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  1. This was the article I used as inspiration for my 103 conversion. Sourcing parts for the conversion was a PITA and took about four years (2010-2014), but I also went after Russian parts for a close-as-possible AK-103. Should still be a doable project, but I would imagine the Russian parts would be near impossible to find now. Plenty of other parts that will work. http://www.avtomats-in-action.com/pro26.html I may still have a few parts laying around that I didn't end up using if you have an interest. In addition to the vendors here on the boards, here are some of the sources I
  2. I'm a little late to the party, but if you can get Chris Butler at AK-USA to take the job on, there aren't many better for 103 conversions. He's a one man band and can be difficult to reach, but he has pretty much mastered the process. He did mine (sans folding stock) and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results. http://www.ak-103.com Regards, FLTF3
  3. Worth absolutely every penny. Both my S-12s cycle smooth as butter with virtually all ammo, will seat a full mag on a closed bolt, and have a nice clean 4lb break after the trigger job. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Thanks Cobra! That alone was worth the price of admission, but one thing I always find that separates an OK business from a great one is how they handle any problems that come up...and there were a few with my order. These things happen with any business, but what's important is that Cobra was not only spot on with replies to my inquiries, but also proactive and decisive in reso
  4. A little ingenuity and it could be remedied. The actual difference is very tiny. I just don't know if the Kvar retainer will work or not. I should have tried it when I had it on my S12. Legion FTW. That's what I love about this place. There is no shortage of folks who are able to come up with ingenious ways to do something like this. Thanks Mullet Man & Legion for your time on this one. I've got one on order & I'll be keeping a close eye out for the specifics on getting it to fit
  5. Good info. I kinda figured if it could be done there would be something out there where someone had done it. I like the design of the handguard, but a sloppy fit is not what I'm looking for. Thanks Guys.
  6. As the title states, I'm wondering what's involved to fit one of the Vepr lower handguards on a sportorized Saiga. I've done a bit of searching on the topic and it appears they will fit the 030 series tactical Saigas but I haven't found anything about the others, like the IZ-109 I'd like to put one on. I did see that Legion carries a bolt-on handguard retainer that clamps on the barrel and Dinzag has a lower handguard retainer that uses the forend screw hole. My gut tells me something like this is all I need, but past experience has proven me wrong before so I thought I'd throw the questio
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  8. OK, stay with me here for a minute. 1964, dirt, and a Cobra... it's official! Happy Birthday old man...may this be the first of many more to come.
  9. OMFG, that jackass was actually serious!? I thought (or perhaps hoped) this was the work of a couple of pranksters with nothing to do after work, and not some never-be that dreamed about tazing teenagers who took too many free samples at Hickory Farms. Either way, reading through their tirade was a perfect end to a really stressful week. For the history buffs, here's a couple of suspected Gecko45 sightings the forum search dug up. It seems the really good ones have been purged...damn, the fun could have continued. http://forum.saiga-12.com/index.php?/topic/25563-max-range-of-762x39/&d
  10. This has to be one of the funniest things I have read in about a decade. It's a bit long but if you ever wondered about the origins of the mall ninja, read on. Be warned though, I just about spit coffee all over my monitor while reading through this. http://lonelymachines.org/mall-ninjas/ Enjoy, FLTF3
  11. Apparently, some of these "guns" were so bad they only met BATFE's legal definition of a firearm...as the article below put it, "any metal object with a serial number on it". I think they were laughing too hard to feel bad about anything. http://www.shotgunnews.com/news/chicago-buyback-gets-blowback/
  12. Not intentionally, of course. Not in Chicago anyway. I love the ingenuity of the group turning the guns in. It's just too bad they didn't get pics of the expression on the officer's faces when they saw what was being turned in. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/10/pro-gun-group-uses-chicago-firearms-buyback-program-to-fund-nra-shooting-camp/
  13. Based on the options I selected, labor ran in the neighborhood of about $750. That included extra stuff, such as tuning the trigger, cost & labor to rivet an Izhmash AK-100 bullet guide to the front trunion (Chris found that part for me), and machining parts that could not be found. The rifle refinish job also adds a bit since Chris also uses his own custom formula for refinishing. The results are spot on accurate to the factory finish, and it's even a bit more durable than the original. Outside of the labor for conversion, keep in mind that I spent three years scavenging for Izhmash A
  14. This project was actually finished around this time last year, but I thought it was time to finally put it up for the Izhmash/Saiga purist like myself out in the crowd. While it's nothing special on the outside, it's a close (US legal) clone of the Izhmash AK-103. The only major difference is that I elected to leave out the folding stock. This is a feature I do not personally find myself using much, if at all, so I decided early on to save the additional expense of adding it. Among the more minor deviations is the Molot-Style pistol grip from MD Arms, which is much more ergonomic an
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