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Fattracker
06-21-2010, 5:01 PM
Very happy to announce that I finished my California Legal Saiga 7.62x39 AK conversion
-Raddlock Magazine Lock
-Tromix G2 FCG
-Tapco AK Original Stlye Buttstock
-AK Style Pistol Grip
-Tapco Galil Style Handgaurd
-Recoil Buffer
-UTG Combat Style Butt Pad
-Surefire 10rd Magazine
Thanks to everybody on this forum that helped me. Could'nt have done it without everybody.

http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy111/Fattracker/New%20Gun/Picture040.jpg
http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy111/Fattracker/New%20Gun/Picture041.jpg
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http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy111/Fattracker/New%20Gun/Picture043.jpg

Joe
06-21-2010, 5:05 PM
great job, it looks awesome.

NapaCountyShooter
06-21-2010, 5:44 PM
Nice work, I was hoping 7.62X30 was some cool round I hadn't even heard about yet.

Fattracker
06-21-2010, 5:49 PM
Nice work, I was hoping 7.62X30 was some cool round I hadn't even heard about yet.

Thanks. Sorry about the typo. Tried to edit but once you post you can't change title.

r8dr rider
06-21-2010, 7:22 PM
Nice! Exactly what I'm going to do to my Saiga, minus the butt-pad. I just ordered the parts. Was the conversion hard? I'm not very handy and I'm still debating wheater to do it my self or send it out.

Fattracker
06-21-2010, 8:49 PM
Nice! Exactly what I'm going to do to my Saiga, minus the butt-pad. I just ordered the parts. Was the conversion hard? I'm not very handy and I'm still debating wheater to do it my self or send it out.

I think it was not easy but medium. I had a couple of small hang-ups with installing springs (BHO and pin retainer) would have been easier if I had a long/thin needle nose pliers. I had a little problem with rivets. I used a 3/16 punch wish I had a 1/8 punch instead. One of the rivets would not punch out even though I had a long craftsman socket for support behind it. I eventually got rivet out by using a screwdriver to pry off trigger plate (just like first video), then I used pliers to remove left over rivet by using a twisting motion to remove. I damaged plate but didn't matter cause I didn't need it anymore. Also did not need to remove gas tube. When you drill out pins for old trigger and mag release, do not need to completely drill out shoulder of pin, just enough to thin out shoulder to make it weak then use punch to remove, I made the mistake of drilling a little bit too much and drilled into receiver, its hard to see where pin end and receiver begins.
I used first video for trigger/rivet removal and second video for trigger install except BHO spring. Third video I used for BHO spring install using hold down trick with floss only. I also painted everything with duplicolor primer and paint before I installed everything. Message me if you have any questions. Good Luck!
I used these videos for reference:

http://www.vimeo.com/2787027
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yek8AfLlu-s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHxMxKgM6qM

skylovia
06-22-2010, 12:54 AM
How do you put a sling on one of these conversions without the loop on the hand-guard retainer? I was thinking about converting one in either 7.62 or 5.45.

Fattracker
06-22-2010, 1:03 AM
How do you put a sling on one of these conversions without the loop on the hand-guard retainer? I was thinking about converting one in either 7.62 or 5.45.

On that particular Galil Armgaurd which is made for Saigas. The retainer bolt has a loop for a sling built into it.

scubamark13
06-22-2010, 8:20 AM
That turned out great! Nice work.

Fattracker
06-22-2010, 1:42 PM
Thanks for all the compliments!

slomofo
06-22-2010, 2:59 PM
Looks good, but as a suggestion, have you ever thought about turning your trigger guard around 180 degrees and riveting it back down into place?

JayRuff
06-22-2010, 3:02 PM
looks good

Fattracker
06-22-2010, 3:25 PM
Looks good, but as a suggestion, have you ever thought about turning your trigger guard around 180 degrees and riveting it back down into place?

No I haven't. What advantage would that have?

slomofo
06-22-2010, 3:53 PM
No I haven't. What advantage would that have?

It blends seamlessly to the trigger guard and looks almost like a real AK trigger guard. This is mine for reference:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/slomofo562/Guns/e2fe1e20.jpg
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/slomofo562/Guns/0c306c13.jpg

Fattracker
06-22-2010, 4:19 PM
It blends seamlessly to the trigger guard and looks almost like a real AK trigger guard. This is mine for reference:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/slomofo562/Guns/e2fe1e20.jpg
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e237/slomofo562/Guns/0c306c13.jpg

You're right. Your trigger guard does fit better. That is a beautiful AK. Awesome color on that furniture. My compliments.

E-120
06-22-2010, 5:42 PM
Nice job you guys

bigbob76
06-22-2010, 6:51 PM
It has a different look, and I like it!

Ed_Hazard
06-22-2010, 7:38 PM
Great looking conversion. I'm hoping to do a full on conversion of my 308 Saiga. It's a RAW so might s well dress it up. By the way you can edit your title if you hit the go advanced button in the edit window. Ed

californa
06-22-2010, 7:46 PM
Wow looks good. How do you like the AK size buttstock?

Fattracker
06-22-2010, 9:22 PM
Wow looks good. How do you like the AK size buttstock?

Thanks. Works for me. I have short arms so it does'nt bother my balance. The butt pad adds about an inch and slides easily on or off. When the pad is on its on its closer to the NATO size buttstock.

Fattracker
06-22-2010, 9:25 PM
Great looking conversion. I'm hoping to do a full on conversion of my 308 Saiga. It's a RAW so might s well dress it up. By the way you can edit your title if you hit the go advanced button in the edit window. Ed

Thanks Ed. Fixed the title. I appreciate the help.

skylovia
06-23-2010, 10:18 AM
On that particular Galil Armgaurd which is made for Saigas. The retainer bolt has a loop for a sling built into it.

Thanks! Ha, I guess for a $50 dollar hand-guard it better have a sling loop.