Photo Review: GoPro Sportsman Mount

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The Firearm Blog was sent a GoPro Sportman mount for review. However, due to a shipping boondoggle, it had to be sent back soon after arriving, and I did not have a chance to do a full review and test of it. I did, however, get some pictures:

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Colt rifle with GoPro and Sportsman mount. The mount clips directly to the barrel, and on an AR-15 with a Government profile barrel and front sight gas block, will need to be clamped ahead of the M203 cut.

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Behind the M203 cut, the mount may bump into the FSB. Several configurations are possible, however, and I did not get to try all of them.

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The mount locks to the barrel with a fairly simply locking lever and screw. While this seemed satisfactory enough, the same system being used almost universally in locking down bicycle tires and seat posts, the clamp didn’t seem ideal for mounting to a firearm barrel.

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The Hero3+ camera was not too heavy, and the plastic mount did not add much additional weight – but out at the end of the barrel, the difference was noticeable.

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It remains to be seen whether the polymer construction would hold up well clamped directly to the barrel during extended shooting sessions. Further, I was unable to determine how the mount would affect the point of impact of the gun. Generally speaking, I would have preferred a Picatinny rail mount option.

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All the accessories that came with the Sportsman mount. Hero3+ camera and transparent case not included. Worth noting, I had some difficulty figuring out how to mount the camera in the intended way, and ended up attaching the camera’s transparent stock mount directly to the sportsman clamp. The manual was not very helpful in this regard.

 

Overall, my first impression was mixed. The mount itself seemed fine, but I wondered about the clamping method when used with firearms (it’s also marketed as a bow mount, where I suppose it would be just fine). As a recreational mount for making cool YouTube videos, it seems fine, but for serious work I would have preferred a Picatinny mount.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Zachary marrs

    Dude, duct tape.

    • gunslinger

      it’s like the force, light side/dark side, holds itall together

    • *ahem* That’s “Tactical Sling Zero Holding Tape”.

    • cameras shifting around when filming makes youtube viewers cry.

      • Zachary marrs

        Then use more duct tape

        • Voltron Magic

          Are you a wizzard?

          • Zachary marrs

            Only on the weekend 😉

          • Senior Picklez

            Grrrrreat!!!

          • Zachary marrs

            I CANT WAIT TO BOMB SOME DODONGOS!!!!

          • Demon Lord Ghirahim

            Link you cray cray! Thermobaric munitions are dangerous.

  • Topo Solitario

    USD79 is a BIG price for many accesories I don’t really need for the Gopro. It is hard for me to find out how this mount is better than any other tube/bycicle mount for the camera. You can even find out really cheap RIS adapters for it at DealExtreme.

    I could go for such a price if it is a mount somehow gimballed or capable of absorb shooting vibration to get better results.

    But… what is the point spending so much against getting (for example) one of these? http://www.dx.com/p/quick-installation-bicycle-tripod-mount-for-gopro-hero-3-hero-2-hero-3-black-284401

  • Nicholas C

    I think you are better off buying a rail mount for the GoPro. However, for guns without rails, this might be an option. Such as O/U shotguns, SXS shotguns, traditional bolt guns etc.

  • Tony

    Contour picatinny mount is infinitely better and Contour cameras don’t protrude nearly as much as a GoPro does. The Contour 1913 mount has the same price downside as GoPro’s — something like $60 last I checked. I’ve always wondered about the either camera holding up to sustained fire while mounted on a rifle

    • Tony

      I have the Contour 1913 mount if you guys want pictures & a review

      • Zachary marrs

        I would be interested in that

  • sianmink

    Seems to me this mount would be fine for hunting but has some major drawbacks for something more dynamic like 3gun or tactical rifle competition/courses. It’s probably the best option for a bolt gun without rails.

  • gunslinger

    did the mount get in the way of the sights?

    could you mount under the barrel, but flip the camera so it’s still upright?

    • In some configurations it did, yes. In the one photographed, no it was just off to the left.

  • BryanS