Originally Posted By bluedevil0204:
I would like to start of by saying, I am have been and always will be a Larue customer. I have purchased three Aimpoints and mounts, plus a couple of other misc, over the past couple years. In my opinion, I can get no better product from anywhere.
That being said, I saw two recent stories. One where you, Larue, "won" the bid for the Marines. And two where Spurh won the bid for the FBI.
I have a couple of questions.
I have never even seen a Spurh mount in person. But from what I have read they have a good reputation. They state they are the best of course, be we all know that is an opinion. Does Spurh offer something that Larue is not? Is that why the FBI went with a non USA mfg'er? I would have thought with the success and the thousands and thousands of mounts and products Larue provides the .mil and .gov that it would have been a no brainer. But apparently the FBI thought otherwise.
So mainly, I would just like to understand why the Spurh mounts are getting such publicity when Larue has been providing the best there is for years now?
My first thought is how did the FBI get around the Buy American Law? Someone would probably have to raise a stink though.
My second thought is maybe they are for different applications, thus different selection criteria.
ETA - These mounts came gratis with the optics. If Mark made rings in 34mm I would have bought a pair for the bolt gun.
Here's a picture of a Vortex 5-20x50 in a Spuhr 4001 mount (1.18" over center/0 MOA) on a bolt gun with a 20MOA rail. You can see the size of the Spuhr, which has a six screw system (3 top and 3 bottom) for the rings. It's a solid, but large mount and I would suggest it's targeted for optics designed to remain on a rifle even though they state it will return to within a 1/2 MOA if removed and reinstalled.
Here's a picture of a different Vortex 5-20x50 in a Spurh 4002 mount (1.5" over center/0MOA) on my LaRue tOBR. You can see I had to move the mount forward to get the eye relief I needed, which then placed the mount on the receiver and rail, which is not good.
Here's a picture of the same optic in a LaRue LT-104 (1.5" over center/0MOA) on the same rifle. Although a little harder to see, the LaRue mount moves the optic forward to give me the eye relief I needed while keeping the mount solidly on the top receiver rail. The 1.5" over center allows the front optic objective to clear the rail without being too high over the bore and provides clearance to work the charging handle.