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Old 03-11-2010, 02:16 PM
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Anyone know or has put an RPK adjustable windage sight on an AK or variant?

This seems to be the best way to add sights to the weapon. Maybe other than mojo sights but they are $80.
Old 03-11-2010, 03:25 PM
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A Federal Express truck is speeding its way to my house as we speak,
carrying an East German surplus RPK sight for my new WASR10.

Maybe I'll get it installed and test fired this weekend (if the weather and
my shooting buddies' schedules cooperate), and give you a range report.

My suspicion is that it will be a bit of a useless upgrade. I figure for all
practical purposes my Rommy AK is at best a 300 yard weapon, so while
adjustable windage sites have a place on a well tuned M1, it's a bit of a
"hat on a pig" on an AK. But what the heck, I like to tinker.

The sight picture doesn't look like it's going to change that much. It looks
real darn similar to standard blade on the typical AK.
http://www.copesdistributing.net/pro...oducts_id=2236

The RPK sights aren't that much cheaper than the Mojos, unless you're
a better shopper than I am. $60 is the price I found from numerous sources.

I've got the Mojo sight installed on my Yugo AK. Still needs a little tinkering.
When set to the "0" range, the peep sight actually sits a tad too low, and
the front to the rear sight actually obscures part of the sight picture.
I can dial it up about halfway through the range settings and get a clear
sight picture (similarly raising the front sight pin to make that my new "0"),
but then I've lost about half my range adjustment capability on the rear
sight. It needs some sort of shim under the rear sight block to raise it
up just a nudge. Just haven't gotten around to fooling with it yet.
The Mojo's get a lot of great reviews, so I'm not sure why it wasn't
a 100% solution on my particular installation.
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Let me know how it works out. I'd like to add one to my Saiga when I get it.
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Krebs custom makes a rail that increases your sight distance by half or so, pricey but its tits!
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Sight distance isn't really the issue since I can't really see a target past 100 yards. Because the front sight will cover small targets. But windage is a big deal. As AK sights aren't adjustable for windage.

Well...I take that back. They are but you need to hammer and a punch. To adjust the front sight with a wack or two.
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I know it's an AK types but you don't need to go bashing on it. Try one of these:

http://www.jgsales.com/product_info....ucts_id/32?SID
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OK, got the RPK sight yesterday.

Shooting it today is a bust because of the rain, so no range report.

No complaints on the sight itself. Seems very well made. It has the same
sort of tangent blade rear sight as your standard AK, so don't expect any
sort of improvement in sight picture.

I got mine from Copes Distributing.
http://www.copesdistributing.net/pro...oducts_id=2236
$59.99, just like several other places on the web. I just ordered from
them because they had the best selection of some other AK parts that
I wanted to also order and piggy-back on the same shipping costs.

Shipping was very fast. Copes seemed to fall all over themselves to get
my order processed in record time. Showed up a few days later via
Federal Express. Thumbs-up on dealing with them.

I just noticed on the Copes web site that the sight is listed as "new condition".
I didn't notice if any of the other places were selling used sights instead.
But anyway, new it is. No scuffs, dings or scratches.

Copes only had the sight with the orange colored markings. They're easy
to read. I found another site that had one with white markings too. Don't
know if those would show up better in low light? But I like the looks of
the orange ones.

The fit, finish and function on the sight are all excellent. Pull the knurled
knob out on the right hand side of the sight, turn to adjust the windage,
and then release the spring loaded knob, letting it seat back into the 4 slots
that match up with two pin-like protrusions on the knob.

For reasons I don't understand, the sight also has elevation markings on
the underneath side of the sight. Make sure your sight blade is pointed
up in the proper orientation when you install the sight. Otherwise you
get to 1. cuss, and 2. take the sight back out and reinstall it right-side-up
on your second try. (Didn't do this personally, but came pretty darn close. )

If you've never installed an AK rear sight, you might do a search for tips
and tricks on how to install it. There's a very stout retainer leaf spring
under the sight that you have to compress. The most common method
for removing and installing the sight appears to involve holding the rifle in
your lap while pressing down on the sight with a large screwdriver until the
screwdriver blade slips off and you bury it a couple inches deep into your thigh.

After you return from the E.R., you can look up alternate methods
on YouTube that involve using a drill press, arbor press, or C-clamp
to compress the sping in a more controlled manner. I happen to have a
benchtop drill press that worked very well.

Search YouTube or Google for "AK-47 Rear Sight Installation".
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For a while someone was making the RPG sight but properly calibrated for the AK. I don't remember who offhand, but I did use a gun equipped with the sight and was highly impressed by it for longer distance shooting. I think it's definately a worthwhile addition, even if only so you don't have to fine tune windage with the front sight. Although that's pretty easy with a sight adjustment tool.
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For a while someone was making the RPG sight but properly calibrated for the AK. I don't remember who offhand, but I did use a gun equipped with the sight and was highly impressed by it for longer distance shooting. I think it's definately a worthwhile addition, even if only so you don't have to fine tune windage with the front sight. Although that's pretty easy with a sight adjustment tool.
I don't think it would be easy in a combat situation. Oh, hold on guys stop shooting at me I have to adjust my front sights with this tool thats packed away in my gear.

I think the on the fly adjustment is the way to go. Seriously. What if you lost the tool
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The only problem you will run into is the RPK sights are calibrated for the longer barrel. That means a longer sight picture and increased velocity=different elevation values. It may be frustrating at ranges longer than 200 meters as your standard lenght AK will print completly different. There was a company offering a adjustable RPK style sight for the standard AKM's, and I believe they had white paint instead of orange.
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