Ive been lurking around here off and on since last year. Ive been wanting to do a Saiga build for quite a while. Kept putting it off untill prices at local shops (Atlanta GA.) hit rediculous highs (over $700). I finally found one un-modded on a local classified for a good price and got started.
I really wanted it to look like a classic AKM, the gun it owes its hreatige to. I didnt try and make it historically correct, just have the look and feel.
First its just a basic conversion, Tapco FCG and grip. Polished the bolt/ carrier, rails and trigger components. USA made muzzle device.
then I got a Romy "Dong" forward hand guard. Hogged out the inside and made a lower hand guard retainer by welding a tab to the front.
I know I can just buy this from Dinzag, But sometimes I need to exercise the TIG welder.
I had some Scarlett RITT dye mixed with urethane left over from another project, and I just like the contrast of the blood red against the black rifle.
The wire stock is Polish, locks up tight and with the 1" rubber pad, is pretty easy to shoot. At $80 from a local gun show its not cheap, but its still reasonable if you like the look. Untill I get a US made gas Puck, as long as I use US made mags, Im 922r compliant.
Im working on making my own FSB and a Bayonet mount. Ive still got to plug the holes for the old trigger location. A little at a time, she will get finished up.
Its been a really enjoyable project and its awesome to shoot!!!
Thanks to everyone here for all the usefull info you have posted.
Here are a few pictures.
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Edited by mark.j, 07 July 2012 - 03:45 PM.