Running a Saiga Right – Andrey Kirisenko

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TacTV was able to head over to Russia and has a short profile on Andrey Kirisenko, a Russian 3-gun IPSC Champion. In it, we get a glimpse of one of Russia’s premier training facilities and Andrey’s custom Saiga-12 shotgun.

The shotgun showcases custom modifications including muzzle brakes, a thumb magazine release, and a charging handle on both sides. Sadly, with the new import ban, US Shooters will not see the high-speed, low-drag shotgun.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Tassiebush

    In this context what is meant by high speed, low drag?

    • Giolli Joker

      Sarcasm.

      • Tassiebush

        I’m genuinely bewildered! I’m assuming it means something along lines of quick pointing but honestly don’t know!? Oh merry Xmas BTW it’s 1211am here! 🙂

    • Steve Truffer

      Kinda like tacticool. Things that, outside of competition or operators operating operationally in operations, there is no real practical use for. Maximizing function for a minimum of motion. Like an AR with a BAD lever, enlarged mag release, a magazine retained in the stock, a “to the crown” full length handguard, plastic grippod, and a sling with as many points as you can buy.

      • Tassiebush

        Thanks for that Steve! I was genuinely clueless! Merry Xmas by the way!

        • Giolli Joker

          What he says! I’m just into syntesis… merry Christmas!

  • Zugunder

    Is it, like, really full auto? I can’t see his trigger finger moving, maybe I’m blind.

  • David Lowrey

    Enjoy the saigas while you can, before they completely disappear into the pre ban world.

  • DIR911911 .

    show us a gun with a special thumb mag release , then edit footage to never show it being used in action, wtf?

  • Grindstone50k

    Too much talking and cutting away the video.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Very informative, although I initially wondered why Mr. Kirisenko wasn’t using a VEPR-12 — until I realized he was being sponsored by Izhmash ( sorry, Concern Kalashnikov ) and / or has a specific affectation for the Saiga-12 ( which is a very good baseline platform to build upon, anyway ). His gun-handling / rapid-fire technique is certainly very impressive and beyond reproach.

    Interesting how the Israeli-made FAB Defense ergonomic pistol grip and Magpul buttstock have found a home on his Saiga, as they have on so many Russian-made or Russian-based tactical weapons seen in recent years ( often along with other FAB Defense furniture such as buttstocks and fore-ends ). If this particular shotgun model, or at least its derivatives, make it to the U.S., Canada and Western Europe with the refinements it is supposed to have, there may be a worthy rival here to the VEPR-12 right out of the box.

    Many thanks to all involved in bringing this topic to TFB, and helping us keep an open mind — Nathan S., nice work!