Izhmash Saiga Hunting Carbine 7.62×39 20.5” Semi-Auto Rifle Russian AK-47

SOLD FOR: $1,232

WOA#:  WY231227TE009

Make: Izhmash

Model:  Saiga Hunting Carbine

Serial Number: 99 1057253

Year of Manufacture: 1999

Caliber: 7.62x39mm

Action Type: Semi-Automatic

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “99 1057253 SAGA 7,62 / 7,62×39 MADE IN RUSSIA BY IZHMASH” with several proofs. The right side of the receiver is marked “KALASHNIKOV – USA / Pt St. Lucie, Fl, USA”.  The bolt carrier is marked “253” with a Russian Proof.  Rear sight is marked “1-3”. The right side of the front sight is marked, “26-5”.

Barrel Length: 20.5”

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is an adjustable post, and the rear sight is an adjustable tangent “u” notch leaf sight.  The left side of the receiver has a scope rail mounted with a POSP 4x24T Belarus Scope.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The stock is two piece synthetic polymer with checkered semi-pistol grip, smooth buttplate, and handguard with appropriate hand swells.  The bottom of the stocks have sling rings. The LOP measures 13.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The left side of the receiver has a mounting rail for Kalashnikov style scopes and optics.  The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.  There are no chips or cracks. There are some faint drag lines on the stocks.  The checkering is intact with minor handling wear.

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  None.

Type of Finish: Black

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is semi bright.  The grooves are dark with fouling and carbon buildup. There is no visible erosion in the bore. There is fouling in the grooves.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 6.5/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The screw heads are sharp and the pins are unmarred. The markings are crisp. There is some minor operation wear.  This rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with its attached scope as mentioned above.

Our Assessment:  The Izhmash Saiga 7.62×39 Hunting Carbine is a civilian adaptation of the iconic AK-47, tailored for hunting and sport shooting. Manufactured by the renowned Russian arms company Izhmash, this semi-automatic rifle retains the AK-47’s reliable operating system while being chambered in the versatile and effective 7.62x39mm cartridge. The Saiga features modifications for the hunting environment, such as a more traditional rifle layout with a hunting-style stock, either in wood or synthetic materials, offering a familiar feel to traditional hunting rifles.

Enhancing its hunting capabilities, the Saiga is often paired with the 4x24T POSP Scope, a robust and practical optic designed for medium-range shooting. This scope, with its 4x magnification and rangefinding reticle, is ideal for typical hunting distances, allowing hunters to accurately estimate target range. The POSP’s durable design is well-suited to withstand outdoor elements and the rifle’s recoil. Its compatibility with the Saiga’s side rail mount system ensures a secure and stable optic setup. This combination of the Saiga’s proven durability and the precision of the POSP Scope creates a versatile and reliable choice for hunters and sport shooters seeking a blend of ruggedness and accuracy.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! -L.S.

Izhmash Saiga Hunting Carbine 7.62x39 20.5” Semi-Auto Rifle Russian AK-47
Izhmash Saiga Hunting Carbine 7.62×39 20.5” Semi-Auto Rifle Russian AK-47