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Mossberg Double Stack Mags DO NOT Fit The Saiga 12 ...

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Title says it.  Had both on the bench at the gun shop.  Held.  Eyeballed.  Attempted.  Compared.  Mossberg double stack box 12 gage mags are not even a close fit.  Width.  Length.  Latching mechanism.  Shell height.

 

The Mossberg double stacks are for 2.75" shells only.  I have confirmed the Trench 12 and the Saiga 12 receivers are very close. This mean the Mossberg double stacks will NOT fit the Saiga 12 receiver either.  No go.

 

Now having said this, it would be a fun study and attempt for somebody to sit down and analyze all the differences and come up with a CAD program to experiment with an adapter kit for the Saiga 12 mag well.  Fun?

 

Doable?  Dunno that.  Right now by multiple eyeballs and comparisons I would say NO.  But anything may be possible.  The Saiga receiver is too narrow.  The Mossberg double stack too wide.  Perhaps a good future project?

 

By direct comparison the Csspecs 10 rd steel box 12 gage mags click in and out so easy.

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Good pics would help.  Great detailed multiple pics would help better.  Working the problem.  But .... first ya gotta have a good camera.  Then a 8 year old granddaughter to show you how to format the pics to send to this excellent forum.  Then you need to share. 

 

Edited more:   If somebody came up with a working pre production model of an adaptor that let Saiga 12 and very similar AK type stamped receivers use Mossberg double stack mags, would THAT be a violation of patent rights?  Patent pending rights?  Legalities?

 

A private component not for public sale.  I dunno.  We compared Ceespec steel box mags to a 5 round Mossberg double stack mag and the Mossberg receiver to a Trench 12 receiver.  All combinations.  Got some smart guys, (not me) to thinking a bit.  We will see.

 

Edited some more:  Me thinks here is might just be easier to use the 20 rd drum.

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An adapter to mate two patented products together shouldn't infringe any patents. It would be the same legal grounds as creating an aftermarket magazine or furniture set to fit a patented firearm. Unless the adapter copies a unique and patented attachment method or specific unique design that's patented directly it should not be an issue. The locking method on the mossberg magazines are likely not unique or patented. If they are the patent numbers should be on them to look up to see what design features are specifically covered by the patent.

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A nice borrowed or purchased electronical camera now on the fast track.  We really need lots of pictures displayed here.  Then let you smart guys, (really) think a bit.  That is all.

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well.  i finally acquired a double stack tonight.  pretty good looking.  but yes, its too wide and the mag catch and latch are funkily located (i assume to make retrofitting to AK hard).  so that leaves building new tower as best option.  anyone wanna see pics?

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I believe the mossberg patent is the notches in the receiver to limit fore and aft travel. Those would probably need to be on a magwell for this mag. I think the idea behind them is that the magazine is supported in fewer places, rather than by a magwell all the way around the mag body, thus limiting the number of critical dimensions in either the mag or the magwell.

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If a new tower is made it will actually infringe on two different patents.  The only way to do it is to modify the existing tower of the mag.  

The notches in the receiver aren’t patented.  They are suppose to be for recoil mitigation but really they aren’t even needed.  If anything they just make the receiver weaker.  The real forces on the magazine aren’t front to back but are downward forces on the front and rear mag catch.  That means the notches aren’t really doing anything at all.  

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Which patents?I have looked through the list of patents from or assigned to Mossberg, and none of them seem specific to the mag tower.

 

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This one.  https://www.google.com.pg/patents/US8966801

The number is on the tower section along with the number for the double stack patent.  

I think Mossberg has an exclusive on the tower section patent but not sure.  

I know they definitely have a right to enforce both it and the double stack patent.  Making a tower is infringing on 2 different patents.  It would be very unwise for someone to do so.  If someome wants to use these mags in another gun they will need to work with what is there.  If they remove the tower and replace it with a different tower they are asking for serious troubles.

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Looking at that patent, it is for having the mag in two pieces to cheapen manufacture and make it easy to manufacture modular feed towers for different guns. Kinda surprised that was granted as non-obvious. Several guns out there have had modular magwells, and I know the maxrounds drum came with mix & match feed towers, so that's a prior art.

It would be infringing to make that magazine, but I don't see how it would infringe to USE the magazine in another gun. i.e. buy a mossberg mag and fit a gun to it. Or alter mossberg mags, and obliterate the logos. That would be under first sale doctrine and whatnot. Obliterating the logos would prevent some BS brand dilution claim. 

 

If the gun is modified to take the mag, and that doesn't require any unique features covered by a new patent, then that's not a violation. I would say that any patent claiming features like having the ability to engage locking lugs with a latch or two are going to be weak.

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https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/61/2a/e6/6529e1d1db24b3/US8756846.pdf

I looked through this patent, which admittedly I didn't fully parse out. As near as I can tell by casual reading, it's only real claim is having a conversion receiver, not modifying an existing receiver. It's scope is for conventional shotguns, and it very broadly names every normal feature of any firearm, right down to firing pins and feed ramps. Those are clearly extraneous to the claim. 

Given that box fed factory pump guns have come from both Italy and China in factory configurations some of which I think go back to the 1970s, that otherwise exactly meet the description, it can't be an enforceable claim that making a new gun which takes box mags and is otherwise a conventional tube based shotty.

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So,  don't think modifying a ready made receiver, particularly one which was originally designed for box fed would be within the scope of the patent in the above post.

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