Scoping the Unscopeable: Mounting red-dots on an AK Underfolder and a Kel-Tec Sub-2000


In this episode of The Gun Writer TV, co-host Mike Young and I — along with a lot of help from gunsmith Alden Talcott of Sarasota’s Gunsmith Gallery — mount red-dots on two firearms that have traditionally been difficult to scope — an AK underfolder and a Kel-Tec Sub-2000.

For the AK, we used the excellent rear sight rail from Strike Industries. The rail replaces the rear sight and offers, in my humble opinion, the best mounting solution for an underfolder. It took Alden all of about five minutes to install, and it’s rock solid. I can’t say enough about the quality of this rail, and with an MSRP of only $45 it’s even better.

Shepherd Scopes was kind enough to provide their awesome SR-11 Micro Red Dot, which retails for only $160. sr11-red_-dot_-micro_-shepherd-scopestactical-gear_-768x768Unlike a lot of the imported junk that’s flooding the market, the SR-11 is made here in the Tampa Bay area. It’s got a lot of unique features for such an inexpensive reflex sight, such as a light sensor with an override and an 8,000-hour battery life.

The best part is that it weighs only 55 grams.

The first SR-11 died after a few rounds. This can happen to anything electronic when it’s mounted on a firearm. The response I received from Shepherd Scopes when I notified them of the failure still makes me very comfortable in recommending this product.

I spoke to Patrick Bass, Shepherd’s executive vice president and told him the dot died. He called in his team. They pulled a dozen SR-11’s off the shelf and mounted them to a paint shaker, trying to get one to fail. I received two new SR-11s the next day, which we took to the range.

After more than 300 rounds and some very rough handling, both sights are running perfectly. That figures. Patrick said they’ve sold hundreds of the SR-11s but mine was the very first to ever come back.

Shepherd’s customer service is legendary. Now I see why.

Using Midwest Industries revolutionary mount, Mike mounted a Black Spider Optics red-dot to a Kel-Tec Sub-2000. The mount swings out of the way when the weapon is folded, yet it retains zero perfectly. This is a terrific pairing.

Enjoy the episode!


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

1 Comment

  1. Christopher Wallaker on

    I bought a sr11 based on your review , and it lasted 40 rounds on my ras47 pistol. It was zeroed ,and shooting great , then the dot went off, never to light up again. Hopefully optics planet stands behind it .

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