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Initial Impressions – SCALARWORKS LDM/MICRO Mount

Posted on May 9th, 2015 by ar15news

A while back I helped introduce the SCALARWORKS LDM/Micro mount for Aimpoint T-1/H-1 red dots. They have been a very popular mount since then and now I’m excited to actually get to try one out for myself. I’ve had the Absolute Co-Witness mount on my SBR for about a week now and wanted to give my initial impressions with a long term review down the road.

The LDM/Micro mount was designed to be a low profile and light weight QD mount. The Absolute Co-Witness mount weighs just 1.25 ounces which is extremely impressive, especially for a QD mount. You can immediately tell when holding it that its quite a bit lighter than most mounts. For instance one of my other favorites, the ADM Micro Mount weighs 3.7 ounces (according to the ADM website) which is about 3 times what the SCALARWORKS LDM/Micro mount weighs.

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

The fit and finish on the LDM/Micro mount was also very nice. No sharp points or inconsistent anodizing at all. Just a very clean, high quality look. Another thing I noticed was that the anodizing seemed to match up color wise to my Aimpoint T-1 which at a quick glance makes it look like a one-piece Optic/Mount setup. The design itself I think is very attractive.

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

Installation is very simple. The QD wheel on the LDM/Micro mount features very positive clicks as you turn it that help lock it in place not allowing it to unwind by itself. It also makes it extremely easy to install or remove if needed. Once tightened down by hand it is extremely solid and has zero wobble or movement to it.

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

The LDM/Micro mount uses a telescoping guided clamp that is the entire length of the mount which should help it hold zero very well and is something they talk about in their marketing. This is one feature I have not had any time to test out but will very soon. Just a matter of shooting a group, removing the mount, re-installing the mount and shooting another group, repeat!

Scalarworks LDM Micro Mount 1

So my initial impressions are very good. I am looking forward to using the LDM/Micro mount full time on my SBR this year. Pricing on the SCALARWORKS LDM/Micro mount is a bit higher than some of the other mounts on the market but I think the quality and lightweight/low drag aspect of it makes up for that very fast.

One thing to note is that the LDM/Micro mount does not come with screws and requires that you use your “factory” screws. If you are like me and bought a T-1 with something other than the factory low mount you will probably need different screws. My T-1 came with the Factory LRP QD mount which has really long screws. Thankfully I had some screws from a different mount that I was able to use. This is not a problem, just something to keep in mind, when purchasing you might want to contact Aimpoint to purchase a new set of screws.

It just so happens that the same week SCALARWORKS sent me my mount, they also sent Rainier Arms a shipment of both Absolute Co-Witness and Lower 1/3 Co-Witness mounts. If you’re looking for a great place to purchase one from, head on over to www.RainierArms.com.

Magpul MBUS PRO LR Adjustable Rear Sight On Sale

Posted on May 9th, 2015 by ar15news

VF Gunrunners is offering a deal on the Magpul MBUS PRO LR which has a built in elevation adjustment wheel with preset detents at 50 meter increments all the way out to 600 meters. As always, buying a rear sight is always more expensive than buying a front sight…just because. Normal retail on this sight is $129.95 but the sale price right now is $98.95 with FREE SHIPPING. I don’t know about you but I really appreciate companies that offer free shipping on stuff. It takes the guess work out of “Am I really getting a good deal?”. While you’re there you can also pick up a front sight too.

MBUS PRO LR Rear Sight  –  $98.95 w/Free Shipping

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Get Some!! Bobro LowRider BUIS Are In-Stock and Ready to Ship

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by ar15news

**EDIT:  These are in-stock right now so get ’em while they’re hot!** 4/20/15 2:00PM EST

I received word over the weekend that the new LowRider BUIS from Bobro Engineering are finally nearing their initial release and should be available for purchase VERY soon…as in THIS week. If you haven’t seen or heard of the LowRider BUIS from Bobro, you’ve got to check these out. 

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2

The Bobro Engineering LowRider sights are designed from the start to be an extremely low profile set of BUIS for a specific purpose. Many Short Barreled Rifle owners have run into an issue with figuring out how to mount a set of BUIS on the upper and still fit their needed Lights, Lasers and Optics. The idea was to make it so that the Rear Sight was so low profile that there was almost no possible way it could interfere with optics and the Front Sight could easily be mounted under the front arm of the optic mount. This keeps them out of the way, but can still be used in the even the primary optic has a failure. 

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2Photo by Chris Tran

The Bobro LowRider sights are so low profile in the stowed position that you almost don’t notice they are even there unless you are looking for them.

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2

Even though these sights were designed to fill a specific need, they can still be used on a full size rifle in traditional BUIS positions as shown below. The LowRider sights still maintain all of the adjustability of a standard set of BUIS such as Windage and Elevation and lock in place when flipped up. Just press the button on the side to release them and they lay flat.

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 2

Rainier Arms has secured the first 50 available sets and has 40 sets available on www.RainierArms.com at $200 and they will sell 10 sets on www.Revolvr.com at $190. These are in-stock right now so get ’em while they’re hot!

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All photos unless otherwise listed are courtesy of Tracerx Photography.

AERO Precision Deal of the Week

Posted on February 25th, 2015 by ar15news

This week AERO Precision has their FDE Cerakoted and the Black Anodized Cantilever 30mm Red Dot Scope Mounts on sale. These mounts are “Cantilever” style which means they extend the optic past the base which can come in handy when trying to create some extra space for magnifiers, etc. I’ve actually been using one of these 30mm mounts with an Aimpoint PRO for over a year now and really like it. The FDE Cerakote model is just $67.49 and the Black Anodized model is just $59.99. Pretty hard to beat this deal, especially if you don’t need a QD lever. Get in on this deal while they are still available at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

AERO Precision Cantilever 30mm scope mount

Our Weekly Special is up and features our Cantilever 30mm Red Dot Scope Mount in Anodized Black or FDE. Check it out paired with our M4E1 Upper Receiver, Vortex Magnifier and Aimpoint Pro Red Dot. Shop here: www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com

Great Deal On NEW Magpul MBUS PRO LR Adjustable Rear Sight

Posted on February 5th, 2015 by ar15news

Recently Magpul introduced a new version of the super popular MBUS PRO rear sight called the MBUS PRO LR which has a built in elevation adjustment wheel with preset detents at 50 meter increments all the way out to 600 meters. As always, buying a rear sight is always more expensive than buying a front sight…just because. Normal retail on this sight is $129.95 but thankfully our buddy Eric over at VF Gunrunners is the king of MBUS PRO deals and is running a special pre-order deal on this new sight. VF Gunrunners offers the MBUS PRO LR sight alone for $103.99 with FREE SHIPPING or you combine it with the MBUS PRO Front Sight for just $156.99 with FREE SHIPPING. I don’t know about you but I really appreciate companies that offer free shipping on stuff. It takes the guess work out of “Am I really getting a good deal?”. Check out the pics of the new MBUS PRO LR sight below and hit the links to get in on this great deal. 

MBUS PRO LR Rear Sight  –  $103.99 w/Free Shipping

MBUS PRO LR Rear Sight and Front Sight  –  $156.99 w/Free Shipping

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Sneak Peek!! – KNS Precision Front Sight Posts for MBUS Pro

Posted on January 26th, 2015 by ar15news

Here’s a sneak peek at the new KNS Precision Front Sight Posts for the super popular Magpul MBUS Pro sights. The moment Magpul introduced the MBUS Pro sights people were looking for companies to make front sight post replacements. As far as I know, KNS Precision is the first to off an upgrade FSP for the MBUS Pro sights and it looks like they’ve got some great options. Apparently they will have both square and ball posts in .034, .052 and .072 diameters. There really isn’t a ton of additional information available yet other than what they posted on the KNS Precision Facebook Page and Instagram.

You can also keep an eye on their website www.KNSPrecisionInc.com.

KNS Precision MBUS Pro Sight Posts

NEW!! Bobro Lowrider Sights

Posted on January 7th, 2015 by ar15news

Bobro Engineering just introduced a great looking set of low profile “Lowrider Sights” on their Facebook page yesterday. This is about as low profile as it gets while still maintaining the normal functions of a set of backup sights such as windage and elevation adjustments, etc. not to mention these sights have secondary locks to ensure once you sight them in nothing moves after you zero the weapon. Check out the pics and details of this very cool set of sights below. Looks like first production run will be done after SHOT Show which is later this month.

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Bobro Lowrider Sights (Patent Pending). We designed a set of sights that are truly low profile.

Design requirements—
1-Low as possible
2-Durable
3-Locks on opening
4-Fits under optics/mounts
5-Lightweight

We designed a side pivot mechanism for strength and the lowest possible profile that will remain durable. The side pivot has internal detents, and we also incorporated a drive pin lock system. You must depress a button to fold them back down.

These next two photos really show just how low profile they are. 

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Bobro Engineering Lowrider Sights 1

Be sure to visit www.BobroEngineering.com and follow Bobro Engineering on Facebook for additional details as they become available.

Christmas Sale – American Defense Mfg

Posted on December 18th, 2014 by ar15news

American Defense Manufacturing is running a sale now through Jan 1, 2015. No coupon codes needed. Get 10% OFF and Free Shipping on all domestic orders. This is a great way to get a deal on some of the best optic mounts on the market. Whether you’ve been looking for a new mount for your Red Dot or Scope, they have you covered. Not to mention they carry a ton of other items and accessories as well. Purchase at www.ADM-MFG.com.

620 American Defense Mfg Memorial Day Sale 1This is my Vortex Viper PST 1-4 optic in an American Defense Mfg mount.

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Save Big with ADM’s Aimpoint T-2 Optic/Mount Combo Deals

Posted on December 10th, 2014 by ar15news

American Defense Mfg let us know yesterday that they just added the new Aimpoint T-2 Optic and Mount combos to their website. This is great news for a few reasons. One, people have been itching to get their hands on the new T-2 red dot ever since it was introduced a while back. Two, whenever ADM offers “Optic/Mount” packages everybody WINS! The way it always works is you are basically gonna get an American Defense Mfg mount for FREE or close to it. For example, the cost of the T-1/T-2 mount is around $100 but with the combo, you’re saving almost $160. That means you’re not only getting a FREE QD mount but also saving on the optic as well. Now that’s a deal. If anyone wants to get me this combo for Christmas…I won’t be mad. :)

Purchase your new Aimpoint T-2 optic with your choice of Co-Witness, Low or SOCOM height mounts at www.ADM-MFG.com.

Aimpoint T-2 with Mount Combo ADM

BROWE recently introduced their new BTO or BROWE Tactical Optic. You are probably already familiar with their awesome BCO (BROWE Combat Optic). Essentially the only difference is that the BCO has a Titanium housing and the new BTO features a forged 7075-T6 Aluminum housing. This equates to a slightly lower retail price while still maintaining super high quality construction and ruggedness. I spoke with Brian Browe, President of BROWE Inc. regarding the new BTO today and he told me the actual MSRP will be $1,200 but they are offering it at an awesome intro price of just $875 this week. The price will slowly creep up to the regular MSRP so if you want one, jump on it now while its at the lowest price. 

BROWE BTO Intro Pricing

4×32 BROWE Tactcial Optic

The 4×32 BROWE Tactical Optic (BTO) was designed to put all of the features and components of the BROWE Combat Optic into a forged 7075-T6 Aircraft Aluminum-ally housing. The components, glass, and electronics are identical to the items used in manufacturing of the work class 4×32 BROWE Combat Optic. The forged 7075-T6 aircraft aluminum alloy housing provides for a nearly indestructible optic system ideally suited for military, police, and sportsmen. It delivers state-of-the-art optic that delivers highest quality optical glass, high precision machining, with a rugged military design.

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Magnification: 4x
Entrance Pupil: 32mm
Exit Pupil: 8mm
Eye Relief: 37mm
Length:  132mm nominal
Width: 67mm nominal
Weight:   16.7 oz.
Field of view: 7 °
Center Bore Height above Rail: 1.53″
Adjustment at 100 yards: .5 MOA
Adjustment: Internally adjustable prism
Reticle pattern: Multiple to choose from
Ballistic Compensated:  Multiple calibers to choose from
Color Day/Night: Red, Amber, Blue, or Green
Illumination source: LED
Illumination source controlled-Automatic: Cadmium-Sulfide photocell and flash programmable Microcontroller
Illumination source controlled-Manual: 10 days settings and 3 night vision
Battery Usage Life: 2000 hrs. Typ. (Min. 775hrs. on max brightness)
Housing Material:  Aluminum 7075-T6
Water Proof: 42m / 130ft.
Fog proof: Filled with dry nitrogen
Lens Coatings: Broad Band Anti-Reflective Coatings

Head on over to www.BROWE-Inc.com to pick out the model you are interested in and take advantage of the special pricing. 

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