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This review is way too long in the making. I just got so caught up in other things that this sat in my draft folder and was forgotten about.
My friend John Ferguson recently started his own firearms company called BlackJack Arms. He’s about to retire after an honorable career in the Army. He and I both have a fondness for firearms and its been his dream to start his company and build guns. As John told me recently, “I like guns and shooting and always wanted to get into the gun industry.” Well he has fulfilled that dream.
A little over a month ago, I had an opportunity to check out John’s shop and test fire some of his customized guns. The first rifle I shot was his customized, Russian built AK-47. On the model I tested, he replaced the trigger group (3 parts), the stock, pistol grip and muzzle break. The result was a beautiful and surprisingly smooth shooting AK. Being used to my Romanian AK, I expected a lot more recoil with each squeeze of the trigger. He also installed a bullet guide and adjust the length of the magazine catch to be able to use high capacity magazines that most shooters prefer. The Tapco Side Folding stock added a little more class to what is an otherwise boring rifle, aesthetically speaking. The iron sites were on target and the customized parts made the rifle a bit less weighty than your typical AK rifle. If I didn’t already have two AKs, I would have bought this one on the spot!
The second gun I shot was a customized Saiga 12-gauge shotgun. At first glance, you would think this is just another AK-47 assault rifle. In reality, the Saiga 12 is a sporty looking, man-candy of a shotgun. The banana clip holds ten rounds in the semi-automatic shotgun. In order to force the heavier bolt of the gun back to reload another shell, John replaced the buffer spring and