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    Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    Does anyone know where I can buy a (factory stock) Saiga 12 bolt carrier?

    I just broke the charging handle off one of mine. It was a Red Jacket conversion that had a Galil style charging handle and the thing just broke clean off when I was charging it.

    I've found the AKLB for the Saiga 12, but was wondering if anyone knew where I could find the original part (hopefully for cheaper than the LB).

    Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    Tom, send me the broken one if you do not want it.

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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    Also, Red Jacket should take the carrier back and replace or repair it. They are a stand up outfit and if they screwed up the work they'll make it right. I'd contact them.

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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    Digging around, it looks like it's almost impossible to find a replacement.

    CSS (the AKLB people) replied to my email and told me that the Saiga 12 carriers are not imported separately, and are only available by cannibalizing existing shotguns.

    The piece that broke off is the Tromix upturned (Galil style) handle, which is a weld-on piece (welding done by Red Jacket when they did the conversion). It looks like the original charging handle had to be cut off (or just ground down) to put this one on.

    I'll try to call RJ tomorrow. I also found a guy advertising on the Saiga 12 forums who does work on these, and offers welding services to replace the charging handle, so if RJ can't or won't fix it, I'll probably call him and see what he says.
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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    Yep. Neither one has replacement carriers.
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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    I guess your best bet is Red Jacket under warranty hopefully. You could send to me and I can have it welded but it may need to be painted after and I need activator for my CERAKOTE paint.

    I welded mine on the left side. But that required us cutting the dust cover.
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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    Yeah, I was thinking of maybe seeing if I could get a left side handle welded on and then cut the dust cover, and maybe also see about replacing the upswept handle on the right side.

    I've had no end of trouble with the Saiga-12's lately. Something seems to break every time I'm out shooting them. Last time it was the retaining pin for the trigger, which basically just fell out the side and onto the ground.

    Good thing I've still got my Benelli.
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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    Good Luck with RJ. I added the extended mag release recently but have not shot mine lately. Nothing has fallen off yet thank goodness.

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    Re: Saiga 12 Bolt Carrier?

    If Red Jacket won't warranty it and if you want it welded back on, I can probably do it for you....assuming it's COMPLETELY OBVIOUS exactly where it needs to go back on. I can't TIG it though....I'd probably MIG it and then grind off the weld so it looks like one piece.

    No charge obviously....just pay for the shipping.

    I'd offer to do the left side charging handle....but I have no idea where it needs to go since I don't have a Saiga.


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