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Vector v-93 vs. Century C93 pistol

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:22 pm
by Doc Jeff PA
I am thinking about buying one of these and doing a form 1 conversion to an SBR.
Does anyone have any experience with either of these firearms. Reliability, ammo selection, etc?

The conversion is easy just change the end cap to a full or collapsible stock

Re: Vector v-93 vs. Century C93 pistol

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:21 pm
by Villafuego
I've currently got a V-93 (16"), and a Jeff Walters built HK53 clone......and after examining, and firing a C-93, I'd recommend spending the extra money on a Vector V53 (if you want to do an SBR), or have a gun custom built.

The Vectors are built from MKE flats, with proper HK contours in the trunion area, and although they use cutdown HK33 carriers, the fit/finish is much, much better.....I believe the Century pistols use #8 LP's, which don't run well in 53 type guns (Vectors come with a #15), and the cocking support tubes are a little "off"....your cocking handle is pointing almost straight up when locked to the rear....the C-93 doesn't come with a flapper/paddle mag release either

With a little tweaking, and a decent refinish, the Century pistol might be a less expensive alternative initially, but long term it may cost you more if it has the common Century decreasing-bolt-gap issues the rifles are famous for.....

Re: Vector v-93 vs. Century C93 pistol

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:08 am
by Doc Jeff PA
Thank you for the honest reply. That makes my decision easier
I think I'm going to go with an AR platform SBR more caliber choices, and an easier do-it-yourself build.

Re: Vector v-93 vs. Century C93 pistol

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:30 pm
by Villafuego
If you keep your eyes open, you can pick up a used Vector V-53 for around 1K......sometimes less......I think the Century guns are around 700ish......

If you don't already have a shorty AR, by all means get one.....but 53's are fun, fun, fun....

Re: Vector v-93 vs. Century C93 pistol

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:58 am
by Miamioffshore
plus 1 on the vector. too many century problems and then if u decide to dump it they'll be a 2nd $200 tax involved

Re: Vector v-93 vs. Century C93 pistol

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:57 am
by madmedic
I have a Century C93 (that I picked up a while back)... and a Vector V93 (That I recently traded one of my ARs for).

The Vector is leaps and bounds better than the Century.

In fact... I would not even FIRE the C93 that I have.
I did not notice when I bought it, (because I was focused on making sure I got one with straight sights, and a proper bolt gap)... But I recently noticed that the reciever is welded together ever so slightly TWISTED. (Like the flat was put in the flat bending jig crooked).
And...If you let the bolt slam home with a magazine inserted, the bolt scrapes the feed lips of the magazine.

I intend to hopefully de-mil the C93, and use the parts to build another rifle on a Vector reciever (if I can find one), or with a new reciever flat.