Whether you’re looking for the best scopes for AK 47 or best red dot sights for AK 47, there is a lot to consider. We’ve looked at specific use cases for scopes before, such as the best 1,000 yard scopes or Burris rifle scopes. But when it’s time to move your goods from the best safe out into the shooting range or hunting grounds, you’ll want to know which is best for your AK 47.
With that in mind, we’ve looked at both scopes and red dot sights, comparing and contrasting each type as well as the offerings available in both arenas.
- Top 5 Best Scopes For AK 47 In 2020 Reviews
- 1 Trijicon ACOG 4 X 32 Scope Dual Illuminated Chevron .223 Ballistic Reticle, Red
- 2 Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7×32 Scout, Second Focal Plane Riflescope – V-Plex Reticle (MOA)
- 3 Primary Arms 1-6X24mm SFP Scope
- 4 Hi-Lux Optics CMR Series 1-4x24mm Close-Medium Range Tactical Riflescope
- 5 Nikon MONARCH 3 BDC Riflescope
- Top 5 Best Red Dot Sights for AK 47 On The Market 2020
- Choosing The Best Scope for AK 47 for You
- Choosing The Best Red Dot Sight for AK 47 for You
Top 5 Best Scopes For AK 47 In 2020 Reviews
|(4.2 / 5)|
|(4.2 / 5)|
Water, fog, shock
Primary Arms 1-6X24mm SFP Scope
|(4.7 / 5)|
Water, fog, shock
|(4.3 / 5)|
Water, fog, shock
Nikon MONARCH 3 BDC Riflescope
|(4.3 / 5)|
5 variable types
Water, fog, shock
1 Trijicon ACOG 4 X 32 Scope Dual Illuminated Chevron .223 Ballistic Reticle, Red
Trijicon’s answer to your scope needs offers some great features that shooters will seriously enjoy, although it falls short of offering the absolute best in performance on the market. Performance and a full range of capabilities is not necessarily the most important consideration. If the presented features appeal to you, this may well be the best scope for you.
First, it offers battery-free illumination, which is a trade-off. On the one hand, you don’t need a battery, which is great on the one hand because you don’t need to worry about the unit failing you. The tritium fiber optic illuminated reticle simply adjusts its brightness according to how much light is available. The problem, obviously, is that its performance will only be as good as the available light, making it more ideal for conditions in which light may be variable but not early dawn or late dusk. Whether this is a positive or negative is going to depend more on your preference than anything else.
Additionally, the ACOG may be used like a CQB sight when you’re shooting with both eyes open with the Bindon Aiming Concept. This makes it a very versatile scope for those who prefer this feature. We also like the bullet drop compensation and automatically ranging reticles. The full bullet drop compensation reaches a range of 800 meters.
Lastly, the housing is extremely sturdy, made of aircraft quality aluminum alloy. While Trijicon does not boast any specific proofing, and thus don’t recommend subjecting it to harsh conditions carelessly, it does nonetheless seem likely to sustain a lot of abuse and keep on ticking.
Overall, this is a solid product, and is very heavy duty, with some great features. We would prefer additional magnification levels, and waterproofing, but we can’t fault its battery-free operation for not being as great in low light conditions as others. That’s a trade off, and like all the pros and cons on this model, you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it for you.
2 Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7×32 Scout, Second Focal Plane Riflescope – V-Plex Reticle (MOA)
We absolutely love this scope. Let us be clear about one thing: it’s not the best scope. But it is an incredible budget scope that provides a shockingly great value, so if you’re looking for a simple upgrade, you should consider this scope before all others. We definitely recommend making the Crossfire your baseline for expectations.
We find the 9.45” eye relief to be very quick and easy to use, and the eyepiece is very comfortable and allows for fast and simple reticle focus. You don’t have options for your reticle, but for a budget scope that’s fine. It’s a V-Plex, so it should satisfy most people.
What we love is that there are seven magnification levels. The lenses are anti-reflective, and fully multi-coated. Combined with the eyepiece, you’ll find that you have a bright view that’s easy and comfortable. For a budget scope in this range, we’d expect not only half the magnification levels, but a mediocre view. This scope really surprises in that regard, and that’s great since that’s where it counts.
Meanwhile, they also give you capped reset turrets, so you can adjust to zero after you sight in. This is really easy to do and finger-adjustable. Taken as a single process with the view and reticle quality, we find it just really excels at doing its job. It’s a pleasant experience that doesn’t give you options but minimizes the feeling of not having options to begin with.
Lastly, you’d also expect a budget scope to utilize cheaper materials.It is in fact waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof, and it is made from aircraft grade aluminum. Additionally, it is O-ring sealed, nitrogen purged, and sure to last. We can’t say the body feels as durable as other aircraft aluminum constructions, but let’s be honest, you can spend your hard-earned money on units that cost multiple times what this unit does and not get water and fog protection.
Overall, this scope is a very solid buy. We wouldn’t recommend it as a go-to winner off the bat, because it doesn’t offer customization options or low-light assistance, but for the range it’s in, it’s an exceptional value. Believe it or not, there’s even a lifetime warranty.
3 Primary Arms 1-6X24mm SFP Scope
Another great value-oriented scope for your AK 47, the Primary Arms 1-6X24mm SFP Scope with ACSS tries to offer a bit more in the way of options than the Vortex Optics Crossfire while being a little pricier. If you’re searching for a quality, feature-rich scope on a budget, this might be your scope.
While it has one less magnification level than the Crossfire, six magnification levels is still great for a budget scope. Additionally, the single chevron reticle provides excellent fast ranging, moving target leads, and wind holds on supersonic and subsonic loads.
We also like the placement of the elevation and windage knobs, which feel very natural and easy to access. The illumination knob is also easily within reach. Simply turn the cap counter clockwise to replace the CR2032 battery—no complicated hatches or, worse, unscrewing needed. It’s a big gripe of ours when a powered accessory requires dismantling, and Primary Arms has thankfully thought to not only avoid that but make it as simple as unscrewing a knob.
Powered illumination introduces low light condition use for this scope, and the reticle can be adjusted with 11 brightness settings. The illumination is powered with a CR2032 (included). You can expect this power to last a fairly long time. There are no backup options in case it fails, so you may want to carry a spare just in case. They’re small enough that that’s easy to do.
Meanwhile, the scope is constructed from 6063 aluminum, and is waterproof, nitrogen purged, and also fog resistant. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. The warranty is particularly generous, covering wear and tear as well as malfunctions.
Overall, this isn’t the most feature-packed scope out there, but if you’re on a budget, this is a solid choice. It’s a bit more than some of the lowest budget models, but it offers great low-light vision and some smart design choices that make it a solid contender.
4 Hi-Lux Optics CMR Series 1-4x24mm Close-Medium Range Tactical Riflescope
Resting somewhere between budget and high-performance scopes, the CMR-AK762 is an excellent middle-ground compromise for those who want performance and value.
While only offering four magnification levels, it nonetheless shines with a great reticle with ranging brackets so you can get on your target fast. There is also bullet drop compensating hold up to 900 meters. And while the reticle is only four times magnification max, it includes a nice feature for estimating ranges up to 1,000 yards. This performs quite accurately and may take adjusting to if you’re used to eight times magnification, its precision ensures that you’ll still get your shot.
We also like how rather than the longer turrets that are typical and require a bit of reach, the variable magnification ring utilizes a simple flick within reach of even shorter thumbs.
The picture is also excellent, clear, and very precise. This is very obvious when viewing in 1 X magnification. Sometimes, viewing through a scope at 1 X is subtly off, and gives you a sense for the level of precision at other magnification levels. It’s great to see how perfect the view is at 1 X, and it carries over to the other magnifications as well.
Illuminated reticle is adjustable to 11 brightness settings.
There is also a zero locking system, allowing you to lock into place your windage and elevation adjustments. What’s interesting here, though, is that you can still adjust them a minute amount, allowing you to make minor compensations without getting out of range of your normal settings. We like this feature a lot as it provides stability without being locked into a single view.
As you’d expect, aircraft grade aluminum rounds it out, as does fog, water, and shock protection. Overall, this is a great middle ground for those seeking a combination of value and performance.
5 Nikon MONARCH 3 BDC Riflescope
The MONARCH 3 is Nikon’s largest riflescope, and brings a lot of great options and serious capabilities, whether you’re looking for hunting or sport shooting. The MONARCH 3 offers eight magnification levels and five reticles, which provides a great level of versatility. We particularly love the smooth control over the zoom, and Nikon has provided magnification numbers for easy reference, which are viewable from a comfortable shooting position, as well as an eyepiece that offers fast focus.
While it is present in all of their MONARCH riflescopes, the Ultra CLearCoat optical system provides maximum transmission of light for a very sharp and clear picture any time, but especially is useful between dawn and dusk. Additionally, the SpotOn app Nikon offers makes it easy to change out your ammo and know right away where your rounds should hit.
Overall, this is a very smooth, easy-to-use scope that operates with as much quality and thoughtfulness as it’s made. It feels very durable and well-crafted, and is rounded out by water, fog, and shock resistance.
Negatives are hard to find, but it’s worth mentioning that the included instructions are very poor. However, the SpotOn app does an excellent job, and we highly recommend utilizing it in place of the included instructions. Also, the lens covers which come with the MONARCH 3 are very cheap, flimsy, and not worth keeping. These are easily replaced, but when spending money on a scope—especially one that’s so well-made otherwise—it’s a detail that really stands out.
Overall, this is a great scope for all conditions that will really take it to the next level for you. Hunters, casual shooters, and even beginners will really enjoy getting to use this scope in a variety of conditions. Beginners in particular will find it easy to get accustomed to using a scope, provided the easy-to-use scope is itself complemented with the app.
Top 5 Best Red Dot Sights for AK 47 On The Market 2020
|Model||Rating||Dot size||LED||Warranty||Battery type|
Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
|(4.7 / 5)|
|(4.7 / 5)|
|(4.7 / 5)|
½ MOA Dot
|(4.2 / 5)|
Yes, 10 year
|(4.6 / 5)|
1 Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
If you’re looking for a premium red dot sight with a lot of great features, the Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic is a great choice. The Aimpoint is generally considered a gold standard, and for good reason.
This red dot sight is always ready, and can even run for up to 3 years using a single battery. There’s no need to fumble with switches, simply turn it on and enjoy. Even with the battery life being so extensive, it also provides service date and battery change date reminders. With such a long battery life, this is actually probably even more practical.
It utilizes a 2 minute of angle red dot for accurate engagement no matter the distance. The quality of the sight itself is the thing of legend, and truly must be seen in person to be understood. It works well with an Aimpoint 3X Magnifier and their Concealed Engagement unit, if you’d like maximum accuracy and efficiency. And you’ll stay accurate, with the thoughtful front and rear flip covers to help keep the lenses clean and free of smudges and dirt.
Even better, we like that there’s a transparent rear flip cover for use of the sight even if both covers are closed, so you never have to worry about switching to iron sights in an emergency. We don’t expect the red dot sight giving you problems, though, with hard anodized aluminum alloy housing. It’s also waterproof up to 150 feet, a condition we doubt you’ll find yourself in.
It’s also a very flexible unit. While you’ll love it on your AK 47, should the need arise, it utilizes a modular mount set up for use on your flat-top AR15, your M4 Carbine or your M16 rifles. There’s also a handy adapter for carry handle mounting. A removable spacer is standard and can also be taken off for more versatility.
Lastly, the lens openings are considerably recessed which further helps to keep the glass free from damage or smudges and dirt.
2 Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5 1x20mm Compact 2 Moa Red Dot Sight
Sig Sauer’s red dot sight gives you a budget price and premium features, which is one reason we love it.
We also love the innovation Sig Sauger puts in their products, and they’re certainly on display here. The signature innovation behind this red dot sight is their MOTAC system, which is motion activated illumination. This increases the battery life up to 40,000 hours by shutting down the sight when it’s not in use and immediately activates the system whenever it senses any vibration or movement. The sight will be up as soon as you go into action. This also increases safety.
Sig Sauger also applies a high-efficiency, ultra-wide broadband, anti-reflection lens coating to reduce the surface reflections picked up across the full visible spectrum, which means you’ll be getting a superior transmission of light from the LED on this red dot sight. This is a specially patented coating Sig Sauer has termed Spectracoat, and it works great.
And you also get customization when it comes to the light, with 10 illumination settings. Eight of these sets are for daylight, and two are night vision. These provides you with the perfect red dot sight for your lighting condition.
It’s also built as an integrated M1913 Picatinny interface so you have industry-standard mounting, making it a flexible sight you can apply to any other weapon with Picatinny, should you choose to do so. There’s also an included Picatinny low mount riser as well as a co-witness 1.41 inch riser mount for ultimate flexibility. However, it’s worth noting that the quality of the mount is subpar, and secures with a single bolt. It does not level up flush.
As you might expect from Sig Sauer, you also get waterproof performance up to 1 meter, as well as fog-proof performance. This is a really great feature to have for outside use when visibility and weather conditions can change on the fly, ensuring that you can change not only the light settings but count on them to perform no matter what.
3 Vortex Optics Spitfire Prism Scopes
If you’re looking for something a little different, Vortex Optics Spitfire Prism Scopes might be able to provide just what you’re looking for with this quality, versatile red dot scope.
This red dot scope is perfect for close and medium range shooting uses where you need fast target acquisition and speed is a concern. A prism-based design means you’ll have a more compact optics system but great quality. The reticle is actually etched directly onto the prism so you can rely on consistent performance. You can choose from either red or green illumination at five variable intensity levels depending on your needs.
This particular excels in rapid shooting and provides holdover and a range reference from 0 up to 500 yards. We love the ability to switch between red and green illumination but do wish that there were more intensity levels, with much of the competition offering up to 11 or 12. While this suits most situations, sometimes nuance is key.
If you’re looking for cross-functionality, a red dot sight that really gives you ACOG level performance and feel, this might be the best optic for you. A comfortable compromise between red dot and vortex, it satisfies a particular niche of user.
Because of this, we do need to advise that this setup is not ideal for those who want to use their iron sights as co-witness. The magnification is high enough that it will obscure your front sight such that it is barely visible.
But if you’re considering an ACOG and on the fence for practical or financial reasons, you may find that this is a good compromise with a lot of features.
It’s very rugged, too, with shock, fog, and water proofing and a lifetime warranty. Overall, it’s a great unit, but has its own unique identity that either will greatly appeal to users, or not at all.
4 EOTECH XPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight
Aimpoint tends to always steal the show as a premium sight if you ask most enthusiasts, but there’s another premium sight consumers are starting to come around to. The EOTECH XPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight is a very solid, heavyweight contender rich with options, and we definitely think those willing to spend for quality accessories will absolutely love this sight.
First, let’s talk about the brightness. With 20 brightness settings, you can rest assured that it has granular settings that will absolutely meld into any situation you can find yourself in. This attention to detail sets the tone for everything else about this unit.
We absolutely love how stealthy this sight is. Compared to a traditional red dot sight, the HWS non-reflective window and holographic reticle ensure that absolutely no one will see your dot but you. Additionally, everything about this unit and its methodology was engineered with combat missions in mind, meaning that day or not, no surfaces will refract. You will be absolutely undetected in any lighting condition.
Precision is also excellent. With a holographic ring that does not expand with magnification, magnifying a target but not the dot means your precision will reach another level.
While not standard, you can also procure an HWS model with night vision, side button operation, and greater water resistance. The XPS2 is water resistant up to 10 feet, and offers fog resistance.
Overall, this holographic sight is a great alternative to traditional red dot sights with a lot of high-performance features and stealth options. If you’re looking for premium, low-profile performance, this is a seriously great alternative to other options on the market that deserves to sit alongside the Aimpoint offerings.
5 Vortex Optics Strikefire II Red Dot Sight – 4 MOA Red/Green Dot with Vortex Hat
If you’re looking for a budget red dot sight and don’t want to sacrifice durability and options, this red dot sight is well made and worth your attention. And if you act now, you get a free Vortex camo hat.
Two dot colors are available, green or red, which is a great feature for a budget sight. While those new to the use of dot sights might think this is never particularly handy, in some conditions and under certain atmospheric conditions, one color will be more visible than another. In these instances, you’ll be glad you have the flexibility. Usually, these are only seen in models that cost twice as much, so it’s a nice touch.
Multi-coated lenses are bright, clean, and offer unlimited eye relief so you’ll snap right into an ideal view of your target. In fact, the entire unit is well made, both highly durable but also compact and lightweight. Despite its small size, it fits very snugly and feels sturdy. Shockproof, fogproof, and waterproof performance is assured, which is also excellent for this range.
A thoughtful feature that even many high-end sights do not have is an offset cantilever mount, which is optional. If you opt to use it, it allows you to move the sight forward so that you may combine it with a magnifier, or rely on your backup iron sights—all on one rail.
Whereas often controls are on the sides of units, Vortex has opted to put the power controls at the rear, which is also a thoughtful design decision that we appreciate.
10 intensity levels are excellent, and provide a range of applications regardless of lighting. The potential downside, however, is that this unit is a 4 MOA dot reticle. Just to give you an example of how huge this is, at 300 meters, a 4 MOA dot becomes 13 inches. Needless to say, your level of accuracy is going to start being dependent on your skill even at this range. Still, some prefer larger dots, but we’d prefer to see something more mid-range.
Overall, this is a great sight with a lot of great options. If you’re looking for a lot of brightness levels, multiple reticle colors, and great construction at a great budget point, this is an excellent model to investigate.
Choosing The Best Scope for AK 47 for You
Your preferences matter the most
We’ve reviewed a pretty diverse range of scopes, offering a lot of different features catering to a variety of people and preferences. This is especially apparent in the reticle available. There is a different reticle available in virtually every scope we’ve looked at, and some are adjustable whereas others are not. You’ll need to weigh how important this is to you versus other features, such as magnification levels and battery life.
How much magnification do you need?
Just as important as the reticle available to you, if not more, is the available magnification levels. We find this to be a mixed bag, with some of the best scopes having less magnification options. Conversely, some of the more budget-oriented scopes that may not have a lot of additional features do offer greater magnification options.
This is a difficult choice. On the one hand, increased magnification can make for greater precision. This is especially true for novice shooters or those just getting used to scopes. Over time, this becomes less important. However, it is always advantageous to have more options. While expert shooters may rely on increased magnification less, there are still many situations where it would be preferential to have a greater magnification, and then the range is up to 4 X versus 8 X, that is a huge missing range.
Ultimately, it will be up to how important magnification is to you versus product durability and additional features. Along with reticle options and overall product quality, magnification should be one of your biggest considerations.
How important is durability?
Thankfully, most of the scopes we’ve reviewed provide excellent durability and generous warranties. Nonetheless, scopes are an expensive investment, and you deserve the best in durability. The question, of course, is whether or not that marginally better durability and craftsmanship is worth the premium it will cost you.
At the same time, some of the budget choices available offer a warranty and are also made of great materials. This means that for the price of some of the premium models, you could buy a mid-range model and a low-range backup, which is a route many shooters who have a variety of guns that are compatible with those models choose to do.
Don’t forget that warranty
Last but not least, not all the brands we’ve reviewed offer a warranty. While all the scopes are excellently constructed, and we don’t foresee any obvious concerns, warranties are an important consideration for us and they should be to you, too. Consider how much abuse you put your accessories through, and how often you find your items breaking—and how much that frustrates you when you have to validate a warranty (or worse, don’t have one at all).
Complicating this, some of the products in our buyer’s guide today that do not have a warranty are also some of our favorites, creating a real double-edged sword. But remember, depending on your vendor, you may be able to purchase additional insurance.
Choosing The Best Red Dot Sight for AK 47 for You
Your preferences matter the most
When it comes to red dot sights, there are a lot of different features and functions. While we think the options we’ve presented here are all excellent, they do tend to focus on different user needs. For example, some perform better in low-light conditions. Some excel at battery life. Some are performance-oriented more than anything else, and help you to achieve the absolute best view and shot.
While we don’t think you can really go wrong with any of the sights we’ve chosen, we do think you’ll be happier and more frustration-free if you consider your preferences and shooting style when making a purchasing decision. So, for example, if the idea of long battery life and getting a reminder to swap out your battery sounds like a godsend to you, you might want to consider a model with that over, say, a very marginally better view.
Sometimes, features do trump performance, especially when we’ve rounded up a whole slew of high-performing models, as we’ve done here.
How important is stealth?
It’s obvious, but worth pointing out: if you’re shooting for fun, stealth is irrelevant. If you’re hunting, stealth becomes very important. And if you find yourself needing your AK 47 for protection, stealth is as important as the situation calls for—meaning, ultimately, it’s as important as your life, which is priceless. That’s a huge range to cover, but thankfully models that are excellent at stealth aren’t hard to find.
If you’re shooting for gun, a holographic sight is likely of less importance to you, for example. But if stealth is one of your top concerns, a holographic sight might be superior. After all, that’s what the military uses for many stealth operations. What better example to follow?
Do you do a lot of shooting in low-light conditions?
The scopes on our list generally provide better augmentation of view in low-light conditions, but when it comes to a red dot sight, the lightness settings become a lot more important. This is an area you’ll see vast differences in between models. Some only have a few settings, and some have 20.
Basically, if you do a lot of shooting in variable light conditions, you’ll want to consider getting a higher number of brightness settings so you can get the best shot possible no matter where—and when—you are.
Relatedly, in low light conditions in particular, light can take on ambient colors as light is reflected off of surfaces. Also, sunrise and sunset conditions tend to be warmer in hue. If you find yourself in a heavily-red atmospheric light condition, having a green dot is an excellent alternative. You’ll notice that few of the models we’ve reviewed have this option, which is a shame, because it’s very useful.
Don’t dismiss a feature because it isn’t popular. Being able to switch up your reticle color might mean the difference between getting a shot and letting it get away.
Durability and warranty matter
Sights are not a cheap investment, and you deserve the best quality. While we’re proud to say that we’ve rounded up some of the best products on the market for our buying guide, we think you should consider the combination of warranty on offer and durability. Accidents can happen even with the best-made products. When purchasing even the most durable models, consider whether it’s important for you to have a warranty. Likewise, if you’re purchasing a model without a warranty, consider whether you believe the durability is sufficient for your peace of mind.
If you’re torn between a red dot sight or a scope for your AK 47, we believe the Nikon MONARCH 3 BDC Riflescope is an excellent choice. Known for their cameras, Nikon knows optics. With a variety of reticles to choose from, we believe you can quickly acclimate to this scope. With 8 magnification levels, incredibly smooth zooming, you’ll truly feel in control of your environment.
Plus, we love when companies are forward thinking, and Nikon’s excellent app goes the distance in helping you get the most out of your scope’s features no matter where you are a great innovation, and a great way to pass time in the field!