Mason sent us a photo of his first gun, purchased this year. He decided to go for an AK rather than an AR-15. He writes …

I purchased my first gun this year.

I decided a few years back that my first rifle would be an AK platform, and the local gun store had a partially converted .223 Saiga selling for $550. I wasn’t planning on buying it this year, but the Saiga-sanction scare happened and this deal was too good for me to ignore.

The original furniture was not to my liking so I swapped it all out. I generally tried to mimic the set-ups of modern Russian special forces and SOBR (Russian Special Rapid Response Unit).

I took photos from each “iteration” of my Saiga with its new parts, and I included what I generally consider to be the best of those pictures. Unfortunately I only have one photo of how it looks right now, and it is not a very good photo so I must apologize.

My current configuration for it is:

-Zenitco PK-3 pistol grip
-Zenitco B-10 hand guard
-CAA Buffer tube adaptor with Magpul CTR
-Manticore Arms Eclipse
-SGM Magazine
-Chaos USA dust cover rail
-EOtech EXPS-3-2
-Primary Arms Magnifier
–¬†Zenitco 2-DIK flashlight replica.

Bonus picture of my Saiga with my grandfather’s main hunting rifle, a Galil HADAR II.

Mason's latest configuration

Mason’s latest configuration


With a Galil chambered in .308


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  • USMC03Vet

    Warning; AK too clean.

    For maximum efficiently go throw it in a mud puddle immediately.

    I’m jellin’. Sweet gun!

  • Well damn, my shirt is covered in drool now.

  • Steve Truffer

    In my part of the US, they’re about $400.

  • Cknarf

    Your grandpa has a kickass hunting rifle.

  • Steve Martinovich

    I usually like my AKs to look old school but that is really damn nice work. I’d be happy to own that.

  • Michael Acuna

    Tactical Pringles can lol
    Actually I would like to know to >.<

  • RVB

    It’s a flashlight. Listed in the config.

  • Hikerguy

    I usually don’t think of an AK as an attractive firearm, but that is one good lookin’ gun you got. Enjoy.

  • Aleksey Dyukov

    Zenit stuff on a Western (as in “owned by a citizen of Western country”) rifle is not something you see every day.

  • Jeff

    SWEEEEEET build, man! I love that Magpul grip, got it on mine, too.

  • Steve Martinovich

    A 5.56 AK is like a 7.62 AR…it just doesn’t seem right…though I must confess to having no experience with either.

  • USMC03Vet

    Test comment

    • JumpIf NotZero

      If you out a link or swear it does that. It’s 1/2 an attempt at cleaning this place up, but I think they just need a few mods to cut the BS out. Moderation as never been strong here, didn’t used to be so bad.

      • Dan

        I had that problem too, then I was told to verify my Disque account

    • It’s because Disqus tagged you as having a low rep for some reason. When it does that all comments are held for approval.

      • USMC03Vet

        It happened across multiple domains.

        I must have fans.

  • DIR911911 .


  • JumpIf NotZero

    That’s an AK that REALLY looks like it wants to be an AR.

  • Dukeblue91

    That is one of the nicer AK’s that I have seen.
    Great job!
    Oh and your Grandpa’s hunting rifle rocks too.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Very nice build, and a good, practical choice of accessories and replacement parts. The Russian-made Zenitco parts are really interesting. Are you ( Mason ) planning to install a Zenitco PT-1 folding / telescopic buttstock at some point? I know it’s an expensive component, but it would add a lot to the appearance of a Russian SF weapon as well as being functional. You can also get genuine Russian-made Mil-Spec red dot sights and prismatic sights at a reasonable price to complete the transformation.