Modern Firearms - Saiga .410
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Saiga.410 shogun (Russia)

Saiga 410S shotgun with folding butt.
 Saiga 410S shotgun with folding butt.

 

Saiga 410K shotgun withfolding butt and short barrel.
 Saiga 410K shotgun withfolding butt and short barrel.

 

Saiga 410K-01 shotgun with10-round magazine, AK-74M-styled furniture and side-folding polymer butt.
 Saiga 410K-01 shotgun with10-round magazine, AK-74M-styled furniture and side-folding polymer butt.

 

Saiga 410K-02 shotgunwith 10-round magazine, AKS-74-styled furniture andside-folding metallic butt.
 Saiga 410K-02 shotgunwith 10-round magazine, AKS-74-styled furniture andside-folding metallic butt.

 

Saiga 410K-04 shotgunwith 10-round magazine, AKS-74-styled furniture, short barreland side-folding metallic butt.
 Saiga 410K-04 shotgunwith 10-round magazine, AKS-74-styled furniture, short barreland side-folding metallic butt.

 

  Saiga .410 Saiga .410S Saiga .410K
Type Semi-automatic shotgun,gas-operated
Gauge / Caliber .410, 76 mm(3") chamber
Length 1170 mm 1080 / 840 mm 840 / 595 mm
Barrellength 570mm 570 mm 330 mm
Weight: 3,4 kg 3,4 kg 3,2 kg
Magazine capacity 2, 4or 10

 

Saiga 410 shotguns are developed along with similar 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotguns, all based on the time-proven Kalashnikov AK assaultrifle design. These shotguns are manufactured in several configurations, optimized 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 eitherfrom wood or polymer). Defensive / Tactical versions are producedwith AK-74M style pistol grips and side-folding polymer buttstocks. There are several versions of the Saiga 410K, designated by additional digitalsuffix, 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, and330 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 byrotary bolt. Barrel bore and action are chromed to provide better corrosion resistance. Barrels can be fitted with optionalinterchangeable chokes. Feed is from detachable box magazines, holding 2, 5 or 8 rounds. Standard furniture includes a long forend and eithera butt with integral semi-pistol grip or separate pistol grip and side-folding polymer butt. Standard sighting equipment includes arifle-type rear sight at the front of receiver and a front sight abovethe gas block. Some version can be fitted with side rail on receiver which can accept mounts for red-dot or other sights.