Our domestic market for commercial centerfire ammunition continues to remain surprisingly bleak, but, thanks to some entrepreneurial outsourcing by Century International Arms (CIA), ammunition for the popular Soviet milsurp calibers to keep our AK, AKM and Makarovs shooting, is coming our way.
CIA is importing ammunition from Romania and Ukraine to keep our AK, AKM or Makarov arms shooting, such as this polymer-coated, steel-case 7.62x39mm 123-grain FMJ ammunition.
Century is turning to the ammunition making capacity of Romania and the Ukraine to bring fresh milspec 5.45×39, 7.62×39 and 9mm Makarov ammunition to the marketplace. Even the packaging is new and flashy.
The ammunition comes in “Range Packs” with six boxes of rifle cartridges in each pack. The 5.45×39 and 7.63×39 range packs contain a total of 180 rounds and the 9mm Makarov, 150 rounds in 3 boxes of 50 rounds each.
The ammunition is non-corrosive with polymer-coated steel cases and lead core, FMJ bullets. Projectile weights are 69 grains in 5.45×39, 123 grains in 7.62×39 and 94 grains in 9mm Makarov. The 7.62×39 is also available with a HP FMJ and a copper-jacketed FMJ called “Elite.”
I recently had an opportunity to test fire the Romanian 123-grain FMJ 7.62×39 in Century’s American-made Centurion 39 Sporter—a very high quality AK clone. At 50 yards with open sights, the Romanian ammunition would hold a 5-shot group of 2 to 2-1/2 inches. The average velocity over a PACT Professional Chronograph was 2,399 fps. Those results are what I would expect from milspec ammunition. Pricing will be pretty much what you dealer decides.
By Holt Bodinson
Century International Arms, Inc.
430 South Congress Ave., Ste. 1
Delray Beach, FL 33445