It Took About 70 Years…

…or so (I wasn’t counting but for the last few) but the correct optic mount for the U.S. Rifle, Caliber 30, M1, also known as the Garand Rifle, is now available for sale.  We’re waiting to ship until next week, when I’m supposed to have the illustrated  instructions ready, but the product is all ready to go.  In addition to making bullets, I’ll be burning the oil all weekend editing images – we try to make the illustrations serve as a more or less stand-alone picture storybook, for them that gets their information better if it’s visual.



Pretty, methinks, though I may be slightly prejudiced.


Use any IER (Scout) scope, reflex or holographic sight.  Pistol scopes may be used also, but need more eye relief and you’ll be mounting them as far forward as they’ll go.  The scout scopes are a perfect match, as is the Aimpoint Micro, Comp, et al, which also allow co witnessing.


If the rifle is good with its iron sights, it’s just as good, only faster and in a far wider range of lighting conditions, with a good optic, even a good 1x optic.


There has been a general assumption that a dot sight is a close quarters sight.  That is true, in the same sense that iron sights are for close quarters, except of course that the dot sight is a vastly superior system.  The dot sight still has its advantages on the longer shots, out to your iron sight maximum range.  More in-depth info on electronic sights here.



That’s the T1 on the new UltiMAK M12.  Now you can punch more holes, in more things, faster, under more lighting conditions, with more confidence.


The weight of the mount body, clamps and screws is 6.16 ounces.  The walnut handguard with retainer clip, that the mount replaces, weighs about 2.24 ounces, so the net installed weight is 3.92 ounces.  Your figure may vary depending on your handguard.  The mount clamps to a tapered barrel, so just like our M8 mount for the M-14, it needs a recoil lug to prevent the mount “falling off the taper”.  The M1 has that rear barrel band right there, pinned to the barrel, hence the M12’s front clamp has been extended a few thousandths beyond the front of the mount body, to engage the barrel band.  It uses two discreet clamping positions, like all our mounts, so there is never an issue with minor variations in barrel profiles.  In this case, as with our M6 for the 30 Carbine, it is cantilevered for some distance behind the rear clamp.


Mention this post in checkout at UltiMAK and you’ll get a 10% early adopters, The-View-From-North-Central-Idaho discount.  Good through Jan, 2011 – see update below.  Then send the difference to the Second Amendment Foundation.


You saw it here first (unless you were on the UltiMAK site within the last 24 hours).  This is the numero uno press release, right nghyaw!


{shameless self promotion = “off”}


Update, Jan 11, 2011; I posted this before we’d had a chance at a meeting to determine price.  We’re changing the price to $185.00.  No on-line orders have been charged as yet, so all orders will be automatically charged at the lower price, and those who mentioned, or mention, this post will receive the discount from the lower price.  Discount offer good through January, 2011.  Any walk-ins that occured before this notice, let us know and we’ll refund the balance.  Thanks, everyone, for the big response!

11 thoughts on “It Took About 70 Years…

  1. I think you may hear the squees all the way in Idaho once the East Coast and Midwest begin waking up…

  2. “Thumb of approval from Tam?”

    Yeah; I’m going to print that off and frame it. It reminds me of one of those short endorsement clips you see on product packaging or inside book covers. I can see it on our M12 package now;

    “…the first one I’ve seen for the Garand that didn’t look like ass.” — Tam

  3. I couldn’t wait and got one a year or so ago. Maybe someday I’ll spring for a Ultimak to match my carbine unit. Looking at mine (a Fulton), it looks like yours is lower profile, which would be nice.

    The heights in the pictures don’t look right for co-witness, the irons and the dot line up?

  4. Chris; It may the vanishing point in the photo causing the rear sight to look smaller, but I assure you the irons and the dot co witness. It happens low in the dot sight’s viewing area, so you can comfortably look over the irons when using the dot. That’s with the elevation set at 100. Alignment happens in about the lower fourth or fifth of the dot sight. Same with the Comp series, except the M4, which being made for AR systems is much taller. All the other Aimpoint Comps, et al, and the majority of all tubular reflex sights, will co witness on your M1. That Scout scope sits a little higher because it’s on Medium rings for the photo, and in any case you couldn’t see the front sight with the 2.5x optic.

    I’d Photoshop a line running through the rear sight and the dot sight, but last time I did that I got tons of calls from people thinking we were selling lasers…or something– There’s still a lot of ignorance out there among old-timers, traditionalists and newbies regarding dot sights, which is why I wrote that article and link to it a lot.

  5. Lyle,

    Thanks for the info, I get it now.

    I looked again at my Fulton, and your rail looks maybe 3/8″ lower, so that is very nice.

    If I get time I might do a walk in.

  6. Lyle that looks awesome! AND I can shoot it like that at a Club match! The new NRA rule 3.3.4 allows optically sighted rifles to compete in high-power competition (stemming from the widespread use of optical sights on service rifles and carbines in Iraq and Afghanistan by the USMC and USA), as “match rifle – optically sighted”. So this is NRA legal!! YAY!

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