SIDEKICK GoPro Camera Picatinny Rail Mount

SIDEKICK is a GoPro camera mount, which directly mounts on Picatinny rails. It is compatible with GoPro HERO and HERO5 Session cameras. It is made of aircraft grade aluminum and is very lightweight. With the camera installed the assembly weighs only 4.3oz.

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The symmetric and skeletonized design of SIDEKICK mount allows mounting the camera both facing forward and backward. It also gives access to the camera controls.

The mount has a sort of split design on the Picatinny rail clamping portion, which allows it to slightly spring open. So in order to put the camera in and snap the mount on the rail, you need to gently spread open it. Once on the rail, it needs to be tightened by the integral Allen screw.

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The mount comes with Cerakote finish available in the following color options: Armor Black, FDE, OD Green, Tiffany Blue and Pink.

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Because of compact size and low profile mounting solution, it also looks good and should perform well when mounted on handguns.

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And of course, there are limitless possibilities to improvise with this mount. Things like using it with rail raisers for different applications. Or even using two cameras mounted back to back – one facing towards the range and another filming the shooter. Just like in the picture below.

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Here is a video review of the SIDEKICK mount:

SIDEKICK mounts are sold through a company called “Patch Me Up” at MSRP of $89. They also offer several other mounting options too, which you can see on their website.





Hrachya H

I was born and currently live in Armenia, where I work in a family business of leather goods manufacturing. Being a retired sergeant of my country’s armed forces and a lifelong firearms enthusiast, I always enjoy studying firearms design, technology and history. Also my knowledge of Russian allows me to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Bullphrog855

    It could be good for legal reasons for home defence

    • Johnsmyname

      That is a very good point, never would have thought of that. Reminds me of the in car cameras you see almost standard in many European countries.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      You beat me to that comment. Thats the first thing I thought when I saw it.

    • Drew Coleman

      That’s not something I’d want to be fumbling around with while trying to defend myself though.

      • Y-man

        The GoPro Session is a ONE-PRESS straight to record device. I have 2. The only issue is a 2-3 second delay before actual recording. You do not need to switch on, fiddle-fiddle, then look for record, fiddle-fiddle, then hit record, fiddle-fiddle…
        Its a big button on the top- you just hit it once with your thumb and it starts to record.
        If you mount it on the rail on a Pistol: it automatically rotates orientation – no fiddling required.

        • Bill

          I’ve been using a Hero for a couple years. Is the Session a good upgrade?

          • Y-man

            Are you referring to the OLD, first generation GoPro Hero? The very first one?
            I had a few of those: but they got outdated in picture and video quality long ago.

            I later got the Hero 3 before now – it shoots good video. I also have the Hero 4 Black. 4k video, clear, sharp video… Battery is “Meh…” But can be popped out, replaced with a charged one, It heats up very much too. I did not really enjoy my Hero 4.

            So I also got 2 Hero Sessions:
            One major advantage of the Hero Session as an “Upgrade” is the one-press thing.
            It is already waterproof up to 33 feet. No waterproof casing required.
            I connect on my phone to do settings, and view what I am filming. Don’t need no touchscreen or viewfinder!
            It is not bulky: it is not ‘in your face! I’m recording!’. It has a cuboid form factor: more versatile in mounting.
            Bad – Battery is not replaceable.
            But charges from Micro-USB cable: so you can keep filming from a power-bank [Like I do.]
            Bad: Video quality is NOT as sharp as the Hero 4 Black for me: low light video quality is not so good.

            My advice? Depending on what you are using it for: I would advise upgrading to a Hero5 Session for real action stuff [It has an integral stabiliser] $299 [$100 more than the Hero Session – note that the older one is “Hero Session” while a new one is “Hero5 Session” Key differences: no stabilisation, no 4k, no GPS, No Cloud, No voice Control on the older Hero Session like I have…]

            Or you could simply get the Hero Session: really good too… Might not have the bells and whistles of the Hero5 Session, but really good too. $199.

            And maybe for even better video quality: a Hero5 Black. [this one is the regular flatter form-factor – already waterproof, no bulky casing required, touchscreen/ viewscreen built in, GPS tagging, Cloud upload, higher resolution, higher FPS..$399]

            For me: it has been an upgrade to move from my Hero 4 Black, to my Hero Sessions.

            And a good send-off for the Hero4: I mistakenly shot it!

          • Bill

            Thanks for the excellent reviews – I’m using a Hero 4 currently, but try to use “normal” cameras, mainly Panasonics and Nikons for anything that doesn’t absolutely require a Go Pro.

            Mine almost got run over in a police driving class.

    • Bill

      Not really. I’m writing a Preston how poorly people evaluate critical incidents based on video. It’s TMI and almost always taken out of context.

      Your state of mind based on your perception of what you are experiencing is the critical legal standard in self defense; video frequently doesn’t reflect that.

      • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

        Dude, they have an erase button. And by that i mean take out and switch the card if you feel its a problem.

        • Bill

          Oh yeah, no one’s ever been jacked up for missing video, then there’s that whole “tampering with evidence” thang.

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            That is a great point but I thought the camera came off. I can see a problem if its welded to the gun but if its me and a dead body … who clues them in to the camera? Asking for a friend

          • Bill

            This conversation never occurred 😉

            Sex offenders who record themselves during the commission of a sexual assault take all the challenge out of investigating and convicting them.

            I have to wear a body cam, and probably 90% of the spaces in our station is covered by cameras. I’ve been recorded doing Tai Chi after eating lunch in the squad room.

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            Video, like audio, is subject to a person’s experience and personal biases. Just like eye witness testimony. That the Charleston LEO was a hung jury after shooting an unarmed guy running away is testament to that. The whole deal was the poster child for a bad shoot, for murder.
            Here in NC, the DA can “Nifong” you. Oh, you will eventually be cleared and people will ask why this happened, all the while your reputation is destroyed, you are financially ruined and only your dogs are still your friends.
            I have considered carrying a camera with my everyday carry stuff until I realized i had a cell phone. I don’t want anything extra on my CC piece. And I sure will not be trying to set up a video shoot it a situation where my family’s life is in danger. I’ll just have to let the facts speak for themselves.
            Thanks for being one of the guys out there to protect us. You’ve got a bigger set than I do.

          • Bill

            It’s interesting that you mentioned eye-witness testimony, which is well-documented as being incredibly unreliable. It’s also interesting that you mentioned audio recording. before I went into training full-time I was a detective specializing in interviewing and interrogation and would spend hours revising audio tapes listening for changes in the rate, pitch and volume of a persons voice, plus the way they structured sentences and selected words.

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            I have degrees in accounting and forensic accounting, including training in questioning suspects, document analysis, and math, plenty of math and accounting rules. I have seen people give themselves permission to so some really bizarre evil shiite and explain how they felt they deserved what they stole and excuse the other evil they do. People can delude themselves into believing anything. Some people just don’t have to work at it.
            In another carrer, I monitored call for quality and compliance before I got promoted to a job working regulatory type issues. When people had a problem with a an agents call, I did not want to know what they thought he said. I would say, “Give me the call number and I’ll get back to you.” And some times, its the whole Mansfred Mann’s “Blinded by the light” thing. You just will never know what was really said. You can guess but you know you are guessing. But as you said, cadence, voice pitch, all tells. Seems like you have an interesting set of tools under your belt too.

          • Bill

            Smallish world – My degree is in forensic psychology, and after failing at math through grade thru high school I turned into a stats and research methodology nerd in grad school. But I still can’t master online banking.

            People commit crimes for money, sex and/or power, and when you think about it those are all inter-related.

          • Bill

            Smallish world – My degree is in forensic psychology, and after failing at math through grade thru high school I turned into a stats and research methodology nerd in grad school. But I still can’t master online banking.

            People commit crimes for money, sex and/or power, and when you think about it those are all inter-related.

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            People commit crimes for money … which can get them sex and or power … or their drug of choice, like gambling. But then people also use violence to obtain all these things too. I am just usually dealing with ones that could turn violent as opposed to those that ARE hard cases.
            Neat little equilateral triangle. And where the lines intersect power the world.
            We actually have a forensic psychologist here in town, which is rare. Nice lady, her husband is a gun buddy of mine.
            I posted my newly engraved ankle weight below. Its a 40 year old M60, [I really hate that S&W put that stupid lock on their newer revolvers] now they have my Kimber . Fortunately for me, I am relatively tall so everything is proportional even with a Kimber. First few lines of Psalms 140 on one side and Psalms 144 on the other. Family crest and my name, plus scroll work. Like I said, “purdy.”
            Thank you for the interesting conversation. Good Luck Bill and Good night

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            One question… or one more I guess. Why, with video of a sexual assualt, do trials take so long? Yes, I understand a fair trail. In the old days, he would have his fair trial today and may be tomorrow, followed in a few days by the hanging. From an outside observer, it appears our justice system has been perverted to the extent that it is designed to thwart justice, not dispense it. While this is fascinating, that we could fall so far so fast from the dreams of our forefathers, it terrifies me that my Christian beliefs and that I carry a “loaded gun ” will be the first thing a liberal DA will us against me. So be it.
            My reaction might not be the best, I am having my carry guns engraved. If one day I have to fight for my life in court, because I was properly prepared and I survived the onslaught of evil and protected my family, I want exhibit A to be “purdy”

          • Bill

            It’s easy to get frustrated over trials and the system, but only about 2% of cases go to trial, and those are typically high-risk cases for the defendant and they are either innocent, or have nothing to loose. A child rapist is facing life in prison, and a very unpleasant and probably short life at that, so they’ll either take a deal that the public might hate, or go to trial. My preference as a cop was for them to take the deal, so there was no chance of a weird twist causing the case to get lost, and kept the kid and family out of court.

            Our system has a lot of problems and barely functions, but it’s still the best in the world and way better than some of the alternatives.

            I’ve always wanted to have “Instant Karma” engraved on my guns.

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed
          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            Not a good photo, need good difuse lighting and a tripod

      • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

        How does a camera’s POV show the perceptions of the person holding the camera and how is that conveyed to the veiwer? Interesting project. I’d love to read your thesis. The video, especially those without sound, are rather dispassionate before preconceived notions and biases are added.

        • Bill

          The camera doesn’t, thats part of the problem. The type I wear has a field of view almost double that of a human eye and is worn near my sternum, so it’s POV is nowhere near mine. IMHO, it shouldn’t be legally admissible as it doesn’t truly and accurately represent the scene as I saw it.

      • Wow!

        I think videos are great things. It is the best counter to the SJW and BLM criminals who try to use the courts as their personal lynching parties. Tons of officers got their butts saved by their video cameras when the criminals and their families tried to lie in court to get the officer in trouble. The video feed is not used to necessarily prove that you were in the right, but to prove that the opposition lied or is not reliable in their testimony. And criminals lie a bunch in court, so you will have plenty of opportunities to get them.

        People in public evaluate incidents based on video out of context. In court, the video will not be taken out of context with a half competent lawyer. Not to mention that you can easily just discard the SD card if necessary (from a LE perspective, we can still recover if you delete a file, you have to overwrite the space the file was in for it to not be recoverable)

    • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

      Spot on

  • Rick O’Shay

    Without some kind of magnifier or zoom function, it’s pointless on a rifle. At least for most practical, typical shooting distances. I could maybe see it working okay for recording a large game hunt, but not beyond 50-100 yards.

    • Giolli Joker

      Practical shooting competitions, demonstrations, TFB TV…
      There are applications.

      • Rick O’Shay

        I agree there are applications. I was just having a knee jerk reaction to seeing it mounted on a rifle with a bipod. My mentality was, “well, if he’s shooting at distances that require a bipod, I can’t see how you’d see anything worthwhile from that footage…”

        • Y-man

          Capturing muzzle blasts come to mind… Shooting Shotguns too, would make sense…

          • Rick O’Shay

            I love me a good fireball.

    • Tinkerer

      Why would a rifle suddenly not be useful under 50-100 yards?

      • Rick O’Shay

        Rifle is fine. Those cameras are crap at distances further than that, which means putting it on a rifle for longer distance shots (bipod-worthy shots), makes mounting it pointless for certain applications. I’m not sayiing putting a camera on a gun is a bad idea. I’m saying, long distance rifle shots, I don’t get the point unless you somehow magnify the view.

        • Bill

          I have a bracket that has a Pic rail receiver on one end and a standArd 1/4 x 20 tripod screw on the other, so I can mount literally any camera/lens combo I want.

        • Tinkerer

          I get what you’re saying: GoPro cameras -and their copycats- are usually designed for wide fields of view and have wide angle lenses, which aren’t really suited for long range image acquisition. So, if one is shooting at long ranges and want a close up, first person view of the target, it is a less than ideal setup. Of course, that leaves other applications for which a GoPro camera would be ideal: short and medium range shots, be them in sporting or defensive scenarios… or maybe, during long range shooting, one might want to record not a close up of the target, but a general shot of the area.

    • Gary Kirk

      Idk, if we could get some televised support for something like 3 gun, could prove useful.. Even if it starts with people posting their own videos on YouTube or such. To get the word out how much fun, and enjoyment one can get from the shooting sports.. I’m all about it, won’t use one myself.. But that’s the thing, we don’t HAVE to.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Wow, I posted what I thought was a fairly innocuous comment and it was deleted.

    I guess my take was a little to scorching.

    • SignalFromTheRim

      Monster

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Thats what I do.
        THATS ALL I DO!

        • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

          That whole honesty thing doesn’t work well in DC either

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            The weird thing is my post is back up.
            And I’m in Texas.

    • Y-man

      Repost it in code… I can break out the Enigma!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        They were right to silence me.
        The world was not ready.

        • rooftopvoter

          We are ready for you, bring it on.

  • LazyReader

    Useful for cops….those body cams are fuzzy

  • Squirreltakular

    Alright, so since they can stream video to phones and tablets, we just need someone to hack together a reticule overlay and boom, you can shoot from behind cover without a Tracking Point or having to drop $30k on NV and optics.

  • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

    Not if you have proof. I’ll take a good video of a shooting over them trying to say it was murder. Suit yourself.
    You can tell the cops your story all you want. If there are gaps, you’re screwed.
    It is best to say nothing, call a lawyer. Even when you are 100% righteous

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I live in Houston dude.
      I don’t need video.
      I don’t need the cops or the DA releasing something that could make me a political football.

      • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

        Nope, you have good laws there. Here in NC and in other places, its a lot more problematic. I have even considered move that way just because it was about the last free place in the land.

  • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

    Camera Gurus… is there an inexpensive [relative term for a good camera or optics… the scope on my rifles half the time cost the same or more than the rifle… and no, i am not buying cheap rifles]
    High speed cameras? I want to do some research work, as Col Roberts used to say, “Just for funsies” plus I have some video of me shooting a playing card set on edge at 21 feet with a 45 upside down from my youth . It is one of those things that sounds impossibly hard when in fact, it is really fairly easy. I have nearly 1/2″ margin of error at 21″. I want to show why it looks hard but in fact is a sucker bet.
    Not looking for YouTube fame, just want to play some and leave some things for the children when I am gone.
    So any guidance on a good quality high sped camera and what frame rate needed to capture projectiles up to about 3,600 feet per second? For pistol bullets up to about 1,600 feet per sec, how much less could a good rig be? Thanks in advance.