Century Arms AP5: MP5-Style Pistol Officially Hits US Market


Here’s one we’ve been waiting on for some time. Century Arms announced the release of its new AP5 recently. And we’re pretty sure its gonna pop. The AP5 comprises a roller delayed blowback design, just like the famous MP5.

Century Arms AP5 Pistol Features

We first saw the new AP5 back at the 2020 Athlon Outdoor Rendezvous. Our friends at BallsticMag.com had the scoop on the pistol back in October. Officially titled the Apparatus Pistol, the new Century offering puts a new take on one of the most famous firearm designs of all time. Dating back to the 1970s, the MP5 earned wide praise as a military and law enforcement stopper. It stands apart for it compact design and effective volume of fire.

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The Century Arms version comes from the MKE manufacturing facility in Turkey. It will offer several variants, including the full-sized AP5, mid-sized AP5-P, and also a fully concealable AP5-M.

Each model includes a rugged plastic carry case and two, 30-round magazines. The kit includes a factory cleaning kit, sling and gun lock as well. Each pistol comes with a factory Picatinny-style optics mount for mounting red dot or reflex-style optics.

“This firearms platform is iconic,” said Century Arms Marketing Director Adam Ruonala. “We at Century Arms have been a leader in the U.S. firearms importation business for many years, to now have the opportunity to bring such a fan favorite to the U.S. market under our company flag is truly a huge honor for everyone involved in the project.”

What About Price?

Century says pistols are shipping now, and it will import new guns regularly. No MSRP has been set, but you can find it for around $2,700 currently; that comes in around $200 less than the current HK SP5, just saying. For even more info, please visit centuryarms.com.

Century Arms AP5 Specs

  • Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum (Luger)
  • Action: Semi-automatic; roller-lock, delayed blowback action
  • Sights: Rear drum sight, fixed front sight
  • Barrel Length: 8.9 inches
  • Overall Length: 17.9 inches
  • Barrel Twist: 1:9.8 inches
  • Barrel: Cold hammer forged chrome molybdenum vandium
  • Muzzle Attachment: 3-lug quick attachment; 1/2×28 threading
  • Overall Weight: 5.5 pounds (unloaded)
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