Saiga Conversion

Converting a Saiga to Pistol Grip Configuration

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UPDATE: 

I am working on a Mauser sporter conversion. I'll try to have the pages up in the first half of 2006.

 

The Russian Saiga sporting rifle is one of the best deals on the market right now.  At a street price of $189 (November, 2003) you can own a genuine Russian AK-47 style sporting rifle.  This rifle comes in two calibers, the original 7.62x39 Soviet military cartridge (.30 Combloc) and 5.56x45 (.223 Remington), the U.S. military cartridge.  The rifle comes with a plastic, detachable box magazine which holds 10 rounds.

 

There is a beefed-up version of the rifle which is chambered in .308 Winchester (7.62 NATO), and there are variants manufactured as shotguns in 12, 20, and .410 gauge.

 

This page focuses on the 7.62x39 and the 5.56x45 versions, as they are essentially the same gun and are easily and legally converted to homeland defense configuration.

 

Here is what it looks like before the conversion:

 

 

And here is what it can look like after the conversion:

 

 

The above conversion was performed in about three hours, using mostly simple hand tools and a benchtop mini-mill.  The mini-mill was not necessary, but it made the job easier.  I lieu of a mini-mill, a Dremel tool may be substituted in true WECSOG style.

 

The parts used to make this conversion legal were the following:

 
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First Son Enterprises simulated Krinkov buttstock from RPB Industries (RPB P/N AKKRST-E1).

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First Son Enterprises fire control group, consisting of (a) hammer, (b) trigger, and (c) disconnector (RPB P/N AK15).

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TAPCO M249 SAW style pistol grip (RPB P/N FSE014).

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AK pistol grip nut and screw (RPB P/N RPB1022).

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Bullet guide.

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Two 6-32 or 8-32 x 1/4 pan head screws (optional).

 

This setup removes four inches from the overall length of the gun in it's original configuration.  This makes it an extremely handy arm.

 

Tools you will need to perform this conversion:

 
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Mill, drill press, or variable-speed hand drill

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Dremel tool with cutoff wheels or hack saw

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Marking fluid (or magic marker) and scribe

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Small triangular and rat-tail files (mill bastard)

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Needle nose pliers

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Drill-press vise or bench vise with soft pads

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1/4", 1/8", and #33 drill bits

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6-40 tap and tap handle

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Drift and center punches

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Screwdrivers

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Rubber mallet

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Three-inch or larger C-clamp (optional)

 

Follow the links below for the start-to-finish process for legally converting a Saiga sporting rifle to a homeland defense rifle configuration.

 

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