Rusak reflex sight (русак коллиматор)

Russians seem to have a crush for polysemes and ‘the rabbit’ is no exception. Because that’s what rusak / русак means in English. And indeed, it is a very swift sight.

I got the sight in a pretty ancient plastic container with a barely readable sticker. Apparently it was made in 1992 by OJSC Kazan Optical and Mechanical Plant (ОАО Казанский оптико-механический завод) and sold for 600 ruble ~ 16€.

Don’t be mislead by the photo, it comes with a 11mm mount only. I milled it off and replaced it with a standard ak side-mount.
These sights were made for the civilian and export market only, that is the reason for the 11mm mount also.

As you can see the name is written in Latin on this one, which means it is an exported one. It runs on two AA batteries which gives it a nearly infinite battery lifetime. Once I forgot to turn it off and left it running for around four months. Actually I never changed them in the three years I own this sight.
The screw on the right photo is for adjusting the battery compartment for different batteries, since different AA batteries vary slightly in their length. You can also see the attached lens cover.

The chevron style reticle is very sharp and there is no ghosting or whatsoever. Even magnified (right photo) it looks very consistent.

The brightness can be adjusted in nine levels, so you can use it at night and in broad daylight without any issues.
To zero it in, you have to loosen the screw and manually adjust the front lens with you fingers. This is the biggest flaw by far on this sight. It really takes some time and flair to get the lens into the right position.

Basically this scope is a poor mens cobra. It is cheap and was never meant for shooting beyond 100 meters. However it is rugged and performs well for the ranges it was designed for. I don’t think there is any other sight in that price range which is as capable as this.

21.11.2012 – by netsplit for Gruppa L

11 thoughts on “Review:
Rusak reflex sight (русак коллиматор)

  1. I would like to say that this review is expertly written. It touches on all the important aspects. There is however, a single thing I would like to know.
    Is the sight suitable for ‘real steel’ ie, a real firearm? Provided I managed to find a way to attach this sight to a weaver rail, would it perform well on a real AK?

    With kind regards,


  2. Hello,

    Thats a very detailed review great work. I was wondering how did you put rusak on side mount? Did you cut completely 11 mm rail mounts and simply screwed it on the side mount?

    cheers mate

    • Hi Dominik!
      Yes I removed the 11mm mounts completely.
      Then I simply glued it onto the side mount using a JB weld type glue. Just be careful to align the sight probably, you won’t ever be able to get them apart again.

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  4. Great article, I was recently given one by a friend who found it at an estate sale. It is in perfect condition, and was in the plastic can. Did you ever see if this would mount to a 3/8 dovetail on a .22? I’m going to give it a try, might make a great quick plinking sight.

    • It could work, but apart from that it is not difficult to make it fit to any mount.
      Just cut the original mount and glue it to any mount you like with epoxy. The surface is so large, that the sight will break before the glue.

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