Century Arms AP5 9mm MP5 Clone Update & Trigger Time ~VIDEO

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Late last year, Century arms unveiled their AP5 – a 9mm roller-delayed pistol bearing more than a passing resemblance to the HK MP5. Built-in Turkey on Heckler and Koch machinery, many shooters were hoping that the days of affordable MP5s were back again – until they saw the street price.

While Century wasn’t able to discuss price at the POMA event, street prices for the pseudo-sub-gun AP5 have been just south of $3,000 making the gun just a hundred bucks short of genuine HK SP5 pistol. This undoubtedly makes the gun a tough buy for most shooters. This isn’t to say the Turkish MP5 clones aren’t high-quality, quite the opposite. Most roller-delayed enthusiasts have reported that previously-imported guns from MKE were nearly as nice as genuine HK guns and that the little 9mm guns ship with plenty of desirable features.

Century Arms AP5 9mm MP5 Clone

Century Arms AP5 MP5 Clone 9mm
The new Century Arms AP5 is the spitting image of an MP5 – it even has its price tag! IMG Jim Grant

Features like a paddle magazine-release, traditional diopter drum and post iron sights, two magazines and an included Picatinny claw mount for optics. But again, that price… That said, Century also reported that there is no MSRP at the moment and that prices should be coming down once all the election-fueled panic-buying settles down and as production ramps up.

AP5 Trigger Time

After firing roughly 75 rounds through two variants of the Century AP5, I was impressed with the fit and finish. The gun feels and handles like an MP5 clone,  and doesn’t look like Century skimped on the build quality or cut any corners in its construction. the safety feels positive, the welds look clean and the gun is totally reliable.

In a word, the gun is an MP5!

Personally, I’m happy that more options are hitting the MP5 market. Before PTR introduced their PTR-9, the only options were Turkish imports, high-end custom guns, and used HK guns. And the AP5’s anticipated price drop should make it a very competitive option for shooters in need of a roller-delayed gun that won’t break the bank.

That said, if you’re looking for an MP5 clone and the AP5 is your only option, it’s not a bad one. You won’t be disappointed in it.

About Jim Grant

Jim is one of the elite editors for AmmoLand.com, who in addition to his mastery of prose, can wield a camera with expert finesse. He loves anything and everything guns but holds firearms from the Cold War in a special place in his heart.

When he’s not reviewing guns or shooting for fun and competition, Jim can be found hiking and hunting with his wife Kimberly, their son LJ, and their dog Peanut in the South Carolina low country.

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Yeah, no. This exact same gun was $1000 less before century got involved. Blaming everything on high demand is BS. This article almost feels like Century greased the wheels a little bit because they know they’re asking too much and now they’re putting themselves in a tight spot. Oh, and if Biden wants he can ban these from importation at any time which century knows that and is trying to get as much blood from that stone as they can.


These are the same guns zenith was importing from mke. Zenith had to fix and refinish many of these. Zenith cut tied due to some, well let’s say interesting allegations.
Would you trust century to fix and refinish your gun? The company that adjusted headspace by grinding head bolts and sold the cast aluminum g3 reciever. History of not so great gunsmithing.