Century Arms RAS47 AK Rifles ~ Buy-em While You Still Can

By John Farnam

Century Arms RAS47 AK Rifle
Century Arms RAS47 AK Rifle
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Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- “All that is complex is not good. All that is truly good, is simple.” ~ Kalashnikov

Comments on Century Arms RAS47 Kalashnikov Rifle:

I’ve had many Kalashnikovs come through my Urban Rifle Classes. They have been manufactured in the (former) Soviet Union, China, America, even Pakistan. With the exception of the ones made in Pakistan, all have run well!

By American standards, some consider Kalashnikov’s creation “rude and crude,” but any competent Operator will instantly appreciate the simplicity in the design, and the genius of the designer. This is the rifle I faced in Vietnam so many years ago, and understandably, I hated it then.

In fact, I still bear scars from AK rounds, received during my tour as a Marine Infantry Officer in Vietnam in 1968! Since, like most, I’ve come to appreciate what a superbly-functional machine the AK is!

Kalashnikov was an uneducated tank-mechanic, born with few advantages, but there was a design-genius lurking inside. Like all of us, he was far from perfect, but his indelible contribution to military history is undeniable!

The 7.62×39 rifle cartridge is the best military round ever made! Short and heavily tapered, it was designed from the beginning to run smoothly in automatic machines, and does so better than any other! It is a legitimate 300m round, with exceptional penetration.

I recommend not running steel-case ammunition through your M4, for fear of breaking the extractor. Such concerns are unnecessary with the AK. It’s heavy bolt and large extractor are unlikely to break under any circumstances!

My copy of Century Arms’ American-made RAS47 if a wonderful manifestation of the Kalashnikov Rifle!

It features a bolt-hold-open-notch in the manual safety lever, but is otherwise faithful to the original design. It takes all AK magazines, but I particularly like 30-round Pmags!

I’ve had it for six months, and it runs and runs! Copies are available for under $600.00. Although, in view of recent events and resulting cries from domestic leftists for gun-banning legislation, that may have already changed!

As a car-gun, the RAS47 is hard to beat!


Get your copy while you still can!


Century Arms American-made RAS47 AK Pistol
Century Arms American-made RAS47 AK Pistol, CA makes a pistol version as well.

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  • 6 thoughts on “Century Arms RAS47 AK Rifles ~ Buy-em While You Still Can

    1. Spend a couple hundred more and get a Lee Armory or DDI. The cast trunions on the RAS don’t cut it! If you’re set on a Century Arms, get the WASR10. It outperforms anything in that price range.

    2. I had one, then I sold it and got an n-pap instead. I wish the RAS47 would be better. It’s fit and finish blows the n-pap out of the water. I really liked the trigger and the oversized magazine release. But in the end, I feel like the n-pap will last much longer than the RAS47.

    3. Nevermind century’s well known metallurgy problems in critical parts like the bolt, carrier and front trunnion. Good cast parts are not a problem in an ak, poor quality cast parts are. Wast10 is a waaaaaay better option with forged parts, propper heat treat and chromelined barrel

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