AK and Masada Had A Baby! - Arcturus Centaur CT02 Review
At first glance you see the AK Receiver, controls, and magazine. Then you think it is just a beefed up AK. However, with all things you then move from side to side. You then notice the unique rail system. The bottom rail being standard picatinny, the left and right sides have M-LOK sections along the entire length. The hand guard is surprisingly slimmer than you think. Going to the top of the gun, you notice the almost monolithic upper rail. The flip up iron sights are a refreshing look to this AK style rifle. It looks as if they belong there. As you follow the rail to the back, you notice that the rear of the receiver is very different from any AK platform. Attached to this is the almost Masada Style stock. Very reminiscent to the Masada, you are able to fold the stock to the right of the gun and extend it to 6 different positions. The stock also includes an adjustable check plate to be able to get a comfortable check weld to your choice of optics. You finally notice the pistol grip. You will normally see the traditional stubby grip or a bravo style pistol grip. This includes a much more comfortable and ergonomic pistol grip. This rifle is fairly hefty, but somewhat balanced. You can feel how sturdy and durable this rifle is.
Out of the box you are getting a gearbox that has been built very well with high quality parts. You are getting a solid gearbox shell. Starting with the compression parts, Arcturus is using a beef full metal tooth piston, poly-carbonate piston head, stainless steel cylinder, standard cylinder head, and a o-ring air nozzle. All of these parts combined give almost perfect compression and provide a very consistent FPS rating. Going into the power train, the sintered gears with a thick spur gear to help increase the longevity. This gearbox utilizes 8mm bushings on the spur and sector. The gears were very well shimmed out of the box. When assembled, these guns were catered to very well. The micro switch trigger provides great trigger response with the ferrite motor. The anti-reversal latch can be accessed without having to open the gearbox. Finally, the quick change spring system is in place to quickly change the FPS and helps with disassembling as well. The internal build on this rifle has been well thought out and assembled by someone with experience.
The ergonomics and performance are everything you would want in a rifle. The weight is something to consider, but knowing how solid this gun it. You will forget about it. There are very little guns that can perform this well out of the box. The rate of fire leaves more to be desired, but the trigger response is good enough keep up with your trigger finger. With every gun, you will want to tinker around with it just a little bit. In this case, you won’t need to do much but add some accessories to assist you. Even though I personally love the M4 platform, I would be more than happy to run this rifle as my primary!
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