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Old December 17th, 2008, 05:33 AM   #1
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M1A Scout scope mounts

Hello everyone,

This is my first post so please bear with me. First some history. My first rifle in the military was the M14 which I fell in love with. I was then issued a M16 in the 82d Abn. My sniper in the rifle platoon was just issued an M14 with a 6X scope at about the same time. I really missed the 14. I bought a Springfield M1A some 10 years ago and still love it. But I just bought an M1A Scout and love it also. I do not like the scope mount on the front handguard area and removed it and installed a standard front handguard. I am looking to use
a Red Dot sight like the Trijicon Doctor and mount it in the
vicinity of the rear iron sights. I looked at the 2nd gen springfield scope mount but did not like it. Can anybody recommend a light weight mount for the Trijicon Doctor red dot that will place the sight between the clip loading device and the rear sight. I do not want to remove the clip charging
device for putting on a scope mount.

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Old December 17th, 2008, 06:41 AM   #2
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If you don't want to remove the clip guide to install a scope mount you're essentially out of luck getting a scope mount then. Any of the quality scope mounts use the clip guide dove tail as a mounting point.

The SA Inc. scope mounts leave much to be desired. If you get past the clip guide issue look at SADLAK and Smith Enterprise. I believe Smith Enterprise has a model that extends past the clip guide mount and gets closer to the rear sight. Basset mounts are supposed to be good but I have no personal experience with them. Sage makes a mount that replaces just the clip guide and may be all you need.

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Old December 17th, 2008, 06:47 AM   #3
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You could look at a Bassett mount there have been many happy users of this mount on this forum of which I am one.

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Old December 19th, 2008, 08:21 AM   #4
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My NM M1A came used with a B-Square scope mount. It looks like the Springfield mount but does not call for the stripper clip guide to be replaced. It has a side mount thumb screw and two allen screws that come down from the top of the mount to secure it and also two small allen screws to secure the other allen screws. (I hope I'm not confusing you) I have yet to use it so I can't attest to it's quality but B-square has a good reputation quality wise.

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Old December 19th, 2008, 09:13 AM   #5
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I think the easiest thing to do would be to reinstall the forward rail, and try it out with your Aimpoint or Red dot. It solves a lot of potential problems, and really works out better than it looks.

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Old December 23rd, 2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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I just installed an Ultimak mount on my SOCOM16 with an Aimpoint T-1 Microsight. Works great. You might be able to use a regular scope on that mount if you can get a an extended base for the scope to have it sit over the action.

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