View Full Version : Questions about Saiga .223 rifles. (legality,mags etc.)

07-07-2009, 9:40 PM
I was looking into Saiga rifles due to the low cost and I was wondering if they are legal as is imported from Russia and has anyone has been hassled by law enforcment for them?
Also what is this 922r(?) I keep reading about? I believe it involves 10 minimum US manufactured parts or something of that sort.
And where can I find the best deals in California( sac area) or online for the saiga .223 16" rifle and 10 rd mags for it?


07-07-2009, 9:45 PM
For CA and the rest of the States, they are legal as imported from Mother Russia. The only (CA) banned by name Saiga is the Kalashnikov USA imported ones.

07-07-2009, 9:46 PM
I can't remember of anyone being hassled by LEOs for having Saigas. I am sure it probably has happened, but really you can get hassled for just about anything. Just make sure you know the laws and are comfortable explaining them.

922 applies when you alter the firearm from its "sporter" design. A Saiga in factory configuration doesn't fall under 922.

Check DDs ranch, they usually have decent prices on them, then find an FFL who will do the transfer for you.

07-07-2009, 10:03 PM
Best on-line deal from a CA friendly dealer.

Like 5968 stated, once you modify the rifle to have prohibited imported features, it becomes "unsporting" (925D) and will require you to replace enough listed parts with domestic made ones (922r) to consider the rifle to be "US made".

To the best of my knowledge. There were only 4 importers so far.
Kalashinov USA--listed CA assault weapon
European American Armory--No longer imports them
Russian American Armory--Current importer
Arsenal--Imports custom Saigas

07-07-2009, 10:23 PM
I have one in 7.62x39 and i love it. If you get a .223 look into a conversion that allows you to use AR mags :). Yes they are perfectly legal, use the flowchart for future AW questions...http://www.calguns.net/caawid/flowchart.pdf