The lesson: caveat emptor. If you buy a Saiga shotgun, be aware that you’re buying a project gun that even the best shooters of our day have tried — and failed — to make work in a competition setting. This shotgun is built on the famous AK-47 action that has been proven by years of very reliable combat action! Additionally, this can be replaced by a 20-round ammunition drum. Слишком для многих из нас это пока главный фактор.
All Saiga-12 configurations are recognizable as Kalashnikov-pattern guns by the large lever-safety on the right side of the receiver, the optic mounting rail on the left side of the receiver and the large top-mounted dust cover held in place by the rear of the recoil spring assembly. The gas system is adjustable depending on the type of ammunition being utilized. Like the Kalashnikov rifle variants, it is a rotating bolt, gas-operated gun that feeds from a box magazine. The Saiga’s magazine catch has a smaller clearance between the receiver than a «normal» AK. This does not allow the larger lug of a non-Saiga magazine to lock in. While the gas piston is sent rearward, the bolt, attached to the gas piston, is unlocked from the trunion and ejects the spent casing.
This rivet is not present on the AK-47, AKM, and AK-74, the bullet guide in these designs incorporate an extra appendage which allows the bolt to lock while this Saiga and AK-100’s use a single rivet design. The Saiga-12 is manufactured by the arms division of Izhmash, in Russia. It was previously imported into the US by European American Armories, although their agreement expired in 2005 and Izhmash then began exporting through the Russian-American Armory Company. The shotgun system also comes off of the same assembly lines that produce the Kalashnikov AK-74M and AK-100 rifle series and are denoted with the red Izhmash triangle logo featuring an upwards-facing arrow. Moving the front sight slide to the left, right, up or down 1mm, changes the strike of the bullet 26cm at 100 meters. Immediate Action For a runaway gun, keep the rifle pointed up and down range until all ammunition is expended. They are rotating bolt, gas-operated Semi-Automatic shotguns with pistol grips, short barrels and folding stocks for police and military use, sporterized BATFE Approved semi-auto versions are avalible for sale to civilians in the United States.