Aero Precision Ultralight Scope Mount

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Aero Precision, a major manufacturer of AR-15 and AR-10 receivers, has recently started making 1-piece scope mounts for the AR-15 and AR-10 style rifles and other types of black rifles. Based in Tacoma, Washington, Aero Precision was founded as a CNC metal component manufacturer for Boeing and other companies in the aerospace industry.

I had a chance to visited Aero Precision (AP) last fall and I saw their facility was running large number of CNC machines on site. Besides their own label, Aero Precision also makes AR receivers and other components for a number of familiar brands.

 

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There are many high-quality tactical style 1-piece scope mounts on the market such as those made by LaRue, American Defense Mfg and Bobro, but the Aero Precision Ultralight scope mount differs from those in a few areas: the first is the total weight, the entire Aero Precision mount weighs only 3.37 oz. That’s less than half the typical 7-8 oz. weight of most 1-piece scope mounts. Instead of milling out of billet, the Aero Precision Ultralight mounts are made from aluminum extrusion by CNC machining process. Most of the newer modular AR handguards from various manufacturers are also made with this method.

 

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It’s very easy to attach the Aero Precision mount to a riflescope due to the clever design of its rings. Located on the top of the half-ring pieces is a hook-like connecting joint that locks the two halves together when the two ring screws below are tightened. On my sample, the fit is perfect and I didn’t have any ring misalignment issues.

 

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Included with each Aero Precision Ultralight scope mount is a very nice T15 torx wrench. Unlike the cheap L-shaped torx or allen keys that most optic mounts come with, Aero Precision has a long chrome plated metal shaft with rubber-coated plastic finger pad for additional leverage. It’s definitely a tool that I will be keeping around.

 

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The Aero Precision Ultralight scope mount can be installed on any Picatinny 1913 rail. Another design feature that I really like is the three recoil lugs and those also contain the screw holes for the three mounting screws. There’s no need to worry about the aluminum rail finish get scuffed up by exposed steel screw threads.

 

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The 100% American-made Aero Precision Ultralight scope mount retails for just $85. This is half the cost of other high-quality USA-made 1-piece optic mounts. While I do like those quick-detachable lever type of optic mounts but the trade off is that the QD system adds a substantial amount of weight and each QD lever costs $50-$60 to make, many comes with 2 of them. What the Aero Precision Ultralight scope mount is offering is an affordable straightforward design that’s easy to install and at half the weight.

 

Aero Precision Ultralight 30mm Scope Mount Spec:
Weight: 3.37 ounces
Material: 6061-T6 extruded Aluminum and CNC machined
Ring size: 30mm, also available in 1-inch
Ring height: 1.5 inch
Finish: Type 3 hard anodized, custom Cerakote colors in FDE, OD, 2 shade of grays & bronze
Variants: Standard, SPR style, Extended style, 30mm red-dot sight mount
Price: $84.95

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Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • Joel

    These came out more than a year ago. As usual TFB gives us old news. Great mount though, I was able to buy one used (since they’ve been out for a while).

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I haven’t seen them before. So it’s new to me. You could always ask for your money back.

      And what is the link to your site where I can find the latest news?

      • Joel

        I’m just not thrilled when either A) the writer clearly has no idea how old their material is, or B) they intentionally portray it as new even though they know it isn’t. The first case is unprofessional, the second is unethical. As to your comment about asking for my money back or the link to my site, I’m sure that you have never make a less than positive comment about an athlete, politician, or other public figure. Maybe you should ask them for your money back and do a better job yourself as well.

        • Timothy G. Yan

          #1: re·cent·ly
          adverb
          : during the period of time that has just passed : not long ago

          Maybe for the Youtube generation that’s 1-5 second time and then it’s old news. Couple of months, oh my! that’s dinosaur extinction old.

          #2: TFB articles are provided free to readers. Is the URL on your web browser broken or something?

    • M

      Came to the comments thinking: “this article is innocuous enough, lets see what form of criticism people can come up with”. Was not disappointed.

      • Timothy G. Yan

        The Kalashnikov rifle first came out in 1947, and I am reviewing one right now. I must be one slow reviewer.

        • Joel

          Yes, but you’re probably not going to tell everyone that it’s the newest invention. I’ve been reading TFB daily since long before AllOutdoor bought it and quality went downhill. In TFB’s “About” tab you say that “We’ve been in the business of reporting on the top stories in the firearm industry”. It’s like if Popular Mechanics is now running a review on the iPhone 4s acting like it just came out, it’s not news or a top story. I have no problem that you wrote an article about this mount, my problem is that you don’t seem to care enough about doing a good job to do some 30 second fact-checking.

          We’ve
          been in the business of reporting on the top stories in the firearms
          industry – See more at:
          http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/about/#sthash.7r1g8n36.dpuf
          We’ve
          been in the business of reporting on the top stories in the firearms
          industry – See more at:
          http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/about/#sthash.7r1g8n36.dpuf
          We’ve
          been in the business of reporting on the top stories in the firearms
          industry – See more at:
          http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/about/#sthash.7r1g8n36.dpuf

          • Timothy G. Yan

            #1: Not all the TFB readers are a high-speed operator. Operator is gonna operate!

            #2: If you have problem on how TFB is running, plz complain to the TFB editors.

            #3: I have never used the term “Brand New” in my article. What’s the major malfunction? ADHD?

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I don’t really like that top ring attachment, I’m not sure I’d feel confident that just screwing in at the bottom is really enough. Especially feel this way after I had an ADM mount tightened down properly do just that. Switched to LaRue LT-104 and no issue since.

    But, the weight is good, the price is certainly right. I have no issue with the aluminum extrusion except that typically a lesser grade aluminum is used. They are saying 6061-T6, but I’ve never seen T6 come from an extrusion. Not sure what LaRue and ADM make theirs out of, but 7075 is my preferred material if I’m making something.

    I’d let someone else really run them out first. I mean hard. The are only doing 1″ and 30mm, so I’m going to guess they aren’t as secure as other options that come with in 34mm/35mm. Just a guess though.

    • Corey

      I have a 1″ version. Great mount, solid, and light. Seems like it returns to zero pretty well when I take it off and put it back on my AR. Have tested on 5.56, 30-30 (lever gun), .308 (bolt gun), and 30-06 (bolt gun), and it holds up fine.

      PITA to setup though. As you tighten the rings they will take the scope out of level, so a starting the scope a little off level and tightening the rings to bring it back into level seems to be the answer.

      Extrusions are just fine. The quality of the extrusion is what matters. Dont be so hung up on whether its extruded, or 6081 or 7065, etc. Just because company XYZ uses billet unobtanium to make something, doesnt mean that its really any better than company ABC that uses a milled extrusion to get the same results.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        As you tighten the rings they will take the scope out of level, so a
        starting the scope a little off level and tightening the rings to bring
        it back into level seems to be the answer.

        Yea, I’ve had that happen before, totally a pita.

        • Corey

          Yep. Found an easy way around it though. It hurt my brain, but I had to think about it for a minute, heh
          1: Level rifle in vise,
          2: attach mount to rifle,
          3: put scope in rings, tighten up a little,
          4: level scope to rifle,
          5: put mark at 12 o’clock on scope and rings,
          6: tighten scope to desired torque,
          7: observe how much scope moves,
          8: measure movement, I use calipers
          9: mark rings with amount of movement,
          10: put scope mark on the movement mark; 11 o’clock for example,
          11: tighten scope,
          12: scope should now be at 12 o’clock position,
          13: verify with level,
          14: adjust if needed!

          Takes about 5 minutes to do it this way.

          • Timothy G. Yan

            Nice process! I usually just use the level bubble app on my Android phone, and mounting the scope on my tripod with the Vortex spotting scope tripod mount system.

    • Zachary marrs

      Looks similar to those old weaver mounts

  • Eli

    I have a 30mm one and I like it but the one that that is a pain in a** is that the scope tends to rotate as you tighten the screws. I had to miss align it to start so it would come back into alignment when tight. Anyone else have this issue?

  • Mr_Fastbucks

    My go-to, cheap one-piece mount right now is the Weaver SPR. Good to see others are entering this space.