Originally Posted by radams430
Just generally looking to see if it stood up next to other aks, basically, before i decide to buy one. Thank you for the info.
Well they're brand new rifles made in the same factory the Russian military has been getting their AK variants ever since the AK came to be. A properly converted saiga will be the closest anybody in the U.S. will get to having a new Russian AK.
Ever heard of Arsenal Inc. or KREBS customs AK's? ... well they all start life as Saiga rifles. A converted saiga will eat wasr's for breakfast especially when u factor in that you can buy and convert a saiga for only a few bucks more than you can get a century wasr for. Among the standard AK variants you usually see (wasr's,yugo's,parts guns,etc) I would put a saiga on top of all of those. Arsenals,Krebs,veprs,and maybe Polish tantal's may be a bit more desirable,but the first two are Saiga rifles that have been professionally converted or have had custom attention. Veprs are pretty much another Russian factories version of the saiga,haven't read up much on these though. And Polish tantal's are a very well built AK variant and are pretty hard to come by now a days.