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I was looking at two Saiga shotguns today - a .410 and a 20G - and noticed a strange difference in the bolt carriers.

The .410 looked just like any other AKM bolt carrier while the 20G had a slot in the top of the hole where the recoil springs fits. It also had a thin sheet metal cover that was fitted on the recoil rod and moved with the carrier. The cover seemed like it was there to cover the slot in the bolt carrier when the recoil spring is compressed.

Is this normal? What is the purpose of the design? These are the first Saiga shotguns that I have inspected.
 

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The .410 shell isn't so much bigger than a standard 7.62x39 round at the base. The .410 Saiga is basically just a standard rifle with a shotgun barrel and extra long mag well.

The 20ga and 12ga shells are gargantuan and require a whole different bolt and receiver design.
 

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the 12 gauge has it too. i suspect it is for getting a larger ejection port without making a longer bolt carrier to maker up the difference of the hole.
 

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Thank you, gentlemen.
 
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