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saiga 12 conversion?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by ejmpnu92, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. ejmpnu92

    ejmpnu92 Hillsboro, Or Active Member

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    I just traded into a Saiga 12 that is not converted. I am looking at converting it.
    Any advice who had a better parts kit?
    How long should it take a gunsmith to do the work correctly?
    Any components better than others?

    I did go looking at parts kits and there are a lot of options.
    I am just not up which parts are better quality or not.

    Appreciate the ideas, opinions and assistance in advance.
    But please, keep it on topic.
     
  2. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    There are no 'parts kits' per se other than what some retailers have thrown together to make the selection a little easier. Normally, you just buy the stock, handguards, and other bolt ons that you like the looks of the best and put them on. In reality, there really are no 'better' conversion parts; the quality of everyone's goods, even Tapco's, is pretty much the same.

    The hardest part of the process is probably cutting out the old trigger group pins and removing the old trigger guard, neither of which is hard to do. You can do the former with a small hacksaw blade and the latter with a dremel, all without disturbing the original factory finish. If you are looking at paying someone to do the work, you might as well sell this Saiga and purchase one that's already had the work done...a conversion done by a 'name' usually carries a higher resale than a 'no name' conversion.

    Saiga-12.com is a good website to research the process.

    A good source of quality conversion parts can be found at Dinzagarms.com, K-Var and Carolina Shooters Supply.

    I prefer the traditional look, in this case the AK103. My conversion is about as far a Saiga 12 shotgun can be taken to mimic the AKM, short of a bayonet lug and cleaning rod.

    Keth

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  3. ejmpnu92

    ejmpnu92 Hillsboro, Or Active Member

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    Keith,

    Thanks for the info.

    A lot to look over and go through, thanks.
     
  4. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    No doubt, thats the fun part.

    Many folks are satisfied with a basic conversion...a new buttstock, new pistol grip and moving the trigger group forward.

    If you ever decide to go the Russian optic route, a PK-AS and Rakurs-A are very good selections for a shotgun.

    Keith
     
  5. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I like Dinzag. He's very helpful and includes the cobalt drill bits to drill out the rivets (Russkie rivets are made out of recycled T34 tank armor and will eat normal drill bits).
     
  6. osterr1999

    osterr1999 Silverton, OR Active Member

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    Try Carolina Shooter's Supply. They have conversion kits at good prices and they have videos that will walk you through the install.
     
  7. Fumes

    Fumes Wa. Active Member

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    Yes this, not to meantion as soon as you hit enter on your order all you have to do is walk to the front door and pick up your package. I have no idea how he does it but I have placed several orders even on long holiday weekends and as if by osmosis, BANG there it is.
     
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    PopsBdog Southern Oregon Active Member

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  9. Cryogaijin

    Cryogaijin Portland New Member

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    Also a note on magazines: I really like the MDarms 20 round drums. These days I think you can only find them on Copes' but for me they've been as reliable as the factory mag. The promag drums are less reliable and a bit heavier.