Looking for a Scope for an AK

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Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby Hand and Steel » Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:17 pm

Currently in the market for a scope to put on an AK47 style rifle. I'm going to be mounting it over a standard rail.

I'm looking for something simple and durable with somewhere between 3-5x magnification. Inexpensive is good (it's a pretty standard AK, so its practical accuracy is not going to be extreme), with $200 being the upper cost limit.

Any suggestions are appreciated, especially if they have personal experience behind them.

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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby Nathan » Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:46 pm

A magnified scope on an AK? Why, so you can clearly see what you missed? :D

Trying to get any notable accuracy out of an AK is like when you try to wipe and fist-bump a floater. In the end you're just frustrated and smell like shit. ;)

For an AR I wouldn't hesitate to spend $1,500+ on an optic (my personal battle-rifle wears an ACOG), but on an AK I couldn't imagine doing much more than a throw-away grade red dot.

Now don't get the wrong idea; I'm not hatin' on AKs. I own at least a half dozen and I appreciate their strengths while accepting their limitations. I do believe the 7.62x39 to be the ideal combat caliber, bar none. If they ever figure out how to feed them reliable in the AR platform I'll switch over in a heartbeat. If I knew my combat zone was limited to <100 yards I'd likely grab my AK over my AR...but because I do keep my expectations real I just can't imagine investing much into a scope for an AK.
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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby hkguy » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:44 pm

I really like the vortex diamond back 3-9 for your price range. its a good light weight and durable scope.
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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby Hand and Steel » Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:57 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, hkguy. I'll do some research on it.
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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby 11bravo » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:55 pm

Nathan wrote:A magnified scope on an AK? Why, so you can clearly see what you missed? :D

Trying to get any notable accuracy out of an AK is like when you try to wipe and fist-bump a floater. In the end you're just frustrated and smell like shit. ;)

For an AR I wouldn't hesitate to spend $1,500+ on an optic (my personal battle-rifle wears an ACOG), but on an AK I couldn't imagine doing much more than a throw-away grade red dot.

Now don't get the wrong idea; I'm not hatin' on AKs. I own at least a half dozen and I appreciate their strengths while accepting their limitations. I do believe the 7.62x39 to be the ideal combat caliber, bar none. If they ever figure out how to feed them reliable in the AR platform I'll switch over in a heartbeat. If I knew my combat zone was limited to <100 yards I'd likely grab my AK over my AR...but because I do keep my expectations real I just can't imagine investing much into a scope for an AK.


Sorry for derailing, but Nate why not give the 300 blackout a go? Ammo is pricey but they work and was designed to solve the problem of AR's in 7.62x39 not feeding well.

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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby hkguy » Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:03 pm

11bravo wrote:
Nathan wrote:A magnified scope on an AK? Why, so you can clearly see what you missed? :D

Trying to get any notable accuracy out of an AK is like when you try to wipe and fist-bump a floater. In the end you're just frustrated and smell like shit. ;)

For an AR I wouldn't hesitate to spend $1,500+ on an optic (my personal battle-rifle wears an ACOG), but on an AK I couldn't imagine doing much more than a throw-away grade red dot.

Now don't get the wrong idea; I'm not hatin' on AKs. I own at least a half dozen and I appreciate their strengths while accepting their limitations. I do believe the 7.62x39 to be the ideal combat caliber, bar none. If they ever figure out how to feed them reliable in the AR platform I'll switch over in a heartbeat. If I knew my combat zone was limited to <100 yards I'd likely grab my AK over my AR...but because I do keep my expectations real I just can't imagine investing much into a scope for an AK.


Sorry for derailing, but Nate why not give the 300 blackout a go? Ammo is pricey but they work and was designed to solve the problem of AR's in 7.62x39 not feeding well.


as was the CMMG Mutant and Rock River LAR-47 - the problem is that they are still considerably more expensive than a quality AK.

https://www.cmmginc.com/product-categor ... s/7-62x39/

https://www.rockriverarms.com/index.cfm ... ory_id=558
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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby Hand and Steel » Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:04 pm

A Vortex Crossfire II 3-9 with illuminated reticle seems like it may be what I am looking for - does anyone have any experience with this model?
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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby hkguy » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:55 am

Hand and Steel wrote:A Vortex Crossfire II 3-9 with illuminated reticle seems like it may be what I am looking for - does anyone have any experience with this model?


I love my 4-12x50AO that i have on my savage MKII, my only complaint about the crossfire is that it is a heavy scope compared to the diamondback.
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Re: Looking for a Scope for an AK

Postby Hand and Steel » Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:13 am

Well I got my hands on the Crossfire II and I'm quite impressed with the quality for what I paid for it. Now I just have to stomach the nearly $200 for the Chaos USA rail system to get it on my rifle. :o
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