Type 81 Side Rail
This “NO-MOD” steel optic mounting side rail is the perfect accessory for the Type 81 styled receiver without a factory side rail for mounting optics. It attaches to the AK receiver’s hammer and trigger axis pin holes by the use of threaded axis pins. No drilling, tapping, riveting, or gunsmithing needed.
This steel side rail is low profile, rock-solid, and parallel to the barrel. The side rail dimensionally is the standard AK pattern, which allows for the use of many commercially available AK optic mounts. Since no permanent receiver modifications are made, this retrofitted side rail can later be removed if desired to return the AK receiver to factory conditions.
The Perfect Accessory
Our Type 81 Side Rail brings a modern AK optic mount platform to the Type 81 rifle. Since our type 81 side rail is dimensionally the standard AK pattern, most optic mounts designed for the standard AK pattern side rail will fit it. The type 81 side rail was specifically dimensioned to pair with our AKM line of optic mounts. This places our optic mounts low over bore, centered over the receiver's center, and proportioned ideally over the dustcover.
Low Axis Over Bore
Our Type 81 side rail was specifically dimensioned to pair with our AKM line of optic mounts. This places our optic mount low over bore, centered over the receiver's center, and proportioned correctly over the dustcover's length. This allows simultaneous use of the rifle's iron sights when an optic mount is not present.
This intentional design also allows our optic mount's low profile to hug the side of the receiver.
Built Rugged as the Rifle Itself
Our Type 81 side rail is machined from solid steel for superior strength. No metal casting or aluminum here. A recess milled into the back side (lightening cut) gives weight reduction. Finished in Black-T for excellent corrosion resistance.