This review was written by Gary Graham. Mr. Graham is the owner/operator of www.weaponeer.net and independent product reviewer.
If you are looking for a scope for your AK, SVD, PSL or NDM rifles, and you have a Russian Left Side scope rail on your rifle (if you don't, you can add one), then I suggest you take a look at the 8x42D POSP from Webyshops.
If you are familiar with the POSP 8x42, but not the Delta model, the 8x42D is an updated model of the venerable POSP, and the D stands for Diopter, which basically means you can adjust the focus of the eye piece, so the reticle lines and the scale are nice and sharp.
This has been a feature of western scopes as well as binoculars for decades, and I'm surprised it took this long to give the POSP scopes the ability to adjust the scope to suit the individual. And I didn't even know they had the Delta model until I saw this one from Webyshops, and now I look at it and say, what took so long! Especially now that I'm getting older, and my eyes are not 20/20 like they used to be.
Don't for a second think that these are just old Russian military surplus scopes, while these POSP scopes are still a standard issue item in the Russian military and the POSP scopes have seen action in Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Balkans and other "hot zones" around the world, these scopes, including the 8x42D shown here are brand new scopes which are covered with a one-year warranty, and they come with a rubber eyepiece, front lens cover, rubber switch cover, soft case and manual.
POSP scopes stand out due to the combination of high quality glass, durability, and value, and that has a lot to do with its features, such as the scope body being made from a special magnesium alloy the Russians call seluminum, and they all have multicoated lenses and the scope body filled with nitrogen to prevent fogging, not to mention the red illuminated reticle, that uses inverted chevrons to provide aiming points for 100, 200, 300, and 400 meters or, 900, 1000, 1100 and 1200 meters, depending on the zero.
The range calibrations are for both the AK 7.62x39 and SVD 7.62x54r which are incidentally measured in equal amounts of Minute of Angle (MOA), and they can be used effectively with any caliber of weapon without any issues. This particular scope has a 1000 meter dual rangefinder that's easier to use than any of the Mil-Dot scopes out there, and the aiming chevrons and range scale have red illumination when turned on. You can also swap out the red LED with Green, Yellow or White (not included). The illumination works pretty good, and it's turned on by a simple rubber covered waterproof switch.
Now there are two cons about this LED system.
- The illumination is not adjustable in brightness. It's either on or it's off.
- There is no automatic system to turn off the light after a set time. Leave it on, and next time you turn on your scope you will be greeted with dead batteries.
The Range estimation grid is easy to use and provides the proper range to the target, for hunting, as well as your common standing or crawling Zombies, and the red glowing LED (if you didn't forget, and leave them on) allows it to be used in low light conditions such as early morning and or just before dark.
Overall the range estimation was very easy to use and to remember, so I give that high marks.
When it comes to adjusting the scope, just follow the directions for zero, as well as zeroing the turrets, unlike US scopes, turning the adjustment turrets makes the reticle move instead of the image so this can take some getting used to, especially if the scope is zeroed, and the etchings are in the upper left of the scope.
The main difference between the AK Type 2 models and the SVD/PSL Type 1 models is the Type 2 sits a little higher and much farther to the left, than Type 1. And the scope in this review is the AK model with the Type 2 mount.
The Type 1 has to slide all the way forward on the rail until the pin on the mount comes to a stop in the groove, preventing the scope from sliding all the way forward and off the rail. REMEMBER that the scopes with the Type-1 mounting clamp will properly fit the plate on your rifle ONLY if the front end of the groove is CLOSED. Closed middle grove won't allow the scope to come off at the other end of the rail and the scope will always retain its "zero".
The Type 2 which is the most common these days. The clamp has to slide forward on the rail until it is being stopped as the pin comes against the back end of the mounting plate. REMEMBER that the scopes with the AK/Saiga type mounting clamp will properly fit the plate on your rifle ONLY if the plate has a CLOSED right end of the rail. This mount places the scope a little higher on the weapon and not as far forward as the type 1 mount.
Something else I like with the POSP scopes is the scratch-resistant coating. And I have to admit, this flat black coating is much nicer looking than the old grey color, and trust me; this is some really tough stuff, and it will last the life of the scope.
Let's take a look at the 8x42D specs:
- Magnesium alloy body
- Adjustable focus eyepiece
- Red Illuminated reticle
- Easy wind compensation with the reticle
- Nitrogen filled
- 1000 m range finding reticule
- SVD/PSL/NDM Mount
- Made in Belarus
- Black Baked enamel finish
- Magnification 8 power
- Angular field of view, 3° degrees
- Operating temperature range -58 F to 122 F ( -50 to +50° C )
- Overall dimensions in inches is 16.1" x 6.1" x 3.1"
These scopes have a lot going for them. They are tough, easy to use, return to zero, and work with a number of calibers, and they are affordable. And the flip side is they are not as accurate as other scopes, due to the scope adjustment being one click equaling 2 inches at 100 yards, so this is a 2 MOA scope is perfect for the AK, which are typically 2 MOA rifles anyway, trust me, the zombies are not going to notice.
Overall I'm very impressed with the 8x42D from Webyshops. It's as good as any other POSP, with the added benefit of being able to adjust it to better suit your eyes or glasses. The 8x42D is built like a tank, yet its Weight is about 1 lb 15 oz. not too bad when you consider the rings are included, and it holds zero when removed or replaced), plus the built in tension mount is very easy to use and easy to adjust the tension on the mount (it's a set and forget item).
So, if you are looking for the perfect scope for your rifle equipped with the Russian type 2 side scope rail, this is the scope for you. It will take a great deal of abuse, and still provide years of dependable service. There is not really anything fancy about this scope, it was built to perform well in the field with a minimum of training, and the addition of the adjustable eyepiece allowing you to tailor your scope to your own eye, makes this by far the best POSP scope I have yet tested, and for that reason I recommend the POSP 8x42D over the common fixed power POSP scopes. It's a great buy.
Review of the POSP 8x42D Scope
Review of the POSP 8x42D from Webyshops