^^ To be honest it looks more like a fixed-power prismatic sight like the many, many 3X and 5X prismatic sights available on the market here. They all look so similar to me that I can't identify the maker.
Originally posted by apprentice: Whatever it is does it set the record for height above bore?
Running problem with Eastern Bloc rifles and optics. A lot of optics from Russia are sold with mounts designed for use with the rails commonly seen on the left side of AK (and other) receivers. The Russians never did quite seem to see the virtues of having a solid cheekweld with optics; it's only recently that we've seen optics mounted on EBRs that allow a solid cheekweld. Throw in a shady-tree adaptation of a late 19th century rifle that was never really intended for optics, and there you go.
OTOH, there are some competition optics in the West that are mounted that high; apparently it allows for a more comfortable sustained hold?
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Simo haya aka the white death in ww2 literally killed hundreds of Russians with his mosin with just iron sights. He’s prolly turning over in his grave over that thing. And damn I thought the gun show bubbas here were bad with cheap/stupid shit on mosins..
Originally posted by airsoft guy: Cheekweld or being able to actually operate the bolt is more like it.
Yep. On a purpose-built sniper M91/30 Mosin-Nagant, the bolt handle is modified to be turned down, so that the scope can be at least somewhat close to the bore.
Here, they haven't bothered with that, and are utilizing a standard Mosin-Nagant M91/30 infantry rifle with the normal straight bolt handle. This requires the bolt handle to stick straight up above the receiver when the bolt is worked.
So they've cludged together a scope mount intended to attach to the lower side of the tall AK/SVD receiver onto the upper side of the short Mosin-Nagant receiver, in order to create the 6+ inches of clearance between the scope and the receiver needed to accommodate both the height of the straight bolt handle as well as the operator's grasping hand.