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  1. Okay, I had thought perhaps you had prior experience/knowledge with the Saiga platform. If you run the adjustable gas system on setting "1", and use high velocity ammunition ("high brass" slugs and buckshot), you can pretty much expect it to work. However, if you try to run the system on setting "2", which allows for more gas to enter the gas block, and impart its forces onto the gas puck, in turn the op rod, and lastly the bolt carrier, using "low brass" ammunition, you can almost certainly expect to run into malfunctions on a bone-stock Saiga 12. They *do* have their flaws, but if you are willing to invest the time and money into it, it can be one hell of a fun shotgun. Over this last weekend, I finally was able to finish up the work to a friend's Saiga 12. I wasn't able to make it cycle perfectly, but my job was more so to just do the fire control group/pistol grip conversion anyways. However, on my personal Saiga 12, I was faced with a choice early on. It suffered from the get-go, and it was certainly under-gassed. So, I removed the gas block, and added a fourth gas port hole. Some which came into the states had 3, some had 4. Well, the fourth hole almost remedied all of the issues immediately. I ran it for several years that way. The unfortunate part, however, is that Izhmash, for whatever reason, did not seat the op rod and blind pin it like on an AK/AKM pattern rifle. So, what ended up happening to mine, and "has" been an issue for some other owners of the weapon platform, a crack developed in the thin area of metal where the op rod was simply threaded into the bolt carrier, and a pair of dimples were pressed into the metal to prevent it from loosening. The thing is, the Saiga platform *is* a Russian AK-based rifle/shotgun, straight from Izhmash themselves. And with everybody now trying to claim they have something 'rare', due to Obama's sanctions on Russian importation of these firearm, it has driven the prices up. And while it's not perfect, with work, every Saiga firearm can become quite a gem. At $700? That's an easy choice in my mind. Even if you simply sit on it for 10 years, I guarantee you you will make your money back and then some. Eventually, every unconverted Saiga will become converted. And then the person that has a completely unmolested version in 10 years? I'm certain they'll pay more than $700 for it, even adjusted for inflation. The other thing to mention is that, even with my bolt carrier having cracked, been welded, then cracked on the opposite side, same area as the first, welded once more, then the initial weld not holding, and a pretty significant chunk of metal lodging breaking away, I could *still* use this shotgun if I ever had to in a pinch. Now, I have plenty more options to choose from besides this shotgun, but I know it would still work for probably quite a while. But, eventually, it would fail completely. I have since purchased an American made bolt carrier from R&R Targets. Sadly, like everything else Saiga related, the companies which used to offer loads of aftermarket support for these just isn't quite what it used to be, since no new Saiga firearms may be imported. Even R&R Targets had limited supply of his bolt carriers, only having left-hand charging models still available. However, once I get around to fitting it, I will install my op-rod into the new carrier, drill through the carrier and op-rod, install a blind pin, and smooth it all together. It will be stronger than the factory BCG ever was, and just like mentioned previously - they sometimes require a bit of tinkering. This here is her:
  2. Assuming it's unconverted? Even still, yes, it's worth it for 700 bucks. In fact, I would suggest getting back there sooner if possible, because that's a pretty good price.
  3. Got to see it out the back window for a few seconds. A bit cloudy today.
  4. "Karen" is the pseudonym often given, by a third party, to the women who make a huge fuss about the small things in life. The type that always want to "see the manager". Or, like I saw the other day on a video - A young boy having a birthday wanted to see a bunch of "race cars", so word got around, and a whole plethora of sports cars to exotics made an appearance to this child's neighborhood, and drove by his house. Everybody in the neighborhood loved the event. Except for one "Karen" who blocked the path of the vehicles, called the cops, got her husband involved to try and fight people, etc. The police showed up, arrested the husband and wife (I believe there were talks about a firearm being involved in the dispute), & showed such support for the drivers that they showed back up recently for a holiday. There were lines of people crowding the streets from all over. The husband and wife have put their house on the market.
  5. I've heard decent things about the Romeo. For such roles, I like to recommend things which are battle-tested. It probably is overkill, but it's better to over-prepare than to under-prepare. While the MRO, I'm unsure of whether or not it is being fielded by any standing army, Trijicon obviously has a reputation behind them for the ACOG and RMR. I'd have 'no' problem taking an MRO into a gunfight. But, once more, I'd get the red dot over green for battery life. I'd personally skip over the Romeo for now. I'm sure it's very good, but once again, you want 'best'. Even the MRO, while being a very nice optic, has its drawbacks.
  6. I may be in the minority here, but when I choose to make a rifle dedicated to "fighting for life/liberty", buy once, cry once follows right behind. That means a great sling, optic, and weapon mounted light. The sling kind of depends on you. Personally, I hate with a passion single and three point slings. You might find it works better for you than a two point. I run Blue Force Gear two point slings on every rifle and machinegun that is a 'go-to' firearm for HD/SHTF. Forgive the horrible picture. I don't really have any other 'current' photos of it. You get the point. Even the Barrett back there, wearing a TAB Gear Biathlon style sling (for backpack style carrying), I find myself often carrying it like I do every other "long gun". I carry them basically like so (not my picture. Borrowed from Google.) From those pictures, you might've also picked up on a common theme. Surefire lights. The AR has an M600 Intellibeam, and the PTR91 & M11A1 both wear X300U. Even my EDC and my "go to war pistol" wear one: Again, I need more pictures of individual items: For home defense? I quite love the M600 IB, because the "intellibeam" will automatically sense a close object, and decrease the lumens within milliseconds. So, if you happen to shine yourself in a mirror by sweeping your gun across it while being in a dark room, you're not going to blind yourself. But, in an open area, it will put out the full 600 lumens. If you're less worried about such things, then I can absolutely recommend the newer X300U at 1,000 lumens. Lastly, if you want to stay on somewhat of a budget, the Trijicon MRO (in red, not green) or an Aimpoint PRO. For my M4S and MRO (which is green, unfortunately), I leave them on all day every day. I'm going to swap the battery on the Aimpoint every presidential election, and the MRO once a year. The problem with the green dot of the MRO is that it has a reduced battery life compared to the red dot. I do have to keep it turned down to a barely visible setting while it's not in use. The Aimpoint, I keep bright enough to be seen even with the flashlight running. Both Trijicon and Aimpoint have stellar reputations for being 'combat reliable', and I trust my life to them. Otherwise, they'd be sitting on a "range toy only" firearm. That's.. pretty much it. Keep it simple. You don't have to use what *I* use. The point I try to make to people is to never cheap out on something you plan to trust your life, and the life of your loved ones to. If you do, it might work just fine for you. Or, it might not.
  7. Would said "squeeze gun" happen to have been an HK P7?
  8. That's sort of a bold statement to make. I've seen some really messed up arthritic hands that would lose a thumb war to a canary. Doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to defend themselves should it be necessary to do so. However, the same reason as I outlined in my post above, I believe that a handgun for folks such as that is not the best option if they can help it. Keeping a semi-auto loaded at all times so that no weapons manipulation is necessary would be a poor choice as well, if we're talking handguns still. For starters, people tend never to consider the possibility of more than one attacker/home invader/etc. With the possibility of having to clear a malfunction from limp wristing, or even having to drop a mag and insert a fresh one, it becomes evident that one must still be able to manipulate the slide. One could argue that the slide release be used, but I'd retort that the slide release is going to be very difficult for a person with weak hands. All of this is the reason why I had made the suggestion in the first place for a braced pistol caliber "carbine", like the Evo. You're going to have (on average) a higher capacity; Something with a charging handle which they can use the palm of their hand, or a wall to charge; More points of contact and thus control; a slightly longer barrel/higher muzzle velocity; A great platform with which you can mount an optic which lasts *years* without being turned off; Etc. Again, this all depends on what her use will be of said weapon platform. If it is something which will be carried, the idea of a "pistol" like the Evo kind of goes out the window. Otherwise, I believe it'd be a good option.
  9. If she's got weak hands, then she should be aware that a double action trigger pull can be rather heavy. It's very easy to "jerk" the trigger, if you will, and as we all know, can be the difference between a hit and a miss. Add to that, the fact that you're running a revolver, which oftentimes is 5 or 6 round capacity, you're really limiting yourself unless you frequent the range to familiarize yourself with it. Another thing I must ask, is something I ask people all the time. Why purchase a .38Spl when a .357Mag is hardly any larger of a frame than the .38, and can handle both cartridges? It just makes more sense being able to procure ammunition for two cartridge types, should one or the other be difficult to find for whatever reason. You can use all the .38Spl through it your heart desires, but if you *need* to use .357, you have it. That being said, what is her purpose for wanting a handgun over a rifle? Does she plan to carry it? If it's never going to leave the property, then what about a braced pistol caliber "carbine"? Handguns are, after all, the most difficult to master. The more points of contact one has on a firearm, the more control, and thus the better likelihood of a hit. Take this Scorpion Evo as an example: Install a Manticore extended charging handle, and a person could easily use the palm of their hand to charge it. If not that, jam it against a corner, and push into it: Keep it loaded with hollow points of your choosing, and you're looking at an extremely compact, viable option for self/home defense. But, if she's looking to carry a handgun? I'd really push for her to get the EZ in 9mm and be done with it. The .380 is going to be more expensive to feed, and is literally 2mm shorter than 9mm, so the recoil impulse isn't going to be *much* greater..
  10. Forget about the flip covers. They're junk. But, it's one of the optics I have used on one of the Lage uppers for my 9mm sub-machinegun with great success. The other now wears an MRO. I'll someday replace the Sparc II with another MRO, but not because the Sparc isn't any good. I just prefer the MRO's FOV and clarity.
  11. I shat you not (no pun intended), I have a co-worker that has admitted to me he has been using Taco Bell napkins...
  12. Exactly. I'll be getting the red dot eventually and use the green on something else.
  13. Is that MRO the red or green dot? I've got the green dot on my machinegun, and am not very impressed at all with the battery life. I bought the red dot version for my buddy to put on his WASR-10/63 awhile back, and when reading the manual on his, the reported battery life was close to (if not) twice the life of the green dot if memory serves me correctly. That alone made me feel like it was stupid of me not to compare the two prior to purchasing. It's a very nice optic still, and I just leave it on setting 3, same as I would if I had the red dot version. However, just knowing that it's going to lose its charge sooner than it could have over a color change is what sorta grinds my gears on that purchase.
  14. Haha! You guys have gathered some very unique things, haven't you? Here I thought it was kind of bad buying a new gun because I had a spare mag for it. Even if it was just a Hi-Point C9.. I suppose another one is, I bought a Siamese Mauser a couple years ago on a whim. She's in near perfect condition. That's probably because the damn thing is chambered for 8x50mmR Siamese! Enjoy trying to find ammunition for *that*.. I'm a sucker for milsurp firearms, and it was only a couple hundred bucks. Makes for interesting club if nothing else.
  15. So, what're the most unusual/epic firearm purchase/acquisition stories you've got? Example: I once was given a magazine for a 9mm Hi-Point, and had no 9mm Hi-Point. So, I purchased a handgun because I had a magazine for it. Not necessarily epic, but.. just an idea
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