The 4 Best AK Scope Mounts — AK 47, AK47, AK 74 Rail Reviews

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One of the most common complaints about the AK 47 is that it “can’t hit the broad side of a barn.” These complaints are usually uttered by keyboard commandos, people trained to see the AK as the weapon of choice for Third World peasant soldiers or who have only handled low quality or worn out units. Fortunately, you know all of this is (as my father would say in his day) horse pucky. Why else, after all, would you be searching for the best AK scope mount for the optic you’ve purchased (or will purchase)? There are a lot of products to wade through, so we did the dirty work for you and found the 4 best products:

East Meets West


Typically, the best AK 47 scope mount is a side mount that attaches to a standard rail on the side of the AK 47 receiver. Long a Russian standard design, there are a plethora of bases that can attach to the side rail. This offering from Midwest Industries combines Soviet simple engineering with modern American styling and more importantly a modern Picatinny rail. Now, you can mount almost any sort of scope on your AK 47 using commonly available rings. While a standard Russian design has built in rings which will restrict your mounting options, this base is limited only by your imagination and budget and is arguably the best AK scope mount.

Midwest Industries AK-47 Optic Mount

Midwest Industries AK Railed Scope Mount with American Defense Throw Lever

If you want a budget choice that’ll work with the vast majority of AKs then Tacksport has you covered. The Tacksport side mounting scope is designed to fit modern scopes using picatinny mounts. This allows you to mount modern optics from brands like Eotech and ACOG without issue. The scope mount locks in nice and tight and uses a quick detach lever to mount and dismount when you aren’t feeling a scope.

The system has an auto lock system that doesn’t require tools. This allows you to dismount and remount the scope without losing zero. The scope does have some tight lock up which is a good thing. You may of course feel differently if you are taking it on and off constantly. This is a strong contender for the best AK 47 scope mount.

UTG Pro

The main problem with side mounts, gas tube mounts, or rear sight mounts is the relatively short rail space you have to mount accessories. However, the UTG Pro model has changed that. This rail fits over the rear of your weapon at the end of the dust cover and runs all the way to the rear sight attachment point. The overall effect is 19 slots for attaching accessories, scopes and other optics. The rail also has an attached rear iron sight to replace the one you remove. This gives you a longer sight radius, which makes accurate shooting easier. The UTG Pro would allow you to run a magnified optic with a night vision optic and still have a usable rear sight. That’s one of the best AK scope mounts in my book.

UTG AK 47 top rail review

A Long Eye Relief Scope Mount


This one is a bit different but is one of the best AK scope mounts when you are after installing a long eye relief scope. Using a proven design that simply replaces the rear sight leaf, this Strike Industries mount allows you to mount a red dot or scout scope in the ideal far forward position. As an added bonus, it makes no permanent changes to your rifle, and can be installed in a matter of minutes with simple hand tools. Probably the easiest and one of the most stable ways of installing a scout scope, it’s tough to beat this ruggedly simple design.

STRIKE INDUSTRIES AK REAR RAIL

AK’s and Scope Mounts

General Kalashnikov’s original vision didn’t include a scope mount. After all, the AK 47 and related variants were built to be a stable, reliable, and simple infantry weapon. Over time, the design has evolved to include light machine guns and sniper or designated marksman rifles, and has even sprouted a standard scope mount. This reflects the changing role not only of military functions, but consumer demands. Not ever military can afford to or wants to put optics on every infantry rifle, but a private consumer has the luxury of being able to demand optics and accessories for their sporting rifle.

To that end, a great number of options for scoping the AK 47 have popped up. We looked at two of the most common and reliable ways of doing it, side scope bases and long eye relief bases that replace the rear sight. These are both proven and reliable systems, which is more than can be said for other AK scope mounts. There are all manner of gimmicks, ranging from unstable dust cover bases, to strange clamp on bases that incorporate or use the gas tube. Some bases are such complex Rube Goldberg style systems you have to wonder why a person just doesn’t install a side rail like the Russians did.

We didn’t touch on these gimmicky bases, wanting to instead simply offer the best AK 47 scope mounts that will function without looking like something that escaped from the vodka-fueled nightmares of a freshman Russian engineering student. You’ll note that all these bases had standard Picatinny rails, and for good reason. With a Picatinny rail you can mount almost any sort of scope you want. Rings are common and pretty much any scope you can find on the market will work on top of these. In addition, the side bases reviewed all allowed use of iron sights, making transition from irons to optics absurdly easy. Pretty much any side base will keep the zero on optics as well, making it easy to take a base off and store it, without worrying about losing zero, but you should always check this before relying on it.

AK 47‘s are simple rifles, designed to be rugged and accurate enough to engage an enemy soldier at combat distances. Modern versions built for the sporting market offer more attention to accuracy and detail, but still benefit from a scope. Getting the right base will make your rifle all that much more enjoyable and extend its usefulness. It’s hard to improve on the classics, but a good scope mount will do just that. Just be sure to get the right scope for it too (see our article on the best AK 47 scopes).

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  1. This site is informative and very relevant to the application of A K 47 rifles and A R 15. scopes and mounts. Well done! Commander. Dr. Bob. Matthews

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