At 1138 today, 1 With a Bullet made the correct guess of "Short Barrel Saiga", and, in fairness, lucusloc was this close on the very first picture, but he went a slightly different direction with his guess.
Anywise, here is the new toy:
Not my best work, but this week has been crazy busy at work, so I have not had a chance to take any more pictures… you can count on them eventually happening.
At any rate, wfgodbold, kfg, and Weer’d Beard are all right in their own way too – the first National Firearms Act item I will ever purchase will be a suppressor/silencer/can. But my phrasing of that sentence should let you in on a little secret; to whit, I paid absolutely nothing for the above firearm, and I did not even have to foot the bill for the prerequisite tax stamp. I will let you in on the "how" at some point in the future, but here is to Coal Creek Armory of Knoxville, TN for their willingness to work with a local weblogger, and for doing some remarkably good work in their gunsmith shop.
On the flip side, Groundhog and Bluesun are right in their own ways too – this thing is about as un-suppressor-ish as a firearm possibly can be, and "galaxy cannon" would be an eminently suitable name for it, if an obvious one were not already there.
Specs and such are to follow in a future post as well, but suffice to say that I have had the privilege of shooting an M2 Browning, a Barrett M82A1, an M203, and an actual M4A1, and this little (and I do mean little) firearm might be the most fun I have ever had behind the trigger. 2.75" one-ounce slugs (the only thing I have had a chance to put through it) are eminently controllable, only noisy if you are not the one shooting the firearm (this may be more a function of the muzzle brake than anything else), and create an immensely satisfying fireball, and I surprisingly did not feel sore after emptying a box of them. I need to learn some more about the persnickety gas system that all SBS Saigas seem to have, but, for the time being, it is unquestionably awesome.
Oh, and before I head upstairs to take more pictures, random question – does anyone have any good sources of AK-47-pattern wooden pistol grips? The gunsmiths at Coal Creek Armory had the right idea when they suggested using a US Palm Battle Grip, but the red color was not quite right, and I fear the brown will not be either. Thus far, I have managed to turn up Ironwood Designs’ grips (though I am partial to their Yugo #2 pattern over the "traditional" AKM design), Weaponeer.net’s slightly more affordable grips, and BilletBuilt’s frankly awesome grip (that I fear is incompatible with the trigger guard I chose); does anyone have any experience with any of those, or suggestions for other sources? Made-in-the-USA is not required, but is preferred.
Thanks again to Coal Creek Armory for assembling this firearm and affording me this opportunity!