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Posted: 1/5/2003 1:34:14 PM EDT
Getting my first AR flat top soon, its a flat top Bushy. What all do i need in order to mount a scope on it? Special rings?
Link Posted: 1/5/2003 2:48:57 PM EDT
Assuming that you have a front site on the Bushmaster, be sure to pick a ring high enough that the reticle clears the front sight.  If you fail to do this you will be unhappy with your sight picture. [:(]
Also, you must be sure that the scope you select will fit on the weapon properly.  Go here to check out some ideas--->[url]http://www.ustacticalsupply.com/ringsrails.shtml[/url]

Link Posted: 1/5/2003 4:03:52 PM EDT
Wouldn't you loose a good cheek weld if the rings are to high.
Link Posted: 1/5/2003 4:28:00 PM EDT
PErhaps, but if the scope doesn't fit or the reticle winds up flat in the middle of the front sight then you are really screwed.  I would argue the best alternative is the A4 style upper with a fold down front sight.

Link Posted: 1/5/2003 4:50:45 PM EDT
I think Alphamale is talking about a scope, not a dot sight. Using a scope on a flattop AR with front sight is not a problem. The front sight is too close to the scope to focus on it. In other words, you can't even see it. Trust me.
However, if he's using a dot sight (aimpoint, EOetch etc) then it will show up and a fold down or detachable type would suit him best.
Here is a pic of my Bushy with optics. The front sight is not visable thru the optics.

Link Posted: 1/10/2003 8:26:41 AM EDT
    Be sure to consider eye relief as well as height - the Picatinny rail on a flat-top may not let you mount the scope far enough forward for a comfortable position, especially in prone. I use an extended riser (1/2" high) made by Accuracy Speaks (available direct or from Brownell's) combined with standard-height rings.  There's now a similar one available from Compass Lake Engineering.  This gives me an extra 4" of rail and lets me mount a Leupold 6.5-20x50 LRT (a rather long scope) and gives me the option for an extra 15' of built-in elevation for long range work. I'm using Wiegand Combat rings (available from Brownell's) - they were inexpensive and work well, even though they don't have the macho look many seem to like.
Link Posted: 1/10/2003 10:22:57 AM EDT
Check out this mount from Armalite

I have one for my Bushy 20" A3 and a Leupold 4.5-14x40mm scope.  It's just the right height and the eye relief seems to be fine, although I haven't shot it very much (the scope's out getting a new reticle installed).

Go to [url]www.armalite.com/sales/catalog/components/mounts_rings.htm[/url] and you'll find this mount on the lower right of the page.

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