Not worrying about recoil, since I shoot only semi auto, and I don't waste ammo repeatedly jerking the trigger to quickly empty the magazine, the next important thing would be muzzle flash. I started looking at photos in magazines and web images of 7.62x39 AKs used at training facilities and top trainers, and even real world serious operators. I noticed an amazing number had a flash hiders - either a M16A1 or Phantom (which is a derivation of the three prong M16 FH), or a Druganov / M14 long style.
I thought back to my first Saiga, a 5.56x45, that I put a modified M16A1 flash hider on. In dusk firing, the muzzle flash was nil compared to no flash hider. I then cruised YouTube videos of AKs with the M16A1 style verses others, and found very little flash.
While the world is full of golly gee whiz Vortex, Phantom, RAZR, etc., etc., etc. You can spend $129 on a flash hider, or spend $10 on the TAPCO 14x1mm L M16A1 style flash hider, slightly re-engineered for 30 cal. It cost $10 or less, and is a nice pakerized finish. Compact, short, and according to my experience with the .223 and videos of 7.62x39s, VERY effective. I mounted it with a 14mm spark plug crush washer to keep it tight without loc-tite. I'll post a pic soon. It even looks cool. Since I am doing this on the cheap, and more worried about practicality than looking "AKish," I think I will keep it rather than going with a 24mm FSB.
Who knows, maybe I will even get on of the AR15 pencil barrel bolt on bayonet lugs, and put an M9 Probis M16 bayonet on my Saiga!
Edited by imarangemaster, 16 November 2010 - 04:55 PM.