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Mounting a Red Dot on a Revolver


Mounting a Red Dot on a Revolver

Many of my gun projects, both those I've shared on here as well as those I haven't, involve taking a non-traditional view on a particular pistol or rifle. For example, what would a futuristic revolver look like?


These projects typically require thinking outside the box - finding a part that is used on a rifle and retro fitting for a pistol, taking a piece of electrical equipment and making it serve a new function on a gun, etc.


My revolver projects usually include the addition of an optic; frequently a red dot, prism scope, or a low magnification pistol scope. It's pretty easy to find good information on how to mount a pistol scope. It's not easy to find information on how to mount a red dot on a specific revolver be it a Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Colt, whatever.


Mounting a Red Dot on a Revolver
The mount & red dot combo used on my "Space Force 6" revolver build.

So here's a starting point for mounting those looking to mount a red dot on a revolver, based on what I'm come across on my various gun builds. The point isn't to convince you which is the best mount and red dot for your specific .357 Mag, .45 Colt, or whatever, revolver. Rather, it's to give the person interested in adding a red dot to their wheel gun a place to see some of the options.


There are 3 general ways to mount a red dot on a revolver: on a full-length picatinny/weaver rail, on a short picatinny/weaver rail or a dedicated red dot mount. Below is a list of options for each based on gun and red dot desired.


Note - I suspect this post will get out-dated pretty quickly as new options come onto the market. You'll see that there are only a few companies making most of the mounts, so if you don't see an option for your revolver & red dot, head to the manufacturer's site and see if they've added to their offerings.


Second Note - If you're not sure what mount you need for the red dot you want, check out Optics-info's Guide. It's a great resource to know what mounts are compatible with your optic.


Full Length Rails:

Full length rails are nice becuase it's easy to switch to a different optic if you get tired of your red dot.

Weigand's Ruger 6" Picatinny Rail
Weigand's Ruger 6" Picatinny Rail

The downside is that they are the heaviest of the three mounting options and, since they require you to buy a picatinny mount for your red dot, they elevate the optic higher above the bore.


An example of how the full length revolver rail with a picatinny red dot mount work together is the two pictures below - the first with just the mount, the second with the red dot mounted. The pictures are from my John Wick Revolver build in and are Leupold's Delta Point Pro red dot and Cross Slot Mount.


You can see how it sits a bit higher than it would with a revolver-specific mount, but not too bad.


Red dot mount for revolvers
Without the red dot.....

Best red dot mount for revolvers
With the red dot and laser mounted in front.

Some full-length rail options are:


Ruger


S&W







Short Rails:

Short rails typically extend the length of the cylinder. They are less heavy than the full length rails but still require a picatinny mount for your chosen red dot and they push the sight pretty high above the barrel.


S&W


Ruger


Taurus


Revolver Red Dot Mounts:

Using a red dot specific mount on your gun is the lightest option that also keeps the sight closest to the barrel. However, if you want to switch optics, you'll need a new mount or a rail and a new mount.

Mounting a Red Dot on a Revolver
EGW red dot mount on a Ruger GP100.


S&W



Ruger




If there isn't an off the shelf mount available for your revolver and you're feeling extra industrious, you can try to put together your own mount like I did for my Kimber K6s DASA "Magnetron" build. I used the combination of an aftermarket rear sight and a mounting plate for the Holosun RDO I wanted to make a pretty good mount.





Would I trust my life with it? No. But it's great fun and a solution to fill the lack of Kimber revolver red dot mounts.


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10 comentarios


Invitado
15 feb

I have a Taurus 692 what Reddit would I need

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Invitado
03 feb

wich mount would fit my 357 llama comanche 3, have been searching the web, but cant find a specific mount for it

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Invitado
24 ago 2023

Can you recommend a red dot for a 1952 Smith and Wesson K-22?

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Invitado
06 oct 2023
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Check ebay and elsewhere for a Weaver 307 No Drill Pistol Base for Smith and Wesson K and L Frame Revolvers. That mounts on the old S&W's that aren't factory drilled for a mount.


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Invitado
12 ago 2023

Hello,

I have a Dan Wesson 15-2 revolver blued, could you recommend a short mounting (I have 4 different barrels) and a specific red dot sight ?

Thanks

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Uncle Fudd
Uncle Fudd
29 nov 2023
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Hmmmm that's a toughy. Not sure if there are any mounts out there for it off the shelf, so maybe better to find a smith you trust to do the work. Hate to damage such a nice revolver

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Invitado
22 dic 2021

theres A reason that there aren’t many options to mount red dots on revolvers, there’s not a good use And they make the gun taller than they already are.

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08 oct 2022
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In honor of his mindset, I plan on putting a Vortex Strikefire II red dot, with flip up iron sights for backup, on a S&W 44 magnum 6" revolver, hopefully an N frame

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