5.56mm Saiga Converted!


Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 12:06 PM
I've been working on my Saiga conversion at the same time as my Remington 1740 shotgun project, so it's taken me longer than it really should. Seeing as how this was my first attempt at converting a Saiga, or any real gun-smithing-esque work whatsoever, I was kind of hesitant. My original plan was to send it off to Tromix, but I couldn't justify spending more for the conversion than the rifle itself. It got a little hairy at times, but I'm glad I decided to do it myself. I now know all the inner workings of the AK platform, and that will come in handy if I ever have to do anymore work to it.

So here they are, before and after shots.





Yep, those are Galil mags.

It's got a couple of parts that don't quite match, and I havn't refinished it at all, but I love it. I'm glad everything came together so well. I've testfired it a few times, but for the true test, I had to use it to make my daily Pear and old-Coconut breakfast smoothie.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x91/Captain_Kennedy/th_MOV03733.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/albums/x91/Captain_Kennedy/?action=view&current=MOV03733.flv)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x91/Captain_Kennedy/th_MOV03732.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/albums/x91/Captain_Kennedy/?action=view&current=MOV03732.flv)

So how'd I do guys?

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The Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 12:09 PM
Nice gun!

August 7, 2007, 12:24 PM
very nice.

I never even thought about using coconuts as targets :D

how is the accuracy?

Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 12:32 PM

I wish I had gotten to the coconut before it went bad, the explosion would be much bigger if I had. :D As for the accuracy, I havn't gotten it to a 100 yard range to test, but before the conversion I remember it being very accurate. Informal shooting at around 70 yards at a few targets such as rocks and cans showed promise. I'd like to get an optic for it one day, but before then I do plan on taking out and doing a real accuracy test or two. I've heard great things about a Saiga's accuracy. They are not your run-of-the-mill Century hack-job.

August 7, 2007, 01:07 PM
Very very nice.

Lets go Murphys!

Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 02:10 PM
Let's go! :D Another Murphys fan, nice.

Also, just for reference sake, those steel Galil mags that I have fit my saiga just as well as the original plastic mag that came with the gun. They didn't require any fitting.

August 7, 2007, 04:45 PM
Cool, it is fun doing the conversion yourself isn't it!!

So the 12 round galil mags just pop right in huh, that is cool.

May have to grab a few and mod them up like the surefires...

August 7, 2007, 06:30 PM

I used to think that black plastic looked terrible on AK-style rifles, but you've made me really reconsider.

Good job all around.

If you do get an optic, in my opinion it would look much nicer to have a "sniper" scope as opposed to a reflex sight, red dot or any kind of tacticool optic.

What parts did you use?

Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 06:47 PM
The stock and pistol grip is K-var, as is the trigger, disconnect, and hammer. I ordered a retainer plate from Midway so I didn't have to mess with that little retaining spring again. The bullet guide was purchased from Dinzag over at Saiga-12 forums. I've got a binding post filling one hole left by the sporter-style receiver, and in the other is a screw and bolt that I found worked so much better than trying to size binding posts up to make them fit just right. I kept the original Saiga forend on because I thought it looked much better than "regular" AK forends.

August 7, 2007, 07:05 PM
...pick up some nylon hole plugs, they are ~0.17 cents each and look like little rivets, I got mine at ACE hardware.

regarding the Saiga forend, it is actually a lot closer to the foreand on AK-47 Nr.1, the prototype for the AK-47

August 7, 2007, 07:09 PM
I did the same thing with mine, it's an extremely reliable and cheap gun, the conversion only took me a couple hours!

Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 07:11 PM
Thanks MD! I knew there was an easier way to do that...

Nice lookin' rifle scott.

August 7, 2007, 07:20 PM
Here ya go, a newer pic, look just above the pistol grip.


August 7, 2007, 07:49 PM
The black KVAR furniture is the way to go with these if you're keeping the original fore-end... it matches perfectly.


August 7, 2007, 07:54 PM
Very cool. I was going to do the conversion earlier this summer but I chickened out.

Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 07:58 PM

Samurai, it's not as bad as it seems. I thought it'd be way too hard for me, but it turned out ok. Hardest part was tapping for the bullet guide, actually.

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