February 2014

Inexpensive Add-On for AR-15

We recently bought an inexpensive item for an AR that has delivered a lot of bang for the buck: the GG&G 45-Degree Offset Accessory Rail (CTD #2-GGG1526, $30.99)

This handy little rail allows the shooter to install micro red-dot optics, flashlights, lasers, and other items to be mounted at a 45-degree offset. It works well to move a Bushnell First Strike Reflex Red Dot Sight off the top rail to the right side when the shooter wants to install a riflescope on top of the rifle. It takes about a minute to put the offset rail on, and another minute to move the First Strike for closer targets. Righties will put the rail on the right side so they can go from scope to dot with a quick counter-clockwise turn of the rifle, and without having to change head position. The unit is ambidextrous, so if lefties want to cant clockwise, thatís easy, too. The offset piece mounts to a MIL-STD 1913 rail and offers five cross-slot mounting locations. It is 2.5 inches long, but only uses 1 inch of the top rail for mounting. It weighs 1.45 ounces.

Our Team Said: Weíre very happy with the GG&G offset rail ó itís easy to install, is light and trouble free. For the shooter who expects to engage both close and faraway targets and needs separate optics to do both, mounting a dot sight offset is a fast way to get that done.

Gun Tests Grade: A