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Before we go any further, I should clear something up. I can only imagine you are wondering, "Why did this guy mention the AK-47 only to turn around and talk about Saiga tri-rail forearms?" Well, many consider Saiga rifles to be true Kalashnikovs, as they are legally manufactured at the Izhevsk Manufacturing Plant in Izhevsk, Russia.
"That is all well and good, but these Saiga tri-rail forearms are designed for use with the Saiga-12 and Saiga-20 shotguns, are they not?" Yes, they are; but the Saiga series of shotguns are Kalashnikov-patterned shotguns with designs that are based heavily on the AK-47 in terms of looks, critical components and operation. So in a way, I am somewhat justified in my comparison. And besides, what is done is done. We have more pressing matters to attend to – like the Saiga tri-rail forearm.
As noted, the Saiga tri-rail forearm is a three-piece forearm designed for use with the Saiga-12 and Saiga-20 shotguns. Constructed from an impact-resistant injection-molded polymer, each forearm is built to last and manufactured right here in the United States by Phoenix Technology. For those unaware, Phoenix Technology is a family-owned and operated business with over 40 years of experience in the arms accessories industry. The company boasts high levels of quality control and customer satisfaction, which stem from extensive design work and testing as well as in-house manufacturing that is monitored every step of the way.
The Saiga tri-rail forearm consists of three separate pieces, which are designed to offer a precision fitting for your shotgun. Additionally, there are six 2-inch MIL-STD 1913 rails total found on the forearm with two each located at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions. In this configuration, these rails offer the user a high level of customization options. The Saiga tri-rail forearm counts as one 922r compliant part. And as if that were not enough, Phoenix Technology offers a lifetime warranty on all products, including their Saiga tri-rail forearm. For more information regarding the warranty, please visit the company website.
Wooden handguard, tactical forearm – what is the difference? The difference is actually quite a big one. If you want tradition, stick with wood. If you want utility, and you do, then consider picking up a Saiga tri-rail forearm for your Saiga-12 or Saiga-20 shotgun.