Saiga 12 gauge?

Saiga 12 gauge?

This is a discussion on Saiga 12 gauge? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Anyone here have any experience with these shotguns? Are they good or bad as far as reliability goes? do you guys think I'd be better ...

Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Saiga 12 gauge?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array 1911luver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Saiga 12 gauge?

    Anyone here have any experience with these shotguns? Are they good or bad as far as reliability goes? do you guys think I'd be better off with this or a Remington 870HD instead?

  2. #2
    VIP Member Array Superhouse 15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006


    Had a boat owner buy one for boat defense purposes. He's been using it on his boat for about two years now with no reliability issues. If it can survive that abuse, I'd have no worries about using one. Any semi or pump can jam. The pump is not sensitive to weak, target type ammo. The Siaga should be fired with your preferred load ot be sure it works. That load will probably be full power buckshot for optimum reliabilty. You can fire the pump with anything that will fit in it. The Saiga can fire them only as an awkward single shot.

    It's a lot clunkier than any 870 or 500, though. so if it's "better" depends on how important a compact design is to you.

  3. #3
    Member Array gun papa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    I bought one long ago, I paid $269.

    Its an AK 12 guage. Reliable as hell. Unimaginable that anyone on the business end would continue being a *******. I put 900 rounds of Wally world cheap birdshot through her before I cleaned her. 100%

    I teach shotgun and carbine course at work with Remington 870. The Rem is great, but the Saiga is a madman.

    I converted mine to pistol grip. Shown with Israeli style US made sling

  4. Remove Advertisements

  5. #4
    Senior Member Array Fast Cloud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    I don't own one myself (unfortunately) but I frequent many shotgun forums and I can tell you this...everyone that owns one swears by them. So I'm pretty sure you'd be better off with the Saiga.
    "Any rationally thinking person is armed" ---Hinds Co. constable John Lewis

    NRA member

  6. #5
    Distinguished Member Array randytulsa2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    I've got one, and it's great. Hope this helps:
    "...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."

    Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.

  7. #6
    Senior Member Array Rustynuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007


    Not mine!

  8. #7
    New Member Array Joey75's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Hey guys, check out how a car can be shot to pieces with a Saiga in 2 minutes - YouTube - Saiga 12, Molot Vepr 12 vs. Alfa GTV 2.0

  9. #8
    VIP Member Array Rob72's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Pretty much what all these lucky guys say. I do occasional AK smithing, and I've never heard of any significant trouble with the Saigas. They even seem to be more ammo tolerant than Benelli, YMMV.

    The only "downside" is the cost of mags, and the vertical length. The SG being what it is, you basically have to decide, if you want high capacity, "do I want long or tall...?"

  10. #9
    VIP Member Array Paco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    McKinney, TX
    Quote Originally Posted by Joey75 View Post
    Hey guys, check out how a car can be shot to pieces with a Saiga in 2 minutes - YouTube - Saiga 12, Molot Vepr 12 vs. Alfa GTV 2.0
    Now that was cool. I remember doing that in Basic with an M60 to a deuce and a half on the range, ahh memories.
    "Don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep." - Theodore Roosevelt


  11. #10
    VIP Member
    Array srfl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    As it's an AK, albeit in .12GA (as well as there being .20 and .410GA's out there), it's typical AK-reliable.

    I have one and the only problems I've had were thanks to the aftermarket 10-round mags I purchased for it. No problems whatsoever with the OEM mags.
    USAF: Loving Our Obscene Amenities Since 1947

  12. #11
    Member Array Jay6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Lewiston, ME
    I know the majority of Open 3-gun shooters are switching over to them and it would have to be VERY reliable for that to happen.

  13. #12
    VIP Member Array Thanis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Does the semi-auto Saiga 12 have the same general legal issues as other shotsguns or did they place this firearm in a different class?

    Long Story:

    My Glock is my go to, middle of the night, SD weapon. There is one (rather unlikely) SD situation I try to prepare for. For the unlikely, home and back to the wall, waiting for trouble to come, but LE is not going to make it in time, cover the hallway SD situation.

    I have been using an older (but very good condition) Model 12 Winchester (6 rounds) along with my other pistols, as my goto SD firearms. I've known for a while the shotgun I have is wonderful for hunting, but lacks a bit for home SD.
    Last edited by Thanis; January 21st, 2009 at 02:00 AM.

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Best 12 gauge ammo?
    By 9mmMick in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: January 27th, 2013, 04:23 PM
  2. 20 Gauge for HD?
    By CEW58 in forum Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion
    Replies: 92
    Last Post: June 8th, 2011, 11:01 PM
  3. 10 Gauge
    By randytulsa2 in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: May 17th, 2008, 10:42 AM
  4. Best HD 12 gauge load IYO?
    By Mercalf in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: February 17th, 2008, 10:34 AM
  5. Eyeballing a new HD 12 gauge.
    By Wasabi in forum Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: January 21st, 2008, 02:38 PM

Search tags for this page

best ammo for saiga 12
best ammo for saiga 12 gauge
ho9 saiga good or bad
saga 12
saga 12 gage

saga 12 gauge


saiga 12

saiga 12 ga

saiga 12 gauge

saiga 12 gauge ammo
saiga 12 michigan
saiga shotgun
Click on a term to search for related topics.