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So I need some advice on a Saiga 12. I found one online for $650 but it is not converted. The same place has them converted for $900. Does the conversion justify the $250 price increase or would I be better off buying it and then finding someone else to convert it? And I know that I couldnt do it myself, not that advanced even if it is simple. Also, is there any place that would convert it for me or could a local gunsmith do it? Thanks for the help guys!
 

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Keep looking. $900 is steep, even for a converted one.
 

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Just for reference I bought my uncovered saiga 12 for $500 in Sept of last year. I bought all the parts I wanted for the conversion for a little over $200 but we are talking totally decked out. I did the conversion myself in 2 hours and i was done. So for like $700 I was done with a totally customized gun.

Sh1tty picture but you get the point, I also painted it od green.
 

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Most I ever paid for a SAIGA was $235.00. I got all three gauges............But that was 10+ years ago. Nice guns for sure but they are not worth $500.00. A converted one will not perform any better than an unconverted one so All mine and my brothers stay the way we got 'em.....
 

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Whether they are worth it or not, Saigas go for about $500, so if you want one you will be paying around that. As far as converting them, it is user preference and I personally find great advantage to returning the gun to its original AK style. But I am glad an untouched saiga works for you. If you are lucky and get a good one they are amazing firearms.
 

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Hi guys,

So I need some advice on a Saiga 12. I found one online for $650 but it is not converted. The same place has them converted for $900. Does the conversion justify the $250 price increase or would I be better off buying it and then finding someone else to convert it? And I know that I couldnt do it myself, not that advanced even if it is simple. Also, is there any place that would convert it for me or could a local gunsmith do it? Thanks for the help guys!
$500-600 for a saiga these days are normal, it goes even higher. i would go with the unconverted one, that way, you can hand-pick the proven conversion parts you'll be using. if you go with already converted gun, you'll just never know what they put in there during the conversions (unless you go with reputable saiga conversion specialists (just a few of them i would trust). i suggest you go to saiga-12 forum and start learning about what you are getting. lots of great advice from there. the S12 is like a box of chocolates.... you can get a sweet, reliable, tough-as-nails, smooth-shooting gun out of the box or you might end up with what they call Vodka specials that need a lot of TLC and patience to get it running smoothly. that said, my very first gun is a saiga12K (unconverted Russian spec) and love it. i trust it with my life along with my very first handgun - HS45 compact (to act as back-up for my S12).
 

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locally converted ones sell for like 1400 bucks...
unconverted they push close to 7-800 and sometimes higher.
Fun to shoot guns but not worth that much to me.
Glad my buddy has a S-12 that i can borrow anytime lol.
 

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Prices have been up for a while now since supplies are extremely limited.

Been wanting one myself for a little while now and have been watching and $650 is the best price I've seen for a while. I actually have one in the mail on it's way to me now from classicarms.us (I'm guessing that's probably where you're seeing that price too)

I'm going to convert it myself. Read alot and watched several videos about it. Should be pretty easy, and it will be exactly what I want that way.

Here's the first of the videos that convinced me to just do it myself.
Just link to the rest of them from that on YouTube.
 

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Don't be afraid of doing the conversion on the Saiga. It's actually fairly simple, and there are tons of informative websites and videos showing how it is done. If I can do it, so can you.

 

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All it really requires is the proper hobby bench with the necessary appropriate tools. It also lets you understand the insides of the shotgun soss you can feel confident cleaning and stuff.

Plus...and this may be important...it lets you decide exactly how to convert your Saiga. I have found that a lot of stuff available is not necessary to have all the fun and games. HB of CJ (old coot)
 
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