Holiday Saiga Conversion Project

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    Holiday Saiga Conversion Project

    I will have 12 days off in a row (ho, ho, ho) here for the holidays so I purchased a little gift for myself and have a project for the holiday break to keep me out of trouble. I am going to do another Saiga AK conversion. This time in 5.45x39. I ordered the rifle from Carolina Shooters Supply (CSS) in SC. Placed the order Sunday night and rifle was at my FFL on Tuesday! Great service from these folks as usual. With a $15 Transfer fee I still came in under $390 total for the rifle and the conversion parts cost about $180. I will post updates as the project progresses.
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    S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP

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    Congrats on the new Saiga. It is nice having a project while you have some time off isn't it? I have started doing a few upgrades to a couple of mine for a holiday break project as well.

    Keep us informed on your progress.

    Also...can't beat CSS for customer service. I like giving Greg my money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    l. With a $15 Transfer fee I still came in under $390 total for the rifle and the conversion parts cost about $180. I will post updates as the project progresses.

    Wow, that is really quite an incredible deal. Congrats.

    Did you buy everything from CSS ? Or did you have to go elsewhere for some of the conversion parts?

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    Saigas are good. I have 4 in my shop right now.
    Of course, you'll need to show some pics.
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    Well I generally have completed the Saiga 5.45x39 conversion build. I will take and post some better photos tomorrow. On the home gunsmithing scale of 1-10, I would rate the difficulty at about 4. I basically only used a hand drill to drill out the rivets and remove the OEM trigger guard and basic hand tools, that is about all you need to do the conversion. So I now have a new Russian made AK74 with only about $560 in the rifle to date, not bad.

    Modified G2 FCG with Retaining Plate
    Angled Trigger Guard
    Hole Plugs
    OD green Tapco AK Stock and forend
    Reinstalled the Bolt hold open



    Last edited by pirate; December 24th, 2010 at 01:22 PM.
    When I leave the home port:
    S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP

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    Great job pirate, it looks real good.

    $560ish for a new Russian AK isn't bad at all.

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    Awesome! I need to do this someday.

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    I like your OD green scheme. Saiga conversions are great projects. Nice photos, as usual

    CSS is great to work with
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