Several months ago I picked up a new Saiga 16" in 7.62x39. Did not fire it until yesterday.
This is a GREAT little carbine. I have several AK's, but never cared for them too much. The Saiga was surprisingly accurate, and could keep most shots on a 13.5"x7.5" steel plate at 400 yards even though the front sight post was several times wider than the target.
The recoil was non-existent and muzzle flip was not an issue. Reliability was, of course, 100%. I was shooting some old Hungarian ammo (MFS) I bought in the 90's.
I'm going to look for a narrower front sight blade. Might even spend the money for a picatinny railed gas tube replacement and try it out with an Aimpoint.
For anyone wondering about the Saigas, I think you will find a lot to like. I will take off some of the sharp edges and do some other minor modifications to mine, then leave it alone. It is short, handy, accurate, reliable and just plain fun. I own a lot of guns, but think the Saiga will start getting a lot of use.