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Old March 2, 2011, 11:47 AM   #1
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Newbie's humble collection

I just started hunting and recreational shooting about 4 months ago. I also got my concealed permit and some pistols. (but that's a post for a different thread)

Here is my very humble collection of rifles. As you can see, I have a passion for Russian-inspired rifles. I'm not a technical person, so complex rifles like the AR-15 do not appeal to me. I like rifles that you can spray down with a little oil and shoot all week in adverse weather conditions without having to do maintenance. The simpler the better. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my poor and humble collection.

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Old March 2, 2011, 12:05 PM   #2
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Nice eastern block rifles. I need to get one someday. The problem is they cost as much as a new AR upper half that pops right on to my DIY lower. Plus it is a more precision shooter with a multitude of caliber options.

ARs are not that technical. Even a clod like me built a lower from scratch. Upwards of 2500 rounds and not a mechanical problem yet. Cleaning is not as hard as you might think.
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Old March 2, 2011, 12:10 PM   #3
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ARs are not that technical. Even a clod like me built a lower from scratch. Upwards of 2500 rounds and not a mechanical problem yet. Cleaning is not as hard as you might think.
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Old March 2, 2011, 12:14 PM   #4
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Yes, please don't think I am dogging you for being incorrect as you are by your own admission a newbie. But the notion that ARs are over engineered and underwhelming in regards of reliability and durability is History Channel BS and half truths grandfathered in from Vietnam.

Also, I like your Saiga, they are really a top of the line AK despite not looking as RFC as one with a pistol grip.
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Old March 2, 2011, 01:20 PM   #5
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Nice start especially considering 4 months worth of ownership/interest. AR's are not near as complicated as it seems. If you can put together a bicycle/grill from the store you can build an AR.

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Old March 2, 2011, 01:38 PM   #6
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Going to 'unconvert' that Saiga any time soon? Not terribly difficult or expensive.

Here's mine.

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Old March 2, 2011, 02:18 PM   #7
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Nice rifle's. I also like the SKS and AK family of rifles a lot, for the reasons you mentioned.

What kind of optic do you have on the Saiga?
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Old March 2, 2011, 09:18 PM   #8
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Great collection! I've always been curious about the Saiga hunting rifles. Do the internals of the Saiga differ from the AK at all?
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Old March 3, 2011, 04:01 AM   #9
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Father Time: It's just a standard red dot sight, nothing fancy really.

Achilles: Yes, the internals of the Saiga are the same as the AK. In fact, the Saiga is just a Russian AK-47 that has been converted into a hunting rifle. Some people convert their Saigas back into AK-47 configuration, which can be done easily and cheaply. However, am keeping my Saiga as is, since I use it primarily as a hunting rifle. Comes in handy against wild boars. The last boar i shot (at 70 yards) instantly dropped dead. I find the 7.62x39 extremely effective for killing boars, and at $3.50 USD per box of 20 rounds in some online stores, it is cheap as dirt to shoot with....so I can get plenty of practice with it.
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