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    Citadel RS-S1

    Haven't had my hands on one, but from the photos it looks like a clone of the Saiga Version 030, rather than a direct Vepr 12 clone. Trunnions are Saiga AK type rather than Vepr RPK. Furniture looks like it would swap out directly with an IZ-433 or Version 030. Many Vepr 12 parts will swap into the Version 030/IZ-433 with (bolt, carrier, safety, piston, LRBHO lever, and LRBHO parts assembly), although Molot went through great pains to make sure that its dust cover was just narrow enough to make using an unmodified Saiga 030 carrier impractical. Legacy states that the gun will accept 922(r) compliant parts off the shelf, which is positive. However, I would recommend that forum members check with CSS before buying Vepr specific aftermarket receiver blocks, and quad rails for this gun. At the very least, you will need a Vepr 12 RPK type lower hand guard bracket to use standard Vepr 12 or RPK type handguards and rails. Looking forward to tearing one of these down, and getting a first hand look under the hood. Mike
  2. Cancelled my subscription this morning. Netflix will never get another dime from me. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/us/politics/barack-obama-netflix-show.html
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    Kalashnikov USA finally shipping Saiga 12

    So far, every KS-12 I've worked with has been top notch. I've got one with several thousand rounds through it at this point, and the gun runs beautifully. Still very impressed.
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    Kalashnikov USA finally shipping Saiga 12

    Looks like the hammer's been profiled. Other than that, looks pretty standard. I'm curious about what if any other work has been done to the gun, As for the rear trunnion, I've seen this before on a Saiga that came in with the rear trunnion which had been run with several cases of 3" magnum shells on gas setting #2. We just replaced the rear trunnion, and educated the customer with regard to proper gas system settings. As far as I know that took care of the problem.
  5. Well the UPS guy showed up today with a box, and said "New toy?". "Yep", I replied. I told him what it was, and we talked guns for a bit before he had to rush off to his next stop. So, upon getting the box inside, I opened it up and out slid a red hard case with the Kalashnikov USA logo emblazoned on the front. "Nice touch", I thought. I opened up the case, pulled out the shotgun, and turned it over in my hands. Everything about it was instantly familiar - aside from the fire control group being situated where it should be, and Kalashnikov USA furniture, which looks pretty good, this is about as close to a dead on clone of a Saiga 12 IZ-109 as I've ever seen. From the rear trunnion to the end of the threaded barrel, everything about this gun looks feels and operates like a IZ-109, except - its a little crisper, a little smoother, and somehow just feels a little bit cleaner than a typical IZ-109. Grabbing the charging handle and cycling the action, this impression carries forward. The bolt carrier moves back and forth nicely, and the bolt rotates cleanly in and out of battery. Sweet! I check to make sure the chamber is clear, and slowly pull the trigger to dry fire. I don't even have to look inside - Tapco G2 trigger. Stock trigger pull is about what I'd expect from a stock Saiga fire control group. Once I pull off the dust cover field strip the gun the and look at the internals, my intial impression is confirmed. Bolt, bolt carrier are clones of the stock Saiga parts. Trigger and disconnector appear to be stock Tapco G2 hardware, the left side of the mainspring has walked off the trigger platform just a little to the right, and the hammer appears to be either a copy of the Russian original, or an actual Russian part. The bolt, while shaped like the original Russian part clearly isnt. There are no origin markings or partial serial numbers on the bolt or carrier, which otherwise look like slightly cleaned up versions of the Russian originals. The bolt looks like it might be cast from Russian original, which is fine - as long as the steel is of good quality, and has been hardened and tempered properly. Looking straight down into the receiver, it is immediately apparent that K-USA has completely ditched the Saiga manual bolt hold open, opting instead for a notched safety. Rear of the receiver is nice and square with a standard AK rear trunnion. The composite stock is mounted with two countersunk torx screws. Rear notch sight, gas tube, gas block, and front sight bead are exactly the same arrangement as with the IZ-109, but once again, it is striking how good the external fit and finish are on the American gun. Externally the gas block is extremely clean with none of the characteristic orange peel surface typical of the Russian gas blocks.The K-USA gas block may also have been cast, but the finish and tooling leave the impression that it could just as well been machined from solid billet. Retaining pins are exactly the same as the Russian gun, as are the two setting gas plug, detente pin, and gas piston. Have not yet removed the gas block. Three ports were clearly visible, and I'm betting there is a 4th (.072"). The barrel is threaded ( M22X.75 RH) with a nice steel thread protector, is honed to an extremely fine finish, and black chrome lined (very nice). Barrel length for my gun measured 18 3/8" from the end of the barrel to the closed bolt face. That's it for tonight. Will take the gun out this weekend along with a couple of fresh Vepr 12 builds just off the bench.
  6. Just means other retailers will make up the difference and profit from the opportunity, manufacturer orders will increase to meet demand, and consumers will get newer generation guns from vendors who actually give a shit about their business. How's that for Win/ Win/ Win?
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    Gunny is Gone

    That is fucking classic! Thanks for posting, Patriot. OORAH!!! Semper Fi, Gunny. Rest in peace.
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    Evlutionz, Vepr 12 V12SS (Super Short)

    Love it!
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    Personally, I hope we are using every tool at our disposal - with absolutely no holds barred. Obama's 'window dressing' efforts to appear to deal with terrorists from a distance failed miserably, and created the conditions for ISIS to organize and flourish. Appearances be damned. We have work to do. It is more about actually getting the target, and not providing anything to be used as propaganda. Drone bombings over the last few years often missed their targets, people would be marked as having been eliminated when it was some nobody that got killed.. I think at least a few of the high value ISIS guys that had been "confirmed killed" turned up alive and well months later. Obama was the most inept, ineffective, and downright incompetent leader we've had since Jimmy Carter (and possibly ever) and that is saying something. The man completely fucked up everything he touched - from race relations, for which he completely and single handedly destroyed 60 years of progress, to gutting local, and state law enforcement agencies, to his handling of the Middle East, North Africa, Iran, China, and North Korea. As a nation and the leading world power, we have never had the luxury of simply operating within the context of 'propaganda victories'. That strategy has always failed, and will always continue to fail. I agree that we need to make every strike, every action count. The message we as a nation need to send is that if you are a terrorist, a jihadi, or support those activities in any way, you are never safe, anywhere. We will identify you, we will find you, and we will take you out, by any means necessary. Let the chips fall where they may.
  10. Trump's CIA Has Set Up Teams To Kill Terrorists https://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/cia-trump-kill-teams-terrorists?utm_term=.rn9Q88Zzx#.cd1DYYOnk
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    Personally, I hope we are using every tool at our disposal - with absolutely no holds barred. Obama's 'window dressing' efforts to appear to deal with terrorists from a distance failed miserably, and created the conditions for ISIS to organize and flourish. Appearances be damned. We have work to do.
  12. Hope you are having a great 48th!
  13. Your question makes an assumption that there is no interest in Russian Kalashnikov pattern shotguns. Respectfully, that simply isn't true. In fact, we are finding quite the opposite to be true. There is still tremendous interest in the platform. Unfortunately, since the bans, supply is the bottleneck. Scarcity and rising prices for existing stock put the base guns (when you can find them) out of reach for many consumers who would love to own a Russian AK shotgun. There are plenty of Chinese clones floating around, but these will cost the average consumer $600 or more with tax, shipping, and FFL transfer fees. Honesty, there just doesn't seem to be much consumer appetite for Chicom copies which cost about as much as the original went for before the bans. With no end in sight for the existing bans, and tariffs likely to drive up the price of the Chicom clones, the one bright spot seems to be Kalashnikov USA's excellent S12 clones. Now, if they'd only make one in a Version 030 configuration, with an adjustable gas block....
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    FL school shooting

    I think its "coward" county now. BH ^^^ This.... https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/26/florida-deputy-denies-he-coward-during-school-shooting/373385002/
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    FL school shooting

    The fact that four deputies hid while children were being slaughtered is gut wrenching. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” JFK - quoting Edmund Burke
  16. Actually, he could pretty much do nothing about that issue and divert the attention to something else. He does it all the time. It works when he does that. He just doesn't have any conservative ideology. He's a big idea guy, and a power guy, and a poke the other guys in the eye guy. We all knew it, but some of us wanted to kid ourselves about it, because for the last 2 years he was mostly poking guys we didn't like in the eye. (Never mind the rest of his life...) The fact that hillary is worse never made him trustworthy. Well, this ^^^ Early on, when Dagen McDowell was asked to comment on Trump's run for President, Chris Christie was his (then) VP Pick. Dagen quoted her mother to the effect that "we dont need two finger pointin' yankees in the White House". We didn't get two, but we did get one.
  17. All the idiot (Pappalardo) accomplished was to create an illegal SBR, and broadcast his crime nationwide. Nice work, retard.
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    What is your favorite Saiga 12 build ever?

    Functionally, the KS-12 is exactly the same as an S12, there is absolutely no difference. In terms of materials quality, there are also absolutely no caveats. No downside. Trunnions, bolt, bolt carrier, carrier rails, gas block, and even carrier rails are all top notch. All parts are 100% interchangeable with Saiga 12 parts. From a builder's perspective, you'll need to pay attention to the tighter tolerances. There is absolutely no "wiggle room". I look forward to seeing that 6.5" SBS build, Anthony
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    What is your favorite Saiga 12 build ever?

    Well, here's my most recent favorite. Actually a KS-12.
  20. Very cool Mike. Looks like a lot of fun! Do you still have that Russian PKM we shot in Arkansas?
  21. Came across this article today. Clear and incisive, it gets right to the heart of the origin and meaning of the 2nd Amendment, and exposes the efforts of left activist judges who legislate from the bench to undermine our most basic constitutional freedoms. http://www.newsmax.com/MichaelShannon/amendment-constitution-scotus-militia/2017/02/24/id/775439/
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    Today I am retired

    Glad you're here to tell us about it! Take care, and be well. Mike
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    A perspective of "cold"

    Its been in the high 50's, low 60's every day here in North Central NM. Jacket in the morning. T-shirt in the afternoon.
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    LSA performance tuned KS-12 Hog Annihilator

    Thanks YOT. Good suggestion. Yeah, even with a brake on the gun, at a cyclic rate of 6 rounds per second the gasses exiting the muzzle tend to lift the target up and keep it up. i've got some heavy duty steel binder clips here that would work (cheap and disposable), and will try them -- bearing in mind that the targets themselves are usually completely shredded within two or three mags, and whatever I use is most likely going to end up on the range floor.
  25. Built for nighttime hog eradication. Range test video: Loved the brake from HightechCC, but after range testing I found a chunk of the inner wall missing, and replaced it with a tried and true Lone Star Arms 'Recoil Buster' brake.