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Posted: 8/17/2003 8:32:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2003 8:34:07 AM EDT by ABNAK]
I'm trying to find the "perfect" rail system to mount a red dot on and still see my irons. I guess I'm not left with much of a choice outside the Ultimak. So, how do you like the Ultimak? Is it stable enough for optics? Has anyone figured a way to clean the inside of the gas tube without dismounting it? How close is return to zero after it has been dismounted? What about the dreaded "heat" problem? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 9:47:54 AM EDT
I think all the things you listed are why they are not popular.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 2:03:06 PM EDT
The heat thing is a non-existant problem. You might think that the scope will get really hot from shooting but, it won't; not near as hot as it gets from just carrying the rifle around in the Arizona (or Iraqui) sunshine.

Cleaning the gas tube is easy with the proper (and cheap) brushes from Brownells. The unit absolutely will NOT hold zero if you dismount it. But, why would you want to?

If you use a 30MM optic with the low Aimpoint rings you can still use the iron sights through the bottom of the scope.

Downside: The setup does make an already nose-heavy rifle even more so.

Downside2: The combination of an Ultimak and Aimpoint (I don't know of any other 30MM red-dot that's worth a hoot) will run you about 250% the cost of a Kobra.

Upside: The US optics are far superior to the Kobra and, with the Ultimak, much more precisely mounted and in a superior (further forward)position. And parts almost never fall off an Aimpoint.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 4:37:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SailorDude:
The unit absolutely will NOT hold zero if you dismount it. But, why would you want to?



To clean the gas tube, or the gas port, or inside the trunion.......every time you clean......every time you shoot.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 5:13:23 PM EDT
Yeah, the cleaning thing bugs me. I'm a fanatic about keeping my shit clean. I guess as long as you can somehow get into the tube somewhat effectively it'll suffice. But it will still eat at me!
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 5:21:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2003 5:23:05 PM EDT by obershutze916]
In hind sight, you can clean the gas tube without taking it off, but I always like to clean the gas port as well. If you are not fanatical about cleaning every part that does not need it every time it would be just fine.

I couldn't do it though, yeah, I know its an AK, but I just have to have it clean.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 5:46:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By obershutze916:
In hind sight, you can clean the gas tube without taking it off, but I always like to clean the gas port as well. If you are not fanatical about cleaning every part that does not need it every time it would be just fine.

[I couldn't do it though, yeah, I know its an AK, but I just have to have it clean./]



I,too, share your pain :)
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