I like red dot sights. Mount the gun, and boom, your brain does all the work for you. I looked, and looked, and looked at all the different picatinny rails, scout scope mounts, and such you can get for these old war horses, but they all have one thing in common... they sit too high for my liking. I decided I was going to try my hand at some gunsmithing. I took the pin out of the sight on an old M44 Mosin, and got to work on a piece of old picatinny rail with the dremel tool. Well I did manage to get it the correct width, and it did fit in the sight base with the pin, but then I discovered something. I was never gonna be able to get the base leveled off enough to get it to sit right without a proper mill. Well, turns out the rear sight base itself, is just about the correct width to mount one of my favorite little red dot sights... the Sig Romeo 5, so... Off to my gunsmith I go with my idea. I had him mill the sight base flat, with a cross slot for the screw. Then he cut grooves in the sides for the claws to grab onto. Now I have a red dot that mounts very low, and in a perfect spot. Looks right at home too with the original wood. He did a M44 Mosin, and a 1916 Spanish Mauser for me. I went one step further for the Mosin, and copied the M1 Carbine guys with their ammo pouch idea. I took a set of Russian ammo pouches, and laced them onto the stock with gutted 550 cord. The rifles aren't ruined either, because all it takes to put them back original is a rear sight base. Something my gunsmith has boxes of.