Century Arms Now Shipping Heavy Duty VSKA AK Rifle

Century Arms Heavy Duty VSKA AK Rifle
Century Arms Heavy Duty VSKA AK Rifle

Delray Beach, Fla. – -(AmmoLand.com)- Century Arms, North America’s premier AK manufacturer, is excited to announce their new heavy duty AK rifle, the VSKA (vis-kuh), is now shipping. Re-engineered with critical components using machined S7 tool steel, the VSKA is the result of a special development program for a United States government project that was finalized in 2017.

“It’s very exciting for us to finally see the VKSA start shipping to the commercial market,” said Jason Karvois, Century’s Director of Sales. “We have been working on this project for some time now and the conclusive feedback we received from the U.S. government was clear evidence that our efforts had paid off. Now it’s time for civilian consumers to reap the benefits of this project.”

The VSKA rifle features an all-new bolt carrier, front trunnion, and feed ramp machined from S7 tool steel and specially heat treated for maximum durability. S7, often referred to as a “Shock-Resisting Tool Steel,” is commonly used for tools like chisels and jackhammer tips as it has maximum shock resistance and high compression strength while retaining toughness. The front trunnion and bolt are machined from billet and exceeded the durability goals for the project. Additionally, the VSKA features a nitro-carburized 4140 steel bolt, a chrome-moly 4150 barrel, and sports the RAK-1 Enhanced Trigger Group for an impressive trigger pull. Along with a magnesium-phosphate finish, Century adds a little style to the heavy-duty brute with an American Maple wood buttstock and forend.

The 100% Made-in-America VSKA debuted at last weekend’s Red Oktober Kalashnikov Championships in Hurricane, Utah, the largest event of its kind in the country. “It performed flawlessly in the brutal competition and the response was fantastic from shooters who had an opportunity to get their hands on the newest American AK and try it for themselves”, said Chip Hunnicutt, Director of Marketing for Century Arms. “No matter the need, the Vermont Stamped Kalashnikov (VSKA) is built for it!”

Each VSKA will ship with one 30 round magazine and has an MSRP of $735.95.

Units are shipping now to dealers and distributors across the country. For more information on the new VSKA AK rifle, please visit www.centuryarms.com

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Born over 50 years ago with its roots in the surplus business, Century Arms has an extensive history of providing unique and affordable products to the American Collector, Hunter, and Target Shooter. That tradition is carried on today, with a state of the art manufacturing facility located in the U.S.A, as the company continues to offer unique, innovative, and quality products to the U.S. Consumer and U.S. Government.

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AK OPERATERS Union will get a hold of this and out it thru it’s pases. No one else has the balls to put 5k rounds thru a firearm and film it.


His videos are entertaining.


It passed – all “5k rounds” – and Rob couldn’t talk trash.

Mike M

After reading all the negative reports of metallurgy problems and “bolt battering / bolt wear” on the Century Arms Aks, have not been interested. Unfortunately, living in the People’s Worker’s Paradise of Kali, my choices are extremely limited. Didn’t pick one up back in the day when they were plentiful and cheap. Had shot so many I just wasn’t interested in owning one. I make do with my very reliable and accurate-enough Mini-30.


Regarding longevity, when I was an active heigh power rifle shooter, I had a Garand Rifle that I used in competition for probably 7 years. I personally ran likely more than 12000 rounds through it, handloads and military surplus, U.S. made ammunition. I did replace the bolt, as headspace had gotten a bit longer than desirable, closing it up to within spec.. I was still able to score in the middle 90’s out of a possible 100 on the 5 V 1000 yard target with that Garand. Eventually, I went to bolt action rifles, mostly Model 70, Winchester Target Rifles… Read more »


Possibly someone could answer the following question. How come it is that American made AK type rifles are ” inferior” to those manufactured elsewhere. U.S. manufactured Garands and the M-14 rifle worked fine once the teething problems of a new design were gotten past. I suspect that the Russian designed and manufactured AK rifles had teething problems of their own early on, no great surprise in that, I expect that even Mauser had problems early on. Anyone reading the above, feel free to respond. Your thinking is solicited.


Most American made AK’s are inferior to foreign made.
AK’s are designed to be made by craftsmen working for low pay on old style equipment.
This mysterious “special development program” of the U.S. government sounds like bullsh*tt
The U.S. supplies allies who use AK’s with guns built by factories in Europe. For instance, we supplied the Afghan National Police with Hungarian AMD model AK-47’s. The Syrian Kurds got massive numbers of AK 47’s sourced from ex soviet stockpiles all over Europe.
So why would the U.S. government want the inferior American made guns?

Scotty Gunn

It’s true. They had ordered a butt load in full auto for some special ops stuff or something like that. Leaked out a year or two ago, here and there. A lot of “contractors” use ak’s for deniability reasons.
Labor is cheap overseas, and not here. So US companies try to reduce manual labor on ak mfg, and reliability usually suffers.

Gregory Peter DuPont

I WANT to consider that they may have learned that people don’t want another RAS47 or C39V2 with all the attendant and dodgy metallurgical issues.
We need some Non Shill Beta Testers. It’d be nice if Century did as good work as the subcontractors who made the M70 AB2,AK63 or VZ2008.


What is the weight and what it the projected life of this “heavy duty” rifle, compared to the regular duty? What is the pull weight of this new trigger?


And the MSRP, aka “list price” is?


It’s listed at the bottom of the article. Each VSKA will ship with one 30 round magazine and has an MSRP of $735.95.

Chris Thompson

I wish they would make a 5.56 version with a magwell that accepts AR mags.

Texas Jim

Doesn’t make a ‘lick’ of sense to change the already remarkably outstanding AK design to accept AR parts & pieces (mags)

Gregory Peter DuPont

To be fair, I wish we still imported the Zastava M85 and M90 series…there were versions in standard AK magwell and AR magwell design available.

BD Katt

Have one paid 500, 4 years ago, nib

Eric burton

5.56 would be a damned good idea. And uses the 556 conversion magwell, or the Bulgarian 556 mag.