Starting with the proven Izhmash Saiga 7.62x39mm rifle with a 16.3-inch barrel, the IS132SM features a CAA pistol grip with interchangeable front- and backstraps, making it easy for shooters to adapt the grip for a better fit. The grip also has subtle texturing, which enhances control. A TAPCO trigger is installed, and just behind the conventional triggerguard is the traditional bolt-hold-open lever. CAA enhancements also include the buttstock and handguard. CAA’s AR-style collapsible buttstock rides on a polymer, six-position tube, while the handguard is a polymer model with top and bottom rails. The top rail allows you to mount optics just forward of the adjustable, AK-style rear sight. Short rail sections can be attached to the left and right sides of the handguard for adding lights, lasers and other mission-critical accessories. The rifle also comes with a protected AK front sight. Right out of the box, the rifle is fully 922r compliant, and it’s set up nicely for tactical work.
My test rifle came with one U.S. Palm 30-round magazine, as well as a TAPCO AK-74-stye muzzle brake. I also added a Leupold DeltaPoint sight and a SureFire light for testing on the range.
Russian AK-47 rifles remain some of the most popular on the market, and this new Saiga has just about all you need. Take a look at this short video to see me put the IZ132SM through its paces and keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of SPECIAL WEAPONS FOR MILITARY & POLICE. To subscribe, visit Tactical-Life.com/subscribe.