Despite that long, gently-curved magazine, this is not a bull-barreled AK-74: it’s a Saiga-12 with extra competition gubbins and a 60% larger magazine. If you’re looking to jump on one of Mikhail Timofeyovich’s (not) very own shotties, K-Var’s SGL12-67 offers some features most Saiga-12s only dream about. Want 2 3/4″ and 3″ shell operability? Check. Professional conversion? Factory bolt hold-open? Done and done. Factory 8-round magazine? Da, comrade! . . .
Saiga-12s typically ship with only a 5-rounder, and factory eight-rounders can be hard to find. When you can, they’re usually north of a C-note each, but the SGL12-67 ships with one. Just don’t stuff it with low-powered trap loads, because Saiga-12s notoriously hate any ammo that doesn’t pound both you and your target into pulpy submission.
No word on when we’ll be able to grab one of these for testing, or when my shoulder will recover sufficiently from its .338 Lapua Magnum beating to allow it. Stay tuned.