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We picked up the Saiga 12 to do a conversion on it. We picked up the conversion parts from Carolina Shooters Supply. At first we just bought the Tapco trigger assembly, Tapco original AK stock, and Tapco Saw Pistol Grip which all came in a package deal. We opted to pick up the Tapco original AK pistol grip and went to work.
The conversion consists of moving the trigger assembly forward and replacing parts to make the shotgun 922® compliant. Drilling out the two pins which hold the original trigger assembly in place were easy and so was drilling out the two rivets that hold the original trigger guard in place. On most you have to drill out three rivets but in California, with the bullet button attached, there are only two.
After we took all the guts out we then fitted the stock, new trigger guard and pistol grip. The bolt for the pistol grip had to be cut down a ¼ inch to fit and we had to shave the stock a little to clear the bolt for the new trigger guard. The new trigger guard is installed with three bolts. After that we installed the trigger group but when we had the bolt hold open installed (by the way, that was the hardest part of assembly) we couldn’t get the safety to re-install.
We had to order a modified bolt hold open and while we were at it ordered the axis pin retaining plate and the extended charging handle.
Once those arrived we installed the new parts and were good to go.
We also picked up the CSS forward rail to replace the stock handguard.
The stock bullet button that came with our Saiga 12 will not work with a conversion so we had to look into options. We picked up one from Raddlock and one from Solar Tactical.
In the end, for esthetic reasons, we went with the Raddlock. The one from Solar Tactical is a big bulky bolt on and it just doesn’t look good. Don’t get us wrong, it works fine, it just wasn’t the look we wanted.
A video on the conversion is coming soon.
Our range test will be conducted next week and we will update then.
We have another Saiga 12 on order and once it arrives we will be doing the Kushnapup Conversion.
Close-up of the parts removed for conversion.
Everything we switched out for the conversion.
Solar Tactical bullet button.
Raddlock bullet button.
The bullet button that came stock with our Saiga 12, I'm pretty sure it's made by Prince 50. These will NOT work with a conversion.
Extended Bolt-On Charging handle.
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By: Brandon Gonzales