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Posted: 3/20/2006 10:31:31 AM EDT
I'm new to the Dark Side, and had a question about the long handguard on Saiga rifles...Will this handguard fit a standard AK rifle? Any mods needed? I couldn't find anything using the Search feature.

I handled a Saiga at a show over the weekend, and liked the feel of the handguard.

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 11:25:15 AM EDT
The quick answer is no, not without serious modification. I'm sure it could be made to fit but it would take some work.

The saiga handguard has a unique way of attaching to the rifle. The tab that goes between the front trunnion and reciever shell is the only AK-ish thing about it. There's also a long drift pin through the gas block that fits into a notch in the handguard and a screw that secures the whole thing.

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 11:27:12 AM EDT
You would have to remove the issue handguard retainer, replace one pin with long pin on your gas block and drill a hole in your receiver for the retaining screw. I would check around and try other drop-in handguards that you might like the feel of before you make the modification.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 12:10:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 12:38:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 3:42:22 PM EDT by ottergt]
Thanks for the info. That's disappointing...I guess I'll keep looking for alternatives.

Link Posted: 3/21/2006 5:02:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/21/2006 12:56:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2006 2:52:42 PM EDT by ottergt]
Yep! I've been researching that too...

-- Saiga Forum (lots of good links under the Tech Section of the Welcome Forum there...)

-- Saiga Conversion

Haven't really looked at a VEPR yet...that's next.

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