Cantilever Scope Mount - Pros and Cons
A cantilever scope mount is one of the most commonly used scope mount types in the market today. It is also called as a cross mount, which is used to attach the scope to the rifle's front end. This is the most popular type of scope mount, as it does not flip up like the hopper style scope mount. The cantilever, however, offers a more stable hold on the gun than the hopper style.
Cantilever Scope Mounts can either be single piece mounts or two piece mounts. In both, the cantilever scope mount facilitates more rail area behind the main optic and launches the scope forward. However, instead of behind the main optic, a cantilever scope mount aligns itself to the barrel, making the gun heavier in the front. This might make the rifle more heavy in the back, especially for the larger mounts.
In choosing the best cantilever scope mount, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind. First, you must determine whether you want the light source to come behind the main optic or right behind it. For instance, if you would like to place the laser unit behind the main optic, then you can use a two-point cantilever ring mount offset to bring additional light into the laser sight. Conversely, you can use a single-point cantilever ring mount offset to place the laser unit behind the main optic for added distance.
Next, you must consider the mounting option available. There are two basic mounting options; fixed and adjustable cantilever scope rings and rails. Fixed types are typically used for pistols because they require no adjustments, while adjustable cantilever mounts are typically used on rifles or shotguns.
The fixed type of cantilever scope mount consists of two rails on either side of the base. One rail extends from the bottom rail and attaches to the bottom rail through an eye piece. The other rail attaches to the top rail via an eye piece that extends upward and down. The two rails are usually spaced apart at least five to six inches. When you place the gun in a horizontal position, these two mounted rails will line up with each other and direct the laser light where you want it to go.
If you intend to use the mount in an automatic or semi-automatic pistol, then the most common cantilever mount is the fixed-base type. This mount allows for easy aiming and will also hold your laser sight at a comfortable distance. It is important to make sure that the mounted object can accommodate the weight of the gun and its recoil. For instance, the gun should not be held too close to the rail; at the same time, it should not be too far away from the rail. For this reason, it is important to measure the distance between the bottom rail and the Objective Lens to ensure that your mount will work properly.
In addition to weighing the pros and cons, you will also need to pay attention to the installation procedure. While many manufactures are quick at providing manuals and installation instructions, you will want to ensure that you follow each step correctly to achieve the best results. The most common installation steps involve securing the rail, adjusting the cantilever, aligning the screws, installing the Objective Lens, locking the screws, and finally installing the clamps. These basic steps should help you easily follow the entire installation process. However, if you have any questions or concerns about your new scope, you can always send them along with your order and they will be able to answer any questions you may have.
When you are ready to enjoy your new setup, there are a few features that you will definitely want to look for in your cantilever scope mount. First, you will need an adjustable mounting platform that is made from a sturdy aluminum. There are a number of different platforms on the market, and some are made specifically for the ar-15. The most durable platforms will be made from solid aluminum, as this material can withstand the wear and tear of a target shooting over again without becoming damaged. Another important feature to look for is one that comes with a rubber grip. This will allow your fingers to be comfortable during a long day of shooting, ensuring that every time you pull the trigger you will be able to feel a firm, gripping grip on the gun.