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AK Help Wanted - Polish 1960 vs. Converted Saiga decision

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by coupeowner, May 26, 2011.

  1. coupeowner

    coupeowner SW Portland Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    $500 for the converted Saiga vs. $590 for the Polish. I am a fan of wood furniture (Polish) and the bayonet, but want the better gun. I looked at a WASR, and want a nicer weapon. Just looking for some advise.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    A better description of how the Saiga was converted is necessary for an accurate answer. With the Saiga you get a Russian receiver and if it has been converted into something like an AK-103 clone, I'd go for that. The Polish rifle has a milled US receiver if I'm not mistaken, but there is absolutely no difference between a milled or stamped receiver as far as accuracy, durability, etc is concerned. Plus the Polish rifle looks cool, especially with a bayonet. Both are good prices, even if the Saiga is just a basic conversion. If I had my druthers, I'd go for the Saiga, assuming that part of the conversion was to have it accept regular AK magazines.

    Keith
     
  3. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There's a few factors to look at in making that decision. For example, if you want an old-school, Cold War-era classic looking gun, you'll probably save money by going for the Polish AK as opposed to converting a Saiga and modifying it have that look (or buying one that's already received that kind of treatment). If you're ok with more modern aesthetics you're better off with the Saiga conversion. But that of course, it also depends on how well the Saiga conversion is done, and to what extent is it converted.
     
  4. uban77

    uban77 Maui, HI. Luck favors the prepared.

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    The accuracy of the Saiga's are a cut above the rest. Especially if you hand load with boat tail bullets. I love mine.
     
  5. coupeowner

    coupeowner SW Portland Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks to all for the input. Without knowing the quality of the Classic Arms (not Century) conversion on the Saiga, the Polish it is.

    By the time I upgraded the stock on the Saiga I would be way ahead w/ the Polish. I figured that I could easily throw an AK wood stock on the Saiga, but nooo! Unfortunately, it sounds like a real hassle - and expensive.
     
  6. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I have not had a Polish, but I have had WASRs and Yugos as well as my Saiga. Ive owned an unconverted Saiga 223 and a converted Saiga 762...

    I LOVE the Saiga 762. Accuracy is great, even if I am just casually blasting cans at 50 yards.

    Now, that being said... any AK is a good AK, if its your only one.
     
  7. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    The Saiga.
    Honestly.. Milled is great and all, but read some of the articles pertaining to the downside of Milled rifles.
    Also, a 1960's AKM? How decent is the barrel? I'm assuming its been used?
     
  8. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    As the older kits run out, fewer and fewer newly built kit rifles have the original barrels. If its new, most likely it will have a US barrel.

    Keith
     
  9. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Ohp, my bad. I assumed when someone writes a "1960's" Polish STYLE AKM that they had indeed meant a 1960's era Polish AKM. It was right before I had rushed off to work haha. Just misread and responded without thinking.. I'm not a morning person I guess.

    But yes, I did know and do realize most if not all use US made barrels and for the most part receivers as well
    (Assembled domestically.) ..Now that I've had my coffee. :)
     
  10. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    I hear the US barrels aren't chrome-lined.
     
  11. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Ummm...I don't really know. Green Mountain, who I believe supplies barrels for several of the US AK builders, says that theirs are. I'm not up on this aspect of AKs though, as all of mine are either older kits or pre-bans.

    Keith
     
  12. 74sporty

    74sporty metro portland Active Member

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    i think its fun to build up stuff that you buy. me, i'd go saiga and slowly build it as the checks come in, part by part. stock saiga's are pretty cheap too. if you like modding your cars bikes and guns then go saiga. it also forces you to become more knowledgable about your firearm.