(Sorry for the 'lo-res' photo, but that seems to be all I could get out of the "'Manage Current Attachments' menu" - everything with more pixels bombed out. Maybe I'm just 'pixel impaired'... ;>)
Here it is (my 'Econo-Saiga-Build'), from bow to stern:
US-made AR-15 AK-74-style muzzle device (from my 'parts bin:' threaded 1/2x28 RH, originally purchased on Gunbroker, after the sunset of the 'assault weapons ban,' for $10);
QD sling swivel stud, mounted on the left side of the factory handguards (from my 'parts bin:' don't remember the price of the stud & swivel);
Modified Weaver rail, mounted at original sling swivel location (from my 'parts bin:' Weaver part # 94, rear scope mount for the Winchester M94 'angle-eject,' modified with a half-round file, and various grades of emory paper wrapped around available tubing, to fit the Saiga handguard; originally purchased from the clearance area at a Walmart store for $1, with the Weaver rings and front mount included, IIRC - bargain hunters take note);
Slightly modified German(?) G-3 'skinny handguard' heat shield, mounted inside the factory Saiga handguards ($5, IIRC, for the entire G-3 handguard, on Gunbroker - my idea, my design, and my work);
AK-74 rear sight blade, or 'plate' (from the 'parts bin' [and don't buy from Global, whatever you do, if you want one], graduated to 1000 meters, with the markings painted orange or white - and that's Allis Chalmers orange, by the way, since I'm from a family of successful farmers);
Dinzag's bullet guide for Orlite & Bulgy mags ($25 for the 'full monty' [you can never have too many quality bits or taps], thanks again to dinzag, angrydutchman, & vjor, for the excellent end result);
A bunch of Galil Orlites, in like-new condition, at next-to-nothing prices ($5 each, thank you very much, CDNN);
US-made Orlite floorplates (my idea, my design, and my work - 100% reliable, so far);
US-made Orlite follower (untested & experimental - thank you for the idea, Havoc308!);
Stock Saiga trigger guard, with front 'tang' left long (to allow Orilte mags to fit tight - my idea, my design, and my work - 100% reliable, so far);
'Fire' & 'Safe' markings painted (thank you again, Rustoleum white & Allis Chalmers orange spray paint, applied with a chopped-off Q-tip);
G2 double-hook FCG (about $35, IIRC, in a package with the following part);
Red Star Arms axis pin retaining plate (included in a package with the above - just shows you how stupid the Leftists are, in most ways, that they didn't think this up themselves. Trust American gun-owner ingenuity to improve things!);
'Shortened' BHO (and everyone is right - it IS a major PITA to reinstall, but it is definitely worth the effort, IMHO);
'Big-White-Dot' safety indicator (big white paint dot painted on the right side of the hammer: if you can see it with the safety off, the action is not cocked - my idea [as far as I know], my design, and my work);
Internal stainless steel pistol grip reinforcing plate (my idea, and my design - I worked it out in 1/8" aluminum, and used my own aluminum plates on a couple of AK builds, but this particular plate is a prototype from a great WECSOG-parts vendor at AKfiles, based on my idea. Mil-spec folding-stock AKs have an external reinforcing plate for the pistol grip, that is welded to the receiver. If you are interested in an internal reinforcing plate - no welding required - I can refer you to our mutual friend at AKfiles, or suggest how you might fabricate your own, or you can figure it out yourself, because it's definitely not 'brain surgery');
US-made pistol grip (thank you, K-Var, for the grip & conventional butt stock, ~$49 IIRC, butt stock not mounted in this photo);
Recoil buffer (I don't remember who to thank, because I've had it so long, but 'thanks!'); and
Thumb-lever Romy side-folding stock (thank you, DPH Arms - $49 is the deal of the century).
All of the work involved in the above conversion was my own. But many thanks to all of the folks who have posted here - in my opinion, nothing beats an informative website (like this one) when it comes to building/converting a 100% reliable firearm, in a safe, legal, and proficient manner...
Edited by Bad Bob, 25 January 2007 - 07:52 PM.