How come saiga ak's dont look like other ak's?

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by hq357, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    i Have been wanting to buy an ak varient rifle for ariund 600$ but all of the rifles ive seen latley are very sloppy feeling/looking. they look used and some have scratches and canted sights loose mag wobble i want a brand new nice and shiny ak so i was looking at the saigas but the hangard is ugly! It dosent look like a traditional ak hanguard it covers the gas tube kinda. Is it possible to make the saiga ak look a little more (traditional)?? Dies anyone have a saiga ak that looks like a traditional ak? Do you just need to swap out handguards? How did you do it? Please post pics!
     
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  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Because to meet import criteria they have to be in a "sporting" configuration and be absent of certain military features.
     

  3. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    They are imported In a hunting configuration to comply with some silly import laws thoughtfully bestowed upon us by the GUB'MENT.

    Once bought and shipped here they can be converted back to their originally designed configuration by removing the mounting bracket that the factory stock attaches to and replacing it with an aftermarket part for mounting stocks typically used with a pistol grip. You then remove and replace the fire control group with a original AK variant kit after you remove a bolted on plate covering the holes that they correspond too which are more forward of the saiga trigger hole and FCG. You then install a pistol grip of choice using a grip nut where the saiga trigger and FCG were located,directly behind the new trigger and FCG. Last step is too install a bullet guide and mag release meant for AK mags and your good to go.

    Most important thing is that to comply with 922r (import law I mentioned earlier) you MUST USE THREE AMERICAN MADE PARTS in your conversion to be legal!!!

    Here's mine.



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  4. 95sniper

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    That looks sweet
     
  5. MoreAltitude

    MoreAltitude New Member

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    I second that, she's a beauty!!!
     
  6. Juzi9mm

    Juzi9mm New Member

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    they are imported into America sporterized, no pistol grip, trigger is more tword the ass end of the reciever, and the handgaurd goes all the way to the end of the gas tube.
     
  7. vtalen

    vtalen New Member

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    I have one. But in an ak specialty magazine, they stated that this is one of the best made
     
  8. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    They come in "sporting configuration" so they are not "assault weapons" and therefore do not need to undergo a 922 conversion unless they are equipped with a pistol grip.
     
  9. Ultimate_sig

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    Yes, you need a handguard retainer.
     
  10. Ultimate_sig

    Ultimate_sig New Member

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    Did you use a lower hanguard retainer. Is it solid with no play. Ive seen them but im curious if you have noticed any movement
     
  11. muscledom

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    I have a wasr that I bought right after the craze started. Paid $800, whatever. My steel mags are sloppy which I prefer. The tapcos are perfectly snug. Here she is. I finished the furniture, swapped the grip, and added the bayonet, you know, for home defense.
     

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  12. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    Atleast its sumthin!
     
  13. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    The WASR is a lot more than that. At the low end of the AK field people have long been laboring over buying the Saiga or WASR. The Saiga is well made but needs conversion from sporter if you want an AKM clone. The WASR is a little sloppy but usually is ready to go out of the box. I went WASR-10/63 over five years ago and never have been sorry. The only bad thing today is the price.
     
  14. jeremyx28

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    This is my saiga. I ordered it from buds and did the conversion myself. One thing about going this route is you learn just about everything you need to know about the platform. I had little to no experience when I did my conversion with modifying firearms...but a few YouTube videos and I think I did a pretty damn good job. Converting your own saiga is an economical, educating, and fun project.

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  15. hq357

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    That is a pretty damn good job! What kind of rail is that? Do you need to take off the rail in order to pop off the dust cover? How did you get that rail on there? Do your optics hold zero on that rail? Is i wobbly? Please tell me thats kick ass how much did you pay for that?
     
  16. jeremyx28

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    Its a beryl mount rail, I got it from ctd a few months back. The rail replaces the rear iron sight, so the rail works on a hinge....flips up to remove the dust cover. Its held down by the rear tang bolt. Cost me around $50 and holds zero very well. Its got an adjustment screw that helps hold it nice and tight. I like it a lot.