This post is based solely on my observations at the Ironman 3 gun match this past weekend in Parma, Idaho. I was on Squad 3 with a great bunch of guys, many shooting Open or Trooper both of which can use box fed shotguns. The shotguns included 3 R&R Open Saigas (one of which was my backup R&R), 2 converted Saigas, 1 heavily modified Akdal and a stock Akdal.
On the first stage the the modified Akdal would not feed after repeated attempts. It was put to rest after the second stage and the shooter finished the match with my R&R Open Saiga backup gun. The stock Akdal worked intermittently most of the match and then broke the feed ramp and was declared dead by the shooter who had to finish the match with borrowed shotguns.
All five of the Saigas finished the match intact and with very little problems. The guy who borrowed my R&R had some problems with ammo, but fixed the problem when I gave him some of my Winchester AA SuperSports to use.
On a side note, another heavily modified Akdal at the match suffered a catastrophic failure when the lower frame attach points sheared off.
My point is don't write off the Saiga yet because I think we are going to see a lot of busted Akdals as they get more use.
Below is a shot of me getting ready for Stage 9, the surprise stage. I had to carry all three guns to start and all my ammo, which was a lot! On board, slung rifle, holstered Open pistol, R&R Saiga in hand, 56 rounds of shotgun ammo, 90 rounds of rifle ammo and 81 rounds of pistol ammo!
I finished 9th in Open out of about 60 competitors.
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