I have a Vortex Strikefire that I had on an AK-74 for awhile.
The Strikefire's pretty good for the money and you get your moneys worth, but it's no Aimpoint.
I used a Samson AK rear sight mount, with the wire folding stock I used to have on it the scope sat a little high and I eventually removed it.
Crappy/Grainy Cell Phone Pics.Vortex with the doubler and the Samson AK rear sight rail
- I like the choice between red/green dots.
- Price/Good Value (it comes with a free doubler in addition to the free mount, lens caps, Allen wrench and lens cloth).
- The lens is very clear, especially when compared to RDS's in the same general price range. Not as clear as an Aimpoint, but that's a bit of an apples to oranges comparison since the Aimpoint costs quite a bit more (There is a bit of washout when you're in an extremely bright environment though, this hasn't been much of a problem for me though).
The things that I don't like about the sight itself is...
- Poor 'On/Off' switch placement on the Strikefire. When I placed the weapon on it's left side the pressure was sometimes enough to turn it on (draining the battery).
- I wish that it used a different battery than the CR2 battery that the Strikefire runs off of (AA would have been nice).
- It's a bit big and slightly heavy. Not overly so, but it's still a bit bigger/heavier than what I'd prefer.
It is what it is, a decent priced RDS at a bargain price. :Shrug
Since I recently replaced the furniture on that '74 (it now wears wood) this combo might end up finding it's way back on at some point in the future simply because the height wouldn't be so much of an issue.