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    #16
    Worst case scenario; the Dims take over your state after Trump's replacement leaves office and incrementalism renders that configuration of Saiga required again.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Surfer21 View Post
      FWIW, in todays current AK market, KVARs Bulgarian AKs (when available) have set a very high standard of fit, finish etc along with reliability and compatibility with a vast majority of small AK parts. Unlike 5.56ARs, there are a lot of minor but significant differences from the various later Com bloc /Warsaw pact AKs in 7.62 & 5.45 in terms of small parts being interchangeable! Luckily steel magazines from all over seem to work in a vast majority of AKs no matter who the original country that the gun or mag is from. If your definitely looking to get a Russian made AK, while Saigas have gone up in price and down in availability, Molot made AKs in a lot of cals and configurations with a better overall craftsmanship IMHO are available.
      Yes, absolutely.

      I have a Saiga SGL 31-68 (fixed stock) and a Romanian Arsenal SLR-104UR (Krink copy, tri-folder). Some say the Saiga is as close to real-deal Russian army AK74's as it gets. But if you dig further, many others say that the Arsenal 104 FR series is even closer (wish I had one of those also). Here's some chatter about it from the AK Files:

      https://www.akfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=183254

      I have several Arsenals and I personally can't tell any difference between them and the Saiga, but I'm sure others might be able to.
      "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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        #18
        I don’t recall where or which specialty “gun rags” I read it in but IIRC Kalashnikov after visiting the Bulgy plants thought the Bulgarian AK plant was organized, managed & manufactured the AK better than Russian plants. Trivial at the time but might be significantl when one is looking to buy an AK.

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          #19
          Personally, I bought the Saiga instead of the 104 FR when I had a choice because I'd rather have one from the actual Motherland than Bulgaria.
          "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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            #20
            Keep it.
            NRA Lifetime Member / NRA RSO & Certified Pistol Instructor
            NYSRPA Member / Freeport R&R Member
            Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network Member

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              #21
              It's worthless.

              Sell it.

              To me.

              LI Ammo, 2 Larkfield Rd. East Northport, open seven days

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                #22
                Originally posted by cpl_eyeball View Post
                Now that I have moved to a free State, I can't decide if I should keep or sell my Saiga. Checking the internet, I see that the prices have skyrocketed - why is that?
                Just an update; I've been watching this one to gauge the potential value of mine:

                https://www.gunbroker.com/item/852923009

                As of this posting, with 11 hours left, it's at $2,760.
                Buy Genuine RUSSIAN made AK-74 Rifle SGL31 5.45x39: GunBroker is the largest seller of Semi Auto Rifles Rifles Guns & Firearms All
                "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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                  #23
                  This one is NY legal and may be a better guide for us peons

                  Buy New Saiga Russian IZHMASH AK47 7.62x39 Rifle: GunBroker is the largest seller of Semi Auto Rifles Rifles Guns & Firearms All
                  Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                    #24
                    Ill buy it

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by cpl_eyeball View Post
                      Now that I have moved to a free State, I can't decide if I should keep or sell my Saiga. Checking the internet, I see that the prices have skyrocketed - why is that?
                      Daaay-um. This Saiga just sold for $3,350!

                      https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/852923009
                      "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Dan 0351 View Post

                        Daaay-um. This Saiga just sold for $3,350!

                        https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/852923009
                        The one I posted the link for sold for $899.

                        https://www.gunbroker.com/item/853390766
                        Buy New Saiga Russian IZHMASH AK47 7.62x39 Rifle: GunBroker is the largest seller of Semi Auto Rifles Rifles Guns & Firearms All
                        Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                          #27
                          Hmmm. Glad I picked up the NY Arsenal back in the day.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by Barnslayer View Post

                            The one I posted the link for sold for $899.

                            https://www.gunbroker.com/item/853390766
                            Yeah, he could sell his to help buy a "real" one (Can't I buy a "real" AK for the price I can sell the Saiga? What is considered to be a good AK?).

                            I was showing what 'real' ones go for - well, as close to real without refinancing your home and doing ATF paperwork.
                            "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by Dan 0351 View Post

                              Yeah, he could sell his to help buy a "real" one (Can't I buy a "real" AK for the price I can sell the Saiga? What is considered to be a good AK?).

                              I was showing what 'real' ones go for - well, as close to real without refinancing your home and doing ATF paperwork.
                              If OP is in a free state he could buy the parts and make the conversion including moving the trigger group.
                              Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by Barnslayer View Post

                                If OP is in a free state he could buy the parts and make the conversion including moving the trigger group.
                                He 'could'. Lots of work and lots of sourcing the correct parts - and it will always be a converted gun........he said 'real'.
                                "The Open Carry guy is my decoy."

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