I was looking to buy an AK-47, but ever since Obama said the words "gun control" I've seen the prices on those rifles double to around $600 on average. I know that Izhmash makes the civilian version of the Kalashnikov called the Saiga (not to be confused with the Saiga 12 shotgun). I've seen Saiga rifles go for a little over $300 not two days ago online and they are probably even more affordable at a gun show. I'd like any feedback from AK and/or Saiga owners on the similarities of the two rifles. Answers I'm looking for about this rifle are these things: 1. Is the Saiga as durable as the AK? 2. Are magazines for these rifles interchangeable? 3. What sort of modifications can you do to a Saiga (optics, pistol grips, stocks, etc.)? 4. How accurate is the Saiga (I'm planning to buy one chambered in 7.62x39 mm)? Any other feedback would be appreciated. This rifle will not be for self-defense, but rather recreation and the coveted "SHTF" scenario.