The AK 47 is probably the most famous gun in history. The gun that is also referred to as the Kalashnikov is loved and hated the world over almost in equal measure. In recent times, companies such as Izhmash have shifted to the production of civilian-grade AK 47.
Based on statistics 70% of all AK 47 produced today are for civilian use with 40% of them being shipped to the US. Nonetheless, there is no denying the accuracy and ruggedness of this iconic Soviet rifle.
But just like all other rifles used in military and hunting applications, the AK 47 performs best when paired with a scope. A rifle scope mounted onto your Kalashnikov will greatly improve your aim especially for long-distance shots. Additionally, the AK 47 ‘s hard to handle especially without a rifle scope because of its rather ancient stock iron sights that.
Unfortunately, finding a rifle scope specifically designed for the AK 47 is difficult. This is because this rifle does not come with an out of the box optic. And also not many scopes are designed with the AK in mind. It is for this reason that in this article, I will be focusing on the best scope for AK 47.
Therefore, from this article, you will get a selection of 6 best AK 47 rifle scopes that will work great with your Kalashnikov. Additionally, you will get useful tips on selecting the best optics for AK 47.
Before going to the in-depth review lets have a quick glance and the comparison chart of our top 6 scopes for AK 47.
Quick Comparison of The Best Scope for AK 47
Primary Arms SLX 1-6x24mm SFP Rifle Scope Gen III -...
Low: 110.00 ft
High: 19.30 ft
Low: 3.50 in
High: 3.30 in
Aimpoint PRO Red Dot Reflex Sight with QRP2 Mount and Spacer...
Primary Arms SLX 1-8x24mm SFP Rifle Scope - Illuminated...
Low: 110.00 ft
High: 14.50 ft
Low: 3.50 in
High: 3.30 in
Leupold VX-R 3-9x40mm Riflescope, Illum. FireDot Duplex...
Low: 33.7 ft
High: 13.6 ft
Fire Dot Duplex reticle
Low: 4.17 in
High: 3.66 in
Nikon M-Tactical 3-12x42SF Matte MK1-MRAD
Low: 37.2 ft
High: 9.4 ft
Low: 3.9 in
High: 3.6 in
In order to give a detailed and informative review, I tested and tried out a host of different rifle scopes that can fit the Kalashnikov rifle. In our research, I relied heavily on user reviews and product experts. This was in addition to testing different rifles scope from under 200 to high-end.
When shopping for a rifle scope, it is important to know what users are saying about different scopes. It is for this reason that I analyzed the reviews of AK 47 users when preparing this article. In this regard, from this article, you will be able to know how the different scopes I have reviewed performed when mounted onto an AK 47.
Factors To Consider When Shopping For The Best AK 47 Scope
For purposes of this review article, I picked a total of six scopes that I found to be compatible with the AK 47. I selected these scopes based on a number of factors. Below are the main factors I considered when selecting these scopes.
Truth be told, rifle scopes are not cheap. However, when you are shopping for a rifle scope cost will be an important factor. Thus, the first question to ponder when shopping for a scope is how much you are willing and able to spend on a rifle scope.
There are riflescopes that offer great value for money, while there are those that are just downright expensive. As such, the right scope for your rifle is one that offers a good balance between performance and price.
The number one reason why the AK 47 is loved by many is its ruggedness and durability. Therefore, another important factor to consider is how durable the scope is. In essence, the best scope for an AK 47 is one that will serve you as long as your AK 47 will.
The durability of a rifle scope will depend heavily on its construction. Metals such as aluminum and magnesium are known for being durable and light. As such, rifle scopes made from aluminum offer unrivaled durability. Additionally, some manufacturers cover their rifle scopes with rubber armor to improve their durability.
How reliable is a rifle scope? This is a question that will be important to ponder when shopping for a rifle scope. The best scopes feature hi-tech features that improve precision and accuracy. In this regard, you will need a rifle scope that you can always rely on irrespective of weather conditions.
Another indicator of reliability is how consistent a scope is in its performance. Basically, the best scope will be one that performs well during at all times of the day.
Reviews Of The Best Scopes For The AK 47
Primary Arms 1-6X24 SFP Hunting Scope w/ ACSS 300 BO Reticle
The Primary Arms 1-6x24SFP Hunting scope is one that seems to have been designed to deal with the AK 47’s medium-range shooting problems. In this regard, this scope is ideal for medium-range shooting. Additionally, this scope works well in varying light conditions, courtesy of its brightness knob illumination that offers 12 different brightness settings. The illumination knob is powered by a CR2032 battery. Therefore, this scope is reliable and is built to be tough and durable.
This Primary Arms scope works great on the AK 47. Additionally, it offers all the features you would expect from a scope in its price range. In particular, the ACSS reticle proved to be a better reticle compared to some of the Mil-dot reticles I have tested. Overall, this scope offers great value for money.
There is a lot that I can say about this scope. However, I welcome you to check out the scope for yourself and be the judge of its performance and quality.
Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
Aimpoint is one of the companies whose products I trust 100%. As such, I was eager to try out my Aimpoint Pro Patrol Rifle Optic on one of my friends AK 47. After all, Aimpoint markets this scope as a versatile scope designed for combat use. Having used this scope on my ar 15, I was curious to find out how easy it was to mount onto an AK 47.
Surprisingly, the scope’s mounting system with its unique turn knob was easy to mount. With the scope mounted I aimed at targets from about 100 yards, and I was able to hit the target thanks largely to the bright red dot of the scope’s reticle. Also, it features a useful night vision mode. Overall, the scope looks it was built for the AK 47, which is impressive.
The Aimpoint Pro Patrol Rifle Optic is used by law enforcement agencies and even by some sections of the military, which is a testament to its quality. Therefore, while it is relatively pricier compared to other optics, it is a worthy investment especially considering its features.
If you are still unsure of the quality of this scope, then I invite you to check it out and read some of its user reviews to get a glimpse of how satisfied its users are.
Hi-Lux Optics CMR-AK Tactical Scope
Another great scope for your AK 47 is the Hi-Lux Optics CMR-AK tactical scope. Built to be a military-grade scope, this optic boasts of high-quality features such as a fast aiming horseshoe reticle. Compatible with the 7.62 projectile, this scope is great for close to medium-range shooting. Also, it works great in different light conditions thanks to its illuminated reticle.
When compared to other scopes on the market, this H-Lux scope has a lot going for it. For starters, it has a wider field of view compared to most other scopes on the market. Therefore, despite its rather hefty price tag, this would make a great scope for your AK 47.
Quality comes at a price. Thus, if you want to learn more about this scope’s quality of performance, check it out for yourself. You are guaranteed to want to buy it right away.
Primary Arms 1-8 X 24mm Scope ACSS BDC Illuminated Reticle
The Primary Arms 1-8X 24 mm scope is another scope based on the second focal design. This scope combines the efficiency of the bullet drop compensation with wind holds and leads of moving targets. Since it is a second focal scope, the scope remains the same at all magnifications, which gives it consistency in its performance. Additionally, this design allows you to quickly zero in on targets from any distance. In addition to being a great optical performer, the scope is also rugged and durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions.
For anyone looking for a reasonably priced optic that does not compromise on quality, the 1-8X 24 mm scope from Primary Arms is the right scope. This scope offers great value for money and is probably one of the best tactical scopes for AK47.
The quality of this Primary Arms scope is undeniable. This is a scope I strongly recommend and have faith in. Considering its features, this scope is worth purchasing.
Leupold VX-R 3-9x40mm Riflescope
When it comes to rifle scopes, Leupold scopes are right up there with the best of the best. And one scope that embodies Leupold’s attention to quality is the Leupold VX-R 3-9x40mm riflescope. The latter is a light scope built for the popular AR I5 rifle. However, it can also be used on an AK 47. One of the things I love about this scope is how light it is. When compared to some of the other scopes I have used, this Leupold optic is lightweight, which is a huge plus in my opinion. Apart from being light, this scope also performed exceptionally well both on the range and in the field.
What makes this scope a standout performer and what earns it a spot on my list is its price to quality ratio. Indeed, this scope has features almost similar to more expensive models such as Trijicon models. In this regard, it is an affordable alternative to some of the pricier models available on the market.
While there is a lot to say about this scope, I welcome you to view it online and find out more as to why I picked this rifle scope over other similarly priced scopes.
Nikon M-TACTICAL 3-12X42SF MATTE MK1-MRAD
The Nikon Monarch 3 Tactical riflescope is an impressive scope that outshines its pro staff and Buckmaster counterparts. Built for multipurpose use, this scope can be used on popular rifles such as the AR I5 as well as on the AK 47. The scope combines exceptional image quality with precision adjustment to offer an unrivaled viewing and shooting experience. All the scope’s features are housed inside a rugged and well-constructed housing that is waterproof and fog proof.
Nikon has been a trustworthy manufacturer of rifle scopes for many years now. In this regard, the company’s products can be trusted to deliver exceptional performance, the Nikon Monarch 3 included. This rifle scope will be worth every penny you spend on it.
The Nikon Monarch line of scopes from Monarch has a good reputation. This is why many people use Nikon Monarch 3 scopes. As such, this scope is one that I highly recommend.
The best AK 47 scope mount will depend largely on your budget and needs. Nevertheless, you will not go wrong with any of the above-reviewed scopes. This is especially if you use an AK 47. As stated earlier, this is a rifle that does not have many scopes designed primarily for it. In this regard, you might have to do a lot of research before settling on the best AK 47 scopes. The scopes on this list all work exceptionally well when mounted onto an AK 47. In conclusion, while there are many rifle scopes out there, not all can be fitted on an AK 47.
About The Author:
Lake Streeter, A Gun enthusiast, and loves to hunt in the middle of the wood. Always check the latest hunting gears out in the market and try to share his honest opinion with the audience in OUTDOOR EVER.