No more side scope rail for Saiga Shotguns imported?
So according to Classic arms says no more Saigas will be imported with the side rails required for putting a standard AK scope mount on them.
Sounds like BS to me. I thought there was legistation that went through that prevented them from implementing inport restrictions on saigas now.
Specifically this is what I was referring to above.
-- Shotgun Importation Protections. Prohibits the Department of Justice from requiring imported shotguns to meet a “sporting purposes” test that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has used to prohibit the importation of shotguns with one or more features disliked by the Agency, such as adjustable stocks, extended magazine tubes, etc.
found in this post.
I may sell some of my less used toys to get a Saiga 12 at the $499 price.
There is usually a lead time between when an import permit is submitted and approved and the guns actually arrive on the dock, sometimes months. I have no doubt ATF sent out a letter to the importers with their new "scope rails are evil" mandate at some point. At some later point Congress slapped their hands with the new law and said they couldn't do that. Wanna bet there was never a new letter sent retracting the previous one?
Acting on the (now superceded) letter's requirement to delete the scope rail, we now have these current rail-less Saigas. Maybe future shipments the importers will get the message and order them with rails again. Or not, deleting them probably saves $5 a unit and also prevents it from ever being an issue should the regs change yet again....... It would suck to have a container full of Saigas held up at Customs because the regs changed while the ship was halfway across the Atlantic.
I see dont the big hoopty do over a scope rail on shotgun there range is short iron sites should work fine.You can always buy rail and install it yourself if feel you cannot live without it.