Scalarworks New Flip-To-Side Magnifier Mount – SHOT Show 2019

The new Scalarworks LEAP/MAG is a flip-to-side 30mm magnifier mount.

If you aren’t familiar with Scalarworks, they make some amazing optics mounts.  They have a number of offerings for all of your popular red dots from Trijicon to Aimpoint, as well as their one-piece scope mounts.  This year they are introducing something that people have been asking for, the LEAP/MAG, a flip-to-side mount for the Aimpoint (or other 30mm tube) Magnifier.

Now in fairness, there are a number of 30mm magnifier mounts out there, so what is unique with Scalarworks’ LEAP/MAG?  As it turns out, a number of things.  First off is the weight.  They offer the lightest Quick-Detach Aimpoint Magnifier on the market.  While for some people this may not be a big thing, if you carry a rifle further than the distance from your car to a shooting bay, this gets important fast.

The LEAP/MAG drops low and to the side, getting out of your way while helping to maintain the balance of the firearm.

On top of the weight, or lack thereof, what I noticed was how short and low the magnifier sits.  When you flip the magnifier to the side, it sits low and hugs the top of the receiver.  What this does for the shooter is keeps your rifle balanced.  Rather than levering the magnifier out into space where it can bump and snag on things, it sits low and close to the receiver.

The short throw of the LEAP/MAG moves distinctly in-between the two positions.  And the mount uses Scalarworks proprietary recoil-proof thumbscrew with ball-detent attachment system.  Making for tool-free mounting on any rail.

The tool-less mounting that Scalarworks uses is great. The last thing I want is to bring is proprietary tools in my range bag.

Specs:

  • Materials: 7075-T6 Aluminum + 4140H Steel
  • Finishes: Type III Hard Anodizing + Flash Nitride
  • Center  Height Over Rail: 36mm (1.42”) / 40mm (1.57”)
  • Weight: 83.2g (2.93oz) / 85.7g (3.00oz)
  • Origin: USA
  • MSRP: $249

The new LEAP/MAG is offered in two heights, dependent on the height of your Red Dot Optic.  Either in Absolute Co-witness or Lower 1/3rds height.

The LEAP/MAG perfectly lines up behind any of the Scalarworks LEAP Red Dot mounts.

To really appreciate the LEAP/MAG you need to handle a rifle with one.  It keeps the balance of the weapon and doesn’t get in the way of operation.  And speaking of getting in the way, the mount is reversible.  Thanks to its symmetrical profile, you can use it to flip your optic to the right or left depending on needs.

You can find out more information at Scalarworks.com.

The LEAP/MAG gives you the functionality of a flip-to-side magnifier mount with minimum weight.

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About the author: Ivan Loomis has spent a lot of time outdoors, backpacking and camping as well as extensive international travel. Eventually, he landed in the Marine Corps in the late 90’s. After a hiatus from the service to race the Baja 1000 a couple times, he reenlisted with the Air Force. Departing that he wound up in a large metropolitan Police Department for a spell before landing in the Security Contracting world.One constant through these experiences was gear and weapons. Having spent time in a lot of environments and with the opportunity to field a lot of equipment, he’s grown fond of well-made gear.He now shares those experiences, adventures, and knowledge through contributing articles and videos to various publications, including his own site: www.kitbadger.com

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