Seems dumb to remove a rifle’s rear sight when mounting a scope. Suppose you fall and break your scope. Now no sights?
Well then its next to useless......and whats the point of the iron sight if youve never practiced with it? Is it even sighted in?
Are what,..?Probably most all traditional hunting rifles....
Hell, earlier they even used HAIR for reticles!Up till the 1980's ....
Most rifles had both iron sights and options for optics....
Before then say in the 1950's and earlier , scopes were a bit more uncommon..optic quality was less , most were not rain or fog "proof"...and most folks were accustomed to use , and knew how to shoot with iron sights.
Price was also a factor.
Russian optics were designed originally for the SVD and some night vision. For the svd the idea was to be able to take the scope off when not needed (going through the woods for example). Russians did the quick detach thing first, interestingly enough (and it does return to zero with a good mount). As to why it has an offset, Russkies realized that in the real world the lack of a cheekweld vs proper cheekweld doesn't make a big enough difference to matter, so it never crossed their mind to think of it at the time. Being able to field strip the rifle and use irons probably mattered more to them.This reminds me of when I mounted a scope on my top ejecting Winchester 94. I made use of a Weaver side scope mount that kept the scope low and forward. Keeps the iron sights visible and I can maintain a cheek weld with the scope. I now see some wisdom in all those russian rifles with side mounted scopes.
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