Magnus' new Saiga

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by E.L., Apr 30, 2006.

  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I took these during our short shooting session Sat. The Saiga shot well, was comfortable, and there was very little recoil, but I only shot it using bird shot. It was very comfortable, but I think that the weak link is the magazine. Unless of course the US ten round mags fair better. Feeding the plastic five round magazine into the mag well took a lot of time. This also might be as much from unfamiliarity as much as anything. I wouldn't buy the plastic magazines though, while I liked the Saiga I didn't like the plastic magazine. I felt like the Saiga came up very quick and pointed very naturally like what you would want from a shotgun. Ergonomically it was very comfortable with the pistol grip and the recoil pad on the folding stock is a must have. Shooting the Saiga with the stock folded was not uncomfortable as I thought it would be. Just don't "limp wrist it." Of course with "00" I am sure it would be a lot more intimidating. Shooting one handed wasn't bad either, with bird shot of course. This is really surprising as the Saiga is a very light-weight shotgun. It is the AK Shotgun, and a must have for "Mr. AK." Cool shotgun.
    2006_04_30_162_medium_263. 2006_04_30_165_medium_527. 2006_04_30_168_medium_128. 2006_04_30_169_medium_228.
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Cool Tool!! [boozingbuddies]
  3. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Thanks EL the pics rock! The US mag will be metal and can be seen at and are 10rnders to boot:D I know I will have some. I fiddled with it today and got the mag changes faster than yesterday when the shotgun was NIB. Will at RedJacket Firearms did a great job on the conversion and installing the AK-100 series polymer sidefolder. This is as close as you can get to a Siaga 12C state side for under $1k.

    Oh yeah the contraption on top of it is a Russian Kobra Red dot. Not and EOTech, but it didn't cost $400 either, and is authentic for the firearm:D
  4. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    As far as a ranger report here we go:

    Accuracy: Iron sights shoot a little low at 25 yards, easy to compensate for. I will be using the Kobra red-dot anyway.

    Relability: Needs some breaking in. I had a couple of FTE with Birdshot where the shell got hung up on the way out. But should work out after a couple hundred rounds.

    Feel: It is a very light semi-auto 12ga. It is a bit front heavy with out the red-dot, because the polymer stock is so light. The weapon comes up really nicely and points well. The recoil pad is pretty nice to have using 3" slugs and buckshot. I like the overall feel.
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    How about point of aim, does it come close? Have you patterned it yet with the loads you are using? DETAILS, man, DETAILS!!!! [raspberry]
  6. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Just be sure to put the bead right below what you are aiming at and it is all good in the hood:D

    As far as patterning...I didn't have enough buckshot on hand to get a really good idea... (only three rounds) The funky lump at the end of the barrel is a Full Choke attachment, but I don't really expect a super tight pattern out of the 18.5 inch barrel.
  7. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member


    Here she is with the NON HOMO 8rnd mag:D
  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Ah does think one might clear an alley right quick with that 'un. Buck and ball alternating? [touchdown]
  9. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    [winkthumb] nice looking
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