Just thought I would share a bit of my night last night. My roommate recently purchased a saiga 7.62x39 and the parts to convert it to standard AK layout. We decided to tackle the job last night. Getting started: everything looks so peaceful for now... first step is to drill out the shoulders of the two rivets that hold the trigger and the bolt hold open hardware. Once drilled, use a hammer(or hammer like object) to drive the pins out: VICTORY! Now you can remove the trigger assembly and the extension plate that moves it back in the receiver. Now the tough part. To remove the trigger plate you have to take the heads off of two rivets then drill them out. rear rivet removed, beginning to work on the next step, removing the damned spot weld that holds the front of the trigger guard. I did this step. Due to the insane amount of mental anguish involved I did not take pix of getting it out. I could NOT get ANY bits to grab into the weld(even my super small cobalt bit!!). I finally used a tapered tip grinding attachment for my dremel to make an indentation in the weld. This allowed me to get the small bit, then the large bit to grab and get the sucker free. Victory is nigh: Once the guard is off you have to lob off one more flat rivet and the plate comes free. The raw receiver is left under the plate. Now we can move froward with turning it into a real ak: no pic of the step, but in order to make it fit together right you have to lob off the rearmost screw hole area of the trigger guard. took 20 seconds w/ the dremel. The guard will also need to be bent a bit to fit into place. we did not bother drilling a hole for the front of the trigger guard(inside the mag release). We simply saw no need. It fits tightly as is. and the proud owner of a newly converted saiga. and a few final glamor shots: We started the project around 5:30-6:00, went to dinner and did some other things for an hour or so from 6:30-7:30, then worked on it on and off from 7:30 to midnight. The real reason why it took so long was that damned spot weld. I just could not get it to cut out. All in all, an easy project if you count out the frustration of that spot weld.