Part of the appeal of owning an AK is the nostalgia of shooting it with the original iron sights. But you still might want to pair your Soviet-era technology with the latest developments in modern optics.
If your AK lacks a mounting surface, we can help you add one. It all depends on your optic, your rifle and your needs.
Side rail mounts are one of the most popular options. They are easy to install. Side rails attach to a riveted piece of steel on the side of the AK. They put the optic closer to the shooters face. Scope users will have an easier time finding their eye box.
Railed dust covers are mounted directly on the receiver. They replace the original dust cover. These are easy to install. Usually, no special tools required.
Railed handguards replace the standard AK handguards. These often install easily without a gun smith, although they may require minor fitting. An advantage of railed handguards is that the bottom and sides are often outfitted with Picatinny rail, MLOK or KeyMod slots. You can mount even more accessories that way.
Gas tube rails replace the normal gas tube and upper handguard on an AK. Some, like the UltiMAK M2B, have such a low profile that you can see your iron sights through a red dot mounted on the gas tube rail. That way, if your red dot goes out, you’ll always have a backup sighting system.
Gas tube rails are a bit harder to install, but provide a rock solid optics mounting system while adding very little weight to the rifle.