Over the last few years, I have been running the Aimpoint magnifier with their PRO and CompM4 red dots. When I bought the magnifier for my Aimpoint, I still had the factory mount that twisted off the mount. It was an early Aimpoint mount and I decided to purchase a LaRue swivel mount for my Aimpoint 3x magnifier. After running the LaRue mount for a few years, I saw the Scalarworks LEAP/Mag mount and was immediately interested. After running the Scalarworks LEAP/Mag mount for about 4 months, I have enough time behind it to give my impressions so far on the mount.
One of the biggest advantages to the Scalarworks LEAP/Mag mount is the overall weight. I went with the absolute LEAP/Mag Mount. The Leap mount has a one-piece ring design that is hinged at the top rather than breaking into two pieces like traditional rings. The LEAP/Mag mount weighs 2.87 ounces which is lighter than the LaRue mount at 4.38 ounces. The overall design of the Scalarworks Leap/Mag mount is streamlined as well with a ball bearing Clickdrive system. This is in the base of the mount rather than an arm swivel style like LaRue which has helped with overall weight reduction. This streamlined design is less intrusive when carrying it on a rifle.
The Scalarworks LEAP/Mag mount has weight saving cuts out of the mount to make it as light as possible. Scalarworks also CNC machines every mount out of 7075 T6 aluminum. This aluminum tends to be expensive but it’s one of the strongest aluminum on the market. It’s made of a billet piece to make the LEAP/Mag an insanely strong mount. Little details make this one of the reasons Scalarworks is quickly making a name for themselves in the firearms community. The magnifier mount is priced at $249.99 which is high. The level of quality and material is part of the high cost of the mount.
The Scalarworks LEAP/Mag mount has been riding on my PWS MK116 MOD 2 for the last few months. I have paired it with an Aimpoint PRO on a Scalarworks PRO absolute mount. When shooting the PWS at longer distances, the gun doesn’t have any dot shift. I was really happy to see the dot was centered since both mounts are absolute height. The Clickdrive system is what Scalarworks developed to hold the magnifier in place whether it’s locked in the upright position or pushed to the side out of the way. One thing I was worried about in the beginning was the strength of the locking mechanism.
My biggest fear was it would disengage and change position during hard use but I was gladly wrong. During drills, the magnifier stayed locked in the position I had it at all times. I accidentally dropped the rifle when changing out slings. Even despite taking a fall, the Clickdrive lock still remained in its original position. Taking the magnifier on and off is very simple as well with no tools or levers needed. The QD system has a circular dial that clicks to lock and loosen the mount from the rail.
Price Vs Product
When I post reviews of higher-priced mounts, I always get guys saying it’s ridiculously priced. I get your thought process, but Scalarworks has proven to be one of those companies that are dominating among experienced shooters in the gun community. You will often see a number of 3 gun competitors running these mounts along with various government agencies. In my experience, these mounts are made of the highest grade aluminum possible and machined to be as lightweight as they possibly can be. I always break it down as price vs the product’s performance over time. Over the last few months running the new magnifier mount, I can confidently say I really like the overall design and function of the Scalarworks magnifier mount so far. It’s extremely durable while being one of the lightest magnifier mounts on the market today.
In the end, the Scalarworks LEAP/Mag magnifier mount is extremely rugged and rock solid. It is one of the lightest mounts I have tested while still remaining simple. I will be honest and say I didn’t think the Clickdrive locking system would have worked near as well as it has. So far, that has really been the most impressive thing on the LEAP/Mag mount. It boils down to how easy the mount is to engage from various positions.
The mount may seem very expensive but I truly believe the phrase “you get what you pay for” applies to this product. The attention to detail and overall design of this mount is impressive to me. I love the little details of the packaging and screwdriver bit that comes included with every mount. It’s a rather simple thing but it’s nice when you aren’t the most organized person in the world. If you’re in the market for a well built lightweight mount for your magnifier, I would check out Scalarworks line up of Aimpoint mounts. I’m curious about what you think of higher quality mounts like this one. Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have questions feel free to send me a message on my Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there.
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