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11-18-2003, 11:08 AM
How does the Galil and Valmet secure the rear site to the top cover so that the zero does not change when it is removed? Has anyone looked into sodering some type of peep site on a topcover to replace the current site system? Seems doable but then again, I wouldnt know where to start or what rear site would be the correct height to start with as a base. Pretty sure one custom AK company offers a ar15 A2 site on the top cover but it goes for 80-90$. kinda pricey
11-18-2003, 02:59 PM
From the pics I've seen on the web of AR-type rear sights on the AK top cover it looks like the sight is welded in place.
The problem arises when it comes to how tight the top cover fits. If it's a loose fit, having a sight mounted on it wouldn't make much sense.
I've heard the Russian top covers fit tighter than most, if you can find one.
11-18-2003, 07:37 PM
The rear sight is welded to the top cover on the Galil. The top cover has a reinforced edge to keep it from deforming and is fitted much tighter than a normal AK cover. Mine fits so tightly that I have to whack it with the heel of my palm to get it seated. Some ideas to tighten a loose cover:
-Use a center punch to dimple the lower edge of the cover from the outside, the metal displaced toward the inside will tighten the fit.
-Spot weld a strip of metal around the lower edge of the cover to stiffen it and prevent flexing.
-Spot weld a reinforcing plate on the back of the cover where the recoil spring rod comes through. Make it under size and fit it by hand so the takedown latch fits tightly through the hole.
11-27-2003, 09:50 PM
You might want to check out Krebs. I just came from their website and they had what appeared to be a windage adjustable only AR styled rear topcover peep sight. The unit had protective wings and a dual aperture peep sight. The advertised price was $65. I was thinking about trying to put one on or have one put on a ribbed E German AKM topcover. I have a laminated stocked SAR-1 enroute and I can't wait!LOL I plan to put a RSA FCG and tactical mag release on it. If the Krebs AR rear sight idea works out then I'll also add a '74 style brake and maybe a K-Var poly stock set. Eventually I'll put a Kobra unit on it and get the whole thing refinished in a teflon or good park job. Damn I can't leave well enough alone!LOL
11-27-2003, 10:57 PM
Damn, you guys spend enough on an AK, you might as well get an AR and be done with it.
I've worked with over a dozen AKs, and never had one that had a "loose" receiver cover, and that includes SARs. Several almost needed prying to get the covers off. I think the cover will be tight enough on most AKs. Check with Gun Parts Corp; they have several peep rear sights as I remember.
11-29-2003, 11:37 PM
I just went to the Mike Holloway Gun Show here in Knoxville, TN and met a guy that had Vepr 7.62 AK worked on at Krebs. It had the rear peep sight I think you are referring to. It had an allen head set screw in the "button" that protrudes from the rear of the topcover. The owner said that it helped keep the topcover in place and maintained the proper sight-in. By the way his rear sight went along the top cover about 4 inches before the rear sight and had an incorporated weaver rail! I thought it was a cool setup...Before warned though, the gentleman said all the work he had done at Krebs was pretty pricey. Hope this helps.
11-29-2003, 11:43 PM
Speaking of top covers, has anybody got a template?
12-01-2003, 01:50 AM
Has anyone looked into sodering some type of peep site on a topcover to replace the current site system? Seems doable but then again, I wouldnt know where to start or what rear site would be the correct height to start with as a base.
No, but somebody has looked at a Lyman tang- mounted rear sight after the fashion of the old Winchester and Marlin lever target rifles, particularly on RPKs.
It works pretty good on milled receiver MAK-91s.
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