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Old 10-13-2012, 19:39   #1
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Good pic of my Saiga 7.62x39

I mainly give pistol lessons but sometimes introduce newbies to rifles. A year ago or so I was introducing a group of women shooters to my Saiga. My wife found the pic today. They use it prominantly front and center as part of that group's website mainpage! Glad they liked my gun

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Old 10-14-2012, 06:53   #2
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Detatchable scope mount. 3.5" groups at 100 yards with Wolf ammo
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:49   #3
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I'm guessing you like it in its sporterized form, and nothing wrong with that!. I bought the same one (16" barrel 7.62x39), shot it a few times and then did a pistol grip conversion. Picking it up after the conversion I thought that it now felt "right". Before it felt out of balance or something. Couldn't hit nothing with it and found the front sight canted. I replaced it with the old style pin front sight, easier than fixing the original. Its been a great rifle. Eats everything you feed it, cheap to shoot, has never jammed and fairly accurate at 100 yards. Only change I'm planning is the NATO length stock I should have bought the first time.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:16   #4
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Yeah, I do like the sporter form.

When I was buying, I considered the various AK style models out there in the basic price range. I grew up on conventional hunting rifles and shotguns, before the tactical age. The Saiga sporter config felt right to me, still does

Plus factory new, with a good reputation. Sights and trigger and everything are perfect. Dead on, just like the factory target that came with it. Never jams, sights work well, aftermarket scope mount fit perfect to the side, no complaints at all

It's also a good gun for women. Light, low recoil, powerful enough. Relatively inexpensive, but very reliable. I tell women newbies to look at the Saiga, the conventional AK style (telling them it operates and shoots the same), and the AR, when they go shopping at the gunstore.

Only drawback is the Saiga mags are different than standard AK mags. But since I'm in NYS, that isn't a big concern. Only pre-ban mags are legal here, and they are expensive, and with the possibility of getting hassled for them by the wrong cop. With Sporter stock and 10 round mags, the Saiga is a sleeper

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Old 10-14-2012, 10:32   #5
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You really didn't just describe a Saiga's trigger as 'perfect', did you?

That girl needs to get her elbows up on the bench.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:57   #6
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For ME, an AK isn't an AK unless it has a pistol grip.

I'm picky like that

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I have one that I guess is somewhat converted. Still uses Saiga mags, but has the pistol grip stock. It is a very nice shooting AK. I love it. It would take something really nice for me to trade it off.
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I have one that I guess is somewhat converted. Still uses Saiga mags, but has the pistol grip stock. It is a very nice shooting AK. I love it. It would take something really nice for me to trade it off.
If you didn't move the trigger, it ain't converted.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:14   #9
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You really didn't just describe a Saiga's trigger as 'perfect', did you?

That girl needs to get her elbows up on the bench.
It works perfect. Could be lighter. Doesn't slap.

The woman is just being introduced to the gun at the moment someone took the pic. As you'll notice, no mag in the gun yet
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