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A Few Questions About the Saiga

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by eventer289, Mar 20, 2008.

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  1. eventer289

    eventer289 Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    The Land of Oz
    I'm thinking about buying a Saiga in .223 or 7.62 and converting it. I know there are numerous threads, but when I search for saiga, I receive a million different threads.

    Here are my questions.

    1) Where is the best online retailer to order one of these as nowhere locally seems to carry them.

    2) I have read that a certain version of them doesn't even require the making of a new trigger hole or nut for the pistol grip. Which version, if this is true, has this?

    3) Where is the best place to purchase the parts for the conversion? (as in rear stock, pistol grip, trigger guard, and handguard, if that is even the correct term, and all of the other components for the conversion)

    Thanks for the responses
  2. chupacabrah

    chupacabrah Member

    Feb 13, 2008
  3. JWarren

    JWarren Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    MS and LA
    There are a lot of decent retailers. FBMG, Atlantic, Classic Arms, Gilbertsguns all come to mind.

    Its a crap-shoot. I don't think you can really tell until you get inside.

    Either way, its no big deal. There are some easy to use templates on Saiga Forums and if you have a dremel, you have a hole.

    Any AK parts will do. I've bought from KVar, Tapco, DPH Arms, ect. I've even ordered parts from DSA-- who is more known for FAL work.

    On my 308 conversion, I went with an ACE Skeleton stock. If you do that, make sure you get either an internal or external rear trunnion block.

    Get your bullet guide and tools kit from Dinzag on the Saiga forums. Its going to be the easiest way, and he is a GREAT guy in terms of business and for what he has done for the Saiga community. And a genuinely nice guy.

    Good luck and as always-- post pics!

    -- John
  4. rangerruck

    rangerruck Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    Texas, baby!
    if you can find one with the skeleton buttstock allready on it, then that is a big chunk of the work allready done. As for the rest, I cannot add any better, to the dude's post above mine.
  5. nalioth

    nalioth Member

    Jul 9, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    It's not a crap shoot. The rifles are all set up.

    The 12ga and 20ga shotguns need the pistol grip hole cut. I'm not sure about the .410 model.

    Dinzag is the best, but a bullet guide is no longer necessary. Quite a lot of reports are out now stating the Master Molder / Surefire polymer brand of magazines do not require a bullet guide (this also gets you 3 US parts toward compliance).

    Please visit http://forum.saiga-12.com for a metric boatload of info on these fine guns.
  6. LaEscopeta

    LaEscopeta Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Los Estados Unidos
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