Aimpoint cantilever mounts


January 2, 2007, 01:17 AM
I've been reading about using a cantilever mount for the Aimpoint on an AR-15. The reasons seem to come down to:

1. Mounting farther forward for faster target acquisition
2. More room to attach a magnifier or NV optic
3. CDI factor

Any other advantages? Regarding #1, are there reasons to prefer a cantilever mount on the receiver, to a normal mount on a solid, free-floated railed handguard?


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January 2, 2007, 09:32 AM
I prefer the sight farther out front than closer to the rear. Its less in your face and gives you a better field of view, and like you said, makes mounting other things easier.

I have a GG&G cantilever mount on my Armalite flat top and it works well. Its far enough forward to not really be in the way. I also have a couple of AK's with the Ultimak handguard mount, and actually prefer the sight the farther forward that it allows, but the cantilever AR mount works well, and I dont see spending the extra money on redoing the front end for the little extra distance gained. Then again, if you have the money and desire... :)

The GG&G mount works well, and though its not a lever mount, it still seems to hold zero when removed and replaced. I believe they do now have a lever mount too. It also has on board battery storage, besides the Aimpoints. I also have a set of their fold down BUIS on the gun too. They cowitness perfectly and are out of the way till you need them. They run deals on packages, thats how I picked my Aimpoint and mount up. I basically picked up both for just slightly more than the M2 alone at the time.

Armalite with GG&G cantilever mount and Aimpoint

AK with Ultimak and Aimpoint

January 3, 2007, 01:08 AM
I also like having the optic farther out. The question I'm particularly interested in is, why not mount it on a railed foreend? Is it still better to use a cantilever mount?

BTW, that's a very nice AK103 clone.

Zak Smith
January 3, 2007, 01:29 AM

The main reason to mount it to the receiver is that the receiver is fixed to the barrel, and fore-ends can move-- well, some can, and some are less likely to. If the fore-end tube is loose, the rifle is still operable, however if the barrel is loose relative to the receiver, the rifle will not operate (or not for long!)

I also don't like to mount things on the FF rail if I help it, just because it tends to put more weight forward on the rifle.

If you can afford them, get the LaRue mount.

I'm running the old straight-up LaRue Aimpoint mount as far forward on the receiver as it goes, and I have no complaints-- but the PVS14 will not fit behind it. ( [ link to LARGER image ] (

January 3, 2007, 02:54 PM
Something like this may be the best of both worlds.

Takes most of the handguard issue away and is also about half the price, and you get the flip up rear sight too.

January 3, 2007, 02:59 PM

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