The Draco pistol in 7.62x39mm provides U.S. shooters with an…

The Draco pistol in 7.62x39mm provides U.S. shooters with an opportunity to own a firearm inspired by the ubiquitous AKS-74U Kalashnikov PDW. It combines rifle-cartridge power within an ultra-compact package.

The submachine gun has a long and storied history. Beginning in the trenches of World War I with the revolutionary German MP18 to the famed Thompson “Tommygun” of World War II to the high-tech MP5 seen in the hands of SpecOps forces around the world today, the “subgun” has played a pivotal part in practically all combat the world has seen for the last 100 years.

century-arms-pdw-draco Note the lack of a stock or the means of attaching one, as well as the AKM-style black synthetic pistol grip.

However, the submachine gun is just as rife with weaknesses as it is with strengths. Foremost is its chambering. By the nature of the design, submachine guns are chambered for pistol cartridges, more often than not either 9×18, 9x19mm or .45 Auto (although there are chamberings that range from the .32 ACP to the 7.62x25mm). While these pistol cartridges make such firearms easier to control under fully automatic fire, it also makes their range and penetrative power quite limited when compared with a rifle.

century-arms-pdw-draco-bNote the dustcover/safety lever behind the charging handle and the paddle-style magazine release forward of the triggerguard.

In fact, this very weakness was the motivation behind the development of the “assault rifle,” first widely issued as the German StG44 Sturmgewehr. Combining the magazine capacity and rate of fire of a submachine gun with the relative range and power of a rifle, this 7.92x33mm-chambered rifle revolutionized military small arms design. And, by combining compactness and ease of handling with voluminous power, set the stage for a move away from the submachine gun and the eventual rise of the PDW in military circles.

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  • Eric

    Why would anyone post what they’ve “heard”. Why do people post opinions based on nothing and false facts? If you don’t have personal experience or knowledge, shut the fook up.

  • C.Escobar

    You CANNOT beat a Draco. If you have a problem then it’s very unusual.

    This gun is a BLAST on the range. It’s exceptionally accurate, light, small, and a scary little bastard watching her sing. My son (13) can handle a full 30rd mag from the hip easily.

    Only one must: A good muzzle brake, such as a Tapco AK0668

  • Scott_free

    I agree with General, get a IO Hellpup, they are a lot higher quality. More expensive but you get what you pay for.

  • RPK

    The Draco is inexpensive, reliable, intimidating in appearance and capable of handling 5 round range magazines and up to and including a 100 round drum, PLUS it has the stopping power of a rifle cartridge. Replaced the compensator as a matter of customization, installed a Hogue (TM) pistol grip for better functionality and handling, and a sling loop for practical carrying. It is DEFINITELY a show stopper at the range. As a truck gun, it carries a more than reasonable expectation for self-protection against any threat. Its small size makes it easy to conceal, too. Thus far, I have been pleased with CAI products.

  • Craig

    I am very pleased with the Draco I bought through Century. Feeds and ejects great with a fireball to light up the room. My son loves it and it is a really fun gun to shoot. Basically an A-K47 Machine Pistol to have fun with. I have purchased Centure Products since the 1960’s and like the Company.

  • Doug

    Bought one for $480, havent shot it yet, but so far has required some work. The mag release lever was too long and had to be filed down, the magwell wasnt machined out big enough and had to file it open a bit just to get ANY magazine to fit… Hopefully it wont let me down at the range this weekend when I test fire it…

  • Zomb Kller

    Bought a draco, So far it is flawless with no problems at all. I even have a 75 round drum for it. I have recieved nothing but great products from Century, for the price anyways. For the performance I get out of my Century AKs (yes, multiple AK 47 types) I think they are worth more than I paid. But maybe I am just lucky.

  • phatdave

    I bought a Draco and was let down at the range. Feed problems with varied rounds, and sevral stove pipes.

  • Draco are not made by “Century” they are made in Romania just imported by century, get your facts straight

  • Jay

    “Anything Century makes is cheap, just copies of originals.”

    Century doesn’t make the Draco. It imports it.

    The draco isn’t a rifle so is not subject to rifle import regulations. Is imported as a pistol with all mil spec. original romanian parts.
    If you plan to convert it into sbr, you can get high quality parts to do the conversion.

  • Draco shooter

    I have a Draco, but never once shot it as a pistol. The day I purchased it, I sent in my forms and $ to SBR this pup. Its the cheapest solution to an SBR out there. For those that want a Krink, but don’t want to drop $900 into a gun to start with (the whole process including the stamp, the gun, stock and folding block cost less than that actually). An sure enough, its combat accurate out to 200m. Yes, it takes Tac-ti-cool to a different level, but it sure is fun!

  • Anon

    Century does not “make” the Draco. It is assembled next to the AIMR in Romania at the Cougar plant.

    Milspec, not Century crap!

  • Admiral

    hey general, I heard your mom was cheap too

  • Whereas I’ve heard nothing but good on the Draco. If the 2A was inviolate, having a stock on this would only be a matter of doing, not paperwork and money.

  • Lessing, Ingo

    any serious combat shooting instructor tells ya that an assault rifle or smg without buttstock is mere buL&$%”§! therefore we have folding stocks….

  • Mataj

    Anything Century makes is cheap, just copies of originals.

  • General Jim M

    I heard that the Draco was cheap,so i never bought one.