I'm posting because I don't know where to turn to regarding this one AK variant rifle part/accessory. Hopefully, someone can help - or at the least, maybe guide me to somebody who might know.
I just picked up a "like new - mint" Yugoslavian RPK-47
(an AK variant). It was originally imported and sold by Mitchell Arms in 90's.
I have two issues with it regarding to a scope mount - they are:
of my AK-variant scope mounts that you typically can find anywhere fit this RPK-47 because the side rail is much too shallow in depth. Other AK side rails have a higher depth factor and as a result, most
AK scope mounts fit those types of side rails. But this RPK is different.
2. In addition, the side rail on my RPK-47 is mounted much higher up on the side of the receiver than regular AK variants. The distance from the center of the rail to the top of the receiver (dust cover) is approximately
1 inch and this means that regular AK scope mounts (if they did fit) would sit up too high, thus the scope would sit up entirely too high to make looking through it comfortable.
So what I'm desperately looking for is a scope mount that fits both the shallow side rail and also once attached is not putting the scope up too high above the receiver (dust cover) - in other-words, a lower profile type.
What scope mount can you recommend for this lower profile (shallow) rail mount? If not, do you know of any AK specialty outlets across the US that may be able to help me.
Here are some photos and dimensions of the scope rail on the side of the RPK:
The actual rail portion (where the mount would slide on) is 4 inches in length and approximately 1/2" in height.
Thanking anyone in advance, I remain....
Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Retired)
Fuquay Varina, NC, USA
There is only one option to the best of my knowledge, an original imported mount from Mitchell, they are unobtanium, I had the chance to buy one new when i bought my Mitchell years ago NIB from the shop I got it from, back then the mount was 125$...good luck
I already called Mitchell's (their Mitchell's Mausers now) - but they couldn't help because it's been almost 10 - 15 years since he had that Mitchell's Arms company. He has no more product at all regarding those rifles that he used to deal with, so I'm SOL
But I did take a chance and ordered a model from Kalinka Optics - here's the link. After asking them tons of questions, providing photos, etc. They said that this mount (shown in the link below) should work (if not, return it for a refund). They ship quickly also:
Andrew is good, let us know how that works out, I wish I would have sprung for it way back in the day, FWIW my AK is #25