Wildly Inexpensive Mounts That Work

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“If you’re going to buy an Amazon scope mount, make sure it’s at least a Monstrum.” I’ve given this advice to hundreds of students looking to shave a few bucks off their precision build and stand behind it today more than ever. I understand the trepidation of spending $200 on simple hardware without any moving parts or deep engineering behind it. Online retailers have hundreds of inexpensive options, but by and large, most fail either right out of the box or shortly thereafter. While you’ve likely heard of the Monstrum brand, I had no idea how small the company was until meeting with its staff at the 2024 NSSF Shot Show. This helped to explain why the products that carry its name are of such high quality, as owner-involvement is the only way to assure excellence. 

Monstrum Scope Mounts

For this piece, I put some time in with two of its newer precision products from the Pro and Next Level series. The Next Level series harkens back to Monstrum’s original mounts but now features an anti-cant bubble level integrated into the rear ring. This is interchangeable for left- or right-handed shooters, and I found it can work equally well on either side. Utilizing 6160 aluminum construction, these rugged units handle magnum recoil while remaining inexpensive enough to bolt one on each gun.

When evaluating mounting hardware, the first thing I look for is Torx-head fasteners. If a manufacturer uses these, it’s telling me that the material that they thread into can handle the additional torque that these heads allow you to impart. This torque is critical to keep your scope from shifting with each shot. Additional features include four recoil lugs, something that was typically reserved for only the most expensive manufacturers. I found these fit snugly into a standard Picatinny rail, enhancing everything’s ability to hold zero. 

Monstrum Pro Series

Monstum’s Pro Series seems to be its way of showboating within the industry. Using 7570 Aluminum, these ultra-rugged mounts are as durable as the lower receiver of any high-end AR-15, right down to the Type-III hard coat anodizing. As such, they can accept finer details in the manufacturing process and can be torqued down even tighter. This includes the relief cuts between the cap screws allowing for a degree of independence when locking them down to a scope. Other smart features include an abbreviated base to ensure clearance of low-mounted eyepieces, signifying the shift to optics with larger objective lenses. 

Best of all, neither of these options costs more than $50 and are available in the most common ring sizes. Additionally, like all Monstrum products, they carry a lifetime warranty, showing that the company stands behind its work and doesn’t expect to have to fill many claims.

For more information on Monstrum scope mounts, visit monstrumtactical.com.

Though affordable, Monstrum products held up in testing.

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