An American AK? The New Century Arms BFT47

The latest American-made rifle from Century Arms fulfills a particular niche. It’s the Century Arms BFT47, and it’s precisely what it sounds like: an American AK-47 platform rifle. According to the manufacturer, the new rifle is the ideal merging of American engineering on a classic Soviet platform.

The Century Arms BFT47 is a bulged and trunnion rifle.
The Century Arms BFT47 is a bulged and trunnion rifle. (Photo credit: Century Arms)

Century Arms states the BFT47 was designed specifically to offer superior reliability, durability, and accuracy, all in an AK platform at a more buyer-friendly price point. Features include a Bulged and Forged 4140 steel front trunnion, a carburized 4140 steel bolt, 1.5 mm heat-treated stamped 4130 steel receiver, manganese phosphate finish, and 16” 1:10 chrome-moly 4150 steel barrel.

According to the company, the BFT47 will cycle reliably using all factory 7.62x39mm on the market. They feel this rifle is designed from the trunnion out to “Just keep going.” It’s certainly accurate to say the gunmaker has a long history of designing and manufacturing AK-platform rifles and pistols.

Century Arms BFT47 features
(L) The rifle has a bulged and forged 4140 steel front trunnion. (M) The rifle has an enhanced safety selector and bolt hold-open feature. (R) The BFT47 has an extended, T-shaped magazine release. (Photo credits: Century Arms)

Regarding the launch of the new rifle, Century Arms National Marketing Director Adam Ruonala said, “This is an exciting launch for Century Arms. For many years we have been the leader in AK sales in the US, we have taken that experience as well as the feedback from our millions of customers around the world and developed a rifle that we are confident will deliver in even the toughest of circumstances!”

The reason for a bulged and forged trunnion is its greater rigidity and durability. Yes, it creates a heavier rifle, but it also means the gun in question is designed to hold up better to serious use.

This AK-platform rifle boasts a number of features including an RAK-1 enhanced trigger group, enhanced safety selector with bolt hold open, extended T-shaped magazine release, and an optics mount. It also has a bayonet lug and cleaning rod. Specifications include an overall empty weight of 7.50 pounds, 7.62x39mm chambering, overall length of 37.25 inches, and adjustable front sight. The BFT47 has a 16.25-inch chrome-moly 4150 steel barrel with a 1-in-10 twist rate and the receiver is 1.5mm heat-treated stamped 4130 steel. Each gun ships with a 30-round US Palm AK30R magazine.

Each gun ships with a 30-round US Palm AK30R magazine.
The company says the BFT47 will cycle reliably using all factory 7.62x39mm on the market.

Century Arms’ BFT47 will be released in a variety of configurations with the first featuring American hardwood furniture. The manufacturer has titled this version “Core.” Future versions will include the “Essential” and the “Elite,” the latter of which will ship with an optic and various accessories. All rifles are backed by the Century Arms lifetime warranty. The company did not mention a specific timeline for release of future variations.

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The first configuration to be released is going to have hardwood furniture. They’re calling this version “Core.”

The “Core” model of the BFT47 line has an MSRP of $829.99. MSRP for future variations have not been announced at this time. The Century Arms BFT47 is available now from select retailers.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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