1P78 Kashtan 2.8x Magnification

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1P78 is one of the newest optics to enter into service with the Russian armed forces. The design is similar in concept to the ACOG with a relatively low magnification and ability to point and shoot without having to adjust any controls.

 

FOV is really nice, very similar to the PO 3.5x21P and much better than 1P29 or the Zeiss 4x25 ZFK. At 2.8x it ends up being a really usable magnification that in some ways does seem more like a red dot than a magnified scope. Both eyes open shooting is possible but not quite as easy as PK-AS or Rakurz because of the eye cup, though with practice it works well. Like most Russian optics it does have eye relief but it's easily taken care of with the rubber eyepiece (a common feature on Soviet/Russian scopes and works as designed). The optic has an orange/yellow coating designed to reduce eye strain and enhance clarity (thanks to Tantal for clarification on that).

Weight is nice at 1.1lb, actually less than many side rail + optic combinations on the market.


Side view of the 1P78-1, the AK74M version most common in the USA

 




 


 

The Kashtan is tritium illuminated meaning no batteries and no circuitry to break, it's always on and the operator has to do nothing to get the illumination to work. The reticule is black during the day but when light levels drop low enough you can immediately see the illumination. This is a feature I am really enjoying on modern Russian optics like Kashtan, 1P76 Rakurz and the 1P29/UPO-1, it's smart and very simple. No more complaints about battery life on combloc optics ;)

 


 
The optic is zeroed on the 400m concept, meaning that if you shoot from 100m your point of impact should be about 22-25cm higher than your point of aim. The large chevron is used from 0-400m (see the '4' on the right of the vertical hash marks). Difficult to see in the photo but there is a tiny dot almost part of the large chevron, which is used for 500m targets. The second and 3rd chevrons are used at 600m and 700m respectively.


While the Kashtan does not have a PSO style range finder it is entirely possible to use the width and height of the hash marks to estimate range.

theakforum.net member "fearrainsdown" has done the calculations:

 




 

1P78 is centered over the bore and has a good height, it's about the same as an ACOG over a flat top AR or pretty darn close. Speaking of the famous 'unusually high' height of Russian optics I really don't think they are universally designed to be so high, it's usually assumed they all are but some are and some aren't. In any case Kashtan is definitely one of the lower ones out there and is really comfortable. The 1P78 has an adjustable lense cap that rotates freely and has a spring loaded detent that keeps it from flopping around.


Adjusting the base for a tight fit is like any AK mount optic and takes just a minute to get right. It does block the irons when mounted but not a big deal if you have your tension set properly on the clamp because it's easy to unlock and remove in a hurry.

 



Correction:

Formerly this was thought to be the RPK74 version based on information listed on NPZ's own website, but after discussing the issue with Tantal it is clear that what we thought was the RPK version was actually the older, original side mount.


While otherwise appearing to be identical, the Kashtan on the right has the older side mount
as shown on NPZ's site above. This was thought to be the RPK version but is in fact the original mount style for all Kashtans, not specifically the RPK.


NPZ's website lead to the confusion regarding the supposed RPK version of the Kashtan







As of early 2012 a few 1P78's came into the USA that did not have the military reticule. These version appear to be designated Kashtan C-1 (S-1) but there are versions marked C-1 that have the military reticule. Function and performance will be the same other than there are no additional chevrons or range lines for longer distances.


S-1 with German Post Reticule (theakforum.net sargent_bilko)



S-1 version also but this one has the military reticule




Kashtan with Russian troops in the Ukraine, Feb-March 2014 conflict





Kashtan on AK103, VDV Russian Airborne






In conclusion I think the 1P78 is a rugged and simple optic. There is a lot of engineering in the design that has made it a pretty easy to use scope and it's naturally right at home on an SGL31 type rifle, but should work fine on any 16" barrel 5.45 rifle with a side rail. Should work on the AK105 style as well but you'll probably have to learn some hold over for the second and 3rd chevron.


















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