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    Default Saiga to AK101 project FINISHED!!!

    I picked up a Saiga 223 Saturday at the fun show, and look what I did to a perfectly good weapon.

    This project is going to be "intense". I got the thing stripped and determined that the barrel will have to be turned down to accept the Bulgarian FSB and GB, the groove for the lower handgaurd retainer will have to be 'engineered', the site leaf will need replacement (It only has a 3 hundred meter site), 7 holes in the receiver need to be welded shut, bullet guide riveted in. Since this will have a solid folder on it all the holes and cuts have to be done for that.

    At least this one will keep me busy for a while......
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    I'll be anxious to hear of your progress.
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    Doing the same thing! You're one step ahead - how hard was it to press off the barrel attachments? I've heard these are "exceptionally tight fitting" but haven't attempted yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcpookie
    how hard was it to press off the barrel attachments? I've heard these are "exceptionally tight fitting" but haven't attempted yet...
    I ended up bending the front part of the barrel while pressing off the front sight! Not a real big deal though because the barrel will be shortened down to 14". This will remove the bent section.


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    Ouch! Let me guess - you were pressing off the gas chamber and the press shifted, causing the gun to slip?

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    The gun didnt slip, I just done have the blocks totally setup yet so there was some slop. I saw things bend but normaly they spring back. Not this time.


    Those Saiga's must be hot / cold fitted including the barrel and gas block pins because EVERYTHING on the barrel was a bitch to take apart even pressing the barrel out of the trunion cause a large gall/gouge to come out of the barrel.


    Taking these Saiga's apart isnt for the faint of heart. Its a battle.


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    Want to get rid of that Saiga gasblock let me know . I got a couple extra rear sites .What do you need 800 m. or 1000 m. ?

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    This is a relatively easy conversion....I've done it.

    You won't need to turn down anything for the 74fsb...it will fit right on once you remove the Sagia FSB. It has a barrel sleeve that goes out over the end of the barrel, so perhaps that's what you're measuring?

    I did my groove with a dremel and swiss file set, but you can do it pretty easily. demel, file, test, file, test, file, test.

    For welding, use a brass/copper block behind the hole to keep it clean internally, then weld away. I used MIG.

    Saiga's make great starter projects for those without a press/gauges.

    take care,
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    I noticed on the Saiga barrel I have there appears to be some kind of knurling around the barrel where the gasblock was.I bought it already stripped so dont know how hard it was to get apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droog
    I noticed on the Saiga barrel I have there appears to be some kind of knurling around the barrel where the gasblock was.
    Probably happened that it galled when the gas block was pressed off. I had a large gall happen when I pressed the barrel out of the trunion. Looks like


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