A little update. I have bought the Saiga and will post some pictures. Just added the Ultimak rail, Bushnell TRS25 red dot, Fab Defense lower handguard, grip and pistol grip.
Obviously is more front heavy than in it's original configuration. The CG is where the lower handguard starts.
The stock can't be folded and was welded in the open position.
I like the KISS approach of the AK. All that isn't absolutely necessary has been stripped away
No bullet guide yet. On this Saiga the bullet guide needs to be flat.
I have shot about 200 rounds with it. This was the best I managed to do
The holes on the left and bottom were done while sighting in the red dot.
Shot @50 meters, rested on sandbag. The shooter obviously needs practice
but am happy with it. The red dot works really well in this configuration and I still have cowitness.
No failures at all yet. It does dent the case badly on ejection though.
The trigger is crisp enough but would like to lighten it a bit (will wait till i have done some more shooting). I don't like the reset as it brings the trigger basically in the same position as on complete release of the trigger.
Regarding the magazines. Here is a comparison. The Saiga is on your left, a classic metal AK mag is on the right.
You can cleary notice the taller front of the Saiga mag and its smaller catch holder on the rear.
All in all am very pleased by this Saiga and by how it shoots, way better than me! It feels good when braced and seems very solidly built.
Let me know if you have questions. Bye!