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How Optical Sights Are Being Made?

Posted on October 24, 2014 by tim


Remember a few days ago we saw an abandoned place full of optical sights? Now we have optical sights for guns again but this time its not abandoned and they are not made yet. We will see how those are being manufactured and assembled. Might be pretty interesting inside, thanks to Aslan who has visited a highly secured production line of this Russian factory specializing in the long range aiming optics. Normal people are not allowed there with a camera but he went and made those photos! So let’s see, that should be interesting:

This factory is situated on the closed circuit territory belonging to an army factory. The soldiers on the checkpoint didn’t want him even to take the camera inside, but he managed to come thru the security.

So let’s get down to the business. This is a glass cube. Those glass cubes are used to produce the lens – the essential part of the sight.

Some of them arrive from China. Workers on the plant told Aslan that before the quality of Chinese glass was pretty bad, but lately it got better.

Why do you use Chinese glass when we have Russian glass, asked Aslan.

Because Russian glass is three times more expensive, was the reply. Of course it’s not a regular glass but some specially chemically enhanced glass. Russian glass comes in this large cubes you see on the photo.

So they cut pieces out the cubes – like this.

But Chinese partners send them ready premade parts like this on the photo.

So then those pieces go to polishing machines. Those machines are over forty years old but work pretty ok.

So here is a future lens.

It’s being put inside the machine.

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One Response to “How Optical Sights Are Being Made?”

  1. Rob Normann says:

    Very exciting.

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