This tutorial is a step-by-step procedure for converting the “sporter” into a military style AK.
discard the rest.
if retaining the original trigger guard, shorten it to the same length as the standard AK. The SAIGA is 0.5mm wider, and is easier to adjust as a separate piece – 3 seconds on the belt sander and quench before you burn your fingers!
I choose to weld them in, which necessitates refinishing at least the receiver (I refinish the whole rifle to get a perfect color match). Here I sandblast the paint off to get a clean welding surface.
It is critical that you adjust the selector stop plate and not the magazine catch. The SAIGA SGL-10 is of the AK-100 series – that is, there is no feed ramp, and it utilizes a rivet instead of the trunion to initiate bolt rotation (It also uses a 5.45 bolt body and bolt carrier). It feeds directly from the magazine. Adjusting the magazine catch will hold the magazine too low.