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  1. White oak is known as a dense wood that resists water infiltration and rot, in contrast to red oak, which has hollow cells which absorb liquid. Monomonk
  2. The dust cover mounts are too loose. Forget about it. I have also had trouble trying to zero the sidemount devices. Even shimming the mount with washers and paper clips didn't work. The best result for me was a B-Square mount for the MAK-90, although I had a hellacious time getting it done. Probably inexperience. Monomonk
  3. One of the problems in reading legal materials is understanding their application. For example, you may read something in a law or regulation relating to hi-cap mags and sporting rifles, but does that restriction apply to foreign manufacturers, foreign exporters to the U.S., U.S. importers, U.S. manufacturers, U.S. distributors or dealers, or U.S. purchasers or owners of firearms? The restriction may apply to one group but not to others. It would be wrong to assume, for example, that a restriction which applies to some business entities would necessarily apply to the end consumer and user. My point about the Saiga for sale on Gunbroker with a 25 round Surefire mag is that such sellers need to follow qualified legal advice from an attorney, not comments posted on the Internet by gun fanciers. These comments may be factual and correct, but how would one be sure? The fact that a law or regulation is not being enforced against private individuals MAY indicate that it doesn't apply to them. If you are not sure whether what you are doing is legal, get qualified legal advice. No offense to anyone. These are just my opinions. Best, Monomonk
  4. Unconverted Saigas (with thumbhole stocks) are being sold right now with hi-cap mags. Is this illegal? The Saiga does not function as designed without a suitable magazine. The magazine that comes with this rilfe holds 25 rounds. It is clear that the rifle is being sold with the understanding that the buyer will fire it using the included high capacity magazine. Should the seller withdraw his ad because of legal advice being posted on the Internet? No offense, just asking a question. http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=113555424 Monomonk
  5. I have never seen any clear legal authority to support the statement that a rifle which is legally imported, and which is designed to accept removable magazines, somehow becomes illegal once a magazine holding more than ten rounds is inserted. This makes no sense to me. The rifle is legal. The mag is legal. But combining the two is illegal? Inserting a mag into a rifle does not change the rifle in any way. Contrast this with the act of removing the 10 round built-in mag from an SKS and then firing it with a removable mag. Quite different, yes? I have never seen any evidence that anyone has ever been charged or convicted for using a high capacity magazine with a Saiga in its original configuration. CDNN actually sold the Saiga 7.62x39 with a 30 round Russian made mag. Some gun shooters and collectors may be experts in federal firearms law; others may be merely offering their personal opinions or speculation. I would be more confident in considering advice coming from a licensed attorney who has dealt with federal gun laws in his practice. No offense--just my opinion. I am not advising anyone on anything. If there is any decided case which supports the following statement, I would like to read it. Monomonk Since the Saiga is importable with that skeleton stock installed, then you will be in compliance as long as you use the factory mag. If you want to use a high capacity magazine you will need to substitute at least 4 US parts.
  6. I have to disagree with the thread starter. I have owned three Saigas and currently have the .223 and the .308. I also have other AK types, as well as FALs, and CETMEs. With the FALs and CETMEs you mostly get parts guns assembled by marginally skilled people at Century--unless you want to pay $900 and up for something else. The Saigas are new rifles made in the same factory that has made all (?) of the Russian AKs. Several years ago they were tremendous bargains, especially the .308, which cost less than half of what was being charged for rifles assembled with a hodge-podge of new and used parts. I have found Saigas to be well-made, well-finished for a mass produced military rifle, and reliable. The main problem with them was the unavailability of hi-cap mags. FBMG and Surefire have addressed that deficiency. I have used the FBMG 20 rounders in the .308 and they have worked fine. I do not have any Surefire mags for that rifle. The Surefires for my .223 Saiga have been satisfactory. Almost any firearms producer can put out a gun with problems. I hope you can get yours corrected. Monomonk
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    I have no personal knowledge of the STG, but I wouldn't buy one. What's the point? I bought a WASR-2, high capacity, from Aim Surplus, I guess it is a Century product. The rifle is great, really excellent trigger. Wonderful value and the 5.45 ammo and the mags are relatively cheap. Saigas are new rifles and good ones (I like my .308 and .223), but they don't come in 5.45. Monomonk
  8. The new polymer .223 mags by Surefire are good. They lock the bolt back after the last shot, although the bolt releases when the mag is removed. I believe there are now at least three companies making polymer high (or higher) cap mags for various Saiga models: Surefire, FBMG, and AGP (10 round mag for Saiga 12). Monomonk
  9. Yesterday I took the Saiga .223 out after a long hiatus. I fired only one 30 round mag using a scope at fairly close range to put holes in soup cans. There was no problem drilling the cans, no jams, no mag problems. With my jacket on, the recoil seemed quite soft and comfortable. I do like the bolt hold back after the last round, even if the bolt slams forward when the mag is removed. My rifle came with the Drag stock and I like that. Mag plus rifle equals good fun. Monomonk
  10. I assume I am not alone in realizing that all of this stuff is absurd. Why should the American government care whether a muzzle device or trigger was made in the U.S. or Russia? The rifle looks the same and fires the same, yes, yes? If the rifle is "evil" and should not be privately owned, what difference does it make where some of the parts came from? I suppose the only result is to force gun owners to buy parts from American companies, an indirect government subsidy to U.S. business. Monomonk
  11. Virtually everyone who answers this question in this forum will say "yes"--- to use the 20 round mag legally, you must put in the requisite number of American made parts. I have challenged this position because the rifle was legally imported and designed to use removable mags. Also, in my opinion, a Dragunov stock is not a pistol grip and does not invoke the American parts rule. In the past I have asked for proof from the other side and haven't gotten it. I think there is no clear, authoritative answer to this question. In the absence of certainty, many prefer to play it safe and put in the American parts. On the other hand, there appears to be no enforcement of this rule, however it applies and whatever it means in this case. The rifle is legal, the mag is legal, but according to some, it is illegal to put the mag into the rifle. Go figure! If you are caught with an illegal machine gun, PERHAPS the ATFE will take your Saiga apart and look for American parts (I doubt it), so stay away from illegal automatic weapons! I think the 922r rule was designed primarily to regulate the importation of rifles by dealers and manufacturers, not the use of removable mags by private citizens, but I am willing to be corrected. Monomonk
  12. I had a Saiga in 7.62 by 39 and it had a really awful trigger, gritty, long pull. I tried polishing and lubricating but there was no improvement. I recently bought a .223 Saiga. I would say the trigger pull on this rifle is mediocre but better than the x39. As you know, the .223 is a lighter, faster round than the x39. You get a little bit less recoil and perhaps a flatter trajectory. I would say that the x39 would be better suited for bigger game at shorter distances. So far as I know, ammo cost is about the same. X39 used to be about the cheapest full power ammo out there but shrinking supplies have pushed prices way up. Since X39 is the standard AK calibre, and AKs with pistol grips are readily available, along with cheap mags, you might judge that the .223 Saiga to be more desirable. Going outside the limits of your question, I strongly recommend the WASR-2 in 5.45, available for less than $300 from Aim Surplus and other companies. A few months ago when I got my WASR-2, ammo was plentiful and cheap. My rifle came with an absolutely perfect TAPCO trigger. Mags are inexpensive. I cannot comment on accuracy with any of these rifles, especially since I only shoot Wolf and milsurp ammo. Monomonk
  13. What is the significance of the dimples? My recently bought .223 does not have them. Monomonk
  14. I have three and have shot with one of them. They work well and do not require a bullet guide. They also lock the slide back after the last shot, but the slide goes forward when the mag is removed. Monomonk
  15. I lightly sanded the top of the right feed lip (right side from the shooter's viewpoint when mag is installed) of my Surefire mags to eliminate that sharp edge. I just rounded off the edge on top. This makes loading more comfortable. Monomonk
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