How To Zero an AK (the Russian Way)

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While I am steadily growing more fond of my AR, I do have a love for my AK.  The simplicity and ruggedness are just things I really appreciate (and the ability to do field repairs with a soda can is helpful too…).

The guys at akoperatorsunionlocal4774.com put together a short and well explained video on how to zero an AK (the Russian Way, as they titled it).  I’ve been using optics on mine for so long now, that I forget it has those iron sights.  And now I have a reason to go play with my AK naked again (not me naked–I’m referring to the AK).

https://www.full30.com/video/94ecdb9606b40eee93a32286bc102d9c

The featured image is from a poster done by Gavin Miller.



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • guest

    thats correct! exactly they way they do it in the russian army, speaking from experience

    • BattleshipGrey

      Were you issued the 47 or the 74?

      • guest

        AK74 =)

  • Giolli Joker

    Nice no BS video!

  • aweds1

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  • Pete Sheppard

    Enjoyable video. The shots on the black square illustrated the ‘Battlesight Zero’ (BZO); with the sight set for 300m, all hits out to that range should be in the lethal zone.

    My understanding had been that in COMBLOC use, rifles were not sighted in by the individual soldier, but at a higher level; all the soldier had to do was set range with the slider and shoot.

    Personally, I start sighting in at about 25 yd to ensure the windage is at least on target; moving further back as I get the windage dialed in.

  • mechamaster

    AK Field repair with a soda can ? Really ? LoL.

    • Doc Rader

      Ha! I wondered if anyone was going to comment on that.. 🙂

  • coockie

    I was expecting a combination of hammers and vodka but this will do

  • M.M.D.C.

    Hey, that guy sounds just like FPS Russia!

    • mechamaster

      Rob Ski is from Poland, and Dima is Russian Spetznaz. lol.

      • M.M.D.C.

        In Russia you do not get joke, joke gets you.

  • Sapper

    Why not just zero at 100m on the 100m setting?

    • Will

      That’s what I did. I measured the greatest direct line of sight of my field of fire and zeroed to that plus twenty five yards.

  • Nicholas Mew

    I get so tired of people talking about zeroing metric sights or about them in yards instead of meters. Its a 1000 meter sight, not yards god dammit.

    • ghost

      I never shoot over my neighbor’s yard. Darn sure don’t shoot his meter. I personally do not go by yards or meters. Once I have a center line, I go by, is it close enough to shoot, or not? Call it what you will, I hit at 300 meters and 300 yards. Sight what you have. Don’t over think it. Hit with your best shot. 300 meters = 990 ft./ 300 yards = 900 ft. If your bullet comes up 90 ft. short or 90 feet to far, no big thing, but if you use feet/meters together in rocket science you gonna be in deep doo-doo. Use what you know, sight in at 25 yards, just do not tell the metric scope. Precision shooting, it does make a difference. I am a civilian now, 50 yards with a rifled slug is far enough.

  • ghost

    I don’t care how they do it in Russia. In Texas we don’t use sights.

    • boris

      american way- do not trust your eyes?

  • ghost

    (Sorry if duplicate post, I thought I was wrong, but it was just a mistake.) Darn Tom, I tried to grow a beard once, but one hair fell out and I cut the other one off. I took to wearing sandals as well. Do not have to shine them. Thank you. Remember the times, when the call went up for “corpsman/medic” and we went? Infantry one second, and god help us, life savers the next.

  • ruinator

    Never new this. Good stuff, thank you comrade Tom!

  • John Daniels

    “I’ve been using optics on mine for so long now, that I forget it has those iron sights.”

    As you should. Standard AK sights are trash. That’s always been the Achilles heel of the design, IMO.

  • His accent is SO weird.

    I think (I may be completely wrong, seems Rob Ski is quite respected) that this person had a light Polish accent once or didn’t have any, then started talking with a perfect American accent, then adopted an exaggerated one, conflating Polish and movie-Russian mannerisms (actual Russians don’t roll their R’s with so much gusto, if at all).