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mpnv
October 31, 2012, 13:42
Has anyone here got a Vepr 12? Did you have a problem with the rail being canted?

Bubacus
November 19, 2012, 20:32
I'd be interested in responses as well about the Vepr...I am deciding between a converted Saiga 12 or a Vepr right now.

mpnv
November 22, 2012, 06:51
Mine was delivered last week. It did not have a canted rail. I ordered it from Mississippi Auto Arms. Prior to delivery I called and spoke to Ann. She did tell me that some did have problems with the rail. However, I don't know if I just got lucky or they picked one out for me. This gun is outstanding. The fit and finish is terrific. Everything is serial numbered including the gas puck! The wood butt stock that came with it isn't that great. I understand that they could not import the folding stocks and assumed the wood would be replaced here. I took mine off, sanded it, re-painted it black, put a spacer on it for an extra 1 1/4" length, and its good to go.

0302
November 22, 2012, 10:05
My saiga 12 has been a great buy. Shoots fed & winchester 7 1/7 game loads, fed 2 3/4" slug & 00 like a champ, hi & low brass. I just need to run some 3" mags but I haven't found any 3" 00 or slugs around here yet. The recoil will be fierce some. I might convert to pistol grip but it points great as is. My son said the saiga 12 was added to the latest Blackops vid game and works great there too.

mpnv
November 23, 2012, 19:12
My saiga 12 has been a great buy. Shoots fed & winchester 7 1/7 game loads, fed 2 3/4" slug & 00 like a champ, hi & low brass. I just need to run some 3" mags but I haven't found any 3" 00 or slugs around here yet. The recoil will be fierce some. [B] I might convert to pistol grip but it points great as is.[B] My son said the saiga 12 was added to the latest Blackops vid game and works great there too.

What conversion to pistol grip are you talking about?

cfish
November 24, 2012, 18:20
You definately have to convert it to a pistol grip. I converted mine and the trigger is a hundred times better. It is far more manageable with the pistol grip when shooting the 3" slugs and buck shot. And if you use one of the MD20 20 round drum mags you will definately need the pistol grip. And it's more reliable in its original AK style.

0302
November 24, 2012, 19:33
The saiga 12's original configuration is a traditional style, no pistol grip, but it is easily reconfigured to a pistol grip and it has a side rail for optics, takes all the ak goodies like a folding stock.

cfish
November 24, 2012, 21:01
Actually that's in correct. In Russia the saga 12 was built like the AK with a pistol grip. They reconfigured it into what is known as the sporterized version for sale in the US to meet import laws.if you look under your AK you will see that the trigger guard and trigger group have been moved back to accommodate the straight stock. Also you will see a square plate that is riveted in place to cover the original from the factory trigger hole and trigger guard. The trigger that's in your current shotgun has a lever that is attached to your trigger that manipulates the sear for the hammer. When put back into original proper configuration a slightly modified G2 trigger group drops right into place and the cross pin holes line up where their supposed to be. The conversions return them to the way they were originally built before the idea to sell them in the US.

mpnv
November 25, 2012, 07:00
What conversion to pistol grip are you talking about?

I mis-read the thread. Unconverted Saigas don't have the pistol grip. All of the Veprs do.

cfish
November 25, 2012, 10:01
Interesting gun. I haven't even seen one till I just googled it. Is it similar to the saga 12. Does it use use the same operating system?

mpnv
November 25, 2012, 14:41
Interesting gun. I haven't even seen one till I just googled it. Is it similar to the saga 12. Does it use use the same operating system?

The Saiga's have a adjustable gas system for High and Low brass like the old Remington 58's. The Vepr is self regulating (or so they claim. I think it is just over gassed). I have not had a problem feeding anything in the Vepr. The rest of the system is the same. When I was comparing the Saiga to the Vepr, I came to the conclusion that the Vepr was cheaper. To build or buy a Saiga in the same configuration would be way more expensive. The only negative I have heard about with the Vepr was the possiblity of a canted rail.

0302
November 25, 2012, 14:58
I got the saiga 12 new for $550, conversion may cost $200-$300, voila pistol gripped ak shotgun. I think the screw on chokes, $100, might be the next purchase, use it for hunting and get some more effective range. Mine runs well without any lube and cleaning is very easy. Reloads with magazines are much more civilized than shoving individual cartridges up a tube one at a time. If limited to one shotgun this is it. If importation is stopped by Barry the value of saiga 12's will definitely go up.

ByrnieMac
November 28, 2012, 19:53
Cool looking shotgun. Not sure if I would like a saiga over the vepr..

dirtyrice
December 01, 2012, 01:01
I already have a saiga 12 and am considering picking up one of these too. I paid $600 for my saiga 12. Considering what converted saigas go for, I figure the vepr 12 is a fair deal.