Weaver FINALLY Makes a Premium MSR Mount for Black Gun Lovers


When it comes to mounting optics on AR-15s or any of our beloved black guns, a solid one piece mount is what most of us look for. Possibly the most popular or well known one on the market is the Burris AR-P.E.P.R. (AR – Proper Eye Position Ready) mount. A close second place draws many other brands to mind like the Nikon M-223 (Monarch-223), Leupold Mark 2 IMS (Integral Mounting System) or Vortex Viper mounts. Weaver has been in the optics game for decades, but only now are joining the ranks of these other companies in making a dedicating AR mount.

Weaver’s Premium MSR Mount, as they have dubbed it, comes in three different varieties: 34mm, 30mm and 1 inch options. The Premium MSR Mount is made of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum which is standard for most AR-15 upper and lower receivers. The base of the mount utilizes 3 oversized #25 Torx crossbolts with steel-threaded inserts. The ring tops to the mount employ Torx-head screws as well.

Weaver Optics expanded on the components and craftsmanship that they poured over on this new mount of theirs.

A specialized modern sporting rifle deserves high-quality accessories. The Weaver Premium Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) Optics Mount is designed specifically for MSR rifles. The Premium MSR Optics Mount lives up to its name, starting with its construction. The anodized Type III hardcoat black matte finish adds further protection and blends in seamlessly with the rifle. The sleek design sets optics at the ideal height, with a forward cantilever for MSR rifles. The edges are slightly radiused to prevent snagging. The Weaver Premium MSR Optics Mount adds an extra layer of durability and performance, but hardly any weight.

The Weaver Premium MSR Mount weighs in at a feathery 6 ounces. The MSRP for the 1 inch and 30mm mount are $119.95 while the 34mm retails at $129.95 a mount. This places it in similar company to its competitors named at the outset.

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  • Christopher Wallace

    looks like a good competitor to the aero precision mounts, although those can be had for about $75 if you shop around.

  • Alahahahah

    I’ve got an M-223 mount on an AR but for most of the other ARs I have I just use tall rings, far more versatile when positioning the scope

  • Matt

    Let me get this straight. I can buy an Anderson lower and upper (both stripped) for less-than $100. Then weaver wants me to drop another $120 for this??? they are either gouging us or they need to get their “stuff” together.

    • Aaron

      Or you know it could be this little known thing called economy of scale. There are a number of companies forging upper and lower receiver blanks. Weaver is machining this from 7075 t-6 on their own. They are also using steel helicoils pressed into the aluminum rather than threading directly into the aluminum to prevent galling and to ensure the security of the fastening. Let’s not forget that both Geissele and Nightforce mounts have similar construction and materials. So try not to equate a 6061 aluminum base with this.

      • Gary Kirk

        You do know that Helicoils thread into a stripped hole in aluminum, steel, cast iron, etc.. After retapping the hole to a larger size..

      • Matt

        Oh, i didn’t realize they used helicoils at a budget busting $0.01 a piece.

        • Aaron

          Yet you refuse to address the facts of economy of scale. When you have so many companies producing 7075 uppers and lowers at a foundry that means the product that is being pushed out comes in a large selection. Again you have Weaver producing it’s own product on a per unit basis. Each individual step in the manufacturing process means more hands are coming in contact with the unit so again the price goes up. Because workers expect to be payed. Finally companies need to make a profit or they won’t reinvest and develop more product.

          • Matt

            Thanks for the economics lesson. I will stick with Aero Precision at $75. I might consider Weaver’s mount when they streamline their process to bring down costs.

          • Aaron

            Unlikely. Nightforce has their mounts (made with 7075 and Titanium) priced over 200 and the Geissele mounts are even more. So I daresay you won’t be seeing a price drop until the value of USD goes up rather than down.

          • Matt

            I don’t know how to respond to rambling about inflation

      • Matt

        Anderson receivers are 7075-T6.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Just go to UTG and buy their bullshit $8 rings, you tightwad. Heaven forbid you actually spend anything above the bare minimum, performance be damned.

    • Nicks87

      PRIMARY ARMS makes a decent one-piece mount for $60 but when it comes to optics/mounts I like to spend a little more money for the good stuff. A $60 mount works just fine but a $120+ mount gives me just a little more piece of mind especially when its clamped on to a $1500 rifle and $2000 scope.

  • Veteran for Trump

    Nikon mounts are half the price.

  • feetpiece _

    When did Weaver enter the “premium” market? Nice jab at Aero’s niche though.

  • Gary Kirk

    Weaver + Picatinny = Just a bit off center

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Does it come in Picatinny?

  • 22winmag

    Get the Leupold version for around $80. Great tolerances and performance, but the bolts rust if left untreated.

  • Nice of you to join the party, Weaver… You are only a Decade Late.
    *Rolls Eyes*

  • mazkact

    SWFA S.S.A.L.T. Scope Mount is a nice one.

  • Aaron Crowder

    Nice to see that it’s made in the USA! I quit buying Burris when they moved their production over seas. Their signature rings used to be my favorite.