By Voron of theakforum.net
Freaking Zen, he is 100% responsible
for my new addiction of current Russian
Military grade scopes coming out of the NPZ.
I recently acquired 1P63 Obzor, which translated to "view" or "review" in English. This is a 1x magnification rapid acquisition reflex sight that is one of many modernized versions of the current collimator sights coming out of Russia.
Obzor came with a nice cover, instructions, and a key for elevation/windage adjustment. You really dont need this this tool, as any regular knife/screwdriver will work in a pinch.
Obzor comes as a traditional integrated system manufactured for the Kalashnikov series of rifles and mounts to the left side of the receiver via clamping mechanism. The scope is very light. Exactly half a kilo (exactly half the weight of the PO 3,5x21).
The real beauty of this model is the complete lack of electronics and wiring...so less things to go wrong. Scope is both Tritium and microfiber supported to enhance the viewing conditions. Tritium (H3) undergoes radioactive transformation via beta decay and has fairly long half life. Instruction say that it will be good for about 12 years, after that you rely on the microfiber illumination that helps great during low light/dusk conditions.
Posterior side of the scope contains windage/elevation knobs which are protected by a set of caps that screw on top of them. Once the scope is properly zeroed, caps get screwed back on the knobs to protect them from exposure to impact, water, etc.
The right side of the scope contains the only switch on the on 1P64, which acts as a polarizing filter to help enhance viewing conditions, which depend on the time of day or plain user preference.
thats about it for the outside of the scope and its instructions....its really simple, rugged and light.
The reticle consists of (4) bars, (2) vertical bars and about 4 MOA triangle in the middle. The bars come in 2 different colours and come on during different lighting conditions. They also help bring out the contrast of the actual target, which is colour dependent. This reduced the stress on your eyes, because it doesnt have to work as hard to gather proper light.
We zeroed the scope in for 100 meters, and decided to do some durability tests to see how it holds up against some abuse. The scope was taken off, rifle cleaned and the scope was re-attached back to the my AKs-74
The rifle was tossed about 5 feet in the air with scope attached, landing direct on the scope
Lucky for us, rain started (as always ) heavy downpour.
We then setup some quick targets around the corners and decided to run some quick CQB scenarios. Going into modified prone was very, very easy with this scope. Unlike any magnified optic, Obzor sits just right for the whole body, canted to either left or right side.
rain was heavy, and lenses held up very well against high humidity. There was no fogging up of the glass as well.
The we decided to go back to the 100 meter range and see if the POI has shifted after being slammed on the ground.
indeed there was a POI shift, but minimal. about an inch right and up. Beautiful.
You can see the triangle pattern that is around my finger (3 shots) and all i did was make (1) click to the left and you can see the 3 shots in the 10 ring right after.
The tritium lights up very nice. This is the view of the 100 meter line, and the steel silhouette that we hung up for practice. Hitting it off hand is not even a challenge with this scope, even while RAPID fire and moving.
This is the man-size silhouette after dumping a mag into it off hand while moving. Obzor makes it easy to hit different colour targets, due to its dually lit reticle.
We then proceded to do the same @ 200 meters. Shooting off hand into this target was also a piece of cake. Rapid fire, fast acquisition makes this scope a great asset.
here is the 200 meter view
hitting chickens and pig was a also not an issue
man silhouette @ 200 meters off hand rapid fire
so what are the downsides? Honestly, i cant find any off top my head. The glass in this scope is way better then PK_AS and Kobra and slightly better then Rakurs.
I guess the FOV could be a little bigger, but then you get the added weight of the larger lens. The polarizing filter plain kicks ass, and works really well.
Since the Obzor was designed to be shot with BOTH eyes open (with left you see everything in front, and around, while with right you see the same picture THROUGH the scope and see the reticle...like stereo vision) it makes it a great reflex/collimator scope. In fact i like it more then my PK-AS and Kobra.
-no batteries needed (H3)
-Made for AK series of rifles
-great glass/kickass reticle
-holds zero while on/off the scope
-polarizing filter for FOV enhancement during varios lighting conditions
cost: around 400$. worth every penny. Highly recommended
alright, we did a little cross-comparison
of these (3) optics in low light and almost dark (by
almost dark I mean you can barely make out a
humanoid size target @ 50 meters)
-Aimpoint comp something (mounted on friends m4)
we used a standard timer to make shots on a man-size target @ about 75 meters. rifle down, wait till the beep
I hate to say this but Rakurs is my least favorite. Aimpoint has a crisper dot that was more quickly and easily picked up. The tritium lit German post was sorta in and out and was not as easily identifiable compared to the red dot of the Aimpoint.
but when 1p63 was tested - it definitely came out on top.
using Obzor i didnt have a single miss on the 1 second stage vs Rakurs and Aimpoint red dot. the fact that you can pick real quick the recticle of 1p63 with both eyes open made it real easy to place POA on the man size target in near dark. Plus, when the filter is turned on, the scope becomes darker but the H3 becomes BRIGHTER and since you aim with both eyes, the scope really shines in these conditions.
perfect night. Pouring rain, then fog. Rifle/scope preformed with no issues.
going into mod prone with this scope is cake, almost as easy as with plain irons
i know its a shitty pic, but between the camera and the operator, this is the best i could do
you get the point.....