The shooting sports can get expensive. If you’re an average Joe, living on a workingman’s paycheck, knowing how to get the most for your money without sacrificing quality is crucial. And when it comes to the AR platform, a rifle that has more potential modifications and parts kits than any other rifle on the market today, knowing what to spend your hard-earned money on can be intimidating. As with any long rifle, the priciest item you have on it will likely be the scope. But that scope, regardless of how high quality it is, is only as good as the rings you choose to mount it with. While plenty of folks out there skimp on their scope rings, only to have to spend more money later to upgrade them, that doesn’t have to be your story. Here two, budget friendly AR scope mounts that won’t leave your wallet bleeding.
Aero Precision Ultralight AR15 Mount
Not only does this mount come in at just under $80, it weighs in at 3.4 ounces. This makes it not only a huge bargain, but an excellent addition to the overall function of your rifle. For folks interested in building ARs that can reach out to long range for varminting, when you may have to hike long miles to get into position, this mount is absolutely ideal. It is also unique and quality crafted. Each scope ring on the APU mount has 2 torx screws at the bottom, but the top of each ring has a hinge that keeps the torque on the scope tube evenly distributed. If you’re looking for a lightweight mounting setup that is as high quality as it is economical, this is your pick.
Burris AR-PERP Mount
Coming in at around $90 is the Burris AR-PERP. Providing 2 inches of forward scope positioning, the ring bases on this setup are all milled as a single unit. There is also the added feature of having Picatinny mounts on top of the rings, should you decide to put a red dot or a laser or a light on your rig. This is a particularly sturdy mounting setup, a great budget buy for anyone building a working rifle that may take a bit of abuse in the field.