Rosch Works SLM 1 Front Sight and Light Mount

One of the latest dandy little items from Rosch Works is the SLM1 – a fixed front sight for free float rails that just happens to double as a mount for a 1 inch light.  Included in the package are 2 allen wrenches as well as a sight tool.

The sight is constructed of mil-spec 7075-T6 Aluminum and is certainly solid – and mounting is very easy.  Simply loosen the 2 long allen screws, slide in an appropriate light (Rosch mentions the Surefire Fury and 6PX as two examples), attach it to your free float rail and tighten it down.  As mentioned, a sight tool is provided for adjustments.

Rosch with toolsOnly 1 of my AR rifles has a front rail and it is not free floated …. also, a gas  block sight is already installed on that rifle and I have no desire to remove it, so I “borrowed” a couple of photos from the Rosch Works web site to illustrate how the system looks when mounted with an appropriate light.

Rosch Mounted Sight toolAnd even though it wouldn’t mount it on any of my rifles, my old reliable Surefire 6P (shown below) fits nicely.  No doubt one of the many 1 inch clones available would work as well.

Rosch Sight PictureThe idea is logical – if you want to rail mount a sight and if you want a light, this takes care of both needs without the added expense of a dedicated weapon light mount.  Most weapon light mounts attach to a side or bottom rail – with this system you can have a ‘small footprint’ since the light is snug to the top rail, right under the sight.  More details from the Rosch Works website:

  • Lightweight – 0.8oz
  • Ideal for the SureFire Fury and 6PX tactical lights (fits any tube 0.995 – 1.005” and also needs relief grooves or flats under the sightpost to allow enough adjustment room)
  • Places the light over the barrel, which casts the least-harmful shadow on the target
  • Places the control switch in the perfect position for natural, ambidextrous operation
  • Rifle stowage is more compact than with side-mounted weapon lights.
  • Front-mounted slings are unobstructed on both sides.
  • Maximizes field-of-view by minimizing equipment cross-section on the front of the gun
  • Streamlines the front of the gun to avoid hanging up on obstacles
  • Allows full use of the sides and bottom of the forend for steadying the rifle
  • Plays nice with all red-dot tactical optics but may obstruct typical, high-magnification scopes

Retail price (no light included) is $75 and the kit is available directly from the Rosch Works web sight.

Dan M

Love firearms and flashlights – and they go well together. I’ve been admiring and writing about quality flashlights for about 9 years…built my own integrating sphere….done a few mods. Proof positive that a 59 year old can still love toys!


  • ValleyForge77

    I think this would be very cool for a laser, because of the placement, more so than a flashlight

  • Fred Johnson

    I sure like the idea of this sight/mount combo.

    I’m used to a different sight post height to sight protective ears relationship, though. I guess if optics are the primary sighting system and this is for use as a usual bius, then no problem.

  • derfelcadarn

    Yet another blatant violation of firearms protocol. How does one utilize the light without pointing the weapon at a target one does not wish to destroy ?

    • Charlie

      The rifle is not an accessory to the flashlight.

      • AbeFroman

        This, also even if the flashlight is mounted somewhere else on the fore-grip, it’s still pointing with the barrel. So why would you be using your rifle light to light up anything other than a potential threat?

    • dan

      Well considering a flashlight isn’t a laser and the beam is spread out it is possible to light up what you want to see without the muzzle pointed directly at them.

    • sianmink

      You can bounce the light off nearby floor/ground/wall and provided it’s decently strong, get good illumination anyway.

      • Nicks87

        Exactly. If you have any experience with weapon mounted illumination devices you know that you dont need to point the weapon in an unsafe direction in order to get the benefits of the illumination. However, Like Phil stated, someone who expects to encounter an armed threat, like a police officer or a person in a home defense situation is perfectly justified in pointing their weapon at someone.

    • guest

      Not this guy again…

    • It’s not uncommon for a firearm used in police service to be pointed directly at someone if you believe they have a weapon or they are about to use lethal force against you. I would imagine home defense is another situation where a weapon would be pointed at a person.

    • Cymond

      A light with a high-lumen output can illuminate an entire room of a house just by pointing it at a wall or the ceiling. One of my flashlights put out more light than a 60w incandescent bulb. Yes, I can clearly see anything in the room without sweeping it with the muzzle.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Someone is getting closer to the idea I’ve had for years; I’ve thought someone needs to make a set of scope rings with BUIS machined into them (maybe even offset, and maybe even dovetailed to accept Glock compatible night sights. I don’t even care if someone “steals” this idea as long as they run with it!

    • JSmath

      Well, they have been doing pistol-style iron sights and dot sights like that for years. Mostly on the scopes themselves; If you put iron sights on the scope rings themselves, they’ll have a particularly shitty sight radius. Better than nothing, but still pretty shitty.

  • Bill

    Without a remote switch I don’t see how to operate it without a horribly compromised grip, and I realize that it’s hip and trendy in 3 gun and some circles to have a thumb over the fore-end. Typically you don’t see that in actual use. If there was a tape switch for the Fury I’d be a lot mor interested.

  • Jules

    I was always taught to mount the light offset to the side to reduces the chances attracting fire towards the head.

    • Tierlieb

      Sounds like a variation of the FBI technique for handguns. But it does not make any sense for a light attached to a rifle, as the offset gained is smaller than the accuracy most people are capable of in a gunfight

    • Cymond

      I don’t think that moving the light 2″ to one side on a rifle is going to make any practical difference. Some people like a light mounted as 12 o’clock for very good reasons.

    • Geodkyt

      For that matter, the fear of “They’ll shoot at the light!!!eleventy!!!”. . .

      Well, if the light in question is a strobing 90+ lumen light, all they will be able to shoot at is the throbbing purple cloud that represents their ENTIRE field of view. . .

      Tell you what — you go into your house, set a mirror up halfway down the hall, and turn the lights off. After 30 minutes, flash the light directly into the mirror while looking at the mirror.

      How effective would your return fire be, shooting at “the guy in the mirror”? Exactly. . .