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Old 05-23-2011, 06:20 PM
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Has anyone handled the ak style saiga from classic arms? I think they sell for around $500.00. any opinions?
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I sure hope the feedback comes in good, because I bought one on Friday that's on it's way. I talked to Ben on the phone about them and he said they're hard to beat for the price. If you mention the deal on their "E-blast" offer you get 3 mags, cleaning kit, sling and oiler for the same $499.
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I sure hope the feedback comes in good, because I bought one on Friday that's on it's way. I talked to Ben on the phone about them and he said they're hard to beat for the price. If you mention the deal on their "E-blast" offer you get 3 mags, cleaning kit, sling and oiler for the same $499.
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I could be wrong but I heard it was a hassle to modify them to accept high cap mags. Unless your cool with 10 rounders. But I also heard its a great rifle for the money. I had one in my hands the other day at a local gunshop, it felt well built and solid. I have never fired one though.


After being frustrated with my wasr, I have been considering getting one as well....also hoping for some good reviews.
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I have a converted Saiga. It shoot 2" groups at 100 yards with affordable golden tiger ammo. I put an eotech 512 red dot sight ontop of it with a scout mount. I also have tech sights AK sight as a back-up sight.

A stock Saiga does not accept AK magazines. You can convert the gun to full civilian AK form for about $100. $150 does it a bit nicer.

IF you do not want to convert the Saiga, they do sell high capacity magazines for the Saiga.

Check out dinzag arms and K-var about saiga conversion and legal information.
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This one from Classic Arms has been converted. Accepts all AK47 Hi-cap mags, has the trigger assembly location moved back to the "correct" forward position, drilled for a side scope mount and has the Tapco G-2 trigger assembly installed. Sounded good to me.
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I would say it sounds good to. Buy it and report your findings!! lol
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I tried to order one today, but they claim to not have my FFL dealer's license, although I've faxed it to them multiple times. Grrrrrrrr!!!
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I have 4 Saigas and all of them work very well even the Hess. At the range the other day one of the other board members {range board not this one} and I meet to do a little shooting. I asked him to bring his AR so I could try it and see if I liked it. The only other AR I have ever shot was the PD’s full auto one and I did not like it at all. My .223 Saiga has a 1 in 12 twist and his AR had a 1 in 9 twist with a 14” barrel and 3-9 scope.

We were shooting the same 55 Gr ammo and switching rifles back and forth, the rifles groups were about equal. For a rest we were just using the hard rubber blocks that are provided by the range. The AR had an AK style muzzle brake and was it ever loud.

I ask him what he thought about my Saiga not having a pistol grip and he said that it did not need one his only compliant was the butt stock was a little long for him.
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Looks like a descent rifle, a cheaper version of the Arsenal with a stock Saiga receiver and fore end and what appears to be an inexpensive Tapco stock. I'd be surprised if it is 922r compliant with a foreign hi-cap mag in it, but it could be. Did they provide you a parts list?

I have a stock Saiga with a SVD style stock. I like the Saiga fore end, it seems to add rigidity to the rifle and improve accuracy.
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They didn't provide a parts list, just explained the modifications involved in the conversion process. When it arrives on Friday I'll post pics and let you know which company is stamped on the receiver so we all know who's doing the conversion. Fingers crossed.
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Has anyone handled the ak style saiga from classic arms? I think they sell for around $500.00. any opinions?
I own two of them. Very reliable, never had a jam and I have modified them quite a bit. For 30 round mags I ended up buying a boxfull of Surefire 30 round mags. They are my favorite rifles.
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Modding them to take standard AK mags is pretty simple...took me a about 2 beer's time
If you change anything..change the FCG...the stock trigger pull SUCK'S!!!
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[QUOTE=dogfencedude;2800074]I could be wrong but I heard it was a hassle to modify them to accept high cap mags.

[B]It takes 15 minutes to convert the saiga to accept 30 rnd clips, I have done quit a few.[/B
jst my exper.
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Get you a saiga and convert it
parts are here & list http://store.carolinashooterssupply.com
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get an arsenal ak....u won't reget it..
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I have the Saiga .308 its one of my favorite rifles. The .308 is the easiest to convert with the others you will have a little more work to do. The Saigas are some of the finest out there, the Saiga is commonly used as the foundation for some of those high dollar customs.
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I could be wrong but I heard it was a hassle to modify them to accept high cap mags. Unless your cool with 10 rounders. But I also heard its a great rifle for the money. I had one in my hands the other day at a local gunshop, it felt well built and solid. I have never fired one though.


After being frustrated with my wasr, I have been considering getting one as well....also hoping for some good reviews.
Actually it's very easy - just converted a regular AK 30 rounder to fit my Saiga the other day. All you do is build up a little weld at the top of the front of the mag to ramp up the bullet. Then file a little away underneath the mag catch projection. It's about thirty minutes work.

I prefer that to modding the Saiga itself.
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If you are planning on a Saiga 12, get one sooner rather than later. The ATF is trying to crack down on them saying they serve no "Sporting purpose", supposedly the last Izhmash shipment from Russia was turned around at the port by ATF agents. Which has reflected in the prices recently. Izhmash looks like they will no longer be selling to us over this fiasco. So if I were you, I would be on a saiga 12 like Dominique Straus Kahn on a hotel Maid.
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