Century PAP M85 PV 5.56mm

Firepower flashback! Yugoslav Krinkov AK reborn as a heavy-hitting, 30+1 megapistol!

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    The PAP M85 PV handled well and functioned flawlessly with a mix of ammo. Recoil was minimal thanks to the pistol’s weight, but expect a fair amount of muzzle blast.
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    The protected front sight mates up with a simplified rear sight unit. Note the three dots for an enhanced sight picture.
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    The protected front sight mates up with a simplified rear sight unit. Note the three dots for an enhanced sight picture.
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    Lifting the hinged receiver cover reveals the long-stroke gas piston system.
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In the world of AKs, there is one, in any incarnation you can find it, that wins out as the coolest: the Krinkov. This short-barreled AK variant, first referred to as the AKS-74U, was designed for spec ops teams as a rifle-powered SMG. Similar to many other AK designs, the Krinkov design was widely copied by affiliated nations during the time of the Soviet Union and since.

One of the more interesting Krinkov variants is the Zastava M85 compact assault rifle manufactured in Kragujevac, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia), at the famed Zastava Arms factory. Sadly, you won’t be able to get your hands on a real M85, at least not easily, but thanks to the folks at Century Arms you can get the semi-automatic pistol version of this same gun.

The PAP M85 PV pistol, like all AK variants, uses a long-stroke gas-piston operating system with a rotating bolt and fires from a detachable, 30-round box magazine. However, this model is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO and can also fire .223 Remington cartridges. Century Arms is also importing a version chambered in 7.62x39mm, modeled after the Zastava M92 battle rifle, which Century calls the PAP M92 PV pistol. Centuryarms.com

For the complete article please refer to Combat Handguns June 2013.