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Can i install an optic myself or do i need a 'smith?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by wrx04, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. wrx04

    wrx04

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    I'm looking to pick up an aimpoint H-1 and DD mount for my 6920. I'm pretty new to AR's. Is this something i can install myself, or do i need to pay a gunsmith to do it?
     
  2. BBJones

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    You can do it yourself.

    Screw mount to optic, then mount to rail. Not much to it. Go slow don't over-tighten mount to the H1. Use some loctite on the little screws that attach the mount to the H1.

    As for where to place the H1 on your receiver, I like it forward over the magwell.
     
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    You certainly can do it yourself. The suggestion of using Loctite is a very good one. There is nothing worse than getting your optic zeroed and after a hundred rounds or so suddenly start not hitting anything only to realize your screws have come loose. You really feel like a rookie when that happens.
     
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    Like said, use REMOVABLE locktite and hand tighten, don't torque too much.

    Installing an Aimpoint is simple. Enjoy!
     
  5. fx77

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    DIY and I bet U can find a video on U tube for help
     
  6. wrx04

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    Does it matter where you mount it, or is that a personal preference? Im guessing i remove the carry handle and it bolts right on?:dunno:
     
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    Yes, remove your carry handle. Where you mount it is where it works best for you. Some like it all the way forward, some all the way back. Me personally, I have it right up against my rear backup iron sight.
     
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    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Blue loctite. You can use red, but it's harder to remove, and isn't really needed for optic mounts.
     
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    Me too, right up against the rear sight. The optic is probably one of the easiest things to add to an AR, especially if it is an EoTech with ARMS throw levers.:cool:

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    For actual room clearing, forward is better. The reason for this is better peripheral vision for threat identification.
     
  11. BBJones

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    In the second picture you have the EOTech mounted incorrectly. It should never bridge the upper and the rail. Also, ARMS mounts are notoriously brittle. I would never own an optic with them built in.

    OP shouldn't have any problems as an H1 is much shorter. I like mine mounted over the magwell.
     
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    It's a do it yourself job, but some do better jobs than others. I'm anal about scope installs and in the case of my Aimpoint M68 onto AR-15 install for example , I used a set of bubble levels. One was sat on the flat top upper and the other was placed on to the elevation adjustment once the turret cap was removed. I leveled it perfect and then used a Wheeler Fat Torque Wrench to torque all screws to spec. I used removable loctite on the screws during the install.