I just bought a partially converted Saiga 5.45X39 - it had two 30 rd magazines and I ran 20 rds through each without a hiccup - I bought it used for $400 and change and the previous owner must have liked rolling around on the beach with it - sand everywhere - I cleaned it up good before I shot it - I ran 40 rds of Wolf through it with no FTE or FTF and it kept a pretty acceptable group at 25 M off hand without adjusting the sights. Okay some mods I want to do to it - The original equip handguards are a pain in the ass to get off and on - and I was wondering if there was an aftermarket fix without having to cut off the gas block and front sight base? And do they work with standard AK handguards once done? Flash suppressor? I think if I cut off the front barrel shroud and thread the barrel I could install a new AK 74 or other flash suppressor - how does this work out? Does the flash suppressor come off in firing? I am on a bit of a budget - I am a vet with a few disabilities including a few neck and back fractures - so I was wondering if these work - I mean the gun fires perfectly without the cosmetic changes but I like the looks of the classic AK and if I change one thing at a time over the course of a year I probably will not feel it much in my budget Thoughts?