So in 2015, I was one of the lucky few who were able to pick up a Yugo-made Zastava M85NP PAP in 5.56/.223 Rem whose serial number range places it in the first 100 pistols built. Since then, it has been rock solid across about 2,000 rounds and, best of all, has an adapted magwell to accept standard AR-15 magazines.
Isn’t she pretty?
…I mean for a Serbian girl, anyway…
It has a 10.25-inch barrel (1:7 twist), hard nickel moly steel bolt and carrier, and 21.5-inch overall length. I really dig the standard hinged top receiver cover with krink pattern flip-up white sights and removable muzzle brake (26×1.5 LH thread).
Century used to import these from Serbia but stopped in about 2015. I bought mine sans SB-47
About the only mod I’ve done to it is to change out the grip out from the crummy plastic one to a Houge rubber grip and add a rear sling hook and Russian surplus strap. With the sling attached and used properly, this NFA-compliant pistol will go 100 yards all day– although it is loud AF.
I’ve also recently found that a surplus Russian Airborne Forces AK74U canvas drop case cover almost perfectly fits it.
And the sling hangs out if you want, making it still usable
Some men just want to see a shorty Kalsh in a canvas bag, I guess
The milled receiver C39V2 AK pistol
Century Arms announced last week that the latest addition to their AK-style pistol line, abbreviated variants of their popular C39v2 and RAS47 rifles, are now available.
While both U.S.-made models offer a number of similarities– such as a receiver-mounted side rail, Magpul furniture, and RAK-1 trigger packs– the big difference between the two is that the more entry-level RAS uses a stamped receiver while the C39 incorporates a receiver milled from 4140 ordnance grade steel.
Another handy feature is that the pistols have QD attachment points at the rear of the receiver for attaching a sling, a departure from imported AK-style pistols such as the Zastava M85/92 series which require an aftermarket adapter.
MSRP is $909.99 for the C39v2 model and $749.99 for the RAS47 model, which go well past the typical ~$500 range that the M92/85 and I/O Hellpup guns go for and less than the K-VAR variants. Still, the M92/85s have a milled trunnion, and I understand the RAS47 at least is cast. When I drop in on Century next month in Atlanta I shall find out!
Anyway, if you want more info and pics, head on over to my column at Guns.com
Yugoslavia’s (Serbia) Zastava has announced that they will no longer be making their series of AK pattern rifles and pistols (M85 PAP NP, M90 rifle) in 5.56/.223 Rem. Company officials say they have no timeline for future production of those items. There have been few complaints that I have heard about either as they seem rock solid with adapted magwell to accept AR-15 magazines and a number of SOTs use the M85 in particular for the basis of SBR builds so word on the street is they were just a limited run of niche guns.
These started to be imported in late 2013 and Century has about 1,500 left. After those are gone there apparently will be no more.
I picked up a M85NP AK PAP Pattern Pistol, Krinkov style, chambered for 5.56×45, a while back whose serial number range place it in the first 100 rifles built. After about 1,500 rounds I have had little to complain about.
Isn’t she pretty? For a Serbian girl anyway.
It has a 10.25 inch barrel (1:7 twist), hard nickel moly steel bolt and carrier, and 21.5 inch overall length. I really dig the standard hinged top receiver cover with krink pattern flip up white sights and removable muzzle brake (26×1.5 LH thread). With a sling attached and used properly, this NFA-compliant pistol will go 100 yards all day and makes a great Jeep gun.
And it seems now it is a good collectable and future curio. Plus as I mentioned they make great builds for SBRs.
So yeah, I’m pretty sure I am going to turn in a form on this bad boy. The only thing I don’t like is that it has a gritty trigger, but that’s what’s you get on a Serbian made AK (PAP) triggers. Maybe I will trade it out for a ALG Defense AK Trigger (AKT) to go along with my folder on the SBR build.
And ever since coming to the Keys I have had a thing for hibiscus. It’s a sickness.
Styled after the famous compact weapons of the Soviet Spetsnaz commandos, the new Serbian-made M92 has everything you want in a six-pound pistol. Back during the Afghanistan war (the 1980s one with the Russkis vs. the Mujahidin, not the current one), Soviet airborne and Spetsnaz troops needed a more compact weapon to deploy when moving around the mountains and villages. You see these troopers normally deployed from helicopters operating at maximum altitudes in thin air where weight and space were at a premium. In addition, a favorite tactic of the spetsnaz would be to disguise themselves as ‘locals’ complete with long beards, pakol hats, and chapan robes to get into rebel villages. To be effective once there, they needed a concealable yet brutal firearm.
To meet this need, the Soviets came up with krinkov or krink. This concept took the standard AK74 rifle, and replaced the barrel with one that was just 9-inches long. With a folding stock, or no stock at all, the krink proved popular with not only the Soviets,
but with the rebels who captured them as well.
With this legacy, as soon as the Cold War ended, semi-auto civilian legal versions of this gun started coming into the US from Eastern Europe. One of the first in this version was the Romanian-made Draco pistol. You see, to keep the gun from being classified as a short-barreled rifle with the BATFE, civilian Krinks have no-buttstock and are therefore legal as pistols.
Read the rest in my column at Firearms Talk.com