Century seems to get lots of negative press. I personally would avoid it, especially given the high prices today. Back in the late 90's i picked up a norinco mak-90 with the thumbhole stock for less than 300 dollars, which is really what an ak should cost. i just got an izhmash, which i honestly dont know much about at this point, for 400. Anything over 500-600 dollars with very high potential to suck would probably have been a bad decision. What did you drop on the mini?