Michael’s Custom Saiga-12

Some time ago I posted a video of Michael shooting one of his Saiga-12 shotguns. He got in touch with me and explained that since then he has become a passionate Saiga-12 nut and now sells custom Saiga-12′s.

Michael, who work as a designer / jeweler / metal smith, bought his first Saiga-12 when ammunition was becoming scare and he wanted a shotgun so that he could use the relatively cheap and available 12 gauge ammunition. One thing led to another and customizing these guns became a passion of his.

Modifications include …

  • Enhanced action with honed, mirror finished bolt, bolt carrier, carrier rails, and feed ramp.

  • Four or five vent, polished and ported enhanced gas system with mirror finished, builder modified gas plug.

Those Jeweling skills come in handy. Beautiful!
  • Custom modified, sculpted and vented fore end with integrated Command Arms 2″ picatinny rail.

  • Modified Tapco G2 trigger control group with honed and sculpted mirror finished contact surfaces on hammer.

  • Tapco Galil style folding stock tapped and mounted with extra heavy duty torque bolts.

  • Tapco M249 style Saw grip with builder designed custom heavy duty receiver mount.

  • Flawless cycling with all types of 2 3/4″ and 3″ 12 gauge ammo.

  • Durable, high heat ceramic enamel finish.

Concept for a SBS (Short Barreled Shotgun)

He does not have a website but he can be emailed at mm_rogers [] yahoo [] com (replace [] with correct character) or contacted on the phone (505-263-8822).

Bump-firing in the desert

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • viper5552

    oooohhhhh shiny!

  • Many thanks to Steve for his interest in these guns, and for posting the pics and video!

    The ammo used in this video was mostly Federal Game Shock #7 1/2 bird shot. Less than five bucks for a box of 25 shells;)

  • Griffin

    I want!

  • Pop N Fresh

    fun, reminds me of the boys up north in Oklahoma, callled Tromix I believe.

  • Michael

    Who? lol… I’ve heard they do good work, but man! those things look like they have so many sharp points and edges on them you could put a hurtin’ yourself just looking at one. LMAO!!!

    Actually, I take that as a compliment…. Our approaches to design and the look of the weapon are very different, but different approaches are what make the world go round.

    And, you’re absolutely right about fun. Shooting one of these is about the most fun I can have with my clothes on! MMR

  • That is a great looking piece – looks like something out of the Monster Hunters International book I am reading!

    • Jason, I have got to read that book!

  • Tom Stone

    That is a very nice shotgun.Is the Saiga 12 California legal?

    • Tom, are detachable magazine shotguns legal? I would guess not, but I don’t know (everything cool seems to be banned ;).

  • Michael


    California has some pretty screwy gun laws. If you are interested in a S12, I recommend you do your homework before purchasing one.

  • Darin

    I am from the Saiga-12 site and I live in CA. The Saiga 12 is not legal in CA in its factory or converted condition due to the fact it is a shotgun with a “detachable” magazine. However it can be made legal. The magazine release has to be made so it is only allowed to be used with a tool. Thus, making the mag “removable.”

    I don’t want to take over Michael’s site so if you have any more questions like who can do this conversion look me up on the Saiga-12 site under Hallboss.

  • Darin

    btw Mike, that Bullpup looks great. I am planning on doing that to my second S12.

  • Michael

    Update: Thanks for all of inquiries regarding custom S12’s. As soon as I receive my manufacturers FFL (most likely within the next couple of weeks), I will be taking orders.

    In the meantime check out the S12 Tactical Intimidator offered on Gunbroker.



  • Michael

    Update: I have received my type 07 FFL, and I am now taking orders for my popular S12 tactical “Indimidator” series shotguns.

    I have also been doing quite a bit of performance work on sporter version Saiga shotguns, and conversion guns from other makers to address cycling issues, and allow the guns to perform as well with inexpensive low base bird shot as they do with high brass game and self defense loads.

    If you are dissatisfied with your S12’s performance, are experiencing ongoing cycling issues, or just want your Saiga 12 shotgun to perform to its full potential please contact me at lonestararms [at] yahoo [dot] com , or call 505-263-8822 for a quote.

    Many thanks to Steve for covering my work on TheFirearmBlog.com!

    Michael Rogers
    Lone Star Arms

    • Michael, congrats on getting your S12.

  • Michael


    I have a new custom model that can be ordered in California legal trim:)

    And, it shoots like a dream!!!


  • Thomas