Century International Arms M70A 9mm Heats Up Cold War Classic
Every firearm aficionado hopes for the day when he/she can add a high-end Kimber or custom Wilson Combat to their collection. These guns are fine weapons and are generally suitable for concealed carry, but many of the elite handguns are truly works of art and are definitely inappropriate for every carry occasion. That’s where the M70A 9mm comes in.
The M70A has its roots deep in the era of the Cold War and the Soviet Union.
It was originally manufactured as the Tokarev TT-33 by Serbian arms maker Zastava. Around 1970, it was updated to accommodate 9mm ammunition and renamed the M70A.
Century International Arms began importing the M70A and added modern features, such as a manual safety on the slide and a magazine safety that will prevent the gun from firing if the magazine is not in place.
If you’re looking for glitz, the M70A is not for you, but if you’re looking for an inexpensive gun to take on the road, then this rugged classic fits the bill. Author Scott W. Wagner explains the advantages of owning a M70A in his article “Century International Arms M70A 9mm Auto: Classic Protection-Outstanding Price” at USConcealedCarry.com:
“While I don’t want to risk my prized Kimber pistol to TSA officials or baggage handlers, I would risk a much less expensive pistol like the M70A 9mm from Century International Arms.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
Specs on the M70A match up to similar guns manufactured in North America and Europe. The gun is finished in a retro steel blue reminiscent of the Eastern Bloc. It is also a compact pistol with a 4.5 inch barrel and single stack nine round magazine, which when loaded, it brings the M70A’s weight up to 2.2 pounds. Sights are fixed.
During range testing, the M70A 9mm was sufficiently accurate at personal defense distances. The trigger is single-action with a pull of about 6 pounds. Discharge was smooth and easy with manageable recoil. After testing a variety of rounds ranging from military style 124-grain FMJ to Hornady Critical Defense 115-grain FTX JHP loads, the Century International Arms M70A experience only one minor jam, with all other rounds chambering flawlessly.
The Century International Arms M70A 9mm is a mid-range quality firearm at bargain basement prices. It is accurate, reliable, and easily concealed. If you are looking for a backup or travel gun, at a MSRP of less than $300, the M70A is the right choice.