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Pjj342 10-29-2010 02:59 AM

Classic AK or Saiga
Ive thinking about both. A cheap AK 47 semi auto costs about the same as a Saiga 7.62. Which one is better?

GrumpyPine 10-29-2010 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by Pjj342 (Post 376566)
Ive thinking about both. A cheap AK 47 semi auto costs about the same as a Saiga 7.62. Which one is better?

The Saiga is an AK 47 variant (with a "sporter" stock, no pistol grip), all new manufacture from the original Izhmash factory in Russia. Some people say that the Saiga build is better quality than the ones you can purchase that are assembled by Century Arms and some of the other importers. A lot of people have said they really like the Saiga in .308.

The Saiga comes in 7.62x39, .223 and .308 flavors. Mags are more expensive, and they can't use standard AK magazines.

Quentin 10-29-2010 08:15 PM

Which way to go is really up to you. It's kind of a win-win situation and odds are you'll be happy either way. An unconverted Saiga and a cheap AK cost about the same. You don't have to modify the Saiga to make it AK compatible but many do to improve "the look", the trigger and to gain access to cheap AK surplus magazines. That will add a hundred or two depending on how much of the work you do yourself. Or you can buy one already converted.

I went with a WASR four years ago and never regretted it. It works as well as any semiauto AK clone I've seen but it is rougher than the better examples. To me an AK is a rough looking thing anyway so I'm plenty satisfied with the troublefree WASR I paid $300 for and today they're not that much more. I would inspect one first hand if possible though.

gdad 11-02-2010 04:51 PM

You add a bullet guide for $15, and file the mag release very minimally, it will then use the ak mag including the drum. When you get the Saiga, you get a new weapon made by the Russkies, not a piece work from Century made in Yugoslav,Bulgaria,Romania, Egypt, or ?
But, then you're gonna want the Saiga 12 as its cousin. Never ends........

Dadoo 11-19-2010 09:05 PM

love my Saiga
I have the 7.62 Saiga and although I have not shot it much as yet, I really like the way it handles and shoots. I did not do any mods to it, other than the side mount and a scope. I did get a promag 20rnd magazine to go woth the 10rnd that came with it. The mag was about $20.00 from midway. Get it, you'll like it.

indie 11-20-2010 07:56 PM

my 2 cents, I love the saiga and I'd take a saiga conversion over a lower level used reassembled parts kit AK any day. I have one unconverted with the tapco add on pistol grip and stock, and I have one converted.

Its accurate and just everything about it feels better and more solid. Its the perfect platform for your conversion into a top quality ak.

I also love the hungarian AMD-65 if you can get a new one on a FEG reciever with the hungarian barrel, its an awesome compact, light weight fire breathing package.

excuse the mess

GunNut 11-24-2010 04:20 AM

Have had the 556 and the 308; did not care for the 556 at all but kind of liked the 308. Mine had the short barrel and it barked when you shot it. I suppose the ballistics of a 308 out of such a short barrel reduce it to about the power of a 300 Savage but it is still more powerful than a 7.62 X 39.

CornCod 12-20-2010 12:05 AM

I was just shooting my unconverted 7.62X39 Saiga today. I put 40 rounds of Brown Bear 123 gr hollowpoints 100 yards downrange at a box slightly larger than a shoebox. I made the box jump around quite nicely. I have owned the weapon for well over two years and have yet to have any kind of jam.

JJAMISON 12-20-2010 11:08 PM

i am looking at a AK74. any reasons to not buy? I had a Norinco MAK90 some years ago and loved it. I wanna try a 74.

CornCod 12-21-2010 10:05 PM

Sure, that 5.45X39 is pretty much the cheapest round out there now, either in surplus ammo or new manufacture.

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