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    Default AK side mount-what to look for?

    Hey everyone

    I'm considering a side mount for my Saiga 223 and would appreciate any advice on what I should look for before purchasing one. I am either planning on mounting a variable scope or red dot, but have not yet decided.

    1) What should I consider/ look for in a side mount?

    2) What is available in South Africa and where should I start looking?

    3) Is there any gold standard (available in SA) among these things or are they mostly on par?


    TIA

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    Default Re: AK side mount-what to look for?

    Quote Originally Posted by pcvzyl View Post
    Hey everyone

    I'm considering a side mount for my Saiga 223 and would appreciate any advice on what I should look for before purchasing one. I am either planning on mounting a variable scope or red dot, but have not yet decided.

    1) What should I consider/ look for in a side mount?

    2) What is available in South Africa and where should I start looking?

    3) Is there any gold standard (available in SA) among these things or are they mostly on par?


    TIA
    I don’t have much advice, except to say I went with a cheapy and I’m regretting it. Cheap ones are heavy and bulky.


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    Default Re: AK side mount-what to look for?

    QUICK detatch

    I have the bolt on style and it's a bitch, at least I've figured out a way to remove the bolt with it still on (its low)

    AK mastermount is godd

    As far as I'm concerned UTG and Ncstar, is airsoft stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin View Post
    I don’t have much advice, except to say I went with a cheapy and I’m regretting it. Cheap ones are heavy and bulky.


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    Thanks for the input, for interest how good are the cheaper ones holding zero?

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    Default Re: AK side mount-what to look for?

    Quote Originally Posted by GAZZAMCK View Post
    QUICK detatch

    I have the bolt on style and it's a bitch, at least I've figured out a way to remove the bolt with it still on (its low)

    AK mastermount is godd

    As far as I'm concerned UTG and Ncstar, is airsoft stuff.

    Any idea on who might stock the detach ones. The only one I can seem looking on the web is the UTG Pro in SA that has these

    https://leapers.com/index.php?act=pr...&itemno=MTU016

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcvzyl View Post
    Any idea on who might stock the detach ones. The only one I can seem looking on the web is the UTG Pro in SA that has these

    https://leapers.com/index.php?act=pr...&itemno=MTU016
    Have a utg Pro on mine. It was skew out of the box

    Took some coercing but eventually got it straight

    2 wooden crates of ammo later (around 2800 rounds I think it is, maybe 3000 rounds) holding zero

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    Default Re: AK side mount-what to look for?

    Quote Originally Posted by pcvzyl View Post
    Thanks for the input, for interest how good are the cheaper ones holding zero?
    Its held Zero well for nearly 3 years, its when you have to remove and refit that issues occur.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueBloodedHoodlum View Post
    Have a utg Pro on mine. It was skew out of the box

    Took some coercing but eventually got it straight

    2 wooden crates of ammo later (around 2800 rounds I think it is, maybe 3000 rounds) holding zero
    So far it seems that this is the best option of the ones I have seen in SA. I would still look a bit around though.

    Do you have to rezero it, like the one griffin mentioned, when it is put on and off again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcvzyl View Post
    So far it seems that this is the best option of the ones I have seen in SA. I would still look a bit around though.

    Do you have to rezero it, like the one griffin mentioned, when it is put on and off again?
    Never taken mine off

    I can remove the dust cover without removing the mount, so haven't tested whether it will be a "Wanderin' Zero" or not :-)

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