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Carry handle scope mount for AR

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by YankeeFlyr, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. YankeeFlyr

    YankeeFlyr Well-Known Member

    I have a custom retro AR-15 build; the upper is a Fulton Armory 'slick side' (conventional carry handle) as I wanted the same kinda rifle I had in the '80's...

    Who makes the best carry-handle scope mount? (It doesn't have to be a quick-release return-to-zero deal.)

  2. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    A rifle like that needs one of the old Colt 3-4X scopes. Gunbroker and evil bay well normally have a few listed. You can find then as new in box if you want to spend the money.

  3. BadMitten

    BadMitten Active Member

    That's a sweet rifle. I wouldnt mind a "vintage" AR....
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  5. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

  6. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    I second the recommendation of one of the cantilever mounts like what rcmodel posted. That way you can mount a red dot sight and have it co-witnessed with the irons, and also sitting at the correct height for proper cheek weld. That is the only optic setup I would ever use for a fixed handle AR. If you mount a scope over the handle, there is no getting around the fact that it will sit way too high for any kind of cheek weld, and you can't add a cheek riser to an AR because of where the charging handle is.
  7. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Dravur has a lightweight build AR with a Colt scope that is just 'waspish' to point. I didn't get to shoot it, but it really makes you appreciate how light a 20 inch AR can be.
  8. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member


    Actually that is not true about the cheek riser, colt in fact made a cheek riser for the fixed stock to go with that carry handle scope they had....ultimatley thats the kind of rifle i want to build

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  9. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

  10. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    pikid89, I don't like those risers because they put the cheek weld too far back. I have to scrunch my head BACK to get on one of those, and that is not an ideal shooting position, especially for someone who has always been trained to "turkey neck" out by stretching your neck FORWARD, and who generally shoots nose to charging handle on that type of rifle.

    In this day and age, if you want a scoped AR, just buy a flat-top upper. They are cheap, and it avoids the hassle of a fixed handle, and the fact that no matter what you do, you will have a non-ideal setup.
  11. pikid89

    pikid89 Well-Known Member

    I hear you on the turkey neck, thats what we teach at appleseed, but i was just pointing out that its NOT impossiple to raise the cheek pad on an AR
  12. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    Putting a red dot on a retro 'slick side' is blasphemy. A thousand gritty triggers well follow you for the rest of your life.
  13. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    Blasphemy? I think a nice light A1-style rifle with a nice light, quick, and simple co-witnessed red dot would be awesome. But then I am an irreverent bastard, so I don't put much stock in the notion of blasphemy. ;)

    I guess if you really wanted to be retro, you could go with an Armson OEG:
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2012
  14. Neverwinter

    Neverwinter Well-Known Member

    I think Larue has one for the CTR that reaches far enough to the front that you can get a forward cheekweld. Quite expensive though.
  15. YankeeFlyr

    YankeeFlyr Well-Known Member

    Rcmodel, I'm not sure that one will clear the triangular hand guards.

    I'm looking to put some flavor of Nikon quick-turret scope on it, calibrated for 5.56/55 grainers.

    Yeah, I need a cheek piece but that's for another time. :)
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2012
  16. YankeeFlyr

    YankeeFlyr Well-Known Member

    Here it is...:)

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