By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
August 10, 2010
Speaking of gas-operated semi-auto shotguns and The Firearm Blog, “Steve” also posted a short piece on the latest evolution of the Kushnapup Series V bullpup Saiga-12 stock system/chassis conversion kit for the Kalashnikov AK-style Saiga-12 box mag-fed (box magazine-fed) 12-gauge (12ga.) shotgun, so we might as well give our readers a quick heads-u on it. The bullpup stock system looks pretty cool, but Steve doesn’t provide any info on the Kushnapup bullpup’s trigger pull, which is usually one of the primary challenges and bones of contention with a bullpup weapon. So, what’s the weight and feel of the trigger pull? We don’t know. However, since the Kushnapup Saiga-12 bullpup stock system conversion only costs $199, worst case is you’re only out approx. 200 bucks, even if it doesn’t work out for ya’.
The new Kushnapup Series 5 design is sleeker and more refined than the previous iteration, and reportedly contains the requisite number of 922R parts. The stock allows the use of all available box mags and drum mags for the standard-config Saiga-12 shotgun, including the 10-round and 12-round box mags made by companies like SGM Tactical LLC and MD-20 20-round drum magazine made by MD Arms, LTD. DefenseReview’s (DR) MD-20 drum mag of choice would be the MD-20 Clear Drum mag with see-through translucent back, so one can visually keep track of one’s immediate ammo supply.
DefenseReview’s (DR) friend and professional contact Taran Butler, international 3-Gun tactical and open class champion shooter, has used a Tromix Saiga-12ga shotgun for competition in the past, but I don’t know what I’m cleared to write about his experiences with the Tromix guns and Saiga-12 base platform in the 3-Gun competition environment. The most interesting gun Tromix makes (to DR, at least) is the Tromix Saiga 12ga S17 “Micro-12 gauge” close quarters battle/close quarters combat (CQB/CQC)/door-breaching tactical/combat shotgun with 8-inch barrel, which currently comes in at $1,785 USD (Less $550 w/ customer supplied gun).