Kalinka 4×24 POSP Russian Optics Rifle Scope Review

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January 1, 2024 / Comments (7)

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The Kalinka 4×24 POSP rifle scope is known for its superior quality. There's a reason why it's been chosen as the rifle scope issue for the Red Army.

It's a well-constructed piece of equipment that looks like a big, heavy hunk of metal, but it's actually very light and made of magnesium alloy.

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The Kalinka 4×24 POSP is a very good value-side mounting scope for the AK system that it's designed for. It fits the distance and accuracy that AKs have pretty well. Accessories are also available, like the illumination color, glare-reducing lens caps, sun shields, and the like.

The scope attaches easily to any AK variant with a preinstalled side rail and comes in two primary colors: an advanced black-based enamel finish and a gray hammer finish.

The Kalinka has POSP optics in four fixed magnifications: 4×24, 6×24, 6×42, and 8×42, and comes with standard accessories such as an illuminated reticule, a rubber eyepiece, a carry case, and flip-up objective caps on the front and rear of the scope.

The Kalinka 4×24 POSP Russian Optics Rifle Scope Review

The Kalinka 4×24 POSP Russian Optics rifle scope is also capable of withstanding extreme temperatures and conditions ranging from -50 degrees to +120 degrees Fahrenheit.

The POSP rifle scope is waterproof, sealed against sand and dust, and filled with nitrogen to prevent fogging within the lenses.

The Kalinka 4x24 POSP Russian Optics Rifle Scope Review | The Kalinka 4x24 POSP Russian Optics Rifle Scope Review

The Kalinka 4×24 POSP Russian Optics rifle scope specifications also include:

  • Illuminated Reticule: Built-in (red)
  • Reticule Style : 1000m Dragunov or 400m Simonov
  • Supply Voltage: 2 x D-357 button batteries
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Nitrogen Filled: Yes
  • Operating Temperature: -50 to +50 degrees Celsius

Naturally, the unique feature of the Kalinka 4×24 POSP Russian Optics rifle scope is the rangefinder. It helps the user distinguish wind scale and adjustment for bullet drop through chevrons that indicate distance for every 100 meters.

Kalinka Optics took into consideration that a variety of different calibers would be used with their POSP rifle scopes while in the design process. So with this in mind, Kalinka Optics designed their rifle scopes to be used effectively with any caliber including 7.62x39mm, .308, .223 NATO, 7.62x54R, and 5.45x39mm.

Additionally, the 4×24 POSP rifle scope is the only rifle scope available with a 400-meter reticule making it the first choice amongst militaries throughout the world for its quick reaction shooting abilities at 100, 200, and 300 meters when used with 7.62x39mm ammunition.

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Mounting the POSP Rifle Scope

Mounting the 4×24 POSP rifle scope is very simple and only takes a few moments. Begin by sliding the mount through the side rail located on the left side of the rifle, opposite the bolt extractor.

Once the scope is slid through the rifle’s side rail, adjust the retaining clip or lever until the scope feels snug against the rifle.

Mounting the POSP Rifle Scope | Kalinka 4x24 POSP Russian Optics Rifle Scope Review

Keep in mind that the Kalinka POSP rifle scopes mount only to rifles with a preinstalled side rail. However, AKs manufactured by K-Var, KBI, Hesse, Century, Arsenal USA, etc. include a preinstalled side rail.

Sighting and Zeroing the POSP Rifle Scope

The dial located on the top of the POSP rifle scope is for adjusting range. Simply put, when firing at a target at 200 meters the dial should be set to “2”. When firing at a target less than 100 meters the dial should be set to “0”.

The aiming chevrons located underneath the center crosshairs are for adjusting for bullet drop at 1000, 1100, and 1200 meters aiming with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chevrons accordingly.

The dial located on the side of the POSP rifle scope is for adjusting against wind effects. Simply put, if the wind is blowing from the right to the left you would adjust your rangefinder to the left accordingly and vice versa.

When adjusting your rangefinder for wind effects every turn of the dial is equal to 0.1 meters of the line of sight movement for every 100 meters and 0.3 meters at 300 meters.

Keep in mind adjusting for wind effects will move the point of impact on your target roughly 4” for every 100 meters for every left or right click/turn of the dial.

Sighting and Zeroing the POSP Rifle Scope | Kalinka 4x24 POSP Russian Optics Rifle Scope Review

When zeroing the POSP rifle scope, the goal is to set the accuracy of the scope as closely as possible to the rifle’s own iron sights.  Do this by setting your target at 50 meters and mounting the rifle into a stationary position.

Fire a round using just the iron sights rather than mounting the POSP rifle scope. Set both dials to “0,” and fire as close to the bullseye as possible. If the bullet hits the upper or lower left or right of the previous bullet, then adjust accordingly by setting the dials to the previous round.

When adjusting the sight, keep in mind to keep the rifle stationary if possible; otherwise, more ammunition will have to be fired to compensate for adjustments. Once adjusted, fire the next round. If the round fires in the same direction, then readjust to increase accuracy; otherwise, the rifle should be properly zeroed in within the first three to five rounds.

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Watch this video and take a closer look at this POSP scope.

Riflescopes come and go, but one that will definitely leave an impression is the Kalinka 4×24. If you have a rifle from an AK variant, then you'll find this to be a very amazing addition to the rifle. Overall, I found the scope to be quite powerful for its size and it's quite effective too.

Kalinka 4×24 POSP Russian Optics Rifle Scope Review

What do you think about the Kalinka 4×24 POSP rifle scope? Have you ever used one? Please add them in the comments below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Jan 4, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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