Tim Yan’s buyer’s guide to AK optics and mounts updated for 2017

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Editor’s note:  This article was originally published in 2015 and since then, the AK optic’s scene has evolved.

Tim Yan, who I interviewed for this story has worked with me to completely update his buyer’s guide with a host of new recommendations.


Our story begins several years ago when I was wandering the floor of the SHOT Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and literally bumped into Tim Yan. It was a fortuitous meeting. Tim has a wealth of experience and knows more about optics than just about anyone I’ve ever met.

Tim runs an excellent website called Guns & Tech  (which I contribute to) and has been a a freelance writer and contributor to Shotgun News, Guns & Ammo: Book of the AR15, Guns & Ammo Handguns, Guns & Ammo: Book of the AK47, Be Ready!, and other publications.

Tim also has a great deal of practical experience on the ground. A five-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a marksmanship instructor in the 1st Marine Division deployed in Somalia and the Iraq.

He knows his way around optics and has some great suggestions on what to look for when purchasing optics and mounts for an AK.

For anyone contemplating the purchase of an optic, his interview is a must read.

Read the complete interview with Tim Yan…






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