Matching gun to go with my 7.62x39 Saiga?


SA Town
July 30, 2009, 02:23 PM
I was always curious as to what pistol matches this rifle? Caliber does not have to be the same, but I guess I'm looking for something that just seems to go with the Saiga, or any AK-type weapon really. I was hoping for something modern (black?) and still in production.

Examples of traditional rifle/pistol combos (correct me if this is not the general train of thought):

Garand / Colt 1911
AR-15 / M9
P90 / FiveseveN

What handgun could a civilian like myself buy to match my Saiga? And please don't say the shorty AK Pistol, lol.

Hopefully this request makes sense, it's embarassing that I can't even list specifications on what I think a matching handgun for this gun should be like. It's just that I'm looking for... I don't know... something that just goes with it.

Thanks in advance to all replies.

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Kurt S.
July 30, 2009, 02:34 PM
Makarov, of course!

July 30, 2009, 05:01 PM
Some commie-issue sidearm, I suppose. A Nagant revolver, a 9x18 makarov, etc.

July 30, 2009, 05:11 PM
i think my glock 20 and saiga 12 go well together

July 30, 2009, 05:20 PM
An AK pistol of course !

July 30, 2009, 05:25 PM
The Soviets basically decided the pistol was useless after about 1970 or so, and only issued them as decorations for the most part. One could say the gun that goes well with the AK is no gun at all.

We civillians however dont usually have to contend with body armor or squads of assailants, and we carry pistols because we like them so with that in mind, I would concur that a Makarov or Tokarev would fit nicely, and they are very good pistols besides.

And you will never find either in this country, but I would say you wont find anything cooler as far as soviet handguns go:

12.5x40mm? Ouch.

July 30, 2009, 10:17 PM
A Makarov, unless you can lay hands on a PSM.

July 30, 2009, 10:23 PM
AK-74 with a folding stock :-P

July 31, 2009, 01:01 AM
I have always felt like my glock is the pistol equivalent of my saiga. It is rugged, durable, super reliable, and inexpensive. They are also both all black (although I one day will get around to dura coating the saiga).

July 31, 2009, 01:24 AM
Yeah, I agree... while the simple answer is Makarov, I also feel the counterpart for the Saiga is one of the Glocks.

Reliable and ugly.

Prince Yamato
July 31, 2009, 02:12 AM

Yep. It's a hell of a gun.

July 31, 2009, 01:04 PM
I just posted a Saiga inquiry on the rifle board. Have you converted yours into a full AK platform? If so, why? Thanks.:cool:

July 31, 2009, 01:26 PM
Reliable and ugly.

I was going to add ugly but I was trying to stay more positive:D

July 31, 2009, 01:35 PM
A Tokarev pistol. I'll take that over a Makarov any day. Go for the Romanian version. They're accurate and good all around. Shoot like a good 1911.

Col. Plink
July 31, 2009, 01:46 PM
I agree with the Tokarev round, but go with something that looks a little snazzy like the Czech CZ-52.

Shadow 7D
July 31, 2009, 06:19 PM
How bout the civilian version of the Makarov, IJ-70 to go with the civilian AK-47

July 31, 2009, 11:56 PM
I pair my glocks with my Saiga's. They both just run for me no matter what.

justashooter in pa
August 1, 2009, 04:59 PM
go with the tokarev. if you get a recent import, disable and remove the "safety" that was added to bring it into import configuration. they get 1500 fps with standard romanian surp ammo all day long, and will pole axe any chronograph you shoot with them.

August 1, 2009, 07:57 PM
What do these have in common?

Garand / Colt 1911 - Classic American-made wartime pistols
AR-15 / M9 - Civilian versions (well, the 92 would be) of currently-issued military firearms
P90 / FiveseveN - Both FN

I can't see what Saiga and Glock have in common. I personally would think that Makarov or Tokarev would pair better.

Ohio Gun Guy
August 1, 2009, 08:00 PM
:evil: A T-34 or T-72 Tank would go quite nicely :evil:

Or if your on a budget, one of those portable missile trucks. :D

August 2, 2009, 08:53 PM

August 2, 2009, 09:26 PM
Makarov PM, same mfg as the Saiga :D

August 2, 2009, 10:18 PM
The Makarov is the best companion for an AK pattern rifle, but if a more powerful round than 9X18 rings your bell then try a nice Tokarev or CZ-52 in 7.62X25.

August 3, 2009, 12:23 AM
The biggest Glock you can find.......maybe two!


August 3, 2009, 01:12 AM
+1 for the Tokarev

Glock does not match the Saiga at all...

August 3, 2009, 01:17 AM
The best match;
Draco pistol 7.62X39

August 3, 2009, 01:26 AM
Well, I already added my opinion, but I just have to address some things that were brought up:

Honestly, I don't see the beef most people have with the Romanian Tokarev's addon safety. When holstered in a proper-coverage 1911-style holster, I don't have any real concerns about carrying it hammer fully back, safety engaged. The safety is not going to get accidentally disengaged inside the holster (I verified this; it's impossible in a proper holster), the trigger travel is long enough that I'm not at all concerned about it being bump-discharged, and the trigger spring is plenty strong. It's every bit as safe the pre-Series 80 1911. The safety is also intuitively located for right-hand use. You can have your hand fully on the grip in firing position and remove the safety without a thought. All the concerns and complaints I've seen about the trigger block safety are, so far as I've seen, pure nitpicking. As long as you treat it like a 1911, it will behave like a 1911.

August 3, 2009, 01:27 AM
makarov or anything in 9x18

August 3, 2009, 09:20 AM
CZ-82. Commie gun, hi cap, 9x18mak commie cartridge, reliable, need I go on?

Col. Plink
August 3, 2009, 01:18 PM
I don't understand the whole Markarov thing. A 9mm that's even weaker than the luger round? What's the point? CZ-52 shoots the WOW-inducing Tokarev cartridge, with a safety and roller-lock barrel designed in. I sometimes switch mine out with the 9mm luger barrel and mag just to pop it off without having to perform the extra cleaning procedure afterwards. I guess if you want something that's just as ugly as a Saiga, go with a Tokarev pistol. Just a personal view of course, but to me the CZ-52 is a better design and much easier on the eyes.

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