Saiga-12 vs Mossberg 12g Recoil

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  1. thehemi

    thehemi Member

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    I'm reading that the Saiga-12 has less perceived recoil due to
    the gas mechanism absorbing some of the blow. Is this simply
    theory or is it really going to be something I would notice? My
    Mossberg 12g (pump action, 18-1/2" bbl) has a good kick to it.
     


  2. Jeff-Tex

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    You comparing recoil between a semi-auto and a pump?
     
  3. thehemi

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    If a Saiga is no different than any other semi-auto, then yes.
    I have only fired a pump, never a semi-auto, that's why I ask.
     
  4. Vellcrow

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    Compared to the Mossberg pump, yes, the Saiga 12 has less perceived recoil.
     
  5. Jeff-Tex

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    Gotcha. I haven't fired a semi either. I have heard that the Saiga has less recoil than most semis though.
     
  6. Texas1911

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    There is a good difference between the two. The Saiga is quite soft shooting compared to a pump action.
     
  7. 40Arpent

    40Arpent TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    All other things equal (load, recoil pad, barrel length, gun weight, etc.), a pump, or a break-open shotgun, will have a "sharper" kick than any semi-auto, as the forces are transmitted directly to your shoulder through the stock with no delay.
     
  8. thehemi

    thehemi Member

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    That's the kind of info I was looking for. Thanks, folks!
     
  9. texashek

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    mmmm Saiga 12

    it is on my short list
     
  10. thehemi

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    I was told by a dealer that they're of questionable build quality.
    Not sure if it was a shotgun or rifle chambered version that he'd
    ordered for another customer on which he was basing comments.
     

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