It has been nearly a year since I first took possession of my GLOCK 19 MOS, which quickly found itself in a holster in my waistband on a very frequent basis. During this time, I’ve had a JP Enterprises JPoint Reflex Sight mounted to the pistol with one of the factory MOS mounting plates.
While the JPoint is slim enough that I could almost get a full co-witness on the factory sights — close enough that I felt comfortable shooting the gun accurately should the dot fail — it wasn’t completely there. Thankfully, JP has solved this with their Ultra Low Mounting Plate.
The factory sights can now be fully aligned with the front remaining visible through the sight window. Should the dot fail for any reason, the “iron” sights can be used in a completely normal fashion. Additionally, the top of the JPoint’s rear sight notch now aligns with the top of the factory rear sight. I may well drift the rear sight clean off the gun at this point, as I prefer an all-black rear anyway.
The two photos above are of the factory mounting plate.
And those two show the JP plate.
The difference in thickness isn’t exactly earth shattering, but it sure changes the game when sticking with the factory sights or when using aftermarket, yet factory-height sights. That’s a valid choice, by the way, as there are significantly more options on the market at factory height than there are at “suppressor height.” Tall sights can also interfere with some holsters.
Aside from the obvious selling point of the height difference, the JP mount is also made specifically for the JPoint sight (with both the mount and the JPoint being made by Shield Sights in the UK, by the way, it also fits their version of the JPoint). It fits the sight much more nicely than the factory MOS plate does (heck, it fits the slide better) — no big gaps front and rear — and includes hardware that actually works with it. The two machine screws seen above thread into posts, appropriately spacing them off the plate and controlling the amount of pressure applied to the optic.
As the plate is thinner than the factory ones, it comes with new bolts to secure it to the slide, too. One of them is installed in the photo above, while the bottom one eluded me for a few days.
I’ve only put 100 rounds through the gun since installing the JP Ultra Low Plate, but feel confident in saying that it works. The thing may be low-profile, but it’s steel and it’s rock solid, plus the JPoint itself is one of the lightest reflex sights on the market. I can’t imagine the plate going anywhere, bending, breaking, or otherwise distorting. After getting it sighted in, the first round from a sandbag nearly shared the same hole as round 100. That’s at about 40 yards, mind you, which is a definite advantage of shooting with a nice, clean, bright red dot.
The rest of the rounds were spent while running around the woods, shooting from behind trees, kneeling and standing, on the move and stationary, engaging a target between 25 and 50 yards. It felt great. The same as before, really, but now I can truly use the “irons” if needed. My GLOCK also looks nicer (for a GLOCK, mind you) thanks to the improved fit of the optic within the mount and even of the mount to the gun. Happy camper.
Specifications — JP Rifles JPoint Ultra Low GLOCK MOS Mounting Plate:
Origin: made in the UK
Ratings (out of five stars):
Quality * * * * *
Clean machining, nice finish, quality hardware, solid construction. Fit is very precise.
Function * * * * *
It does exactly what it’s supposed to — it lowers the JPoint until the factory sights can be properly co-witnessed through the sight window. Not only that, though, it lowers it right to where the JPoint’s integrated rear sight matches the height of the factory rear sight and can, therefore, be a replacement for it.
Overall * * * *
It’s a great product that does what it’s supposed to do and does it very well, but $89.99 feels a bit rich. Granted, with JP buying them from Shield, who’s making them in the UK then shipping them over, I’m not suggesting it isn’t an entirely “fair” price. It’s just, you know, expensive. In the pursuit of GLOCK perfection, though, it may well be worth it.