Shows the similarities between the shotgun and the AK47 it was modeled after.

Saiga Shotgun Introduction

A shotgun has always been appealing to me. When I was a young teenager, I had the opportunity with my father to fire a 12 gauge shotgun. I will have to admit I was a little intimidated at first due to the big boom when my dad fired it. Then he handed it to me with a couple instructions, mainly to make sure I held the weapon tight against my should to minimize the kick. It was with a sense of awe and feeling very manly when I held the pump in my hands, aimed and fired a couple rounds at some tin cans we had set out.

I didn’t shoot a shotgun much after that for some time and joined the military as soon as I was old enough, 17. The military spent many hours and dollars during basic training teaching me to shoot an AR15.

A couple years later I was sent to a school to learn how to be a better shooter with a 1911 Colt.45. The AR and the Pistol were fun to shoot but were never quite as thrilling as a shotgun.

There were other guns in the military that I had training with as well. The M2 50 cal, M60, 240, 25 mm on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the 105 mm rifled gun on The M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. All of these were exciting but were limited to military use and not something one could take home or to a local range.

One day I was browsing in a local pawn shop and came across an all black 12 gauge pump that could be had for a small investment. It was heavy, extra loud and would chamber/shoot any 12 gauge round loaded. It wasn’t a finicky gun and was great fun to shoot.

I had heard about the Russian Saiga (pronounced Say-GA ) shotguns and was intrigued. The Saiga semi automatic shotguns are magazine or drum fed and are based on an AK47 platform. If pulling the trigger once on a pump is fun, then discharging a shell every time the trigger is pulled is so much more fun.

It took awhile to decide but I eventually made the plunge and purchased a Saiga.

Versatile with a surprisingly light recoil even when using slugs or buckshot.
Versatile with a surprisingly light recoil even when using slugs or buckshot.

One can configure a Saiga Shotgun in numerous ways and there is a huge market for parts, accessories and performance products. My Siaga 12 is new and I have not had extra time and resources to add or change much about it.

I did profile and polish the bolt, rails and bolt carrier for improved performance.

Here is a picture of the US made Molot GKO1 muzzle break. It is reported to reduce muzzle kick by up to 40%. I had originally wanted a clawed breacher instead but I didn’t see myself knocking any doors down in the near future and the GK01 looks great.




Here is the a “Tapco T6” 6 positon adjustable stock that just arrived and will be installed shortly:




Saiga with the 10 round magazine and Molot muzzle brake
Saiga with the 10 round magazine and Molot muzzle brake

I am proud of my Saiga and enjoy shooting it because of the surprising light recoil, number of available ammunition choices, available accessories and round capacity.

This particular writing is meant to convey the comments of a proud owner, introducing the particular firearm and not technical data, or specific conversion information. If you have questions or nice comments about this blog please do not hesitate to email at:

If you live locally and want to try it out for yourself let me know and we can get together to shoot sometime.