Midwest Industries (MI) displayed the new generation 2 version of their AK optic mounts during SHOT Show 2017. It’s a major upgrade to their current Gen 1 mount. One of the changes is the use of MI’s own QD lever instead of the ADM one. Another is the use of a 2-piece upper and lower construction that allows more user customization. The price for the new Gen 2 MI AK optic will be around $140-$160 for a mount only package with both the upper and lower halves.
The new MI Gen 2 mount will be offer in a direct-mount for small red-dot sights that uses the Aimpoint Micro T1 style mounting bolt pattern. This image is showing a Primary Arms MD-ADS (which uses the same mount as the Aimpoint Micro T1) con-witnessing with the AK iron sight with the new MI Gen 2 AK optic mount.
Like the previous generation, the new MI Gen 2 AK optic mount uses the receiver side rail that found on most of the AK variant today. There are sufficient space under the optic to allow the removal of the dust cover without the need to take off the optic.
The direct-mount option will be also available for the popular Trijicon MRO. I would say for sure that MI will be offer this as a complete package that including both the Gen 2 AK optic mount and the Trijicon MRO optic.
Pete from MI is modelling for my shot of the new MI Gen 2 mount with the Trijicon MRO. The optic also co-witness with the stock AK iron sight. From the picture, you could see that because of the angled top portion of the mount, it’s more economical and easier to make the Gen 2 mount into a 2-halves design.
The other side of the new MI mount shows it’s fully adjustable to fit a variety of the AK receiver side-rail. MI’s own QD lever design has a lower profile than the ADM QD lever used on the Gen 1 version.
MI will be also offering a flat-top version of the Gen 2 AK Optic mount. I wasn’t able to see if the dust cover could be remove with the flat-top mount installed. On the Gen 1 flat-top version that is no possible due the the length of it. In addition, MI is planning made the 30mm ring mount version of the Gen 2 mount for those that like to use their Aimpoint PRO or ACO with ther AKs.