Today, my son and I tackled the Saiga conversion. After a ton of internet research, and some help from Rigrat and zero; we got it done .
It took a total of 5 hrs, but we took our time. It wasn't really hard; the most difficult thing was trying to maneuver the BHO spring.
Here is our beginning point; it was too hot in the shed, so we did it in the kitchen (mom was at grandma's, so we were okay )
I bought everything online, from Carolina Shooter's Supply
We got it disassembled with relative ease
Then we broke out the power tools
Here's a closeup after we removed the trigger plate. I was pleased to find the trigger hole ready to go for the new FCG
I tackled the bullet guide without a drill press, and it turned out fine
I did have some difficulty, because the tap that I bought with the bullet guide, when I put it into the drill, was too short. The chuck of my drill hit the rifle. Luckily, I have a tri-tap amongst my tools and I tapped it slowly, by hand.
Another difficulty, was trying to figure out just where the bullet guide went. I found just what I needed at Dinzag Arms' website.
After I got the FCG installed, I realized that I needed to install the BHO (bolt hold open). The videos and guides that I had found on the internet, didn't include this step. But, a little perusing on youtube and I found what I needed. It was posted by Carolina Shooter's; unfortunately I had to remove the FCG to install it, then re-install the FCG when done
I was initially going to go with a collapsible, AR style stock, but after some research, I realized that the AK stock is no longer than the AR stock fully collapsed, so I went with the standard AK stock. I also added a Tapco tri-rail handguard. With the addition of the handguard, I am able to use com-block AK mags and remain 922 compliant.
I did have to file down the mag catch a little, to accommodate the AK mags, but neglected to get pictures I also modified the stock Saiga mag, so I can still use it.
All in all; I'm pretty pleased with it
I need a little practice with the camera, but I'm sure y'all understand...
A big thanks again to zero and Rigrat. I got a lot of info from the Saiga-12 forum, a couple of videos on youtube, and one on vimeo.com
It was actually a fun and relatively easy conversion.
Stay tuned at DC.com for a range report...