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Old 06-06-2011, 08:13 PM   #1
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Default Century Arms M70 Zastava AK47

Century Arms M70 Zastava AK47


I just put one of these on layaway, and I'm not sure exactly what model it is but it has the grenade launcher sights, a tapco trigger, an under folding stock, black furniture, and a chromed bore/bolt.

I had heard and seen wasr builds that were quite sketchy, but this one looks a lot nicer. I am paying a little less than $400 for it, and it is brand new.

Any info on this gun would be helpful.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #2
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The model is M70AB2. The bore almost certainly isn't chrome lined, but that isn't a problem. The price you got is definitely on the low side, they usually go $550 - $600. If it's got the thicker RPK trunnion and 1.5mm thick receiver, I'd say you did well.

Swap out the handguards and pistol grip for genuine Yugo and you're good to go.
Receiver, Tapco FCG, Barrel (probably US), and US muzzle brake will keep you compliant.

Check the sight picture for canted sight blocks and check that the rivets are tight, a couple of mine needed re-squashed.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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Very good price for that,I've heard these are drying up. The value is sure to go up. The receivers are 1.5 mm thick,as opposed to 1mm thick for most stamped receiver AK's. The M70's are a little heavier than most AK's,not a bad thing. If you want a little more authenticity,wood upper and lower handguards are available from Apex at a very good price,and may have trench art included at no extra fee.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:31 PM   #4
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Get it. A Yugo is my desire...Unfortunately I want to see it and fondle it in CA...Alas I have not seen a Yugo out here and the last I saw were in WA when I was up there.
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The receivers are 1.5 mm thick,as opposed to 1mm thick for most stamped receiver AK's.
This is mostly true, however, right before they seemed to dry up completely, I was seeing Century Yugos with 1mm thick slab side receivers.
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I think its a Vermont...so is it horrible now or just ok deal haha?
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:04 AM   #7
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THanks guys for the info. Ill post pictures when I get it home!
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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If it has the rpk trunnion then you did real well for that price.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:43 AM   #9
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they are the toughest built ak RPK reciver, and the biggest barrel made, 1.6mm nodak spud reciver, made with milled parts, but CAI makes them or i think they are made out of house. i have 2 the old one has org. barrel the new one was made with older used parts and a us barrrel and has problems but i got m70 virgin kit for 350$
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If it has the rpk trunnion then you did real well for that price.
i hear they run out of used kits and some of the new ones dident have the rpk trunnion and looked like a 1.0mm
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:53 PM   #11
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yeah i have a rpk stamped zastava with a heavy dci receiver the only thing is its a bit canted.....
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:49 PM   #13
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nice weapon..just like mine...u will like the way it shoots also..ill try and post a pic of mine..i cant believe u got it for that price...consider ur self lucky...
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:46 PM   #14
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So called M70AB2T by Century. Non bulged trunnion and 1mm receiver vs 1.5mm receiver,. Selector does not fit the AKM receiver properly. OK rifle but not a very good Yugo variety.

In reality a M70AB1 first pattern slabside rifle,.

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Old 06-08-2011, 02:28 AM   #15
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Idk what you are talking about^
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Idk what you are talking about^
Describing the pictured rifle. It lacks the M70AB2 bulged trunnion and 1.5mm receiver. It is built from the early pattern M70AB1 rifle. Non-bulged trunnion and 1mm receiver. The receiver and selector are not exactly correct for that rifle. The selector can over-rotate and drop the hammer on some specimens. Just sayin'.

Century made up the name M70AB2T for that build.
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Describing the pictured rifle. It lacks the M70AB2 bulged trunnion and 1.5mm receiver. It is built from the early pattern M70AB1 rifle. Non-bulged trunnion and 1mm receiver. The receiver and selector are not exactly correct for that rifle. The selector can over-rotate and drop the hammer on some specimens. Just sayin'.

Century made up the name M70AB2T for that build.
Thanks blue, i will keep that in mind when firing it the first time. Can I get a correct safety lever so its not an unsafe rifle?
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Thanks blue, i will keep that in mind when firing it the first time. Can I get a correct safety lever so its not an unsafe rifle?
Not really that simple. The AKM receiver used is just an odd fit for the selector and the lack of dimple or receiver cover flare can allow the selector to over rotate upward. Test it on an empty rifle. Cycle the rifle (cock it) and try to rotate the selector up past the receiver cover and if so will it drop the hammer.

The selector can be slightly bent inward at the front or the receiver cover slightly flared to stop the selector from over rotating. If it stops on it's own then good to go.
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again, looking at the pics. i guess mines not slab side cause i have the bulged trunnion.humm, guess thats why i had to pay 600.
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hay shilshiemoose: did you ever change out the plastic on the century underfolder? i changed my handgards and added a cobra weave and honestly i like it better than the other 2 ak's i have and one is a saiga sg l21 61
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When Century first started selling these around 2003-2004, they had the correct 1.6mm DCI receiver, Zastava RPK-style trunnion and proper wood handguards. They were quite nice, and obviously not built by Century itself. (They were too nice for Century to have built.) This was the M70AB2.

In the last year or two, they started cranking out versions with the incorrect 1.0mm receiver, ugly plastic furniture, and other incorrect features. (As depicted in the rifle above.) This was the M70AB2T.

I bought one of the correct ones in 2004, when I was just getting into AK's. Over the years I almost sold it twice, but am now glad I didn't as they have long since dried-up.

Nowadays I'm not selling any of my AK's, as original parts kit guns (of all types) have really seemed to dry up in the last year or so. As far as new guns go, Saigas are about the only game in town anymore if you want anything that still has it's original innards.
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They are not really incorrect. The Yugo rifles that Centruy calls M70AB2T are early model underfoldfers M70AB1. These were built on 1mm receivers with non-bulged trunnions. This is noted in previous posts.
What century did was use an AKM 1mm receiver vs a Yugo pattern 1mm receiver. This created a few issues with the selector fitment and how it rotates and so forth. Too bad as there is nothing wrong with a 1mm M70AB1 if built on the proper receiver. But the Century offering works.., and can be safety checked as noted above.
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They are incorrect to the M70AB2 standard (which is how Century was marketing these.). That was my point.
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yeah i grabed one up from a local gun shop cause it was bulged and hadnt seen any in gun shows recently...
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They are incorrect to the M70AB2 standard (which is how Century was marketing these.). That was my point.
Most folks do not know one model from another and they did rebadge it the M70AB2T. Really, other than using an AKM receiver vs a more appropriate Yugo style I do not think they were trying to trick anyone. They AB1 is simply another model and Apex sold the kits for about $300 up until 6 months ago or so. I like the variations in the Yugo models, M64, M70, M70B1, M95, M76 etc., etc. All nice variations. But no big deal., but I agree an unpleasant surprise for someone not familliar with the Yugo models etc.

I built a M70AB1 and an M70B1 (first pattern). Both are the 1mm receiver type Yugo variants.


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yeah they later went with the heavier cause of the granade launcher
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Not really that simple. The AKM receiver used is just an odd fit for the selector and the lack of dimple or receiver cover flare can allow the selector to over rotate upward. Test it on an empty rifle. Cycle the rifle (cock it) and try to rotate the selector up past the receiver cover and if so will it drop the hammer.

The selector can be slightly bent inward at the front or the receiver cover slightly flared to stop the selector from over rotating. If it stops on it's own then good to go.
Hey all, those receivers are a custom run by NODAK for CAI, based on the NDS-3 but with the Yugo UF cutout. I don't think Harlan will care that I said this, because he told me that info himself. From what I was told, it's dimensionally correct, but as you mention, the selector stops don't line up with the Yugo selector. I managed to mill .25mm deep selector stops into mine, which pretty much eliminated the possibility of the lever over-riding the receiver cover.
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