Draco NAK9 Review: 9mm AK Pistol
Century Arms has been importing a variety of Ak-style guns for a while. I have been tossing around the idea of an AK-style PCC, specifically one that accepts Glock mags, for some time. Recently I decided it was time to pull the trigger (as always, gun pun intended). CAI’s 9mm AK appeared to be the perfect match. But was it worth it? Read our Draco NAK9 review and see.
Draco 9mm Specs
- Caliber 9mm
- Trigger RAK-1 Enhanced
- Barrel Length 11.14″
- Sights Front/Rear adjustable (AK style)
- Overall length 19.1″
- Weight 6.38 lbs.
- Receiver Stamped
Draco NAK9: A Little Background
Century Arms has been importing weapons for the Cugir Arms Factory in Romania for some time. They produce a lot of AK-style rifles and have moved into the PCC market in recent years. Century Arms also imports the AP5 series of guns (MP5 clone) and the BP-12 (Bullpup Shotgun), both from Turkey.
Cugir has an interesting history, with the original metal factory starting in 1799. Cugir was the first Romanian company to produce a 9mm sub-machine gun. With the DAK9, AK fans can now own a rifle that shoots a pistol caliber and accepts one of the world’s most common and easy-to-find mags.
The DRACO NAK9 is an interesting AK-Pistol chambered in the extremely common 9mm and accepts Glock mags.
The fact that it uses Glock-compatible mags is one reason I was drawn to the NAK9 in the first place.
The NAK9 leaves plenty of room for customization ranging from a traditional AK look to a modern tactical approach.
Draco NAK9 Review: 9mm AK Features
1 Pic rail
• A rail on the hinged dust cover allows an optic to be mounted if desired
2 Rear sling swivel mount
• Comes standard with the NAK9 but can be replaced with a rear-rail mount for a pistol brace attachment.
3 Threaded barrel
• Perfect for upgrading the muzzle break or adding a suppressor.
4 Premium wood handguards
• The wood handguards are nice but can easily be swapped out for an aluminum M-Lok handguard.
Draco 9 mm AK Variations:
There are more than a few models and configurations of the Draco 9mm AK pistol, including some that aren’t 9mm at all (they’re a more traditional 7.62×39 AK).
Draco 9 mm Review – Our Take
The NAK9 is what I would call a budget-friendly gun but still unique in that it is chambered in 9mm and accepts Glock mags.
It retails for less than $600 for the basic model. The DRACO gives you the reliability of an AK but in pistol caliber and a compact design. The first time I held one, my thought was “this has the feel of an AK-47.”
I am a big AR-15 fan, but I also love the AK rifle, its reliability, and the history that comes with it.
The NAK9 is a great PCC for those AK lovers. It features a hinged dust cover for easy access to the spring & guide rod, and the bolt carrier group. Its simple design makes it nearly dummy proof when it comes to basic care. From a simple field strip, I could tell this would be a very easy gun to clean and maintain. It uses a stamped receiver just like traditional AK47s/AKMs and has the same cling sound everyone loves when you rack the bolt.
While the NAK9 has the classic AK look out of the box, it leaves plenty of room for upgrades. This model has been transitioned to a tactical look. There are plenty of aftermarket parts for pistol braces, grips, and hand guards. The Picatinny rail on the dust cover is a nice addition to come standard on the NAK9, making it ready to add your favorite optic.
Glock mags were easy to get in and out of the mag well. I tried a few different brands as some guns can be picky on which mags they will accept. Glock branded, ETS, KCI, and P-Mag Drums all were easy to lock in. The ETS mags did not fall freely from the mag well as the rest but were not hard to pull out either.
The mag release button is on the left side of the mag well, requiring the shooter to grab the mag with their left hand and push the release button as they pull on the mag. This is not a huge deal, but it would have been nice to see some type of release on the right side for faster mag changes.
On range day I started out with some Blazer FMJ 115 grain ammo to see how it cycled and to get a feel for the trigger. I noticed right away there was very little recoil because of the weight of the NAK9. Compared to my other PCCs, the NAK9 is by far the heaviest. I do have an aftermarket flash suppressor and a flashlight attached to it, but this gun is on the heavy side.
I fired the first 50 rounds without any issue and then loaded up some Sig 115 grain V-Crown jacketed hollow point ammo. In the past, I have had a few different PCCs have trouble cycling hollow point ammo. Because of the cost of the Sig ammo, I only fired 20 rounds through it, but it cycled without any issue as well.
I used a few different types of FMJ in 124 grain and 147. The NAK9 handled both just fine. I was able to hit a few metal gongs at 100 yards with the iron sights but focused most of the ammo between 50 and 75 yards. I did not shoot as well as I do with my other PCCs, but I will admit I’m not the best shot with the AK-style sights. Once I started using my red dot, I could hit my targets easily.
It was a smooth shooting gun (for an AK) and handled well. I liked the 124 grain the best for shooting out to 75 yards. It does not have a last-round bolt hold open, which I am used to, so it was a little harder to identify when it was time for a mag change during drills.
The trigger pull was heavy and a little on the long side for me, but it did feel somewhat smooth as I took up the slack during the trigger pull.
Draco NAK9 Pros and Cons
- AK Reliability – It’ll take some effort to get a malfunction
- All that potential – Many aftermarket accessories available
- Low recoil – Very handy when shooting with sling retention
- Glock magophile – Who doesn’t have Glock mags?
- No bolt lock-back – In true AK style; still a Bad Thing
- Resistance – Heavy trigger pull
Easy to handle but has a long trigger pull.
Combination of Glock mags and AK design make this a reliable weapon.
No last round bolt hold open and the mag release button is very small.
Ok out to 75 yards but started being more inconsistent at 100 yards.
Can be found for under $600, but it’s a pot metal AK gun.
Reviewed by Jason Mosher
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Best Ammo for Your Firearm
My preferred range ammo is CCI Blazer 115gr target ammunition; for self-defense I typicaly go to Winchester’s USA Ready 9mm +P 124gr Hex-Vent hollow-points.
A couple of other options include:
Winchester 115gr FMJ
Rainier Munitions Remanufactured
MagTech 9mm 115 GR FMJ Ammo
Cost Per Round
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|Palmetto State Armory||$0.34|
Self Defense Ammunition
Hornady Critical Defense 115 GR
Cost Per Round
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Keep something in mind when choosing your accessories, upgrades, and furniture: apart from the basic necessities (e.g. a sling, a light, and possibly an optic), you should always budget time, resources, and money for training. All the “Gucci kit” in the world won’t help if you cannot run the gun effectively.
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How to Care for Your Firearm
Whether you’re new to the AK platform or you just want to brush up on your fundamentals, check out this video by our own Graham Baates about breaking the Kalash down.
Important Links and Manuals
Need more info on this firearm? Don’t worry. There’s plenty out there. We recommend you get started with the following resources:
- Read the US Military’s official AK47 instruction manual.
- Compare the 9mm cartridge to the 45 ACP cartridge.
- Contrast the 9mm cartridge with the 357 magnum cartridge.
- Visit the BIG Guide to Romanian AK Variants
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