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Posted: 9/29/2004 11:37:39 AM EST
Has anyone actually removed one? They appear to be welded on the front, but I'm not positive. It would be nice to get off the front of the barrel for a nice smooth front end for a flash suppressor to mount to and utilize a gas chamber front sight instead. So, if someone has removed one, how did you go about doing it?
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 10:10:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 10:12:04 PM EST by BillofRights]
Yes- did it! Just put barrel in vise, knock out the two pins along the bottem (punch out the the small diameter side), then knock the sight off with a block of wood and a hammer. Mine was easy, 5 minutes. Good luck.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 10:21:01 PM EST
Was it the .308 model? Did yours appear to have a weld on the front around the FSB, or was there a visible seam?
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:43:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:52:09 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 2:42:59 PM EST
Sleeve? I don't believe mine has one, I'll post a picture when I get a chance. Unlike the 7.62/.223 models, the .308 FSB is different, it doesn't have a visible sleeve and is only a fraction of an inch from the muzzle. You can tell is was pushed on and pinned, but the front of it looks like a grounded weld.
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 5:42:05 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/12/2004 10:14:35 PM EST
Yes .308 22" barrel. Looked like it was welded, but wasn't . Just a few light taps is all it took. The end of the barrel now has about 2 1/2 inches to tap. (the entire front sight area) Tapered nicely at the end of the muzzle. The front sight would go back on with no damage. I think it looks and balances better now, assuming I can find a good scope/ stock combo.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 7:38:12 AM EST
I've got the 16" model, hope it's the same. Sounds like I'm going to be drifting some pins and whacking it with a piece of wood to see. I'm wanting a bare muzzle so I can put a flash suppressor on it and move the front sight to the gas block with an Ace piece. I'm going for a pseudo Galil look. Now if I just had money and Krebs would put that AR15 style rear sight back in production.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 11:45:37 AM EST
My 16" model took quite a few good taps before it would come loose. It shouldn't be welded (at least it wasn't on mine). There is plenty to thread if you can get the OD turned down a little. Right now I have one of those A1 birdcage style flash hiders on mine.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 4:32:45 PM EST
Any chance we could see a pic of your 16" with an A1?
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 3:42:42 AM EST
Here are some links. These pics are kind of big so I don't want to gobble up someones connection. You'll notice on the picture showing the muzzle that there are ugly little half-pipe looking grooves where the FSB pins were originally. Also, the finish appears to be blued under the FSB unlike the painted matte surface present elsewhere on the rifle.

Saiga 308


yet more pics

pic 5

pic 6
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 9:20:07 AM EST
Nice. How did you go about turning down the tip of the muzzle?
Link Posted: 10/14/2004 3:42:45 PM EST
Let's just call that luck. I was afraid I would break the die and the handle because I was twisting so hard. I managed to get about 3/4" of threads on the muzzle (14x1mm); just enough to secure a muzzle device.

Link Posted: 11/2/2004 8:44:15 PM EST
What is the barrel diameter under the FSB?
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