posted on Apr, 27 2015 @ 12:03 AM
This thread is just one more reminder of why you are the FSME here! I have some thoughts to add here as well, but first I wanted to heartily second
the options you have suggested. Until recently I ran Lucid's on all of the 7.62x39 5.45x39 & 5.56x45 primaries in my collection. (my AT&T guns run
However I have actually sold all but one full size and one micro, and switched to a different family of optics that were equally affordable until they
became unavailable. That family is the PK-AS/PK-07V family which is primarily used by Russia and others in the local area. In some ways these are
just an interim solution until the next logical steps in optics start to appear. (I'm going to be very light on specifics for the time being as far
as where I see the field heading mostly because it's an area I'm slowly acquiring the tooling that makes the tooling, a large multidisciplinary
library to aid my endeavors, and the contacts and knowledge I'll need to play my part....)
Now I'm going to give out one hint though... SubTruth won't like it at all because cost and quality are very much going to decouple. So anyone with
the motivation and even a google fu white belt will be able to own optics that you can use as wheel chocks on a HEMTT then proceed to reach out and
touch someone at 800 meters in bad light with the sun in the worst possible position. For about $350!
Until then though, and because my current optics family of choice is sparse, I'm going to offer a quick rundown on some interesting but less well
known options including a variety of iron sight type options, and for those with more mechanical aptitude than cash some DIY options.
first up on my list is especially relevant to people who own an AK and a glock. Thefirearmblog.com had an article last week about a replacement AK
rear sight... Hmmm ladder? (ok I can't remember the actual name to save my life but it's the part with the numbers and the notch roflmfao) This
aftermarket ladder accepts standard windage adjustable glock rear sights and still maintains the standard range adjustment thingamajig.
Now some of you are screaming wtf why!! But honestly it really makes sense to me. Theoretically you could have a shared tritium night sight between
both guns. Or maybe you hunt feral pigs and or rabid mountain lions, at this point you have two advantages. First your rear sight will be the same
allowing for easier panic transition. Second, should you be somewhere very far from cabelas, you can now keep two spare rear sights and not worry that
you only brought spares for the one that Murphy isn't plotting against.
Reasonably priced peep sight upgrades for everything from the AKM to the Swiss k11 straight pull.
C ALL OPEN SIGHT, ZONE PLATES, & HEX SIGHT:
1. The see all open sight is like an unpowered reflex sight. Some like it others do not, and I think it has neat potential!
2. Zone plates basically upgrade a peep sight using very cool optical science. Invented at Idaho National Laboratories and primarily seen in very long
range competition shooting use due to the inconsistent performance from varying light level, source, position, and etc. Personally I think these may
be way more useful and important than currently believed but in a different application.
3. Hex sights are a combination of a standard peep sight with geometry based visual processing exploit that naturally makes the eye want to center the
shapes and focus directly in the center of the now aligned shapes. The company makes no bones about the fact that they are intended for combat not
sub-moa groups inside a dime, however what is most interesting to me is that an M.D. specializing in vision is at the center of the company. Further
they are actually delving further into research that focuses on streamlining the amount of conscious and directed thought is required to acquire a
potential target, identify as hostile, estimate range and windage, take aim correcting for wind and bullet drop, and fire while maintaining aim. To
me that I is a very good goal.
This post has gotten long, so I'll leave DIY to another post, and if any one needs help finding information or has questions post in here or as PM
and I'll respond.