Man does that save me a bunch of experimenting and cobbled parts!!! Thanks for all the info and pics. Those really helped out,,,,A BUNCH!!!
That is exactly what I'm trying to get away from though,,,those big bulky side mounts.
I just may still experiment with a standard cover and weld tabs on to attach it to the receiver firmly , with just a standard weaver low base ,,long base, blank with the appropriate radius to fit good, I'll have to mill a couple groves in the base to accommodate for the stampings in the cover. No biggie there. Maybe if I can find a steel one I just may braze it in place and tig the tabs on, 2 wider ones should do with 4 nice countersunk holes for the Allen Head screws.
I think it would keep right along with the nice lines of those guns much better than going a side mount and will still come in less in weight than a bare AK platform, even with the scope. The scope has the base already, add 2 wide tabs with 4 holes to the top cover, the base and all that won't even add 1/2 -3/4 lb. It would be close. I really want to keep it sleek too, and not look like something that someone just put a bunch of brackets on that resembles an "Erector Set",,,,,I really don't like the look or bulk of the side mounts at all and they all just look cobbled to me even if done well.
I'm just talking out my ass right now and thinking up what I'm going for,,so,,,so far it hasn't been well thought out enough plan to have a fixed design yet. Just a thought in the back of my mind. It's basically what they do on the SKS's but it won't need to have a built in riser making it to high . I've taped a set of bases I had kicking around to the cover with the scope mounted on them and at first try it seems to be the right height to clear the front sight through the scope and have a good hold. But if I do a scope , the front sight will be removed anyhow and a 74 style break installed.
At least that's my,, ill thought out plan,, so far. What do you think of that idea? That should keep it sleek ,light, simple and secure with very little work.