Originally Posted by GratefulHead77
I also noticed the muzzle break, was that hard to thread onto the end of the barrel, IMO its a must have on these rifles?
The barrel on the SAIGA .223 is thick. Even thicker than my Romanian SAR1 in 7.62 X39. I found this to be surprising. I was not sure that a standard 14X1LH Die would even do the job, but it did. You first need to find the depth of the threads inside of the flash hider you are going to use.
I cut off the barrel shroud sleeve with a hacksaw of all things and squared it up with a file. I tool great care not to cut into the barrel while cutting off the sleeve. Using a .223 TAT, 14X1LH Die, and lots of cutting oil I threaded the barrel. It tool a little pressure to get the die started.
I added the Phantom US made flash hider secured by a crush washer. It worked out well, but I am not happy with the performance of the Phanton and may switch to a Vortex.
Hope that helps. papa