So does every other imported AK. In the case of stamped receiver AK's the serial number is on the trunnion and it is rivetted to the receiver that has the maker and importer info. Same deal. Trunnion receives the barrel and bolt. The ATF have consistently ruled in the case of AK's that if the trunnion is serialized it cannot be removed from the sheet metal receiver since that is the actual receiver. I know that because Ive sent them a letter and got a response back to that effect. They may have sent out an opinion letter contradicting that long standing opinion base but I wouldnt bet the farm they won't reverse that opinion the next time someone else sends them a letter. Legally opinion letters are really only good for the person who sent the letter in anyway. I'll have to contact Wes and see if he still has a copy of that opinion letter but to be honest without anything in 922r to corroborate it I don't think that opinion is worth the paper its written on. Next letter it will just get reversed.Can't get the link from the post to work, but Tromix had a post from Aug. 30, 2007: "I am guessing that the BATFE did not count the "trunion" because they consider that piece to be the actual "receiver" in the Saiga-12. It has the S/N on it and "receives" both the barrel and the bolt. That makes the part the receiver. They may also consider the front and rear trunion "assembled" in the channel to be the receiver, much like their ruling on the M60 receiver."
I see the link to Wes's letter from the ATF about the Saiga shotgun no longer works.
It seems odd to me that the ATF would issue an opinion letter that the Saiga shotgun trunnion is somehow unlike every other AK on the planet that they have repeatedly ruled was a separate part from the receiver and was inseparable from the sheet metal receiver if the trunnion was the serialized part given there is nothing in the US code that says shotgun trunnions are treated different than rifle trunnions. Is there another link to this opinion letter . I have been unable to find one on this site.
Edited by wired, 12 April 2010 - 09:08 AM.