Over the years I have expanded
beyond just Russian optics and acquired Aimpoints
and Trijicons to add the collection. As you would
expect from combat proven optics with the stellar
reputations both companies have, they have not been
disappointing and have all been solid optics. It has
been very interesting comparing them directly to the
latest Russian combat designs.
In the past ACOG optics weren't normally associated with AK's but things having been changing in the past few years. This was mainly due to price but also because of a distinct lack of a good mounting solution which tended to put the optic higher than most people seemed to care for. There were good mounts like the NPZ but those were rare and not common knowledge, so shooters new to AK mounts had few good choices in the market. A long time ago BP02 was the most common "Russian" mount (Actually Belarussian from BelOMO) but it is far from being the best design ever and was really intended for civilian sale rather than military.
Since most AK's are 7.62x39 it also wasn't ideal adapting a 5.56 or 7.62x51 ACOG to the rifle, but Trijicon has produced a 7.62x39 calibrated optic for the AK and variants.Browe Combat Optics has as well, and RS Regulate has slam dunked the perfect mount for both.
Not surprisingly considering the quality of ACOG's but I have been impressed for a long time and wanted to get one of my own for my 5.45 AK's. After adding the TA31H-G with 5.56 BDC to the RS Regulate AKOG mount I think I have found my favorite Western solution on the market. My personal favorite remains 1P29 but my practical favorites are tied equally with TA31GH, 1P78 and PO4x24P2
TA31GH on the SGL31/AK74M
Weight with RS mount is a very respectable 15
ounces. Height over dust cover is 1.6
TA33-8 on SGL31/AK105. Also note the RS Regulate BM1 light mount that the X300 is on
This is another great ACOG but between the size and the reticule pattern I just didn't care for it as much as the TA31, so I sent it down the road to another happy owner
TA33-8 on AKOG mount. Again this is the best mount
for this optic bar none.
I really like this 'red dot'. It is lightweight and has a neat green triangle reticule similar to Obzor however I find this optic has a serious issue with the light sensor. Since it adapts to the illumination that reaches the sensor on the optic it works great outside, and is reasonable inside where the overall illumination is about the same. That is to say that inside the reticule dims but the background is also dimmer so the triangle stays visible. The problem comes when being inside with the dimmer triangle and viewing or shooting to a target outside in bright light...the reticule is complete washed out because the contrast is not high enough to overcome the outside brightness. So while being small and super lightweight, this would not be a SHTF optic for me though it is a lot of fun at the range. It's a good optic as long as one is aware of this limitation.
RMR08 on Stormwerkz topcover
The purple contrast is to help the reticule stand out in bright light and to help compensate for getting lost in the background. This actually works quite well and is an interesting concept. Obzor uses this same color pattern as well, which was derived from the much earlier 1990s NIT-A collimator
ZenitCo rail system on SGL31/AK105