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About imarangemaster

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  • Birthday 07/31/1952

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    Grandkids and family, History, WW II, M1 Carbines, AKs, early AR15s

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  1. I saw only two well used Saiga 7.62x39 (unconverted) on Gunbroker, last time I looked. They were about $1,000 a piece....
  2. Stock Saiga, or converted. For a stock saiga I used a modified Tapco G2, and improved trigger and group size.
  3. Went to the indoor range to sight in my High Standard AKMS47 Hungarian under-folder, and thought I would take my "almost returned to stock " Saiga IZ132 for a walk, too. I wanted to see if the red dot retined zero after removing and re-installing. The ammo was Tulammo 122 FMJ, and it was a casual rest on the bench. Shots wer at the rate of about 3 shots every two seconds. Well, I am in love... The main reason for the trip to the range was to sight in the High Standard built Hungarian under-folder. It is built on a HIgh Standard US lower, using a Hungarian AK63D kit. I fired
  4. Well, I decided. I returned the Saiga to Sporter (sort of, I used standard AKM gas tube and handguard), and bought a Hungarian under-folder from Atlantic Firearms. It will be at my dealer day after tomorrow. I mounted a Tasco red/green dot on the Saiga for a hog-thumper, and the Hungarian will get registered. I felt if I was going to register anything, it would have to be cool enough to make it worth the hassle! The saiga goes nicely with my other featureless gweapons: Kel-Tech SU-16 B, and Inland M1 carbine.
  5. Use a hose clamp against the front of the FSB as a guide. Cut 180 degrees, then rotate the clamp so the screw thing doesn't get in the way. You can use a crush washer or a spark plug washer to index what ever you put on it. An AMD65 brake is cool.
  6. A quote from John Adams comes to mind here.... True, but there were a lot more issues than gun control that the colonists revolted against. If you look at the Bill or Rights, the British were pretty much doing all of the things listed to the Colonists.
  7. Yes. I could go featureless to avoid registration, but I would have to remove the forward grip and keep the stock pinned, and put a grip wrap on again; which sort off defeats the purpose of the build. I had it with a kydex paddle and fixed stock for featureless already. They (the gun grabbers) read Calguns, too. I really seriously doubt that kydex grip wrap featureless builds will survive some Attorney General's administrative ruling that because it has a grip underneath...etc. Hmmerheads and MMGs are probably the best bet, but I am not holding my breath on them. One of my 3 ARs will
  8. Effective 1-1-2017, all semi-auto rifles that have an evil feature (pistol grip, flash hider, collapsable stock) and have a magazine that can be removed without totally disassembling the weapon must be registered as an assault weapon. NO more mag-lock or bullet button work around. It can not be passed down to family members in the state, and you are limited where you can shoot it. Saiga sporters, M1 Carbine, KelTec SU16s, Ruger Mini14/30, SKS, and M1A are exempt, as they have no evil features. The good news is (if there is any) once it is registered as an assault weapon, you no longer need
  9. This one does not rattle. The upward angle of the hole in the hand guard presses it securely against the bottom of the barrel. ANd yes, cleaning rods work best for stuck cases and plugged bores. Unplugging a bore with a shoe lace or bore snake doesn't work very well.
  10. I actually use it and the buttstock kit to clean the rifle. If it was just for looks, I wouldn't bother, LOL. Youtube "Using AK cleaning kit". There is a video out there that explains how to use it. Did you know the cap of the cleaning kit is a muzzle guide for the cleaning rod to protect the crown when cleaning? The body of the kit is a cleaning rod handle, and a handle to open the gas tube lock, putting the tab in a slot on the kit body. Other neat stuff about it, too. German HK G3 kits in the rectangular OD plastic box are neat AK kits, too. They use a pull chain. The oversi
  11. For as long as I have been converting Saigas (since about 2007), I wondered about mounting the cleaning rod on a 7.62x39 IZ132 Saiga, WITHOUT changing the gas block and front sight base. First, the Saiga comes with a 20" skinny rod, with the outside diameter and thread pattern of AK74 and AK 103 Izsmash rifles. I guess the 20" simplifies supply for both 16" and 20" Saigas. There is no way short of major machine shop to shorten it to 16". I got a Bulgarian AK74 rod. It worked when I replaced the FSB with a 24mm one and an Ak103 brake. With the standard SAIGA FSB and Gas Block, using
  12. Nice daylight pictures! Restored Saiga IZ132 7.62x39 rifle, Russian Tula Arsenal bakelite and Russian Izzy factory 10 rounders. In the spirit of International worker's solidarity, assorted Com-Block steel magazines, Chi-Com Type 81, four cell chest rig, and Chinese steel core ammo.
  13. I got a standard AKM cleaning rod from Desert Fox, since the Saiga came with a 20" smaller diameter rod. I have an AKM cleaning kit for the buttstock. The natural angle of the hole for the cleaning rod through the front handguard is at an upward towards the muzzle angle. This presses the muzzle end of the cleaning rod up against the barrel with some tension, and even under recoil, it hits the edge of the crush washer to keep it from moving any farther forward.
  14. I opted for the DPH steel bolt on handguard retainer: https://dpharms.com/products/saiga_furniture/saiga_bolt-on_~28diy~29lower_handguard_retainer.html. It works for for .308 (without bushings) or 223. 7.62x39, and 5.45 (with bushings). The bushings have a machined ridge that engages a matching machine channel on the retainer. It is a great system. It comes with a short set screw that engages the barrel on the .308, or the top of the bushing on the other calibers. I decided to drill an oversized hole through the bushing and use a longer set screw, so that it passed through the
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