I recently came upon a new modular sight mounting system for AK rifles. It’s called the KOP (Kalashnikov Optics Platform) and it’s made by Sabrewerks of Wisconsin. The KOP takes a fresh approach to solving the age old problem of mounting a wide variety of sights to the AK.
Let’s face it, our beloved AK’s are the problem child of the military rifle world when it comes to finding suitable methods for attaching optics to them. Some early rifles don’t have any means what-so-ever of mounting optics such as the early Chinese imports. Others, like the Romanian WASR 10 rifles, have left side accessory rails riveted to their receivers. Unfortunately, some rails are so out of alignment with the barrel that you’re unable to zero your sight. Even on rifles that have properly attached accessory rails from the factory, it can be difficult to find mounts that accept a wide variety of sights ranging from red dot’s to magnified optics.
The KOP is designed with modularity in mind. I’ve tried my KOP system with 1-4x optics and LaRue mounts, and I’ve also tried it with red dot sights such as the Aimpoint T1 Micro and 30mm Vortex StrikeFire. It works very well with everything I’ve tried so far. So what’s the secret?
First, you must modify your existing rifle by removing your rear sight base. This should be done by a competent gun smith. The mount can be added to most any AK variant including 7.62×39, 5.45×39, .223, .308 and even 7.62x54R rifles from a wide variety of manufacturers. They tell me that the old rear sight base can be removed and replaced with their KOP system without removing your barrel, so it’s a pretty simple operation. Once in place you will find a base used for attaching a wide variety of mounting options.
The mounts themselves are machined from aluminum and are held in place with a single push-pin. A number of interchangeable mounts are currently available for sights such as the T1 Micro, Aimpoint Comp Mx and RMR. Sights with similar mounting holes as the Aimpoint and Trijicon offerings will also work with the KOP mounts. They also offer mounts for magnified optics that will accommodate everything from 1″ to 35mm tubes. And of course a standard 1913 rail is available as an option.
Mounts intended for sights such as the Comp M2/M3 feature a rear iron sight machined into them. The fixed rear sights offer a clean lower 1/3 co-witness with the front sight of the host rifle.
Swapping out different sights/mounts is super simple and can be accomplished without tools. First, remove your top cover then push the retaining pin out. Pull rearward on your sight/base and it will slide off to the rear of the rifle. Choose your new mount, push it on, replace the pin, lock the top cover in place and begin shooting.
The mounts appear to be rock solid with absolutely no play in them. The system allows users to place their sights very low which means you can get a proper cheek weld with both red dots sights and scopes, which can be challenging with AK’s. Despite being very low over the rifle, the mounts do not interfere with the disassembly of the rifle for cleaning.
The base that replaces your rear sight costs $121 – $131 depending on the model chosen. The modular sight mounts range from $81 to $159.
So far I’m very impressed with the quality and functionality of the KOP system and will be wringing it out on my Saiga 7.62×39 rifle. Stay tuned for more information.