AK47 clone AK63D from Century Arms Review

UF2AK63D from Century Arms is in our opinion one of the best rifles CAI has to offer. AK63D is made on Hungarian surplus parts based on US made milled receiver. This is very unusual combination for underfolder, but in this case CAI really hit the note. Quality of our example is exceptional and honestly, we couldn’t make this rifle to jam even once, during our torture testing. Like with C39, upgrade options are limited, because of the unusual shape of the receiver and front hand guard retention bracket. Fortunately, we were able to fit TDi Arms X47 rail system on it without any modifications. We have also changed pistol grip to something more comfortable and replaced slunt muzzle brake with modern Zenit DTK-2 muzzle brake. Other than these few cosmetic changes, rifle was running with original parts. Here is our video review on it.


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75 responses to “AK47 clone AK63D from Century Arms Review”

  1. Sean Avatar

    Does it look like it will take a traditional wood stock or a folding stock, or is that underfolder the only stock option?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Sean, this is underfolder only.

      1. Rich W. Avatar
        Rich W.

        There is the following option to convert a underfolder to a sidefolder:


        Do you think it would be possible for you guys to get your hands on one for testing?

        1. Sully Avatar

          I second this notion!!

  2. WinAndLegend Avatar

    Is that a DTK-2 muzzle break on there? How does it compare to the factory 74 style break?

    Look at all these choices, in 24mm!: https://www.legionusa.com/ak47-ak-saiga-vepr-parts-accessories-rifle-shotgun/muzzle-devices.html

    I have an SRVV Jet break, haven’t tried it yet, but I really am not liking the added weight up front. I’m looking for something that compensates better than the standard break (runs cleaner too maybe as it traps a lot of crap in there esp with corrosives) and has equal or better compensation with roughly equal or less weight.

    I was looking at the DTK-2, the ME Tornado Break or possibly modifying my Jet break at a machine shop (there’s a lot of extra mass up front, just solid steel that doesn’t need to be there). I’ve seen the DTK-2 on several of your rifles, in particular I’m looking to use it for 5.45.

  3. Steve A. Avatar
    Steve A.

    I purchased a East German bayonet to maybe fit on my Century AK63D gun but it won’t lock up on the lug. Do you know who’s bayonet (what country) will fit correctly without any modifications to gun?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Try Hungarian.

      1. CamdenC Avatar

        I purchased the CAI AK 63d based on this “torture-test” video (and there’s one where they put 500 continuous rounds through one with no problems) and I too am having a hard time finding a bayo that will “lock-in”. Even after removing the slant muzzle break. I contacted CAI directly and they told me that I would need a Hungarian Type 1 AK bayonet… Finding one is a different story. I take my rifle to gun shows and Army Surplus stores and ask if I can test their bayonets on my rifle. I have tried several and still can’t find one that “locks-in” to the lug. I can’t find one online as well… Anybody out there know where I can get one?

  4. Kevin76239 Avatar

    This is my favorite AK .it came with a Tapco mag and a Pmag leather sling and cleaning kit .It is perfect for walking through the swamp and vines that grow where I live ,I have heard that the 63D now is being chrome lined and using a different trigger but the G2 trigger is as good as any one can ask . I am always being harassed by AK fan boys but I still shoot better. If you have any parts I can order to make it better that are water proof and don’t get caught in vines I will use your store.

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      You could get magpul grip from the store and alg trigger if you want to, but that’s it. I hope that 63d will serve you well.

      1. Kevin Avatar


        Which Underfolder would you recommend the AK63D or the M70 ABM?

  5. Paul M Avatar
    Paul M

    I am thinking of getting an under folder to use as a SHTF trunk gun. I like the way you have outfitted the AK 63. Should I go with this model or perhaps a DDI under folder. Any input would be helpful. Thanks.

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Go with DDI and never look back.

  6. Paul Meadows Avatar
    Paul Meadows

    Thanks Rob, I appreciate the help. I am a recent member to the union. I pretty much thought all ak’s were the same, all good but some better than others. Has DDI improved their QC? I know from the blog there were a few issues in the past. Thanks for your help, love the videos.

  7. Devin Avatar

    Is the ak63d compatible with the ultimak gas tube rail, the ported version?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Yes, it should. I don’t have this rifle anymore to test it out for you…but it should work.

      1. Devin Avatar

        I was also wondering if the Romanian wooden handguard with foregrip would work on this rifle? If so how much modification would be required?

  8. chris Avatar

    Does this rifle have the short gas tube like the other Hungarian rifles or is it normal mil spec? Will the troy or ultimak railed gas tubes fit it? Also just wanted to say your guys are great it is so hard to find a trust worthy site to get reviews. Pay guns and ammo enough and they will tell you how great a highpoint is for a conceal gun.

    1. chris Avatar

      any chance of getting a under the hood on this rifle? Or any new under the hoods?

      1. Rob Ski Avatar
        Rob Ski

        No, sorry, that rifle was sent back to Century long time ago.

    2. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Troy gas tube should fit on it.

    3. Dayven Avatar

      To maximize the life of this rifle, exactly which barrel would you put in, I’m confused as far as the compatibility goes for aftermarket barrels. Would you also swap the bolt at all?

  9. Nik Sitz Avatar
    Nik Sitz

    I purchased this rifle from Century arms and have had nothing but problems with it. It refuses to feed, no matter what ammo or magazine I use. I even swapped out the bolt and bolt carrier from a Yugo M70 underfolder that I have and nothing. 15-20 failures to feed per magazine! I am waiting on a reply from Century arms. I have called and sent emails and no reply so far, this is day 3. I really and truly hope that I got a dud and that this example isn’t typical. I would probably bet on the fact that nearly ever mag that I inserted was horribly wobbly, being the cause of the malfunctions.

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      You should contact Century and open warranty claim. One question, is it happening with different mags?

    2. Long Rider Avatar
      Long Rider

      I initially had that same problem, but determined that it was the US Palm mags that were causing the problem. The retaining feed lips are way too thick on the US Palm mags. The bolt cannot engage the round. “Do not buy US Palm mags”. Once I changed the mags to Tapco & Magpul, not one single feed problem. Hungarian Mil-Spec parts on milled receiver…AK63D is awesome.

    3. Keegan Avatar

      I sent mine back the bolt would ride right over the top of the mag. I couldn’t get a fresh round to chamber sometimes and multiple ftf’s. The problem is the mag catch is riveted too far from the receiver on some of them . You can test this by rocking the back of the mag up and down and watch the play. Try holding the back of the mag upwards manually and your ftf prob will go away. Century did repair mine it took about 3 weeks to get back they mig welded the top of the mag catch and ground it down so it holds the mag up into the internal receiver mag rails nice front to back mag fit now. It does work perfectly now I’ve ran 500 rounds now with zero issues.

  10. Paul Avatar

    You still running the TP9SA? What are your thoughts on this gun?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Yes. It is ok, but i prefer glock 17…

  11. Matthew Avatar

    I couldn’t find this variant here in NC, but I do have an High Standard Hungarian UF on the way. Have you had any experience with these?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      I have never used High Standard. I have no clue who those guys are.

  12. Steve in AK Avatar
    Steve in AK

    I love my AK63D, its probably the only century i can trust now… Its been flawless. i wish i could figure out what barrel it has.

  13. Kevin Avatar

    Which Underfolder would you recommend,
    The AK63D or the M70 ABM?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      I would rather go with M70

  14. lorenzo Avatar

    Hey Rob I k ow this post s old but are Hungarian bolt and bolt carrier strong

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Yes, they are good.

  15. Oscar H. Avatar
    Oscar H.

    I was wondering,with the TDI Armsx47 rail,does the underfolder click into place,underneath the rail or did it just close under the rail system????? And if it does not do you have any suggestions??

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Man, i honestly don’t remember…i know i was able to fold it easily…try to ask TDI arms. I don’t have underfolder anymore…

  16. Scott Avatar

    Rob, I’m trying to decide between the ak63d or the wasr 10..it seems like they are roughly in the same price range, although the wasr’s are getting hard to find ….which would you recommend?… thanks!

  17. Jeffrey S. Williams Avatar
    Jeffrey S. Williams

    What pistol grip did you use?

  18. 5kj0wilson3 Avatar

    I’m in the market for an AK underfolder. I saw where you recommended the DDI over this one. I’ve got some patience and am wondering if I should wait to see the Kalashnikov USA offerings. Thoughts?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Wait – at this point i would honestly wait. Let DDI sort out their QC problems first.

      1. 5kj0wilson3 Avatar

        Thanks for the reply. I’ll take your advice on that and pull the trigger on an M1 carbine and finishing a couple of AR builds for now. I hope you’ll be reviewing some of the Kalashnikov USA AKs when they come to market. I know if something passes your tests that it’ll hold up to my use exceptionally well. Keep up the great work and try not to let the BS politics on Facebook get under your skin too much. Happy shooting!

  19. Joey Avatar

    Hey, Rob! I’m trying to choose between the AK-63D, M70, and C39v2. Any suggestions?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Arsenal SLR107R….$849

  20. Daniel Avatar

    Hey Mr. Ski I guess Century Arms changed up the AK63D and changed it to a stamped receiver and chrome lined barrel. They are calling it AK63DS. I bought one on Valentines Day but I can not find any reviews on it. What do you think about the changes? O and they did not fix the bayonet issue. I had to McGiver an old Bulgarian one I had laying around for it to fit. Thanks Mr. Ski!

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Wow, sounds like totally different rifle…i have no idea man. Would have to run for a while to see how it works…

  21. Steve Avatar

    Hey Rob,
    I have decided to choose between a AK63D and a N-PAP DF both from Century.
    Which would you suggest and why?
    Thank You,

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      I would select Vepr FM instead…

  22. Doug Avatar

    I am a retired teacher on a budget……what is a good low cost AK47….that will fire when I need it an even might pass your 5000 round test?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Get Vepr FM for $999 or Arsenal SLR107R for $849

  23. George Avatar

    Rob I have my eyes on one of these at the gun store but chose another model instead. The owner said the 63d had trouble locking one type of mag in the well. I think it was Romanian. Is that something to worry about or is that typical with AKM’s?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      No, it’s not typical. What you see, we have many problems because of stupid import laws. So, rifles like WASr10 for example, those have to be converted here, in USA, to accept regular AK magazines…now if someone has bad day at the factory, they will make it either too tight or sometimes they take too much…honestly, if import laws would be different, you wouldn’t see many of problems at all…

  24. Cody S. Avatar
    Cody S.

    Hey Rob,

    I’m a big fan and watched the channel for a few years now. Your channel has really interested me to get into an ak. I wanted to try the updated ak63ds with stamped receiver and chrome barrel. My only question is do you remember what mags seemed to work in the example you had used? And can you swap out handguards to a magpul option?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      Surplus magazines were working fine and yes, you should be able to modify magpul to make it fit.

      1. Cody S. Avatar
        Cody S.

        Thanks Rob. I really appreciate the feedback. It’s super cool that you take the time talk to the little guys, even though, you are so busy. I love the channel and keep up the good work.

  25. David Senia Avatar
    David Senia

    Where can I purchase a 63d clone I can’t find one anywhere if I do find one it’s the 63ds stamped receiver not milled .I live in fla I’ve searched the internet and can’t find any tips will be greatfull

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    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      We will see how all this will endup. It is harder and harder to deal with YT and Facebook these days…

  27. Zackary kroh Avatar
    Zackary kroh

    Rob Ski does does this receiver have the same issue as the other milled receiver ak from century you reviewed I’m concerned about the head spacing and the cracks you pointed out

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      AK63D uses surplus parts, however, receiver is the same. I hope that they did better job fitting parts on AK63D…

  28. GERALD WOOD Avatar

    I have a AK63D milled. Is it the same s C39v1/v2? I’m seeing some issues with the C39’s head spacing after s while. Is my SK63D in the same boat?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      No, AK63D uses surplus parts, however, receiver is the same.

  29. chad Avatar

    Is this rifle able to have a houge grip like my Yugo M70ab2?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski


  30. Johnny Avatar

    Hey Rob,

    Is the Romanian furniture(dong)compatible on these AK63D/AK63DS rifles? Would they fit on the AK63DS? Nice rifles, just not feeling the blonde wood.

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      No, you need to get Hungarina set for handguard.

  31. Bryan Romeo Avatar

    What’s your take on the Ak63ds? Other than a stamped receiver they’re pretty much the same right?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      I haven’t seen recent ones…internal parts should be good to go.

  32. Third Monkey Avatar
    Third Monkey

    Enjoying your site. I horse-traded for my CAI AK63DS and got it NIB. Guy never got around to firing. I bought an upgraded handguard set and then attempted to remove the blonde furniture. The bottom handguard won’t budge. Rubber mallet was useless. Tab moves up and down but the sling plate doesn’t move. I gather from one of your earlier replies that this one isn’t meant to slide forward to release the bottom wood.. not sure why Century made this part stationary. Any info you can give on this would be appreciated.

  33. Ivan Avatar

    Hey rob what is main diffrence with ak 63 d and the ak 63 ds i am thinking of geting one and how are the barrels on these i hear they are u.s. made?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      They’re the same guns just with different style receivers basically (same guts parts).

  34. TheRealMP Avatar

    Has anyone had any long term issues with these, I found one at my lgs for $800 and was debating picking one up. Does it have the same issues as the c39?

    1. Rob Ski Avatar
      Rob Ski

      I haven’t heard much lately, but back in the day, there were some people complaining about quality of the assembly

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