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.
Only 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.
The 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.