Here's my thread from TOS on my T1 Aimpoint.
What do you guys think?
Since there's no railed handguards available for the Krinkov at this time (come on ULTIMAK), I figured I make my own with stuff I had laying in the parts box.
The rail is a PRI SPR Mod0 accessory rail for use with the carbon fiber float tube, I had it left over when I replaced the one on my Mod0 with a rail with an integral sling swivel mount.
A slight amount of sanding to the top of the handguard, then a little drilling and dremel work on the inside for the retainers and it bolts on very securely, with a little rockset to keep the screws tight.
The wood handguard was pretty tight on the gas tube, but after Tru-Oil on all the exposed surfaces of wood, then a drop of rockset on each side of the metal retainer and the the gas tube, it's very solid and hopefully up to live fire exercises.
I may be fortunate that my gas tube/handguard locks down the same way each time it's removed and installed.
Zeroing the weapon's iron sights while the rifle was secure in the workbench vise on a 50 yard target (one of those cable box things) in the neighborhood and then installing the Aimpoint Micro T-1 I was quite surprised to find very little adjustment was needed to align the red dot. Now there is no way this thing will co-witness, despite it's compactness it's not near low enough mounted on the top of the handguard. But it is a pretty good cheekweld, and is very comfortable to sight through the little Aimpoint.
Now there are numerous disadvantages to this setup, it's not low enough to co-witness although that is of little importance to me, it's mounted to wood (!!!) which certainly won't have a positive impact on it's retaining zero, obviously the wood isn't as strong as a true aluminum rail although it's pretty tough stuff, there isn't anything to lock the gas tube/handguard in place so some fluctuation of zero upon dis/reassembly would be expected (although I saw none in the vise, some sort of metal spacers may end up being advisable to keep it's orientation consistent), and heat may really affect the POI significantly as well as affecting the rail's mounting to the wood.
But it is a little Krink SBR, not some type of sniper weapon.
Hopefully, I'll be pleased after some range time in the next two days.