWk
    It seems like Century is really listening to customers and trying to build an amazing product. Its really exciting. I hope you can get your hands on some soon.

  2. Kc Avatar
    Kc

    Can’t wait to see AK review the C39 milled RPK

    1. Kc Avatar
      Kc

      Meant to type AKOU review…damn autocorrect.

  3. C_Poff Avatar
    C_Poff

    Will the troy gas tube rail fit on the c39 pistol?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      No, it will not.

  4. Jason Avatar
    Jason

    Rob,
    Do you have a suggestion for a drop in upgrade rail for this pistol? I’m looking to put in upper rail that will co witness my Primary Arms red dot.

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Yes, you can use TDI Arms polymer handguard. Works just fine.

  5. Rich W. Avatar
    Rich W.

    Will the Zenit B-19 and B-10M fit on the C39 pistol?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      No, sorry, there is no way to fit these on C39…

      1. Rich W. Avatar
        Rich W.

        Does that include the full sized rifle or just the pistol? I’m planning an AK build and want to make sure parts I buy will work together before buying. If I get the C39 classic will these parts work?

        1. Rob Ski Avatar
          Rob Ski

          Zenit rails will not work either on pistol or rifle…at least not without some serious dremel tool action, which is not recommended in this case.

  6. The Don Avatar
    The Don

    Have you ran the C-39 pistol suppressed?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Unfortunately not – suppressors are still illegal in IL…

      1. justin Avatar
        justin

        Finally we can get suppressors as of 06.30.16

        1. Rob Ski Avatar
          Rob Ski

          Did Governor singed that bill already?

  7. Brock Avatar
    Brock

    Is that Zenit break on there with a crush washer? I have the pistol and am looking to replace the stupid birdcage muzzle, but I have been wondering how well they will stay on without a detent to lock with. It seems like muzzles with many detent cut outs would be at increases risk for coming loose because of less mating surface. Thoughts?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      No, it had no crush washer, i was just lucky to lock it that way, but i would suggest using crush washer in this setup for sure. This whole front post setup on C39 pistol is rather sad, they should include dent for muzzle brake…but it is what it is…

      1. Brock Avatar
        Brock

        Thanks for the knowledge. I wasn’t stoked about the front sight set up either but over all the pistol seemed reasonably priced for what it is. I’ve got a RAS47 shipping from Atlantic that should get here any day. Excited to get it all customized.

  8. Travis Avatar
    Travis

    I have a question about the “brace.” I installed one on my zastava m92 but it seems to come loose easily. Did you do anything to keep the brace tight on the rifle in this test? Or do I just need to constantly keep adjusting it?

    Thanks! Love the videos!

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      No, all my screws were very tight from the begging.

  9. TJ Avatar
    TJ

    Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on my c39 pistol.

    Just after a 150 rounds, it ripped a case head off and a broken shell extractor wouldnt cut it to remove it. Bolt would not open without use of hammer or the like. I knew there was a bigger problem with it then I could handle so I sent it to a good gun smith. I didnt feel like dealing with CIA customer service.

    My gun smith explained that excessive headspace caused the bolt to damage the locking lug in the receiver. He said it “swallowed” a no go gauge.

    He fixed the headspace and machined the locking lug the best he could. He said it might last 100 or 5000 rounds he wouldnt know. I guess time will tell. Just wanted to share my experience so far.

  10. Ryan Avatar
    Ryan

    Does anyone know if they make a ported gas tube replacement for the c-39 pistol? Wanting to run a suppressor. That shorter gas tube is hard to come by…

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      I have no clue. Try to call their CS.

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