Had fun out in the workshop today. Decided to document the process of my latest saiga conversion. This is my fourth so far, and most important since it is wife's rifle.
Most realize how easy it is and there's plenty of "how to" vids online. However many are still uncertain about tearing apart a perfectly functional rifle. If it is of interest to others in here I will follow up with more parts, bullet guide and mag fitting. Reassembly is probably unnecessary...it's an AK after gutted.
Being this is a defensive carry sight I understand if it is inappropriate. Let me know.
Part 1: Disassembly of the sportster FCG and trigger guard.
The red arrows mark what you need to grind/cut to remove FCG and trigger guard.
I use a combo of drilling and punch for the cross pins.
The dremel with a cutting bit and punch makes short work of removing the tough Russian rivets that hold the trigger guard/plate in place.
There's a lot of parts involved in the FCG for sportster import...and you can feel them when pulling the trigger. Getting rid of all that excess and returning the FCG back to its original place is one of the best things you can do to a saiga.