View Full Version : Zero on an AK. How?

05-20-2011, 6:35 PM
I am a bit confused on how to zero an 7.62x39 AK.

1: At what range do you zero? I am going to shoot at the 50 yard range tomorrow. I think AR's standard zero is at 25 meters. If the AK zero is the same how mugh higher or lower is the impact need to be?

2: The rear sight has a 1,2 and 3 on the leaf. I assume this is 100, 200 and 300 meters. Their is a click below the 1 mark. Is this where I want to zero it for 25 meters or is it set on 1 for point blank to 100 meters? '

I am much more of a pistol guy so sorry for the dumb questions. Thanks for your help in advance, Sammy

05-20-2011, 6:49 PM
Step by step go first at 25 yards until 100 yards

05-20-2011, 6:50 PM

05-20-2011, 7:02 PM
Step by step go first at 25 yards until 100 yards

My range does not have a place to shoot rifles at 25 yards. 50 is the closest. I assume the POI will be about 1/2" high at 50 yards if I am trying to get a 25 yard zero?

05-20-2011, 7:09 PM
The Russians zero there's at 25 meters so I do that too. That's the battle sight zero.

05-20-2011, 7:23 PM
How are you going to be using the rifle? Hunting and shooting long distances? Zero at 50meters/yards (which ever is available). That is the US Military standard for "battle zero". It assumes you will be out in the field shooting 90% of your shots between 50 and 200 yards.

However, if the rifle is going to be used for CQB or urban warfare like a SWAT team would then you need a 25 meters/yards (which ever is available). It assumes 90% of your shots with be between 0 and 50 yards. So you split the difference.

How will this effect you? What will a 50 yard zero do to your during CQB?

With a 25 yard/meter zero when you are within 15 you run into height over bore issues regardless of which zero you choose. Meaning that the distance between the center of your bore and the top of your front sight post directly effects your point of aim point of impact. With a 25 yard zero if you aimed right between a man's eyes, you would hit the mouth instead. So you hold high and aim at his hairline to hit him between the eyes.

Now if you have a 50 yard zero the amount you need to hold high doubles. Meaning you would need to hold over his head to him in the eyes. That is just not practical to have to do that kind of math in your head before taking each shot. Not at CQB speeds.

So it all comes down to how you use your rifle. If it is not going to be used for self defense in an urban enviorment but rather for hunting in the open field where all your shots are longer than 50 yards then a 50 yard zero is ideal.

05-20-2011, 8:06 PM
Going off memory here. If U zero @ 50 Meter, then the crossover is @ 300M.

05-20-2011, 8:11 PM
ive wondered aboutthis myself

05-20-2011, 8:29 PM
Found my notes.. see attachment.

05-20-2011, 10:31 PM
Going off memory here. If U zero @ 50 Meter, then the crossover is @ 300M.

I zero'd mine at 25 meters shooting 2" high (50 yards) and found this to be correct when shooting out to 300 meters.