I had a truly cool idea today... Why not use a Johnson 1941 10rd rotary magazine in a Saiga/Dragunov type build for CALIFORNIA???
Here's the mag im talking about:
here's some Johnson background:
See, Im always thinking HOW I can build myself a .308 for california. I have talked with the DOJ and BATF repeatedly and the general consesus is that if I build it in .308, eliminate the PG and figure out a viable fixed 10rd magazine that isnt a simple lockout like the FAL conversions then I *should* get approved to build it. I have been thinking on this for a while of HOW to do it...as we all know the AK carrier prevents a *traditional* stripper clip arrangement.
Well, this got me to thinking about the above Johnson system. Im wondering if there would be any reason I couldnt adapt the Johnson type system to feed .308 or 762x39 rounds? Maybe I could reverse engineer one from the patent drawings. Compared to a BIZON magazine this looks like it would be easier... Im thinking make the magazine body from sheets of .060" steel. Cut 2 donuts for front and back and roll strips of steel between them to make the body? Then its a matter of slitting the inner wall to allow a spring loaded arm to come thru and push the rounds to the feed lip.... I dunno. Im sure Pookster or Justin (CNC dude) could come up with something like this. Im horrible at geometry and figuring radii etc...
Anyway, how does that sound for a CA legal AK?? Maybe even do it w/ a 762x39 using a shorter version of the mag than the .308 version. Technically it would be legal to keep the PG that way too, altho I would try to distance its aesthetics away from the AK's evil looks by using the SAIGA stock.... Thanks for listening.