Since I've talked a bit about the AR 15, let's move on to a weapon platform that I know a lot of you LL'ers like, and chances are you probably already own in some form or another: the AK, or Avtomat Kalashnikova, or just Kalash for some of you Europeans.
Incidentally, this video will also help you SKS owners out there as well, since the iron sights are almost exactly the same as the AK.
Like I did with the AR-15, I'm starting with the bare basics and working my way up.
There are a couple of things I'd like to mention that the video may not:
- Your AK may have a "P" on your rear leaf sight, or it may not. That "P" setting is known as the battle zero, or battle distance. This is the default setting you should have the rear sight set to. If your rear sight doesn't have a P setting, just use the "1" (100 meter/100m) setting.
- Some AK's have their front sight already set to 100m by the factory. I was lucky with my Saiga 7.62x39. Regardless of the manufacturer, you should always fire a test group of about three or four shots before making any adjustments, like you would with any other rifle.
- If your shots are off no matter how many adjustments you make, your front sight may be canted (misaligned). To fix this, put a cotton rag over your front sight, then take a rubber mallet and whack the front sight in the direction it needs to go until the sights are aligned. I know it sounds crazy, but hey, that's Russian engineering for you.
- Just a small notice: you'll never hear me call an AK an "AK47", unless I am specifically talking about the original AK47 model released in 1947. It's perfectly acceptable to call it an AK47, as you'll even hear many firearms experts call it that. But because there are soooo many different variants and models, for the sake of my own sanity, I just call it an AK.
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