Hello FernandoI am one of the first readers of your book and a daily reader of your blog, and I think you are doing a really great job.Myself (and I hope many of your readers ), would be very interested on your opinion about AK type IZHMASH SAIGA 12 shotgun , since you have a lot of experience about firearms.Do you think that in a post SHTF scenario it would be more reliable for home defense than usual shotguns as the manufacturer claims ?. I have tried it and I am really impressed.
Thank you and wish you all the best.
Hi Leo, thanks for being there and reading both my book and my blog.I shot one in 20ga. a few weeks ago, took a photo with my phone. (sorry, they stole the light bulb at the range and I had to use my flashlight for illumination):
It handles nicely and I’d prefer it over a conventional shotgun, pump or semi auto. It doesn’t get more reliable than AK when it comes to semi auto long arms.
On the good side, its an AK type shotgun which is good. It fires 12 ga so the ammo is plentiful and lots to choose from. On the other hand you don’t have the effective range and accuracy of an AK rifle. You also have less capacity. Magazines aren’t as cheap and readily available as ordinary AK mags.
Basically, the way I see it, yes, it’s a fine defensive gun. Specially if you have concerns regarding over penetration in you location, I see the point.
As a SHTF guns, involving more serious confrontations, involving situations where the added penetration wouldn’t be a problem but a bonus, where I want more ammo, better accuracy at longer ranges, in that case I’d go for a traditional AK rifle in 7.62x39mm.
Unless you plan to use it in close quarters where you are concerned about over penetration, go with the AK rifle. If not, then get a Saiga in this configuration, folding stock and pistol grip for better close quarter maneuverability.
Hope that answered the question, take care!