I was talking to a friend the other day about whether or not I should sell my AR. He was against the idea and told me if I wasn’t enjoying shooting it anymore that maybe I should change it up a little. He suggested I reconfigure it with different attachments or come up with some challenges to make it more interesting. I agreed to give that a shot before giving up on ol’ Frankenstein.
The next day a co-worker asked me if I knew anyone who would be interested in a rifle scope or two. He was going through the attic at his dad’s and they came across 3 brand new Tasco scopes from 1984. The good Tascos that were made in Japan and not the more inexpensive ones they sell now. His dad was, and still is, addicted to auctions and estate sales, so they’re always coming across stuff they can’t remember buying. I said I might be interested and he offered to let me try one out for a while and then we could discuss a price if I decided to keep it.
He brought it to me today and right after work I went home and immediately began the changeover. I had assumed the rings from my red dot scope would work on the Tasco scope, but I was wrong; they were way too big. I ran back to town real quick and bought a scope mount made by Millet Tactical. It was way more expensive than just some basic rings but it definitely looks like its built better and is more reliable.
The scope went on really easy and its all set up. Now I just need some good weather and a place to do some distance shooting (the outdoor ranges in my area are closed until May). I’m not 100% sure I like the way it looks but that might just be because I’m not good with change. I’ve had that red dot sight on the rifle for a while now and I had really grown fond of it. Now, to me at least, Frankenstein looks like the monster it was named after.
What do you think? Does it look good? Should I get a different mount? Paint the mount? Paint the scope? Let me know in the comments below because I really need some outside input on this.
P.S. – The Mini-14 is now rocking the red dot and looking oh so sexy. I do think it will be staying that way for now. Besides making it looks more appealing it’ll almost certainly improve my accuracy. I think the Mini-14 would look much better with a long scope than the AR, the trick is just finding a good way to mount it without having to modify the rifle.