Convert My Saiga 7.62x39 or Buy a Different AK
Posted 18 April 2010 - 07:46 PM
I just joined the forum a few minutes ago. I am a new member. I currently own a Saiga 7.62x39, Saiga 12 and a Lancaster Ak. I was considering Having my Saiga converted professionally by rifle dynamics (waiting for a quote) but considering the cost involved I was going to purchase a Hungarian FEG Amd-63 with a Fixed wood stock. I do not live in a free state so I cannot own the folding version. But still like the fixed wood stock. Does anyone here have thoughts on this? Is an FEG AMD a good Purchase? Has anyone shot one? Or should I just get the conversion?
Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:06 PM
Edited by post-apocalyptic, 18 April 2010 - 08:07 PM.
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Posted 18 April 2010 - 09:46 PM
If it takes you two evenings or so to restore the 7.62(it won't), you will have the weapon in your possesion the whole time. No waiting days, weeks, or maybe longer to get the job done and the rifle back.
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Posted 18 April 2010 - 10:11 PM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 12:26 AM
depending on the route you chose.. there will be 2 holes at the back bottom of the receiver that you pop pins for the stock trigger group out of.. plus a hole in the bottom that the stock trigger comes out of (but it will be covered by your new pistol grip once installed). If you go with a standard ak stock.. you'll need a set of hole plugs for the small holes www.carolinashooterssupply.com or you can put some small bolts through them from an ak screw build kit.
if you convert using one of the internal block assemblies that requires you to cut the tang off.. it will bolt in using these holes.. so you're covered there.
i also own an AMD myself, but it's an amd 65 with the folding stock. as far as the rest of the gun they should be the same. mine's built on a Nodak spud receiver, which i think a lot of them are. i really like mine. it's loud as hell with the amd muzzle brake, pretty accurate, and it's got a distinct look.
if you're looking at spending 4 or $500 or so... i'd go ahead and do a basic conversion on both the Saiga 12 and 7.62x39... and you can always build up from there. You can spend a couple hundred on each... do the conversion yourself, and have a very nice finished product. i can promise you won't be dissapointed in them once converted.
Posted 19 April 2010 - 12:29 AM
Do not buy a "conversion kit" from K-Var. The ones they sell are not for standard Saigas.
Ok great, I have seen those conversion kits for sale?
Posted 19 April 2010 - 07:48 AM
Don't buy a bundled conversion kit unless you want those exact parts... pick want you want for furniture. Carolina Shooters has good prices and a member's discount. At a minimum you'll need:
- G2 single-hook trigger group
- Pistol grip
- Pistol grip nut and screw
All US-made of course to stay within 922R. The front grips are a different story, they require a special bolt-on retainer if you want to use AK grips. I like the original Saiga one, though.
Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:31 PM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:34 PM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:50 PM
The magwell does not need to be modified. The mag catch lever will have to filed down a little and a bullet guide installed for milsurp ak mags.
I did my conversion and it was the first rifle I'd ever owned. I'd never even used a dremmel before. Its easy and a lot of fun.
Edited by kope007, 19 April 2010 - 02:52 PM.
Posted 19 April 2010 - 03:58 PM
Which one do you want?
One last question. Is it hard to convert the magwell to accept Hi cap Standard AK mags?
Posted 19 April 2010 - 06:28 PM
Those pics are great. Ok so hopefully within the next month I will be converting the saiga myself. Thanks again for all the info!
Posted 19 April 2010 - 11:01 PM
Edited by icefire, 19 April 2010 - 11:02 PM.
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