Mike, This has been a long time coming. When you built my S12 at the beginning of the year I had high hopes for sure, and they grew even higher after reading some of the testimonials, but when I received my Saiga you took it to a whole other level. It has become the envy of all my buddies when we go out and shoot, everybody wants a turn! Even the folks I don't know within earshot! The second I pull it out of the case it gets some weird looks, and when after I dump the first mag or drum everybody at the range stops. I've had people taking pictures with it, begging for the chance to shoot it. It just puts that grin on my face knowing I have one mean machine built by you! I appreciate your hard work. The devil is in the details and you've missed none. There is nothing like look on peoples faces when they talk about how "unrealiable" a Saiga is. Well they've never put a hand on mine. You truly do amazing work and anybody interested obtaining one better have your number on speed-dial! Once again Mike, you deserve a huge THANK YOU! But that will not be enough. Regards, Scott
The effortless reliability, (with all types of ammo), that Mike's work has ensured in my S-12 is truly impressive. I highly recommend Lone Star Arms' services, even if you think your gun cycles low-brass "well enough"..... trust me, you have no idea how well she'll run after Lone Star's done with her"
Will - Colorado
"First I just want to say thank you for the way you treated me through out the build - everything you said you did. Now for the for the weapon you built me, to start the day it arrived I showed up at the house, and my son could tell by expression on my face something was up. He asked did that LSA show up? I just smiled and told him to go get some ammo
By the time we loaded 2 drums it was just about dark, so I told him to go first and hurry up.
We shoot a lot , 100"s of rounds a week all types of weapons , I own another "so called" custom saiga 12 (Not an LSA), so he got his ears on and put the Signcutter up, fired off 3 rounds, immediately turned around mouth wide open and said "dad your not gonna believe this gun". He turned back around and dumped the remaining rounds. All smiles he said, and I'll quote "This one is mine dad!!!!!" I agree. What a weapon! We ran 250 rounds through it Saturday, he shot 200 of them for sure. Sunday morning when he got up he came out and said "dad look no bruise ".
Very impressed , worth every penny and more " Paul - San Antonio, TX - Saiga 12, Saiga 7.62 X 39, Saiga .223
Thank you so much for the Saiga 12 Intimidator you built for me. I continually compete in 3-gun shoots where many guys come out to the event with their stock Saigas and they all jam on them. When I step up to the line with mine, the RO's begin to tell me about all the failures they have seen that day, I just tell them to sit back and watch this one. I have never once had a failure. Your custom Saiga build is definitely more expensive, but as in all things in life, you get what you pay for, and yours is worth every penny.
Thanks again for the continued after purchase support and advice. I couldn't recommend your work more."
I first want to say that Michael Rogers at LSA is the professionals, professional. After 25 years of active duty, I can say from experience that my SBS is one of the finest weapons I have ever fired. I’m still waiting for my paperwork to be approved but I was lucky enough to fire my weapon over the weekend. My S-12 is a piece of art, top notch bar-none. I would most highly recommend LSA to anyone that wanted true quality and service. When I called the FFL that is holding my weapon, all he could say was: “How much did you pay for this gun? It is the most intimidating shotgun I have ever seen. I WANT ONE!” I told him it wasn’t about the cost, it’s the reliability.
Michael, as I stated on the phone, the comments about you and LSA on the web are grossly understated, there aren’t any words to convey the level of customer service you provide. I’ve e mailed you with questions on week ends and after hours and you always answer right away. I own a small company here in Colorado and companies like yours are what makes America great and why those of us that have served on active duty feel honored to have done so. Youre attention to detail is exactly what a military professional is looking for. If anyone is looking for a “Truly Custom” weapon, they only have to look to LSA…” LCDR USN (Ret) Steve S Bayfield, Colorado - USSOCOM, NAVSOC (Ret) - Saiga 12
"I just wanted to send an update about the Saiga 12 [SBS] you built for me. It cleared (NFA transfer) to me a few months ago and I must say it is a pleasure to shoot. It impressed everybody who held/shot it including many members of the SWAT team. It definitely was put through its paces in regards to full out mag dumps to movement drills. It was surprisingly very well balanced and easy pointing (including off center shots). To date must have around 700 rounds through it and have not found any loads it does not like outside of very low brass. " Agent L.B. LEO - DHS - US Border Patrol - Great Lakes Region - Saiga 12
Received my Saiga Combat Shotgun this week from Lone Star Arms. Put around 200 rounds of assorted loads through it, to include 50 rounds of 00 Buck and 10 slugs. FLAWLESS !! . No FTL/FTF/FTE issues whatsoever. Their adjustable gas system allows for simple dial-in of rounds used. This shotgun is FAST. Typical expected reliability from an AK type action, but this one is smooth as glass. Bolt/carrier assembly has been worked and polished way past acceptible function into precision. I do a fair amount of tactical training, am an Army veteran,and work in an armed profession; this shotgun fits the bill for defensive work. The collapsible M4 type stock gives you a real tight close cheek weld and control for CQB type actions, and recoil in lighter loads is almost un-noticed. I opted to test this weapon without any form of optics. My opinion is that the iron sights are just fine for close range buckshot work. Slugs found their mark as well out of the smoothbore indicating that the rifle type sights are mounted properly.
Anyone looking for a durable, highly reliable combat shotgun needs to look no further than Lone Star Arms for their Saiga-12. I would rank this weapon in the top class for its POU. Far higher capacity than a pump gun, far more reliable than many tube mag auto shotguns (read rem 1100), and just as fast on the trigger as a benelli super 90. I think this shotgun would equally serve the soldier, SWAT operator, or 3-gun match competitor (unless you consider the unfair advantage)." D.H. - Undisclosed Location
I wanted to inform you that the Central City Police Department has adopted the Lone Star Arms Saiga 12 Shotgun as the official patrol shotgun for our agency. I wanted to personally thank both you and your staff for your hospitality for having us at your shop. I also want to thank everyone for their great customer service and tremendous attention to detail.
I don’t know if most of your customers are aware of your jeweler’s background, but that attention to detail and precision has transitioned over to your gunsmithing. LSA’s customer service is second to none and you and your staff bent over backwards to ensure that our builds went as planned. After having put over a thousand rounds of varying types through these guns, I am amazed at how easy to they are to shoot and talk about fast. If I were a 3 gun shooter, this is the gun to have. This would also make a great home defense weapon because of the reduced recoil.
My officers are again using the shotguns as their secondary weapon, even though an AR is available as well. The fact that we can put so much lead down range in so little time and with accuracy is impressive. I never imagined that I would be able double tap head shots at 50 yards with a shotgun.
The best benefit we have seen is in the cost of training. In today’s world, finding rifle ammo is not only costly, but can take months to come in. With the Saiga, shotgun ammo is always readily available and at a fraction of the cost, saving us huge money in our ammo budget.
Again, I just wanted to thank you for putting out such a quality weapon system together and look forward in doing business with you for years to come. Respectfully, Terry Krelle, Chief of Police, Central City Colorado - Tactical Saiga 12 Short Barreled Shotguns, Deparment Wide
Wow!!!! I took the Saiga 12 LSA built for me to the range yesterday and due to the hot weather we went to an indoor range in Spring, Texas.
The weapon's performance was impeccable and handled the slugs with excellence.
The range was nearly full and everyone stopped shooting and came over to see "what is he shooting?" The Range Master commented, "that is one gnarly beast of a weapon!" The weapon is amazing and has become my favorite gun to shoot.
I also would like to comment about the professional and high quality service that I received at Lone Star Arms. From the first phone call and throughout the entire build and delivery process the LSA staff and Michael Rogers demonstrated an amazing level of customer focus. I highly recommend Lone Star Arms and will continue to be a very satisfied customer and look forward to doing business with them again soon.
Stuart S. The Woodlands, Texas
Mike - feel free to use me as a customer reference anytime.
Thanks to you and the fine gunsmiths at LSA for my Saiga 12 build. It is awesome!!!!
Almost 1000 rounds have been shot through my Lonestar Arms Saiga-12 after having the gun less than a month. I pretty much couldn't wait to see what it would do so I shot the thing as much as I could right after I got it. I've got to say the gun you made for me is shooting like a champ! In addition to slugs and buckshot it is cycling the cheap 1 1/8 oz Federal ammo without a hiccup on the #1 gas setting on my gun. It also devoured a case of 1 oz shot and various other cheap ammo without an issue on the #2 setting as well.
Other Saiga builders I spoke with before deciding to go with Lonestar Arms said that they can't get a gun to cycle right with a recoil system like the one you installed in mine. However just like you promised, I have had no issues with this system whatsoever! Better still, I put the gun in the hands of my 5'1, 110 lb, beginner shooter little lady and she loved it! She said it kicked a little less a 20 gauge she fired just two minutes before shooting the Saiga. How's that for an impressive result! The recoil system and the work you did to make it run right are what has really impressed the 10 or so people I've let shoot the gun. All of them were very pleased with their shoulder not feeling any pain. A guy I work with that grew up with guns on his family's ranch even had to be shown my ammo before believing he just shot a 12 gauge due to the low amount of recoil that reaches the shooter's shoulder.
At the local gun show last month a few merchants who were selling Saigas commented on how impressive the work is that you had done to it is and how they've "never seen one anywhere near that nice."
I also want to thank you for your outstanding level of customer service you've provided me before and after I bought my gun from you. It's quite obvious that you take pride in your work and value your customers enormously. You helped me configure the gun to suit my list of requirements with patience and experience about what works and what doesn't. Every question I've asked on the phone or email was given a very knowledgeable and honest no BS response in a very timely manner. I work with people and am in customer service and sales and I know good customer service when I see it!So, let me say a big THANK YOU!
Very Happy and Very Heavily Armed,
Austin Texas - Saiga -12
"For those of you still contemplating a custom S-12 build, know this; Lone Star Arms is the real deal and Michael Rogers is the man. The fit and finish on my S-12 custom build is top notch, bar-none. LSA comes most highly recommended." Patrick - Washington State
I thought I should extend a huge "Thank You" your way for making it possible to check off one item on my personal bucket list. That is being the owner of the finest 12 gauge shotguns on the planet!
I immediately was just knocked out by the awesome look and workmanship on the gun when it arrived, but of course, the real test was at the range.
How about 350 rounds of everything from expensive high brass, to cheap #6 Winchester Xpert.
I even put about 25 rounds of Winchester Universal through it with no trouble. (amazing).
I am so impressed with this gun that I am absolutely beside myself. The gun was a show stopper at the range and I was really surprised at how many guys came up with the same question. "Is that one of those bad ass Saiga's?
I had to enlighten them that this was a "Lone Star Arms" bad ass Saiga.
Once again, -- Thanks for great work, great service, and a great Saiga 12!
Joe S. - Dallas, TX"
Michael, I have to say your work is amazing, what a beautiful gun. I am an engineer by trade, and can tell if someone does excellent mechanical work and pays attention to details. This gun meets both esthetics and functionality. A masterpiece, thanks again.
Peter - North Carolina - Saiga 12
I went to Mike at Lone Star Arms for my 2nd Saiga-12, and after handling my LSA S12 at the range, I know that if I intend to get another S12, it will be from Lone Star Arms.
Holding my DIY S12 in one hand and holding my LSA S12 in the other was like holding a bottle of Burnett's in one hand and a bottle of Remy Martin XO in the other. Goodness gracious the Remy Martin is so much more enjoyable. Pop the dust cover off an LSA S12 and you'll understand. That is some serious artisan work.
I own the "Sledgehammer" model. It's the most enjoyable weapon I've ever fired, hands down. It's balanced (the hammer stock and monster brake work pretty damn well together). It's FAST, it's smooth, it screams elegance and then at the same time it's an absolute HELLBEAST of a firearm. If you want to get the top of the line, cream of the crop stuff, don't hesitate. Call up Mike, he's an awesome guy on top of an awesome guy to do business with - I believe there is a difference, and his character shows in the details of his work."
E.B. - Virginia - Saiga 12
I’d like to thank Mike for an outstanding build. I can recommend his work to anyone that wants a shooter.
Mike endured entirely to many emails and phone conversations; he went out of his way to advise me on exactly what things would work and what was extraneous. He truly built me a killer combat shotgun set up exactly like I wanted. The quality of his workmanship and the reliability are truly outstanding. If you’re looking for a custom weapon, Mike is your man.
Thanks again Mike." CWO 5 J.A., US Army - Deployed
I got to shoot mine today! After 300 rounds I knew where my money went. I'm happy with the results. Everything about these builds is true. I love the polished pieces. I've gotten so many compliments at the range. I only have 2 additional 10 round promag (magazines) right now which functioned flawlessly. I'm so glad I decided to go with Mike on this one. He is a Saiga wizard! Thanks Mike!
Ray - Florida
Hey guys, I dont post often but I had to give a big thumbs up to Mike at LoneStar. I placed an order for a converted and revamped 12 from LoneStar and the service was outstanding from order placement to product delivery. I was kept in the loop from start to finish. Mike even delivered the weapon ahead of schedule to accomodate a change in my work schedule.
The weapon itself is beautiful and all its form follows function. LoneStar Arms weapons arent cheap, you can get serviceable cheaper converted 12's .... LoneStar seems to go a couple of steps beyond serviceable. I ordered the basic model with a few extras like Krebs sights and a folding recoil absorbing stock. I took it out to the range and this weapon performed flawlessly "right outta the box" with walmart/remington bulk buy #8 target load, slugs, full/reduced 00 buck. All in all I felt I got my money's worth from service to hardware. This is one of the very few weapons that I know I will never sell or trade.
Big Thanks to Mike at LoneStar Arms.
PS: Mike.. once I take this beast out to the range at work, be ready for a few more orders
George - LEO - US Border Patrol - US Southwest Border Region
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