Scalarworks Low Drag Mount For the Aimpoint PRO

Scalarworks makes some pretty high quality mounts and sights for the AR-15. They recently released their aluminum On Point” High-Speed Low-Drag Sights that weight in a just 26.6g (or .94oz). They also have the lightest QD Aimpoint CompM4 mount on the market weighting in at just 1.33oz.

Well they’ve just released their LDM (Low Drag Mount) for the popular Aimpoint PRO red dot that’s made out of 7075-T6 billet aluminum alloy with a Black Nitride finish that weights in at just 69g (2.45oz). According to Scalarworks their LDM for the Aimpoint PRO is the lightest QD mount on the market and is half the weight of the mount that comes with the PRO. That weight reduction ain’t cheap however, the Scalarworks LDM retails for $199 over at Scalarworks.com.

Scalarworks is pleased to introduce the Low Drag MountTM for Aimpoint PRO sights; the lightest quick-detach Aimpoint PRO mount in existence.

The LDM/PRO is a lightweight, high-strength, low-profile, quick-detach optic mount for with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails, that is compatible with the Aimpoint PRO, Aimpoint ACO, Aimpoint CompM2, and Aimpoint CompM3, and most other 30mm tube sights.

The Scalarworks LDM/PRO features a user friendly and low-profile 30mm ring. The Scalarworks ring has a precision fitted alloy steel hinge that ensures even pressure around the optic, without requiring the tedious and imprecise setup that traditional rings do. Twin oversize CNC machined shoulder screws provide even tension and act as structural elements, making the entire ring assembly phenomenally rigid.

Like every Scalarworks Low Drag MountTM, the LDM/PRO has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any quick detach mount on the market. It’s tubular monolithic base is CNC machined from ultra high-strength 7075-T6 aluminum, and features our patented recoil-proof thumbscrew with ball detent mechanism. It also has the same precision telescoping clamp as our popular Aimpoint Micro, and Trijicon MRO mounts, which ensures a repeatable zero with each installation.

The LDM/PRO weighs less than 2.45oz (in lower-third height) which is less than half that of Aimpoint’s bundled QRP2 mount. The LDM/PRO is proudly made in the USA, and is available in both Absolute and Lower-Third Co-Witness height variants.





Ray I.

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  • Johnsmyname

    I’d be very interested to see more about this recoil proof thumbscrew with ball detent and how it works. I do favor QD levers, but that Aimpoint spring screw approach was nifty, albeit bulky and protruding.

    • Bradley

      Yes, it is absolutely awesome except when it pierces your spine while slung on your back.

  • Jesse Rosales

    I really need to get into this low drag thing. I need to gas up on the way to and and home from the range when I take my rifle with me. It’s a little ridiculous.

  • BillC

    InB4 the comments about price!

  • Rock or Something

    For the “Every ounce counts” crowd.

    • Johnsmyname

      Grams are ounces, and ounces are pounds, oh my!! 😆

      • int19h

        Oh please! Grams are kilograms. *mutters* Americans…

        • Johnsmyname

          Lol, ahhh yes, the old antiquated imperial system. We are stubborn aren’t we? 🙂

        • Billy Jack

          pound sand

          • int19h

            Did you mean to say, 0.453 kilograms of sand, like all civilized people do? ~

          • Billy Jack

            Nope. I mean .071 stones of sand like a complete savage.

    • Blake

      Unfortunately when it comes to mounts that’s not always the case. If you are looking for a specific look in a mount sometimes the selection is so limited the design is the deciding factor. For example, I was looking for a mount for an MRO that 1) wasn’t just a rectangle of metal, 2) was QD, and 3) was cantalievered. The Scalarworks mount was the only option out there that fit those specs until Trijicon released their own QD mount.

      • iksnilol

        Why was factor #1 a big deal? I mean, a big rectangle is easier to decorate, like with stickers and stuff… that’s always cool.

        • Blake

          How would you decorate a mount with stickers?

          • iksnilol

            You do know how to apply stickers? I mean, it isn’t that hard. Sure, you gotta find small enough ones, but most sticker sheets have small stickers on them as well.

            That’s why skeletonized mounts are bad, no sticker surface.

          • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

            Well you have to peel the backing off first.

          • Blake

            …then?

        • Bill

          I put googly eyes on mine, and some sparkles.

          • iksnilol

            I like your style. Googly eyes make life better, like, seriously.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        Talk about a first-world problem.

  • john huscio

    If it keeps zero, im in

    • 6.8 pumper

      You should watch the video on their website about their return to zero capabilities. It’s impressive.

  • Joel

    Would like to see a Deltapoint Pro mount.

  • Koolhed

    $200… divided by three ounces = $66 per ounce

    • int19h

      So, it costs 4x its own weight in silver.

      • Amplified Heat

        It’d also be lighter if it were made of silver, btw

  • tony

    with two large openings on the side, it is hardly low drag

    • Amplified Heat

      Less aerodynamic load when operating in a cross wind. Improves stability for unsupported shorts.

      • James Earl Jones

        Are these unsupported shorts the subject of James’ next full length article? (The article will be full length. The shorts? Not a chance.)

      • Billy Jack

        But how many hours do you have in the wind tunnel?

  • $200 mount for a $400 optic?

    • Amplified Heat

      That’s only 60 easy payments of $11.46/mo @ 5.5% –why *wouldn’t* you seize such an opportunity? $11.46 is practically giving them away! LOL

    • Billy Jack

      I was disappointed it didn’t cost more than the optic. That’s the only way to know if it’s really tactical.

      • That is because it is for a quality optic. The only time I’ve heard of the mount costing more is when you are using junk optics.

        • Billy Jack

          Doesn’t sound tactical.

  • john huscio

    All ARs with a permenant front sight post should be set up with KAC RAS rails snd covers….just looks snazzy….

  • Tom

    I really like the form, but I wish you could put a wrench on the thumbscrew, the detent keeps it from loosening but I still want something that’s more than finger tight, especially with that small recessed thumbscrew. Beyond that it’s about $100 too expensive. It seems everyone is trying to make a thinner/lighter mount these days, on an RMR or something small I can see it, but the Pro is a big optic, a good wack on that is going to transfer a lot of force to the mount. I think I’d like something built heavier for anything that’s going to see abuse.