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Old 01-17-2013, 2:46 PM
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Default Angle-mounting a red-dot on AR-15 handguard

Does anyone have experience angle-mounting a red-dot on the hand guard?

Iíve been giving serious consideration to my AR-15 setup, and I think what I want is a system that can do both longer (100-300 yards) and short range (less than 100, as low as 15) targets without too much hassle in switching between optics, or having to adjust a single optic too much for multiple ranges. It seems that a traditional scope would be better for the long range, which I would mount over the bolt (replacing the handle). The red-dot would then be mounted on the hand guard at a 45-degree angle for shorter shots.

My specific questions are:
(1) Do I need to tilt the rifle at the same 45-degree angle to be able to use the red-dot optic effectively? If so, is this a pain?
(2) Will I be sacrificing much in the performance of the red-dot this way?

I have already considered a red-dot with a folding magnifier, but it looks like I will sacrifice a lot of performance at longer ranges. I want to make sure that this is a workable setup before I start spending money.

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Old 01-17-2013, 2:54 PM
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Allot of Open Division 3 gun competition shooters run dots for short range. Mount it as close as you can to your eye and at 45 degrees so you only have to roll the gun slightly to get on target, don't use a magnifier.

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Old 01-17-2013, 8:38 PM
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Looks like that stage had a high round count.
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Old 01-17-2013, 9:50 PM
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On basic round hand guard tubes, I have custom mounted rails and spacers to make the short range optic as close to the long range optic as possible.
The angle ends up around 30-35 degrees.
The less angle the better as long as the two sights don't impede into each other.
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