In the past, scopes and scope mounts were not very prevalent with AK’s. But, over the last few years, they have become far more desirable for some, if not most AK enthusiasts.
AK’s were seen basically as a defensive or battle weapon. But as time progressed, so did the desire to attach scopes to mounts on AK’s, as some are actually using them to hunt with.
But with so many available, the choice can be daunting. However, we have researched the best AK Scope Mounts currently available so let’s find out which is the perfect one for you…
Top 3 Best AK Scope Mounts Reviews
The Tacksport Red Dot Scope Mount Picatinny Weaver Scope Mount
We’ll start the review with the Tacksport Red Dot Scope Mount Picatinny Weaver Scope Mount for Red Dot Sight Black, which appears to be a clone of Mid- West Industries original scope mount. For the price, it seems like a fair deal. It looks and feels durable and is light-weight.
It is listed as an easy on/off application but, is not consistent in this area.
More on that later…
On a scale of one to five, we give it a three for alignment as the locking clamp can loosen after a few mags of shooting. The Tacksport Red Dot Scope Mount can also become damaged when it loosens during use, making it unusable.
Now, back to the easy on/off application. When the mount was tightened, we found that we needed to use a tool to loosen it for leverage. So, not so much of an easy on/off application. This is a China-made product. And later in the review, we will be comparing the original made by Midwest Industries.
Bend into shape…
On some applications, it did line up with the iron sights properly; however, we needed to bend it to make it fit properly.
This Scope Mount is not recommended at all for Saiga 12 gauges due to the coil. After a few rounds, it fell off and hit a cement floor and was damaged beyond use.
Overall, The Tacksport Red Dot Scope Mount Picatinny Weaver Scope Mount for Red Dot Sight Black gets the following score. Appearance and feel we gave it a 5 and material and workmanship we give it a 3.
- Poor fit.
Dog Leg Rail, Gen-3 - AKM, AK-47 / 74
Super Low Profile…
The Dog Leg Rail, Gen-3 – AKM, AK-47 / 74, is a one-piece dust cover with Picatinny rail made onto the top of the dust cover. This makes it one of the lowest profile scope mount manufactured for AK-47 and AK-74.
It has several configurations for the standard patterned AK. However, you will need to remove the existing rear peep sight to make the installation. But, thee company do sell a matching rear peep sight separately.
What’s in the box…
The Dog Leg Rail Gen-3 has well over 50 different AK variants available. Some models may require additional parts to complete the install. Your purchased product does come with instructions and the Allen wrench that’s needed.
The Dog Leg Rail, Gen-3 AKM, AK-47 / 74, is built to the specs of the type of AK you have. The design is very robust, and the integrity of the workmanship maintains the quick release with rear cam lock design for easy removal of the dust cover.
I’m sure the instructions will guide you through your install, but a helpful video is also available on Youtube if needed.
- Rugged Design.
- Quick Release Cover.
- AK variant choices.
Midwest Industries Quick Detach Picatinny - Style Scope Mount
The true easy on/off
Our pick of the Midwest Industries Quick Detach Picatinny-Style Scope Mount AK-47 AK-74 Side Rail Matte is truly an easy on/off application for the AK-47 AK-74. It is low profile enough to allow you to utilize the iron sights and best of all, you don’t need to remove the original rear sight to mount it.
It has an adjusting screw knob that requires no tools to increase or decrease the tension as needed. There is also a locking mechanism that prevents the lever from opening. Plus, the Midwest Industries Scope Mount is compatible with stamped or milled AK-47 and AK-74.
The fit is perfect…
It is machined of one block aluminum and hard coat anodized black matte finish, making it very robust. The Picatinny rail is marked with T-1 to T-16 markers to help you remember where you mounted your scope, light or red dot. Although pricey, the workmanship and overall quality are well worth the money.
Bottom line, the Midwest Industries Quick Detach Picatinny-Style Scope Mount AK-47, AK-74 is rock-solid, locks tight and offers no tools needed easy on/off application.
- No tools needed.
- Easy application.
- Tight perfect fit.
- Price, but as always you get what you pay for.
Best AK Scope Mount Buyer’s Guide
All points considered whether you’re looking for an original or clone, types of finishes, cheap or upper end. It all depends on what you really want, the cost and how much use you want out of it. With AK variants becoming more used in the hunting arena, buying a good solid, durable mount is a must to mount your choice of scopes.
Hard coat anodized finish is the preferred finish by many, as well as the perfect fit. And mounts manufactured from machined solid one-piece block aluminum, give you a high quality and robust mount which is what is most desired for AK variants.
So what are the Best AK Scope Mounts?
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that we decided to go for the…
Although pricey, it is more than worth it and does the job as it should and very well.
And our runner up is…
This one-piece built scope mount, and dust cover is great for the shooter that wants easy accessibility when field stripping.