Herr Berg of Dragunov.net has
also graciously allowed me to link to his page on the
I'm proud to say that I continue to use his site as a reference for many Russian optics and of course the SVD Dragunov rifle.
POSP on Dragunov.net
In addition to the 8x42 there are a huge number of POSP optics and a wide raqnge of magnification options available - 4x24, 6x24, 6x42, 8x42 and more, including some models that are variable power.
There are AK mounts and SVD mounts available. A few small versions are calibrated for 7.62x39 while the vast majority are calibrated for 7.62x54R. Some are also true mildot reticule POSP's. I am not aware of any POSP's (or PSO's) calibrated for 5.45x39 but in short there are probably more variants of the Belorussian POSP than any other Russian or former Soviet optic I've seen.
A few things to remember:
POSP's are not technically Russian because while they
were once part of the Soviet Union and in the US we
still tend to think of them that way, but after the
breakup of the USSR they reverted to their official
heritage...they are Belorussian, not Russian. Most are
manufactured in Minks at BelOMO from what I understand.
POSP's are not manufactured in the USA. There are a few brands coming onto the market in 2011 and 2012 that are being branded differently than the classic POSP's but those are simple brand names and logo changes only, they are manufactured by BelOMO in Belarus.
There is some debate about the quality of POSP's vs NPZ
PSO-1 and later type optics. I think it is safe to say
that while some POSP's are clearly marked for civilian
sales there is no doubt they are tough and well built
optics that are built to high quality standards. I do
not believe civilian POSP's would be considered milspec
but for what the majority of civilians would use them
for there is no doubt in my mind they will perform
extremely well and as designed.
I do not see anything that would make me assume POSP's
are cheap or low quality optics. Glass is excellent
especially for the price in USD, construction is solid
and they tend to be free of factory defects in my
I would not go so far as to say they are equal to PSO's from NPZ but I am hard pressed to see visible differences.