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The AR-15 is The Mother of All Versatile Rifles. Near? Far? Wherever you are, a properly sorted AR can open the door to some deadly accurate marksmanship. But moving seamlessly from sniping to CQB requires an optic that splits the difference between long distance love and in yer face aggression. Ideally, you should swap scopes depending on the mission profile. But why swap scopes when you don’t have to? If the action gets up close and personal, just turn your AR sideways, gangsta style, and take care of bidness. Three-gun competitors and tacticoolaid drinkers will tell you: dual optic ARs are all the rage. There’s a mount for that. Make the jump for the Next Intent Tactical presser, touting deliveries of their new $159 (plus tax and S&H) multi-mount and the parent company’s Eugene Stoner-like high-tech pedigree: “We Build Cool Stuff!” Maybe that should just be stoner . . .

“Initial deliveries of a unique dual optic scope mount for the AR rifle called the Multi Mount have shown the benefits of applying aerospace technology to more earthly requirements. Having proven their skills building sophisticated parts for the NASA/JPL Mars Exploration Rovers and more recently the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, members of the Next Intent team who are also competition marksmen felt they could design and build a better scope mount for the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms. They were right, and started the Next Intent Tactical group to bring products to market.

“Focusing on the optics as a critical part of the results achieved from the AR rifle, they designed a mount from a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum that would accommodate optics for both distant and near targets, while making it fit the AR platform in a way that was comfortable and precise.

“While many pieces and many hours of lapping can be required to outfit precision optics on a rifle, this new mount provides perfect ring alignment out of the box. For ACOG scope users, the mount provides a much more comfortable location for the companion reflex mount at 30 degrees offset and to the rear of the ejection port.

“Our experience in competition and working at ranges gave us the understanding and motivation to develop these products,” stated Chris Baker, Manufacturing Manager at Next Intent. “By using CNC and Wire EDM technology to produce the mounts, we can insure the repeatability and precision of all surfaces while machining from a single piece of aluminum in the process.”

“Early adopters of the product are immediately excited about the ability to switch from acquisition of near to distant targets without loss of check weld or a requirement to compensate for mechanical offset. With the convenience of absolute return to zero without lapping, switching mounts or optics within mounts is quick and easy.

“Military and Law Enforcement teams are providing great feedback and reviews on the Multi Mount version designed for ACOG scopes. “Using the same tools and one-piece design we deliver all the same precision, comfort and benefits of the ring style Multi Mount on the quick release Multi Mount version for the ACOG,” said Frank Larned, Operations Manager and local range master.

“Multi Mount is made in USA and available at the website. Read more about the technology behind the design and manufacturing and order for direct shipment from the guys who design and build them.”

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  1. Robert,
    Are you a Oregon Resident, because I think you would make the best OSU Beaver Fan. I love the consistent comments about Ewwwgene.
    By the way, I would love this option, for a mount, but my initial thoughts would be the angle is too steep.

    • Eugene Stoner was the developer of the AR platform. Funny though it may be, it’s not a jab at the Ducks.

  2. I can’t wait to see this on Nick’s 3-gun rifle. Long distance on top, closer on one side, and backup irons on the other.

  3. On the short list for when I get my scope for my AR15. Question of the day: do they make an offset to match for the front sight? Just in case someone, like myself, wanted to mount some irons instead of electronics?

    • You mean offset irons? They came first I think. I’m pretty sure all the typical AR swag companies are making them now. I’ve never used them myself, but there’s probably a whole thread about them at

      • They do. Diamondhead has even shown off flip up 45 degree sights. I’m just wondering if they make a matching offset base for mounting a front sight post. That way you can utilize the offset on the scope mount for a fixed iron sight.

  4. We have a new name for these types of rifles: versatile rifles!

    I know there is another post that asks people how they refer to AR15s and AK47s. But the author hit the nail on the head in this article and I wanted to draw everyone’s attention to it.

    You have to admit, the term “versatile rifle” sounds much better than “assault rifle”. More importantly, the term “versatile rifle” is accurate.

    • Actually, no. In 3-gun competition as well as serious rifle use, the near-far use of optics presents real problems which has already been dealt with in a number of ways. The military has been mounting red dot sights (rds) on top of their magnified optics for years. There are already a number of manufacturers who have offset mounts for rds, i.e., Larue, Trijicon, Troy, etc., to use in conjunction with magnified optics. There is at least one mount similar to the one in the article, Warne, with the offset rds mount integral to the scope mount. Nothing new.

  5. Those look an awful lot like ADM mounts (specifically the latches) with an offset mount on the side. Not a bad idea, and something I have been looking for. But the latch design has me raising an eyebrow.

  6. I suppose someone will come up with a way to mount a spare tire on the AR before long. I’ll go with the KISS principle every time.

  7. I’m expecting a rail mounted nutmeg grater for tactical cappuccino prep any day now.

    Seriously though, this does look like something a competition shooter would find very useful.

  8. One should notice that their product simply mounts on a 1913 rail. It doesn’t matter on what that rail exists.

  9. Why oh why oh why. I guess nowadays if someone or something is beyond the very freakin’ end of your muzzle you need a sight/light/dot/laser to hit it. I completely agree with a low/med power optic of some sort. Like what’s commonly used on what some may call a dangerous game rifle. But when you need (or someone develops one and tells you you need) an optic/gadget/gizmo to shoot someone at arm’s length, that’s just sad. Have we as a shooting fraternity forgotten how to use and what can be done with simple iron sights.

  10. I hate what companies try to use “aircraft grade” or “aerospace grade” aluminum as a selling point. There is no such grade, there is aluminum that is used to make planes but many different types are used and that doesn’t neccesarily make them better than any other type of aluminum.

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