MGM Switchview scope throw lever

On the 3-gun competition circuit, you get to see a lot of different gear used by other competitors. Shooters frequently swap tips and tricks, and naturally you want to have stuff you don’t have. I’ve seen a number of 3 gunners use the MGM Switchview scope lever to quickly transition magnification between targets. Here’s a closer look.

The MGM Switchview on the author's Leupold Mk-6 1x6x20mm CMR-W scope.

The MGM Switchview on the author’s Leupold Mk-6 1x6x20mm CMR-W scope. The scope is at 1x with the lever at the 9 o’clock position.

Each Switchview lever is made of 6061/T-6 aluminum and is CNC cut for precision fit. Even though the lever is not very big and is very light, it feels solid and should be able to handle the stress of my 3-gun needs. Installation is very simple. The Switchview splits in two halves, and you just screw them together.

They are compatible with many popular scope manufacturers such as Burris, GRSC, Horus, IOR Valdada, Leupold, Millet, Mueller, NightForce, Schmidt-Bender, Trijicon, US Optics, Vortex, Weaver, Zeis and many others. They have a compatibility chart and if you don’t find your scope listed, just give MGM a ring and they’ll see what they can do for you.

The Switchview at the 3 o'clock position which has the scope at 6x magnification.

The Switchview at the 3 o’clock position which has the scope at 6x magnification.

I’m very excited to run the MGM Switchview in my 3-gun competitions.

www.mgmswitchview.com.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.



Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.

www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • noob

    Hmm. If you had a ring behind the switch view that you could screw a hard stop into at a desired magnification or if it clicked at commonly used magnifications you could shave off a few more fractions of a second from your time.

    • Garrett

      I think they are commonly used for 1x-4x optics, which work fine for a 3 gun stage (I believe they max out at 400 yards?, maybe 250?). I don’t know how popular they are now that there are those rapid transition sights angled off to the side. They seem like a better idea than changing magnification.

  • Nicks87

    I think of moving the lever in terms of O’clock positions. Such as: if I want 4x I want the lever to be at the 4 O’clock positon. Just a free pro-tip no need to thank me. 🙂

  • I have one on my ACOG and it simply does not work. Idiots! 🙂

    • Mike Knox

      I’m not sure if you know this, but ACOGs are fixed magnification..

      • mannys9130

        He knows. Hence the smiley face at the end. :/

    • Criticalthinkingiscritical

      hmmmm…

  • mikee

    Just another silly aftermarket accessory designed to fix a nonexistant problem!

    • 3 gun shredder

      Not sure if I’d agree with you on that. Here’s a few guys that aren’t bad shooters that are using them….Taran Buttler, Daniel Horner, Keith Garcia, Mike Voigt, Barry Dueck, Bruce Piatt, Tony holms, greg Jordan, Bennie Cooley….let me know if you want more names. If you want a list of long range shooters using them….

      • mikee

        Whatever rows your boat! However, when shooting F-TR competition, weight limits are an issue according to the rules. I have been competing in long range ie 300m to 1000m down under since 1983 and many aftermarket accessories just add weight and do not improve your score.

    • So I used to run a 4×32 ACOG with Dueck Defense RTS sights, and I was at a 3-gun match where we had to shoot at target arrays at 100, 300, 450, 600, and 700 yards. So switching magnifications quickly would had been helpful, but I was stuck with 4x and the ACOG reticle tops off at 600 yards. I’m shooting at the same match again this year so I’m looking forward to using a new scope and the Switchview to see how she performs.

      Like I mentioned in the article, I’ve seen many pros using a Switchview, and 3 gun shredder below mentioned a lot of the same folks I’ve seen using it.

  • Skeptic

    Do the pros change magnification? I’ve seen rifles with a sidesaddle Holo sight, but I don’t recall anyone changing magnification during a stage. Jerry? Bill? Geoff Whose knee keeps him out of most competitions.

  • 3 gun shredder

    Skeptic,
    I hand delivered a lever to Jerry last year at the Rocky Mountain world 3 gun championships. If you look close in the picture here, you can see it on his scope. http://www.opticstalk.com/vortex-and-miculek-team-up-for-2011_topic26881.html

  • You know what else you see used by the ton at 3 gun competitions? Zip ties 😉

    Seriously, the really thick ones do about the same, but dont look as nice.

  • 3 gun shredder

    For that discipline you are exactly right. There is no use for one whatsoever.