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Posted: 11/5/2009 7:03:48 AM EST
For some reason I have read in a few different places that the AK sight radius is what harms it's usefulness. It didn't seem much shorter to me than an AR15 carbine length sight radius, so I whipped out the camera and a measuring tape. I tried to line up the end of the tape with the rear apertures on both guns. While things may not be lined up exactly the same, it gives a decent idea of the length of sight radius between the two rifles. Both are look to be right near 15.25"

I think the advantage of the AR15 sight system is the proximity of the rear aperture to the shooter's eye, in addition to the peep style aperture. This allows the eye a larger area in which to center the front sight post, thereby allowing a more precise center. Sight radius doesn't seem to be the discrepancy, rather than the placement and style of sight.

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Posted: 11/5/2009 7:14:53 AM EST
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Posted: 11/5/2009 8:57:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By Forest:
As you noted for an M4 the sight radius is the same as an AK.

However, for a mid-length, dissipator, or rifle AR; the sight radius is longer.

But optics make the difference irrelevant.


All true.

I'd like to get a Tech Sights rear peep for the AK and do some measurements with it compared to a rifle length gas system on an AR.

I would have to say that most ARs being sold are carbine gas length sight radius, but I would also have to say that a large portion of shooters add some kind of optic.
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Posted: 11/5/2009 9:17:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By azoutdoorsman:
For some reason I have read in a few different places that the AK sight radius is what harms it's usefulness. It didn't seem much shorter to me than an AR15 carbine length sight radius, so I whipped out the camera and a measuring tape. I tried to line up the end of the tape with the rear apertures on both guns. While things may not be lined up exactly the same, it gives a decent idea of the length of sight radius between the two rifles. Both are look to be right near 15.25"

I think the advantage of the AR15 sight system is the proximity of the rear aperture to the shooter's eye, in addition to the peep style aperture. This allows the eye a larger area in which to center the front sight post, thereby allowing a more precise center. Sight radius doesn't seem to be the discrepancy, rather than the placement and style of sight.


I agree that the advantage goes to the AR sight system as the rear peep is closer to the eye. Before the tech sights were out, I welded rear peeps to my AK's receiver and I like it much better. I find the gun much easier to aim. That said, the ole Winchester and Marlin 30/30 lever guns sights are out front and lots of deer are taken with them.
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Posted: 11/5/2009 6:27:14 PM EST
The Tech Sights should make a big difference on the AK as to usefulness. I know it did on my SKS. It is a MUCH better shooter now.
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