Sunday, December 2, 2007

Saiga .410 shogun (Russia)

Saiga 410S shotgun with folding butt

Saiga 410K shotgun with folding butt and short barrel

Saiga 410K-01 shotgun with 10-round magazine, AK-74M-styled furniture and side-folding polymer butt

Saiga 410K-02 shotgun with 10-round magazine, AKS-74-styled furniture and side-folding metallic butt

Saiga 410K-04 shotgun with 10-round magazine, AKS-74-styled furniture, short barrel and side-folding metallic butt

Saiga .410Saiga .410SSaiga .410K
TypeSemi-automatic shotgun, gas-operated
Gauge / Caliber.410, 76 mm (3") chamber
Length1170 mm1080 / 840 mm840 / 595 mm
Barrel length570 mm570 mm330 mm
Weight:3,4 kg3,4 kg3,2 kg
Magazine capacity2, 4 or 10

Saiga 410 shotguns are developed along with similar 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotguns, all based on the time-proven Kalashnikov AK assault rifle design. These shotguns are manufactured in several configurations, oiptimized either for hunting or for home defence and security use. Hunting versions feature long barrels with optional interchangeable chokes and fixed stock with semi-pistol grip (stock can be made either from wood or polymer). Defensive / Tactical versions are produced with AK-74M style pistol grips and side-folding polymer buttstocks. There are several versions of the Saiga 410K, designated by additional digital suffix, i.e. Saiga 410K-01 etc. Those shotguns were initially known as "Cossak" models, that is, intended for defensive use by Cossacs in southern / Caucasian parts of the Russia. Those shotguns were re-designed to mimic genuine Kalashnikov AK-74 assault rifle. Today, several "K" versions are manufactured with polymer or wooden furniture, polymer or metallic side-folding butt, and 330 mm or 403 mm barrels. Those models also are fitted with AK-type sights, with adjustable rear sight having 2 settings marked for 25 and 50 meters.

Saiga 410 shotguns are gas-operated, semi-automatic weapons that use long-stroke gas piston located above the barrel. Gas system is fitted with two-position manual gas regulator, to provide reliable functioning with standard (70mm) or magnum (76mm) ammunition. Barrel is locked by rotary bolt. Barrel bore and action are chromed to provide better corrosion resistance. Barrels can be fitted with optional interchangeable chokes. Feed is from detachable box magazines, holding 2, 5 or 8 rounds. Standard furniture includes a long forend and either a butt with integral semi-pistol grip or separate pistol grip and side-folding polymer butt. Standard sighting equipment includes a rifle-type rear sight at the front of receiver and a front sight above the gas block. Some version can be fitted with side rail on receiver which can accept mounts for red-dot or other sights.

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