I've run red dots over the rail for thousands of rounds, no "melting "electronicical" (lol) devices......You don't want to mount any optic that far forward on your trusty AK. The reason is that if you are serious and run at least 4 mags thru the rifle very fast, the heat generated will eventually damage or destroy any electronicical scope mounted. Don't ask me how I know this. Kinda embarrassing.
You will need to mount your chosen scope back to the rear over top the top cover. I think Saiga's have that nice factory receiver side mount. Mine do. Exploit that mount. Only again you will probably have to remove and reshim the side scope mount to zero the scope down the bore of the rifle.
Also be sure to pick a particular model of scope mount that sits the scope just high enough that you can take the rifle down for cleaning without having to dismount the scope. A tricky business. Sometimes a good manufacture can tell you exactly what scope will or won't clear the top cover. HB of CJ (old coot)
I've had this MAK 90 since 1992, so yes, literally tens of thousands of rounds, many of them with red dot sights over the rail.Yep...you claim to have run 1000's of rounds thru your rifle and NEVER have had any HEAT problems with your ELECTROINICAL SCOPE mounted right over the hottest part of the rifle.. OK. Whatever you say. Let's leave it at that. But...but...what about ZOMBIE HOARDS? AUUGHHH! Great pictures. I need to learn how to do that. I do notice that your cool setup has the scope....mounted back over the rear where....it does NOT get soos hot. HB of CJ (old coot) (ZOMBIES MAY BE EVERYWHERE!)
I haven't found it necessary to remove and reshim the side scope mount to zero either Eotech or Trijicon reflex scopes on any of my Saiga rifles that I have. However, there are big quality differences in the available side mounts themselves. I haven't tried any of the more expensive ones, but some of the cheaper ones are pure crap, while others perform very well for the price.... I think Saiga's have that nice factory receiver side mount. Mine do. Exploit that mount. Only again you will probably have to remove and reshim the side scope mount to zero the scope down the bore of the rifle...
Yes, the UTG Quick detachable mount has worked well for me, specifically the UTG MNT-978 Model 47 quick release double rail side mount. No problems with returning to zero after field strip and cleaning. I tried a no name clone that didn't work at all, it would not stay tight on the side rail.I don't like the Ultimak for they same reason. And Crockett's red dot set-up ain't mounted over the foreend. Not even close. I much prefer the UTG Quick-Detachable low mount for scopes or red dots. I can still completely field strip the rifle...