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04-13-2012, 7:32 AM
hi, i was wondering, i'm going to be getting a saiga 7.62x39 in its vanila version, plain jane sporting imported from russia. i was wondering what magazines i could purchase that would not need a bullet guide and that were made in the usa. i've seen 10 round ak mags go for 10 dollars, and the saiga only magazines go for 30-40. is there a cheaper alternative without having to install a bullet guide and that is california legal?

thank you in advance.

r8dr rider
04-13-2012, 8:51 AM

04-13-2012, 8:57 AM
You can modify 10 round AK magazines to work. With steel mags, just grind down the back of the latch stub, and weld up the lip on the front to act as a bullet guide. Those mags run about $10. Don't do this with high cap AK mags.

04-13-2012, 9:14 AM
thanks mach1. i appreciate it.

04-13-2012, 10:08 AM
Surefire makes reliable 10 round mags for Saigas. They are expensive though.

04-13-2012, 11:41 AM
I have a bunch of Surefire 10 rounders that run great that I no longer need since I converted mine to use my AK mags. If you live up in the bay area I'd cut you a deal on them. PM me if interested.

04-13-2012, 2:54 PM
thanks for the offer, only problem is that i live in san diego...... i'm interested though...

04-13-2012, 3:03 PM
just install a bullet guide (very easy) and use all the mags you can get your hands on. That is what I did with my Saiga and never looked back. :)

04-13-2012, 4:29 PM
This is not a comment on what other people choose to do or a suggestion one way or the other, it's just a comment. Putting in a bullet guide and using AK mags triggers (no pun intended) 922r compliance requirements. Whether or not someone chooses to deal with that is a personal choice.

Enjoy your Saiga, they are a lot of fun!

04-13-2012, 5:08 PM
thanks everyone for the advice.... i guess the only real option is to either go 922r compliant or pony up the expense on saiga only magazines.

04-13-2012, 5:11 PM
I've had great luck buying Saiga magazines, you have to be patient, but guys who convert their guns have no more use for them.. I bought some for $5, some for $15... Ended up with 6.. :)


04-14-2012, 1:17 PM
orangeusa has the right idea. I bought four original Saiga 10 round mags on the WTS forum from someone who had converted and didn't need them anymore. As I recall they were $17 ea including the shipping. Just keep checking on the WTS forum or post something in the WTB forum.

If you have plans to move out of CA or you go to another state to shoot you could also purchase some of the Surefire 20 round mags as kits and block them to 10 round mags for CA. Definitely a more expensive way to do it though.