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Old 05-16-2018, 07:53 PM   #1
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Is this sight the only ak red dot that is centered and not offset? Trying to decide if I want to go this route or take my MRO off my larue mount and get an rs regulate. Obviously the mro is lighter, smaller, probably better but the pka is different and cool.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:35 PM   #2
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There are several that centered PK01-VS, the Rakurs and the Obzor to name a few.
The Venezuela is a very good RD but here is my experience with it.
I have one that is excellent, well built and works like a charm. So I decided to get another. That one wasn’t so good. To be more exact, it was just as good as the other except when you looked through the optic with the illumination off right in the middle, where you would expect to see the red dot you could clearly see the reflection of the illuminator diode. It was a perfect rectangle and mirror image of the diode. When you turned the illumination on in bright light it wasn’t too much of an issue but still visible and distracting. In lower light on lower illumination settings it would obscure the target and became so distracting to the point that it would most likely throw off your point of impact. It was very prominent but made the sight rather useless. The other one I have is completely void of this issue.
The defective one was returned. I am contemplating another but I do not want to get another with that same issue.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:29 PM   #3
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Did you buy it from Kalinka? Would be nice to have a warranty just in case. The PK01-VS looks like a nice option as well.
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:46 PM   #4
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I got mine from Atlantic as they I think, get them from Kalinka. They looked at it and agreed with what I told them but this is why I hesitate.
When they looked at them they also examined all the ones they had in stock, as I was just interested in a replacement and he said they were all like that. So they just gave me a refund and sent their remaining stock back.
Here is the thing about the Venezuela model. They are a military overrun product, so it’s claimed. Were they rejected by the Venezuelan military because of this issue, ie too many had this defect?? Like I said, I have one that is completely without issue and I’m sure there are many others that have not had this issue and would like another but I would have to look through it before acceptance. If it did not exhibit this I’d take one in a heartbeat.
I do have the PK-01VS and it very nice as well, no issues with them.
It is an interesting deal all the way around.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:55 AM   #5
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I recently purchased one on a whim at a gunshow. I'm going to finally shoot it this weekend. I haven't noticed this reflection issue yet, but I guess I wasn't looking for it either. I'll report back.
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:38 AM   #6
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There are several that centered PK01-VS, the Rakurs and the Obzor to name a few.
The Venezuela is a very good RD but here is my experience with it.
I have one that is excellent, well built and works like a charm. So I decided to get another. That one wasnít so good. To be more exact, it was just as good as the other except when you looked through the optic with the illumination off right in the middle, where you would expect to see the red dot you could clearly see the reflection of the illuminator diode. It was a perfect rectangle and mirror image of the diode. When you turned the illumination on in bright light it wasnít too much of an issue but still visible and distracting. In lower light on lower illumination settings it would obscure the target and became so distracting to the point that it would most likely throw off your point of impact. It was very prominent but made the sight rather useless. The other one I have is completely void of this issue.
The defective one was returned. I am contemplating another but I do not want to get another with that same issue.
I've heard of this with PK06 and have seen it first hand on my own PK06 too, but not with PK01 Venezuela. Thanks for posting about it
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Old 05-25-2018, 12:13 PM   #7
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I've heard of this with PK06 and have seen it first hand on my own PK06 too, but not with PK01 Venezuela. Thanks for posting about it
Electronically, it’s probably the same components. As reflex sights they do reflect the image emitted from the diode but if the angle of the lens is off you get that ghost image.
I really want another Venezuela but don’t want the hassle of getting one, finding out it has the same defect and the hassle of returning it and the possibility of the seller saying there is nothing wrong with it.


Update.
Kalinka confirmed that all these exhibit this and they don’t see it as a defect. They also said it only occurs when the illumination is too bright for the ambient surroundings.
Sorry but I call BS as the one I have DOES NOT have this and it matters not about the illumination setting. Furthermore, it is MOST notable when the illumination is OFF!
I’m glad the one I have is void of this defect and for those also that don’t have it but I now believe these were rejects by the Venezuelan military and kept the ones with this.
Kalinka also did not address if I could return one if it had this so I won’t be getting one unless I can handle it first. Buyer beware.

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Old 05-25-2018, 11:21 PM   #8
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I just purchased one from kalinka a short time ago and it doesn't have this defect. At least not enough where I notice it.

I'm happy with my PLA Venezuela. Haven't had a chance to run it hard but my impressions are good
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Old 06-20-2018, 11:29 AM   #9
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Electronically, itís probably the same components. As reflex sights they do reflect the image emitted from the diode but if the angle of the lens is off you get that ghost image.
I really want another Venezuela but donít want the hassle of getting one, finding out it has the same defect and the hassle of returning it and the possibility of the seller saying there is nothing wrong with it.


Update.
Kalinka confirmed that all these exhibit this and they donít see it as a defect. They also said it only occurs when the illumination is too bright for the ambient surroundings.
Sorry but I call BS as the one I have DOES NOT have this and it matters not about the illumination setting. Furthermore, it is MOST notable when the illumination is OFF!
Iím glad the one I have is void of this defect and for those also that donít have it but I now believe these were rejects by the Venezuelan military and kept the ones with this.
Kalinka also did not address if I could return one if it had this so I wonít be getting one unless I can handle it first. Buyer beware.
I you talking about the pka Venezuela model? If so, I disagree. I have two Aimpoints, a Burris fastfire, and a couple other cheap dots and I don't see what anyone is taking about regarding the pka Venezuela.
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