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Posted: 4/9/2008 1:51:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/12/2008 11:25:14 AM EDT by marauder]
Saw a converted Saiga today. US wood and "some" US parts. Has on it "Russian American Armory Company, Scottsburg, IN. Has SAIGA on it. Is that company the one that brings in all the Saiga"s? Any info? Have a chance to make it mine. Would have to do something with the fsb though

Thanks


Link Posted: 4/9/2008 2:35:04 PM EDT
RAA is the current importer. I believe EAA was, at one point.

http://www.raacfirearms.com/

Beyond that.... I dunno nothing.
Bill
Link Posted: 4/9/2008 3:23:15 PM EDT
Yes, I guess I posted before looking more. They are the current importer. What are these conversions worth? I will try to get pics and post later. No Y stamp but does have the dimples.
Link Posted: 4/10/2008 10:23:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 1:40:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/17/2008 1:47:52 PM EDT by BB]

Originally Posted By marauder:
Saw a converted Saiga today. US wood and "some" US parts. Has on it "Russian American Armory Company, Scottsburg, IN. Has SAIGA on it. Is that company the one that brings in all the Saiga"s? Any info? Have a chance to make it mine. Would have to do something with the fsb though

Thanks

i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd64/marauder_album/saiga003-1.jpg
i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd64/marauder_album/saiga002-1.jpg

Is that a bolt on handguard retainer or a military one? Saiga OEM rear sight or military? What bullet guide was used, and how was it installed, with a rivet or a screw? Hell, from the picture it looks like there is no bulletguide at all; which would mean either it takes modified mags, which is fixable, or they welded one in, which is an immediate pass.
Looks like a $500 or so conversion from the pics, assuming a proper bullet guide magazine conversion, US furniture/pistol grip conversion, no holes welded up, reused the trigger guard and selector. If they riveted in the bullet guide, and used a military handguard retainer and rear sight I'd say closer to $600. It does have dimples, which were rare but seems like there are a lot with dimples nowadays ('bout f'ing time).
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 3:32:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/17/2008 3:42:19 PM EDT by Tyrvidar]

Originally Posted By Mak:
Depending on the conversion $500.-$650.00.  Pictures would help since there are different levels of conversion.


I see alot of companies converting them and selling them for well over $800+. Even the ones with no Dimples going for over 1k with the right getup on it. The cold war have been over alot sooner if the Soviets had to build their AKs at over a grand a piece :P.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 4:46:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2008 9:48:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tyrvidar:

Originally Posted By Mak:
Depending on the conversion $500.-$650.00.  Pictures would help since there are different levels of conversion.


I see alot of companies converting them and selling them for well over $800+. Even the ones with no Dimples going for over 1k with the right getup on it. The cold war have been over alot sooner if the Soviets had to build their AKs at over a grand a piece :P.

There are conversions, and then there are conversions. High-end $800+ conversions typically have military handguards and handguard retainer which requires milling the barrel; military front sight base with muzzle device, military gas chamber, military trigger guard (not reused SAIGA), military selector, a rear sight with more than 3 selectable ranges, and the extra holes welded up and the rifle refinished. If the rifle has a left side folding stock then the receiver has to be demilled and re-riveted.
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