Brass Stacker has consistently produced quality products to aid in our quest for the perfect scout rifle configuration. Presenting the Anchor Point Mount for the SKS rifle.
Generally, gun enthusiasts have had a love-hate relationship with the SKS. Some lament the days when an SKS was only $79, and some are looking to modify their rifle into a cheap AK. However, the fine people at Brass Stacker have offered yet another more sensible option for your SKS: the Anchor Point mount.
The folks at Brass Stacker bring you durable steel construction and innovative design, in an effort to supply a solid mount that does not change the overall look of the rifle. The anchor point sits slightly above the rear sight, yet still allows a clear line of sight to the iron sights if the optic goes bad. Essentially, the good people at Brass Stacker do not balk when constructing the mounts that will turn your rifle into a hard hitting scout rifle system that fits your needs and your desired caliber.
The actual construction and mounting of the sight was a little difficult at first, but with help of You Tube and the detailed instructions provided, the job was easy and fun. The hardest part was ensuring that the mount was properly aligned. I would highly recommend a rubber mallet and a ton of patience. In the end, I would rather spend some quality time adjusting and re-adjusting then miss the shot at a pissed off pig. Regardless, when I think of the cheap construction of other products, the time and effort applied to make the mount perfect was worth all my time.
In addition, the mount is accented by the Butt Stock Leather Ammo Carrier designed by master craftsman Rick Lowe. The beautiful attention to detail only enhances the value of this magnificent piece. Further, there is a bonus—a raised cheek rest to put your eye online with whatever your optic of choice may be. Combine this with Rick Lowes signature shoulder strap, and you are ready to hit the field for some serious hunting or just a nice piece to show off on the shooting range.
Once completed the rifle was perfect at 100 yards and could inflict some serious damage at 300. The entire construction with the raised cheek rest was comfortable and felt right in my hands. Even conducting an exercise moving from iron sights to my optic proved to provide consistent shots. But the real fun started when I shook the mount like an angry mom in a K-mart parking lot. I must have looked like an idiot, but it was in the middle of the desert and only my buddies were pointing and laughing, nothing new there. The mount did not buckle or waiver in the least. It was even more reassuring to engage the bayonet and charge an unsuspected watermelon and inevitably the dirt. Not even a fraction of an inch of movement of the mount. Surprised? Not really. Brass Stacker prides itself as an American owned/operated company researching, creating, and producing high quality products. In addition, the mount did not interfere with the stripper clips nor did it impeded speed to reload the rifle. Overall it was a great addition to the rifle and increased the fun meter exponentially. However, let’s forego feelings and examine how it stacks up to LtCol Jeff Cooper’s concept.
Lt Cooper’s Scout Rifle Concept
An unloaded weight, with accessories, between 6.6 – 7.7 pounds.
The SKS with all accessories included weighs in the 9 to 10 pound range. However, it’s still a good solid design that stays on target. If you want to add all the “tacti-cool” stuff, be my guest, the alternative is to go buy an AK. This is an article about a scout rifle, people.
An overall length of 1 meter (39 inches) or less.
Without engaging the bayonet it comes in at just a shade over 40 inches. I would say that’s a pretty close for a scout rifle.
A mounted telescopic forward sight of low magnification, typically 2 to 3 power.
Your rifle, your preference. With advancements in red dots these days it should be an “easy kill” for 100-200 meter shots.
Ghost ring auxiliary iron sights: a rear sight consisting of a receiver-mounted large-aperture thin ring, and typically a square post front sight.
Sure, you can add a peep sight to the rear, but in the spirit of the SKS/Scout Rifle concept it’s a big win to be able to use your original sights.
A “Ching” or “CW” sling.
The SKS has a wide variety of slings available from its original sling to the one featured in this article. I prefer the Rick Lowe Signature shoulder strap. It offers a comfortable feel and a familiarity that hunters know and love when they are walking long distances with a rifle over their shoulder.
A standard chambering of .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO or 7mm-08 Remington.
As we all know, the SKS is chambered in 7.62×39. It is not the most ballistic round for long distances, but it still packs a punch at 100-300 meters. In my humble opinion, if the round was available at the time Lt Col Cooper created these parameters, he may have considered it. As it is, the 7.62×39 has seen great success in deer, hog, and coyote hunting. The versatile round of the SKS provides a good base for the spirit of what a scout rifle is, a utility rifle for any contingency.
Accuracy: Should be capable of shooting into 2 minutes of angle or less (4″) at 200 yards/meters (3 shot groups).
Let me be perfectly clear: the vast majority of people will not be able to accomplish MOAs at these distances with an SKS, myself included. Regardless, there are individuals out in this world who have accomplished what we may consider amazing feats of marksmanship with this rifle and round. It’s not amazing, its practice and knowing your rifle.
ATTACHED BAYONET! Come on, not many scout rifles have a ready-to-go bayonet just waiting to be engaged from underneath the rifle. BAYONET!
Here is the bottom line: the SKS is a choice selection for a scout rifle as long as it has the proper mount. When other mounts are placed on the rear or replace the rear sight, it tends to be cheap and cause the optic to lose its zero. Brass Stacker has once again given us a solid mount that delivers on its promise to provide our SKS scout rifle with consistent shots and alleviate any worry that our mount will come apart mid-shot.
So, my SKS lovers and haters, I have led you to the fine wares of Brass Stacker. Believe me or not, it’s worth a look and definitely will make a fine addition to enhance your SKS.