When I decided to pick up a SIG Sauer MCX Rattler back last year, I really struggled to figure out exactly what I wanted to put on as an optic. So I started looking at various Aimpoint and Trijicon optics to see what I liked. After searching around I decided to go with an RMR because it was low profile and quick to pick up with your iron sights. Plus another great thing about RMR’s is the fact they are tough as nails.
I looked at a few different mounts for the RMR, and they all seemed like lightweight choices. I was torn but when I saw the ANVL Ukon, I wanted it because it had backup sights built into the mount. These backup sights are designed to be in the same focal plane. This makes picking up the irons with the red dot is extremely quick. The Ukon mount is a simple 6061 aluminum one-piece mount that is easy to install with an Allen wrench. I had the RMR mounted and the mount installed onto the gun within five minutes. On The Ukon, the rear sight has checkering built into it. I really appreciated this because there was no glare present during the day.
The Ukon’s Party Piece
The Ukon is perfect for PDW or smaller weapon systems in my opinion. The mount was originally designed to be used with the MCX Rattler for special operation teams overseas who wanted a PDW that was low profile. Anvl’s mount also had to have back up sights without snag points, and in the smallest package possible. This mounting system gave the special operations teams a way to get rid of the backup iron sights on rifles. Now the Ukon gives the option to put rounds down range effectively if your optic goes down in the field.
This is where the Ukon really shines. It gives the user options to make more accurate shots by using the irons and the red dot together, The Ukon also gives the user an option in case the optic fails at the wrong time. Right now the Ukon is available for the Trijicon RMR and Aimpoint T1 Series. One thing that’s different from other optics mount is where to place the mount on your firearm.
Since the Ukon is designed to all be in one focal plane, it’s important to run it further forward on the firearm compared to other optics. If you decide to run it like a normal optic towards the back, the front sight tends to blur out. It is definitely still functional but works much better mounted further forward. When it’s properly placed on a firearm, both the rear and front sight are clear and can be used the way they are intended.
Each time I’ve taken range trips with the MCX Rattler, I realize how useful this compact mount can be. The SB Tactical PDW brace didn’t have a good place to have a consistent cheek weld. This caused me to get right around 1.5 MOA but when I started using the Iron sights in conjunction with the red dot, my group went down to .5 MOA at 50 yards. This may not seem impressive, but with an average barrel length of 6 inches, it’s fairly impressive.
The backup iron sights give the shooter a reference point they might not otherwise have with just a red dot. In short, it’s useful, to say the least. The beauty of this system is you can forget the iron sights if you need to do a quick reflex shot and use the iron sights for more precise shots. The built-in iron sights are not intrusive and can be adjusted as well. After my first few hundred rounds with the Ukon, I was really starting to see how easy to shoot with the integrated back up sights was. I have used the mount on everything from a suppressed 9mm Uzi to the new SIG Sauer Canebrake. The Ukon would be my first choice for any PDW set up I may want because it’s compact but is still effective.
Overall, I’m really happy with my Anvl Ukon mount so far. For the size of my Rattler, the mount is built like a tank and super functional. It solves the problem of having useful backup sights in the smallest possible package. At $199 (slightly more affordable at OpticsPlanet), might not be the cheapest mount on the market, but I would argue it’s one of the best for the money. I will keep the Ukon mount on my MCX Rattler. I’ll do update blogs for you guys so I can keep you updated with my thoughts on the Ukon. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email, and as always stay safe out there!