Let me just say, off the bat, that whilst I am familiar with a few different types and models of modern combat optics, I am by no means an expert. That said, I have bumped into a few photos from the recent Libyan conflict that have raised an eyebrow, so I though I would collate them here.
This rebel fighter is holding an AK-103 (likely an AK-103-2, as discussed here) with what appears to be a Belarusian PK-01 series collimating (‘red dot’) weapon sight. It appears to be one of the latest PK-01VS models produced by LEMT, as seen on their website here.
Photo via MilitaryPhotos.net (original source unlisted).
UPDATE 02/12/2011: Thanks to a reader for pointing out that LEMT sights are actually manufactured in Belarus, not Russia.
This picture shows a rebel sniper/counter-sniper with an FAL fitted with a commercial hunting scope. Reports have referred to Libyan rebels using Bushnell telescopic sights.
Photo from Getty Images via daylife.com
UPDATE 02/12/2011: Another photo here shows a scope that appears to be the same. These look as if they may be Bushnell ‘Banner’ series sights.
This image shows another AK-103, this time fitted with what appears to be an Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG). I’m not sure on the model, and it is also possible that it is a cheap knock-off as there are many of those readily available. There is also an interesting suppressed Beretta, but that is for another post!
Photo from AFP.
The FAL in this picture looks to be fitted with an ELCAN sight, such as the C79 optical sight (AKA ‘Wildcat’ or SpecterOS 3.4x)
Photo source unknown.
If anyone has any other pictures of optics from the Libyan conflict, or can shed any more light on the photos shown here, please get in contact with me.