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I've been thinking about the Saiga lineup of rifles a lot lately. Mainly, I've been thinking of the Saiga rifles for survivalists and preppers who are just beginning to purchase firearms for shtf. I had someone I know ask me for advice about what firearms they should be purchasing as they build their firearms collection in regards to survival and preparedness. I haven't given him an answer yet, so I thought I'd run what I want to suggest to him by you all first to see if you all think I'm on-track with my advice.

He's already got a Glock. I thought he should get a shotgun next, maybe a pump, although he'd do well with a Saiga-12 IMHO. But the pump is cheaper and would allow him to save up and purchase MBR's quicker.

But for MBR I was thinking about directing him to the Saiga rifles. For a little more than the cost of a good AR he could afford to purchase two Saiga rifles, one in .223 or 7.62 and one in .308. He could even save up again and back up both weapons with identical Saiga models.

Would I be steering him wrong if I suggested he begin building his collection from the Saiga line of rifles as opposed to purchasing an AK variant or an AR or AR-10? It just seems to me that Saiga can cover MBR needs for a better price than most other firearms.

What would he be sacrificing by choosing to go with Saiga all the way in terms of quality and reliability? He's not a sharpshooter, so while other firearms might be slightly or even a good bit more accurate, his goal is to hit targets much bigger than a quarter. I didn't think he needed to be able to nail a dime-sized target at 400 yards, just hit a human-sized target.

They say quantity has a quality all its own. I guess the advice I'm considering giving him falls in line with that. He's fired my Saiga-12 and likes it quite a bit. If he tries out the other Saiga rifles and likes they way they shoot then I was thinking he'd do well to stick with the Saiga line exclusively.

What say ye all?
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I don't think you can go wrong with a Saiga, even out of the box its about as premium I've seen in a Kalashnikov series. Some of the heavier ones like the 30-06 and 12 gauge are even more robust. I think they use an RPK style reciever there.

An AR is a scalpel, an AK a machete
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Yuck. I forget if it uses FAL or M1A mags but there's supposed to be a conversation kit available for that. If I had known there was a. 223 kit that sticks an AR magwell on it of never have bought a metric butt ton of polymer promags.

I have the Saiga is a very good rifle I like it a lot......but I don't think you have factored the cost of BATF compliance for high cap mags and the cost of the hi-cap mags....I have 4 highcap mags for mine and It cost me an additional $200.00 and Ihave no back up mags. With the 8 round mag that came with the rifle I can carry 108 rounds....that is it! then I have to reload mags.

A FN-FAL or a CETME would be a less expensive route and the FN-FAL is just as good a shooter as the Saiga.
I have the 308 and 223/5.56, both converted to pistol grip. They are awesome . I shoot the cheapest ammo I can find which is mostly brown bear with not a single problem. Those rifles eat everything. I can shoot 308s at the same price as decent 223s and shoot 223s at the cost of 9mms. That's where u save the money. I have a great ar and I love shooting it but would grab the saiga if buggin out with limited supplies. I've never had a problem with the ar, I just have more confidence with the saiga.
the Saiga is chambered for .223, have you shot 5.56 through it? if so any problems?
what about the magazines that the PSL uses? its ammo is just a few mm longer- and I dont think you would need to do anything but add a bullet guide to get the mag to seat and feed.
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