Well I guess all hope is not lost. I just read the review by Fortier where he said "Currently, the mount will only interface with the Burris FastFire sight, but other optics will available in the future."
I'll hold out for the mount that accepts an Aimpoint T1.
1) the Fastfire itself. I don't care for open-type dot sights in general, having owned a couple, seen a couple more, and being unimpressed with all of them
2) of the open-type dot sights, the Burris is on the lower end of the quality/price spectrum; a Docter or Pride-Fowler might be a better option
3) the integrated rear sight does not appear to have any provision for elevation adjustment, and it precludes the use of RPK sights, peep sights, night sights, express sights, etc.
The advantages are that it's lightweight, low-profile, and will work with any AK out there (except the AKS-74U), regardless of receiver type, stock type or siderail configuration (or lack thereof).
And it's relatively affordable, at under $300 for the optic *and* mount. Future versions incorporating different optics will of course be more expensive.
I applaud Mr. LaRue for breaking into the AK market. Although this product wasn't what I was anticipating and doesn't make my "gotta have" list, I'm sure it will be an excellent solution for a lot of folks. I hope he brings out a similar mount for the Aimpoint Micro in the near future, and makes the mount itself available separately for those who already have an Aimpoint to use.
I don't understand why this wouldn't be developed with an integrated Aimpoint Micro base.
I don't understand why the replacement rear sight isn't windage or elevation adjustable.
That having been said...the article linked on the LaRue website is entirely accurate when it says the AK simply doesn't lend itself well to adding optics the way we can to other guns. Any solution then, is going to have some fleas.
While this may have fleas, it does have potential. I'm just glad they gave up on the siderail idea I heard rumored many months ago.