Hey everyone, some of you already know me from asking all the Saiga restoration questions, lol.
I noticed that the Saiga Forums section has a thread for every rifle caliber except 7.62x39. So I thought I would make one, just like everyone that helped me did so in a big way maybe this will help some others interested in doing a Saiga 7.62 conversion to original AK configuration.
I am going to try to do this step by step, also providing pictures so you can get a good idea of what is going on.
First here are some pictures of the Saiga right out of the box, in sporter configuration.
Untouched Saiga receiver, original configuration
The First step of the conversion is to take the dust cover, recoil spring and bolt carrier out, this is done by pushing the button that sticks thru the back of the dust cover. Push the button in and pull the dust cover off. Then push the recoil spring forward holding that button that stuck thru the cover and pull the spring out. To take the bolt carrier out make sure the hammer is in the cocked position (down) grab the bolt carrier and slide it to the rear of the receiver. Once at the end it should pop up, go ahead and pull that out also. Put those three(3) items somewhere safe and out of the way for now, you won't need them again until after you install the new Trigger or Fire Control Group.
Dust Cover release button
Removing Bolt Carrier