The SureFire Scout mounting footprint has become the industry standard for weapon-mounted lights since it was first introduced in 2006. Manufacturers like Streamlight, Cloud Defensive, Arisaka, Modlite, and others have adopted the SureFire Scout footprint for use on their lights. In this article, we will go over the Scout mounting options that we offer on our website.
Original photo from SureFire Scout Light user manual.
How Does The Scout Mounting Footprint Work?
The SureFire Scout footprint works by using two threaded holes on the bottom of the light body; you can then use the screws provided with most mounts to attach the light body to the mount. The main benefit of this system is the large amount of aftermarket support that it has gained since it was first introduced. Listed below are the light mounts that we use and sell on our website. While there are tons of options on the market, these are the ones we use most often.
(Left) M-LOK Arisaka Inline Mount next to a SureFire M600U. (Right) M-LOK Arisaka Offset Mount on a SureFire M600U.
T.REX Lightbar Scout Mount
Our Lightbar was designed to extend lights with a Scout footprint further down the rail so the light can be closer to the end of the suppressor; this helps with eliminating suppressor shadow and can also give more rail space on shorter guns. The Lightbar is made in the USA by Arisaka Defense and is available exclusively through our website. The Lightbar is currently available in Picatinny, M-LOK, and KeyMod variants.
Arisaka Offset Scout Mount
The Arisaka Offset is an excellent mount for those looking to keep the light tucked into the rail and make the setup as low profile as possible. When mounted upright, the light is located at approximately the 1:30 or 10:30 positions; you can also flip the mount so it is oriented downwards; this places the light at approximately the 4:30 or 6:30 positions. The Offset Scout Mount also provides three lateral mounting positions for the light body, which allows the user to position the light closer to or further away from the top rail. We offer the Arisaka Offset in both M-LOK and KeyMod variants.
Arisaka Inline Scout Mount
The Arisaka Inline mount is a good solution for rails with M-LOK or KeyMod slots at 45 degrees. When mounted in this configuration, it allows the user to move the light closer to or further away from the rail with the three lateral mounting positions for the light. The Arisaka Inline is not made to hang over the end of the rail; that kind of setup is geared more towards our Lightbar Scout mount. We offer the Arisaka Inline mount in both M-LOK and KeyMod variants.
Arisaka Side Scout Mount Picatinny
The Arisaka Side Scout Mount is a minimalist, low-profile Picatinny mount that allows SureFire-style lights to fit beneath an ATPIAL-C/PEQ15 on either side when used with most quad rail handguards, and it also allows the light to clear the QD lever on DBALs. The Arisaka Side Scout mount is a good fit for any Picatinny rail applications; however, it really shines when being used in conjunction with the aforementioned IR laser/illuminator devices.
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