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Old 01-02-2010, 7:46 PM
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Default Saiga .308 conversion...

As soon as I removed the trigger guard plate I saw that the slot for the original trigger would present a problem. Cutting the square hole for the pistol grip nut would leave me with a lack of support when I tightened down the pistol grip bolt.


This pistol grip reinforcement plate intended for a Polish underfolder would fill the bill and also give me some extra holes for welding/riveting it in place.



I put the plate on with only the one rivet used at the rear of the trigger guard and realized when I put the pistol grip on and tightened it down it had solid support, but I'll probably add a weld or rivets.




The hammer had to be radius cut to clear the center post.



Here is with fire control group in place and functioning perfectly.


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Before you cut the receiver check that you will not have problems fitting the trigger. It appears when you attached the reinforcement plate it may be to far forward and may interfere with the trigger.
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Before you cut the receiver check that you will not have problems fitting the trigger. It appears when you attached the reinforcement plate it may be to far forward and may interfere with the trigger.
Thanks but if you look at the pics the receiver was already cut. It did require reshaping an angle on the hammer near the axis where weight is not critical though. Otherwise the hammer hung up on the center post. I added 2 pics to the post. I had to replace the selector lever, I remember being irked when I bought the rifle that the safety didn't work. I had hoped it would work with the Tapco FCG but it didn't.
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Another great build Bob. Thanks for the heads up on the hammer issue.
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I'm going to have to agree with SVT-40 on this one. It looks like you had to deform the trigger guard in order to get it to fit where you wanted it to be.

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I'm going to have to agree with SVT-40 on this one. It looks like you had to deform the trigger guard in order to get it to fit where you wanted it to be.

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Sorry, you would have to be wrong also, the trigger works perfectly. If you don't like the unusual trigger guard that would be a separate issue. The trigger guard is from an unknown demil.

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Couldn't you have installed the PG reinforcement plate inside the receiver so the grip mounts flush on the receiver? I've never paid much attention to underfolders, but I always assumed the plate would go on the inside. Cool that you're doing a .308 conversion just the same.

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Couldn't you have installed the PG reinforcement plate inside the receiver so the grip mounts flush on the receiver? I've never paid much attention to underfolders, but I always assumed the plate would go on the inside. Cool that you're doing a .308 conversion just the same.

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If I put the plate on the inside it wouldn't have given me the support where I needed it. When you buy a receiver from Nodak that has a plate, it's alway on the outside. You'll see it soon, it looks good with the pistol grip on. I didn't want to put it on without a mag lock in place though. Murphy's law you know.
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Bob,

Where did you get the placement specs for the reinforcement plate? Just curious as to what you used to determine where it should be.

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I don't think there is that much of a choice since it's linked to the trigger guard but, the pistol grip nut cut out can also determine it's placement. The PG cut out is in the same location on all AKM receivers.
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My Nodak receiver with the factory installed reinforcement plate is actually tighter/closer than Bob's to my Tapco trigger.
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Where did you get the placement specs for the reinforcement plate? Just curious as to what you used to determine where it should be.

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Because the trigger guard was from an unknown demil I was going to bend it to a more conventional appearance but when I did a mock up I liked the way I was able to position my grip and trigger finger. Like Mach 69 said the trigger guard and plate share a rivet and also the plate matches exactly with the top of the pistol grip so it would create another problem if I didn't locate the plate where it is. It looks better with the pistol grip on but I didn't have a mag lock handy for a pic with the pistol grip.
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Bob, did you ever figure out if the Tapco, Saiga specific, Galil style handguards fit the .308?
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Bob, did you ever figure out if the Tapco, Saiga specific, Galil style handguards fit the .308?
The general consensus seems to be no, they don't work.
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Hey Bob, check this out.


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That just goes to show that there's more than one way to skin a cat! I'm still messing around with ways to deal with the handguards. I really like the Saiga .308 but I can't stand the stock setup.
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