HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

Austin R
by Austin R
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

Welcome everyone to the 142nd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

In our last edition, our poll showed.. well nothing actually because it disappeared somehow. So while it was fixed, it was however too late to get a large enough sample size (32 votes at the time of this writing isn’t going to cut it).

At this time, however, the original auction remains up with zero bids on the chromed-out AR pistol. We can only hope a T-800 will return from the future to claim this chrome-clad gat.

In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a bullpup converted Saiga chambered in 12 gauge. As is tradition, this camo bullpup conversion is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $3,199 Buy It Now.


Saiga Bullpup Special

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:

“Best $3200 you’ll ever spend” – Matt M.

“I’ll give you $5 for the red fleece blanket.” – Pete

“It looks like a Kirklands Best AUG” -Tim C.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

Selling this bullpup converted Russian gat is GunBroker seller Sig Glockman, located in Arlington TX. Let’s see what they had to say about this tricked-out AUG wannabe shotgun.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

This rare & collectible shotgun was converted and upgraded by Saiga Custom about 5 years ago, and after 4 back surgeries I’ve never even loaded a round. This could be a keystone piece of any collection, still banned for import. So, the bill of material on this one.,, the upgraded charging handle, the butt pad, the multi position gas system opened up to cycle pretty much any 12 you can load. The smooth trigger work…It’s got the top pic rail, plus pic sections at the 3 and 9. The monster brake is ready for some serious door or head smashing. All work professionally done at Saiga Custom. I had it sent to Austin for a custom urban camo job… I’d say one of a kind but I think he did two. I’ll throw in a seven 12-round magazines, a 4-mag pouch and enough ammo to load out 5 times then some. And a soft case of your choice, I’ve got a few options not shown. Shipping $100. pay preferred, but I’m flexible on terms.

I nearly forgot… JT Engineering made some custom unique higher pic rails for the K-Pups. This is the last one… never installed it. It’s with the package. I think this was called Stealth. No more of them.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

Reading the description I can’t figure out if it’s the seller or the shotgun that’s undergone four “back” surgeries. Either way, this Saiga looks to be in relatively unfired condition. Except for the fact that everything else was modified along the way. Unfired usually means the gun is new in the box. Not it’s been shipped around in several boxes being modified to look like a camo 12ga Steyr AUG knock-off.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

I dislike this “build” for so many reasons. Why modify something that’s already highly desirable, banned from import, and of all things turn it into a bullpup. However, I like that this has an adjustable gas piston right next to the pic rail slots you’re likely to never use.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

Seriously, it’s almost like this guy (or the gun, I still can’t decide) knew it was going to need back surgery. Not only did he add an adjustable gas piston, but went the extra mile with this extra-thick recoil pad. If you’ve ever bought one of these from Walmart at age 16 after almost getting your arm ripped off by a break-action HR Pardner, you’ll understand. Combined with the fact that AKs have a lot of reciprocating mass up top. Needless to say, I’d be curious to see the recoil impulse. For me, that’s where the curiosity ends though, and there’s no way I’d be shelling out over $3k for this.

That however doesn’t answer the question that drives this series. Is this gun desirable enough to warrant a price tag over $3k? Or are you better off looking for a factory Saiga 12? As always I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Saiga Bullpup Special

What do you think? Is this Saiga 12 Kushnapup a Hot Gat or awful wannabe AUG Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Saiga 12 Kushnapup by Saiga Customs is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap:

Austin R
Austin R

The author is a military contractor who enjoys conducting independent firearms research and reloading. Article inquiries and suggestions are welcome at austinjrex at

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  • Autofull--   kevin horning Autofull-- kevin horning on May 11, 2022

    just no, no no no no no. and no. my god, no.

  • Robert57Q Robert57Q on May 11, 2022

    'Heavily modified and customized but never tested' has to be the least reassuring feature of a homely, $3k+ vanity project I've ever seen. Somewhat telling that a trigger guard was not deemed necessary.