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tenbrook
09-17-2008, 9:29 AM
I am thinking of buying a new AK from Henderson Defense. This would be the most expensive AK I have bought and I would like some opinions from the experts here on calguns. It is a Saiga AK-103 Conversion.

http://shop.hendersondefense.biz/product.sc?categoryId=4&productId=93

So what are the pros and cons of this rifle? How is the price?

Thanks

Tenbrook :cool:

69Mach1
09-17-2008, 9:35 AM
Price is about right for the work. The pro is that you have a real russian AK. The Saiga's also come with a factory installed scope rail and this one's been converted to accept any standard AK magazine. The only thing I would change is the rear sight. It's the factory Saiga sight that's only marked to 300 meters.

Bushido-sig
09-17-2008, 9:48 AM
Here's a link to a post that may interest you. Hope it helps.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=120066

Vepr62
09-17-2008, 9:56 AM
No mag well dimples? Net....
Vasiliy

Vepr62
09-17-2008, 10:03 AM
Henderson Defense ak-101 (with blond wood furniture) looks very sexy and more correct, except for the pistol grip.
Vasiliy

Bushido-sig
09-17-2008, 10:16 AM
First off, my apologies in advance if I'm "hijacking" this thread.

Vepr62, what do you mean by "more correct?" I'm an AK noob that's trying to learn as much as I can about AK's.

Thanks.

Vepr62
09-17-2008, 10:22 AM
Looks just like one I was issued in 81-83, but wood on my issue rifle was reddish-brown, and brown bakelite pistol grip. And EVERY ak style rifle should have mag well dimples....
Vasiliy

shooterdave
09-17-2008, 11:08 AM
i just bought a HDI ak-103 saiga conversion. you have to understand that the majority of saigas in the u.s. don't have dimples. the 2 saiga i have do but i just was lucky. HDI is a top notch company and for the work they do it a pretty good price. it's not easy to make a ak-103 clone from a saiga. the new arsenal saiga is cool but i have heard they already have problems like canted sights. i say go for the HDI ak-103 saiga the dimples are only important if you are a diehard collector the magazine well is already wide enough to take doublestack mags.

5968
09-17-2008, 2:09 PM
You can get a Lancaster from CWS for about a $150 less. I know that it isn'ta 103 clone, but they are a good quality build with a warranty.

TZL
09-17-2008, 2:13 PM
Whats the difference between the Saiga AK-103 and the Saiga ak-47 sold by lanworldinc?

http://www.lanworldinc.com/AK47.html

The Saiga AK47 is low $600's

DrunkSkunk
09-17-2008, 2:26 PM
Whats the difference between the Saiga AK-103 and the Saiga ak-47 sold by lanworldinc?

http://www.lanworldinc.com/AK47.html

The Saiga AK47 is low $600's

handguards
muzzlebrake/threaded barrel

TZL
09-17-2008, 2:41 PM
Is that worth the $150 price difference ?

handguards
muzzlebrake/threaded barrel

5968
09-17-2008, 2:45 PM
Is that worth the $150 price difference ?

Is it worth the price difference? That really depends on what YOU want. Some people will say "yes" and others will say "no".

shooterdave
09-17-2008, 2:46 PM
it depends on what you want out of it. the one offered by lanworld is a basic saiga conversion. the one offered by HDI is a full blown ak-103 conversion. i don't know who converted the lanworld saigas or what kind of warrenty they offer. i've owned an east german ak from HDI and it was really well put together unfortunately i had to sell it because i needed the money. i think the HDI ak-103 is worth the price they charge go to atlantic and you'll see that there are other ak-103 copies that cost more. you could also get an arsenal-saiga but i would until any bugs are worked out.

vinny_land
09-17-2008, 9:36 PM
For $150 more...I'd say its worth the price. You get handguard retainer nut, K-Var handguard, threaded barrel, and muzzle brake.