Review of the Aero Precision ULTRAlight scope mount

Review of the Aero Precision ULTRAlight scope mount

A few months ago I was contacted about doing a review on the Aero Precision ultralight scope 1” mount.


This is a 6061 T6 extruded aluminum construction body with a MIL-A-Type 3 black hard-coat anodize coating. If you don’t know what that means it means it is very lightweight (2.98oz) and has a matte black hard coat finish.

This was designed for the AR platform and I had it on both the ZA-15 and the Colt LE901 chambered in the .308 and the 5.56. With my ZA-15 we sighted in at 100yds without a rail riser but when we were using the Colt we needed a riser for our Leupold VX-2 scope.

The price for this scope mount is $85 which is a great price for a higher end one-piece construction AR scope mount.

The scope mount uses Cross-slot keyways to connect the rings together rather than 4 hex screws per ring. This help with recoil protection.


Overall I like this mount with how lightweight it is. I believe that this is an excellent value for the money for it being a solid mount.

The Redring® shotgun sight


Battery: AAAA 1.5V, Approx. 300 h life.
Redring® automatically shuts off after 4 hrs.
Weight: 134 g (4.726oz) excluding mounts, 192 g (6.773oz) including mounts
Length: 134 mm (5.275in), mounts included
Width: 44 mm (1.732in)
Height: 45.7 mm (1.779in)
Material: Anodized aluminum
MSRP: $899 (they have a deal going on now for $749.00)

The Redring® shotgun sight is not your typical sight with a red dot showing you where your round should hit. With a shotgun your shot will spread unless shooting a slug. With this sight you can keep both eyes open no matter which eye is dominant which improves the situational perception. The sight has built-in intelligence, called spot metering. The Redring® has an integrated processor that adjusts the brightness to the prevailing light. With a darker background it dims the ring and with it brighter, brightens the ring. It works well for hunting at all hours.

The size of the ring acts as a range-finder. The size of the ring is what the shot spread will look like at 20 meters(65 feet). It let’s the shooter know when it is safe to shoot or not so it lowers the chance of just injuring the game.

This sight dramatically increases the hit rate of what is being shot at.
The Redring® is mounted not on a rail but mounted free-floating onto the rib of the shotgun. It takes just a few minutes to mount without any changes to the gun and without messing with the balance of the shotgun. Redring® can be connected via USB to your computer and let’s you register your equipment, log personal stats, select advanced settings, and receive software updates from the manufacturer online. The Redring® has an energy-saving feature that will turn off the sight after 4 hours. The shut off time is counted down from the point the sight is turned on or from the last time the sight was intensity was manually adjusted.

What do you keep on your AR rifle?

So the question I have is this what do we keep on our rifles that we have forgotten about?

I’m sure you are sitting there thinking I have this, this and this on my rifle. what do you mean I have forgotten about something? Well what are the rail attachments that we bought and mounted to our guns because we thought we needed that micro red dot or that IR laser but 90% of the time we only hunt or shoot from the bench with our rifles so these extras don’t get used.

My Samson forend is set up for quad rails and I have two little 2” on the left and right side of the rifle near the barrel in case I wanted to mount a camera or micro red dot or a laser but more times than not I use my main scope for all of my shots and never use that laser.

Bare boned my rifle weighs in at 8 pounds but once I start adding the scope and the forward grip and a laser and my micro red dot my rifle gets heavy at 11-12+ pounds.

Do we need to periodically review what we keep on our rifles and assess what we keep on them?

Redring® Shotgun Sights

The Redring® shotgun sight is an optical shotgun sight. It mounts to the standard ribs on a shotgun, you simply attach it like you would a normal rail attachment with the exception of using the rib of the shotgun not a rail.  Two little hex key screws lock the sight in place.


  • Battery: AAAA 1.5V, Approx 300 h life. Redring® automatically shuts off after 4 hrs
  • Weight: 134 g (4.726oz) excluding mounts, 192 g (6.773oz) including mounts
  • Length: 134 mm (5.275in), mounts included
  • Width: 44 mm (1.732in)
  • Height: 45.7 mm (1.779in)
  • Material: Anodised aluminium
  • MSRP: $899 (they have a deal going on now for $749.00)


This sight is lets you keep both eyes open so when you look through the optic what ever the ring is around is where you burst is going to be.


1. Spot-Metering

Redring® has built-in intelligence, called spot metering, that reads the backlight in a diameter equivalent to more than double the ring diameter. An integrated processor momentarily adjusts the ring intensity to the prevailing light. Dark background = weaker ring. Bright background = stronger ring. The directed spot metering gives the shooter a great advantage in all types of hunting with varying lighting conditions, such as duck shooting in the sunrise. Light intensity can also be set manually

2. The Red Ring

Another advantage of using the Redring® is that it also is an effective rangefinder. The size of the ring on the target equals the shot diame­ter/burst at 20 meters (65 feet). This gives the shooter an instant indication if the target is within shooting range or if it’s too far away for a sure shot. When the ring looks right, pull the trigger. It surely improves the hit rate and reduces the risk of injuring the game.

3. Low mount with recoil absorption

Redring® is mounted free-floating directly on to the rib of the gun. It only takes a couple of minutes to mount and the sight is ready to use. No alterations or changes to the gun are necessary. As the lightweight sight is mounted low on the shotgun rib, it will not have any noticeable effect on the balance of the gun. Redring® comes complete with recoil absorbing mounts for shotguns with a rib width ranging from 5 to 11.5 mm.


The ring gives the shooter perfect aim and indicates when it’s safe to shoot and when it’s not. When the targetlooks right in relation to the ring, that’s when it’s time to shoot. The result is greater accuracy, more fun and more reliable hunting. A sure hit!


Redring® enables the shooter to fire with both eyes open, irrespective of eye dominance. The open eyes principle improves the perceptual tendencies and helps the shooter to identify the target faster. Since Redring® is parallax free, what the shooter sees in the ring equals the target image, i.e., when the ring is right in relation to the target, the shot most certainly is a hit. The eye relief doesn’t matter.


Redring® can be connected to your computer via a USB interface. This enables the shooter to register the equipment, log personalized statistics, select advanced settings, and receive periodic software upgrades from manufacturer. Go to USB for instructions and downloading the necessary software.

Automatic Shut Off

The built in energy saving “shut-off” function will automatically shut off the sight after 4 hours. The shut-off time is counted from the time the sight is turned on, or from the last time the ring intensity was manually adjusted.

[From the Redring website]



Sadly at SHOT 2013 I missed this booth because I was busying trying to see everything I had planned,  so I didn’t get to see this up close like I wish I had.



Revenge of the mug? I don’t know.



For those of you who thought $250 was a little much for a mug but you still thought “needed” one for your “armory”… They are now manufacturing them out of polymers to reduce the cost.

If someone wanted to send us one we wouldn’t mind doing a range review on it.

If you missed out on the first installment of this mug you can read about it HERE

More from SHOT 2013

More from SHOT 2013

Turnbull TAR-10
Turnbull TAR-10 auctioned off for $136,024 at SHOT 2013


Suppressed rifle at the AAC booth
Suppressed rifle at the AAC booth

DRD Tactical Paratus 16
DRD Tactical Paratus 16

Chiappa Triple Barreled Shotgun
Chiappa  Triple Threat Shotgun

Old Man Lefty at the SUREFIRE booth
Old Man Lefty at the SUREFIRE booth

The McMillan ALIAS
The McMillan ALIAS (STAR)

Scoping out the show
Scoping out the show

Ares Defense Belt Fed AR-15
Ares Defense Belt Fed AR-15


Full assembled DRD Paratus 16
Full assembled DRD Paratus 16

Remington Defense XM2010
Remington Defense XM2010

Brothers in Competition

Brothers in Competition

My brother and I have recently gotten into shooting. Right now we’re into the tactical guns because they’re so much fun to customize. We’ve both spent a lot of time working out exactly the way we want our guns to look. Since we’ve started we’ve gotten into a lot of discussions about what accessories we need in order to have a killer setup. I’m still convinced that having a good tactical sight is the key to making your gun not only look good but perform well.

We’ve been customizing our guns like it’s a competition. Brothers are natural rivals, right? If I got a sling then he would have to get a custom magazine or handguard rail. So I needed to find the right accessory to trump him. He had just bought a flip-up sight so I thought I’d get something to make my gun stand out a little more.

As far as sights go, we are both big fans of the red dot styles. You can pick up your target much easier than using traditional sights. It’s nice to be able to clearly see your target and where you are aiming. I’m not a big fan of scopes as I feel like the bigger ones make my gun feel clumsy, but I wanted something that would be easy to use and would magnify a little for the longer distance shots. My dad always used Burris scopes on his guns so I figured I’d start there.

I found the perfect combination in a Burris red dot sight. It has 3x magnification which is perfect for the distances I plan on shooting. It looks really nice on my SIG556. Best of all it still has the red dot reticle that I was looking for. It still has some nice cross hairs so it’s even easier to get zeroed. I took my brother out to the range and showed it to him; I could tell that he was trying to hide his jealousy. I let him shoot it a few times and he gave in and said it was pretty awesome. Now he has a Burris red dot sight of his own.


[Written by Calin Hess]

A fellow Eagle Scout in a 24 hour sniper challenge.

Andrew over at Vuurwapen blog has his nine lessons he learned at the Competition Dynamics 24 Hour Sniper Adventure Challenge.


Lesson #1 – Know Yourself
Lesson #2 – Know Your Equipment (Learned this lesson in my trips backpacking)
Lesson #3 – Hydrate Or Die (My loving sister just learned this lesson a few weeks back)
Lesson #4 – Take Care Of Your Feet (I have heard from a number of my military friends making this comment in basic and when they were deployed)
Lesson #5 – Have A Good Partner
Lesson #6 – Suffering Is Inevitable, So Ignore It (Good life lesson)
Lesson #7 – Pack Light (Good backpacking lesson learned in the BSA)
Lesson #8 – Quality Gear Is Nice To Have
Lesson #9 – When You’re Done, Relax And Enjoy Life (sounds like rule 32. “Enjoy the little things”)

Read his whole write up HERE

A brief note on optics

Yesterday I was *training during my reserve weekend when the subject of optics came up. There was some confusion amongst the younger soldiers as to the difference between Close Combat Optics (CCO) and the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (ACOG). It’s not the first time I’ve seen confusion on this topic, so I thought I’d make a post about it. The simple answer is magnification. The CCO has no magnification, whereas the ACOG has about 4X. Each serve their own purpose and serve them well. For example, one would want to use an ACOG while patrolling in the mountains of Afghanistan. Whereas a CCO would be preferable in Baghdad where it is more urban and confined.





I’ve personally never used an ACOG, however I have used a CCO. Truth be told I prefer iron sights. My old Army unit was too poor cheap to give us optics so we trained and deployed with iron sights. Honestly, I prefer iron sights.  It’s not just because I’m a cranky old man who prefers to use the sights of his forefathers. Or even think that kids these days have it easy with their fancy-pants red dots. I prefer iron sights because it obstructs my vision less while scanning my sector. I understand that optics are widely liked and for good reason. Reflex sights give a good tactical advantage. Not to mention not having to use the large rear sight aperture at night.

Better hope it’s a big target

Another problem with iron sights is accidentally using the night aperture during the day. Mostly during range qualification. Then wondering why you can’t seem to hit anything you are aiming at. But that’s never happened to me, of course…

I would like to know your preference when it comes to optics. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite optic and why you like it.

(*) Training – drinking coffee and playing Angry Birds.