Newer saiga conversion questions
Ok, I just put in an order for the newer version of the saigas with the "upgrades", threaded barrel standard forearm set up etc. Well I am now ordering conversion parts do these require bullet guides still?
I just finished one. If youre talking about the IZ 332, then yes, you need the bullet guide. Mine had a round trunnion (7.62x39).
You still have to file the magazine catch, as well. Also, these guns dont have the muzzle brake retention plunger and spring assembly.
One thing that pissed me off is that they still ship these with the 300 meter rear sight. Honestly, a fully marked sight wouldnt be that much more costly if they did it while it was still at the factory. I know that x39 isnt very practical beyond that, but an AK is an AK.
I got the IZ-340 I have heard conflicting info on the bullet guide. Were the holes already cut for the trigger, I have heard conflicting info on that as well. I know they are different platforms but the receiver is the same.
These guns are still saigas, and have all the traits of the saiga. The front end work is the only difference.
Most 5.45 saigas will work without the bullet guide, but not 100%. Youll especially notice issues with the last round feeding from the mag. Definitely do the bullet guide. The trunnion is soft and easy to drill if you get a kit like Carolina Shooters Supply or Dinzag sells (might be the same kit).
You still have to grind or drill the three rivets in the receiver, but you dont have to drill any new holes. The trigger assembly in a factory saiga uses the front two trigger cross pins that all AK's use, plus the two that are added in the back when they are sporterized in Russia. Youll need to plug these to keep dirt out, so order a set of the plugs, or just go to lowes like I did and get some of the Hillman 3/16 hole plugs.
I used the bg in my last conversion, I was just unsure with the 5.45 it had been conflicting. Also the rivets on the side was not what I was referring to I was curiou about the trigger cuts the older Saigas had nothing you had to cut out a new hole for the trigfger to drop into and hook the side for a dbl hook triggger if going that route,
I've never seen a Saiga without the hole cut for the trigger. Only thing I've ever had to cut is the square hole for the pistol grip nut.
Not to say they're not out there, I've just never seen one.
My first conversion was on a Saiga from 93 it had nothing done almost. The old trigger hole was widened and used for the pistol grip nut and then you had to cut your own holes for the trigger it was a much more involved conversion before lol.
I see. I didnt know that they used to import them that way.
But to answer your question, no you dont have to cut the hole in the bottom of the receiver for the trigger. The one I got was a single hook setup, as well.