In the most recent episode of 9-Hole the guys take out a 5.45 AK with that classic com-bloc optic. The AK using militaries of the world, even those using modern variants of the AK, are often still slow to use optics and the optics in inventory are for ‘specialists’ within their job fields.
The 1p29 is one such optic. Like the POSP and other fixed powers, this quick attach fixed power 4x is mean to allow a single or couple members of a squad with 5.45 AKs to have one with greater effective observation and slightly more effective range. Com-bloc optics always seem strange to those of us used to western designs but the engineers do tend to produce a useable and durable end product.
Josh and Henry also very effectively illustrate that the 5.45 round has parity with the 5.56. Rifles chambered for 5.45 are capable of plenty of accuracy, low controllable recoil, and ergonomic ease.
Maybe I’m just on an AK kick after getting this RD NATO but good rifles and optics are good rifles and optics. It’s a shame 5.45 surplus dried up so completely. But 5.56 AKs and 7.62 AKs are still fairly easy to feed, so go get you some. Remember, go give them a follow.