NVRS-F 2.5x50mm: Built for night work, the NVRS-F features Gen1 night-vision capability in a rugged, lightweight scope. Constructed with a titanium housing, the unit offers a high-resolution intensifier, a Weaver mounting system, a built-in infrared illuminator and an adjustable red-on-green reticle with on/off capabilities. It will run on two AA batteries for up to 50 hours. The NVRS-F 2.5x50mm is made by Sibiu Optics in Russia.
BP-02 AK To Weaver Mount: This features a 110mm-long center-bore-mount top rail plus a 110mm side tactical rail for mounting lights, lasers and other accessories. It sits high enough to allow co-witnessing with iron sights.
Kobra AK 1S-03: Battle-tested and currently used by Russian special forces, this sight features a universal AK and SVD side mount, so it will fit most of these types of rifles. Using HUD technology, the Kobra lets operators shoot with both eyes open. Shooters have a choice of four aiming reticles: single dot, open “T,” reversed chevron or reversed chevron with a dot on top. You select the reticle by pushing a button. A rotary lever turns the sight on and off, and the rheostat and rocker switch are located on the bottom right side of the sight body for easy manipulations. The unit is powered by a AA battery and has a run time of about 200 hours.
PK-A: Overbuilt to handle repetitive recoil, the PK-A can be attached to any shoulder-fired weapon regardless of caliber. It combines a red-dot sight with a 300-lumen tactical light and a 10mW laser pointer. The unit has eight illumination brightness-control settings. It’s compact, lightweight, waterproof and compatible with night-vision optics.
PK-01 V: This red-dot is a simple, rugged, no-nonsense optic for almost any AK or clone. The PK-01 V’s setup is unique. It has an AK side mount and uses a ring-mount system, letting you remove the sight from the included mount and then use standard 30mm rings for another optic. Because it has a standard 30mm tube, the sight can be attached to almost any weapon with 30mm rings. The PK-01 V features a 1.5-MOA red-dot reticle that can be adjusted to eight different brightness settings.
POSP/PSO Series: Manufactured in Russia by NPZ, which is famous for its quality and durability, these scopes are currently issued by the Russian army. These scopes come in lower magnifications for urban sniper operations and higher magnifications for long-range engagements. The 2.5x18mm PSO is a wide-angle scope with a red-illuminated German post reticle with rangefinding capabilities. It comes with a side-mount clamp that’s compatible with AK or SKS/SVD rifles. The unit is powered by one CR2 battery. Expect a battery life of 50 hours. Additional PSO features include a retractable front sunshade, protective turret caps and a rear rubber eyepiece. The PSO 6x36mm offers 6X power with a 36mm objective and a 1,000-meter reticle well-suited for Dragonov-style rifles. The POSP 6×42 PRO scope features five brightness settings for the illuminated mil-dot reticle and is equipped with a Weaver-style mount so it will mount to a Weaver- or Picatinny-style rail.
Rakurs-PM: This red-dot sight is used on the rifles of elite units in Russia’s Spetznaz, OMON, MVD police and other top operator groups. Made at the NPZ factory, the Rakurs-PM offers the performance of a traditional red dot for fast targeting at close range, but it’s also designed for longer-range shooting out to 500 meters from daylight to dusk conditions. It weighs about 16 ounces and is always on because it’s solar powered and requires no batteries.
Patriot Mounts: Made in Belarus, these are like the original Soviet BP-02 mounts but with additional features. The mounts accept any standard Picatinny/Weaver ring, each is centered over the bore, and they come in four heights (30mm, 40mm, 47mm and 59mm) with 108mm and 225mm rail lengths. The 59mm version is designed for the AK and its clones, and it sits 2mm lower than the classic BP-02.
Russian military optic development and manufacturing received a kick-start about 70 years ago. Through the spoils of war, the Soviet Union began to develop and manufacture rugged military optics just before World War II ended. After the Soviet Army entered Germany during the war, the Soviets made a concerted effort to occupy as many industrial factories as possible, drawing the iron curtain around most German optical plants, including the renowned Carl Zeiss-Jena factory. The Soviets took the optics technology and tooling back to the Soviet Union, where they added refinements and began to build similar—in some cases even more advanced—optics.
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Today, Russian combat optics are among the most rugged and reliable made. They’re currently used on AK-74M and SVDK rifles by designated marksmen in Russia and Russian Commonwealth units, Spetsnaz or special-purpose forces and other specialized troops. And Kalinka Optics Warehouse brings new Russian glass to shooters in America. The company is well known for offering top-quality Russian optics and mounts to support ComBloc rifles and variants.
“We have long-standing relationships with the surrounding Russian factories, which allows for direct access and assistance with product design, development and improvements,” said Kevin Artzner, the company’s general manager.
With about 15 years in the industry, Kalinka Optics Warehouse has considerable product knowledge, and its staff listens to customers to better understand their needs. “This has allowed us to source, develop and offer some of the best products available for the AK rifle,” Artzner said.
In many cases, Kalinka Optics Warehouse sources its own components for manufacturing its products, providing even greater quality control. “KOW’s goal is to offer the best support for the ComBloc rifle owner and provide the products they need,” Artzner said.
Scroll through the gallery above to learn about eight Kalinka optics and mounts worth checking out. For more information about Kalinka Optics Warehouse, visit kalinkaoptics.com or call 910-202-4019.
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