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Old June 22, 2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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AR scope mount question

Hello, I'm new to the AR rifle and I have question about scope mounts. I recently bought a Colt LE6920 SOCOM and I'm thinking about putting a scope on it. The rifle has a fixed front sight and I need to know what type of mount will work with it and what kind of scope do ya'll recommend. The front sight is kinda tall and the mounts I've looked at don't look like they're tall enough to clear it. Any input on this will be appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Old June 22, 2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I've got an American Defense 1-piece QD on mine. No complaints so far, but it is pricey. Burris makes a decent 1-piece as well for a lot less money. Any name brand mount should serve you well, just depends on how much you wanna spend.

I'm running a Vortex Viper PST 1-4x24 and love it. I've had no problems popping steel at 300-400 yds on 4x. Very clear glass. My only small complaint is the reticle takes some time to get used to...definitely not a deal breaker.

You're gonna pick up your front sight with any scope under 3x on the low end. A scope set at 3x and above, the front sight will shadow out and won't be a problem.

Another option would be to go with a reflex or red-dot to co-witness with your front sight.
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Old June 23, 2013, 02:17 AM   #3
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As far as mounts go, this will get you started-

Scopes are another story. The simplest thing is figure out what you want your rifle to do and get a good scope with the appropriate magnification. Keep in mind that it's MUCH easier to get too much magnification than too little. If you're looking at two scopes in the same price range, go for the one with fewer features and better optics. When I'm looking for a telescopic sight, I start with Leupold and work my way up from there. I've tried cheaper scopes but they are gone because of their inferior optics. I have a couple of economy Leupolds that have been in use for years.

As far as the front sight base goes, you have two choices-
1) Get the scope high enough that the center of the reticle is a little higher than the FSB. Many folks will tell you that you won't see the FSB in the scope. That may be true, but if the FSB blocks the center of the reticle, you'll go crazy trying to make precise shots. It will prevent you from lining up the reticle on the target.
2) Cut down the FSB

However, the easiest solution is to get an Aimpoint red dot sight
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Old June 23, 2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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this is my personal preference for mounts, makes it very easy to switch from one rifle to another.

this is my personal preference for a good scope.
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Old June 23, 2013, 01:49 PM   #5
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