Interesting story here (to me at least...). I went to one of my favorite gun stores in Corpus Christi, which happens to also be a pawn shop (might give the location away, but whatever). I had a nice talk with someone working there, who told me they used to have AK's there for $350-400 a piece before BHO was elected. Now he says he's fighting with his distributors over the price they want to charge him for AK's. They want $975 a piece for low end ones (probably Century Romy's), and he refuses to pay that much and as a result has not ordered any AK's. All he has is one Saiga AK (non-pistol gripped) in .223. At least this guy has the nerve to stand up to the distributors and refuse pass on the huge price increase onto his customers. Also, they also had a Century CETME Sporter in .308 on the wall. I took a look, as there were no real AK's to look at. Ok, now I understand why they say that Century has a group of trained monkeys making rifles. It had the worst looking furniture, receiver, and op handle I have ever seen. The plastic/polymer furniture was old/worn/badly molded, and was whiteish gray...who would pick that color...seriously. The receiver was a piece of spot-welded crap, which was very sloppily machined/stamped (can't tell which). The op handle looked like it had been used in some forgotten war, had no finish, and was starting to turn (not quite rusty). However, it did feel really good on the shoulder and felt a natural pointer to me. I don't blame the store owner for having one to sell...he's just trying to diversify as much as he can in these stock-trying times. But I have to say, that I will never again consider buying anything made by Century Arms again. They may be a decent importer, but they have no pride or concern for the quality of their products.