View Full Version : ATTN EOTech owners: Doc's cheap lever mount build

March 10, 2006, 22:16
After getting my EOTech in I decided it would be nice to have a lever type mount for quick removal should it get killed so I can go quickly to iron sights.
I did not want one of the "see-threw" ones as I did not want the EOTech mounted higher. the only one I found was one by GG&G shown here>
It is pimp and nice but at the $90 price tag It was stretching my spending limit. And then I looked at the mount and went "I could build that bastard for less than half that" :D

well I did... a LOT less :laughing:

Go to your local mountain bike place and ask for the markdown spindle lock thigies for wheels or the seat post locks. I got 2 ultra lightweight aluminum ones for $15 (so I could mess one up) and went to work.
First take them apart. Mine were just screwed together with some killer lock-tite so I baked them in the oven at 500* first to break the bond. they cane apart with ease. Here it is after I sand blasted the bligity chrome finish off them.
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2125/eotech11vn.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Next I went and countersunk the center pivot for the socket head screw. It is the one on the right.
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/6451/eotech31rt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Now on the subject of socket head screws:
Your EOTech is threaded 6-32.I mocked mine up using a stainless screw at first. It worked great for mock-up but is utterly worthless, spend the cash on real screws. I got mine from bolt depot and i HIGHLY recommend them. They shipped QUICK !! here is a link to the alloy steel ones: http://www.boltdepot.com/product.aspx?cc=13&cs=71&cm=25&cd=1218
I had to trim down the 2.5 inch ones for my application.

I used the plastic "saddle" thing from mine that goes under the lever. I trimmed it thinner and it was perfect.
Next I mocked it all up and marked where the lever hits the EOTech base and notched it
http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/2476/eotech23be.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
This is to keep it from rotating (more on this later)
When you put it all together put the lever in the LOCKED position and tighten the screw THE SAME WAY you would normally tighten the factory one. Snug it up and a 3/4 turn. This way it is as tight as factory and you are not overtorquing the mount. I put lock-tite on it so it will not tighten or loosen.

and when done :D
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3701/eotech47xn.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

It does not appear to stick out much further than the GG&G mount. Under the lever you can see the black plastic trimmed down "saddle"
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/5376/eotech50ar.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

and how the locking notch works here
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/3657/eotech63st.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Now If i notice the little bugger rotates or moves I will make a base for it just like the GG&G mount but I will mill it out of aluminum scrap (note when I say "mill" I really mean "attack with the dremel tool" :devil: ) and have it work exactly the same as theirs. I will also need longer hood screws as i will make counter sunk holes just like GG&G.

Questions? comments?

oh and price
$15 for 2 levers so $7.50
we will say $5 for screws counting shipping

labor consisted of me sitting on my butt watching the history channel :laughing:

you do the math :D

March 10, 2006, 22:18
Oh ya.
It will be duracoated with the rest of the FAL soon so ignore that its in the raw and the bling little screws for the scope mount :rofl:

March 10, 2006, 23:30
very nice.....

March 14, 2006, 10:30
If you build/finish more of these and price them significantly less than GG&G's lever, I'll happily buy one, perhaps two.

March 14, 2006, 13:40
As a former avid cyclist, I am also sure that there are much lower-profile quick-release lever options if you look around. ;)

March 17, 2006, 02:00
That is awesome! Your lever looks better and easier to grab than the GG&G one.

Gunga Din
March 31, 2006, 19:17
Nice work. I like this kind of thinking. And thank you for showing us the details.

April 05, 2006, 21:19

after 400 rounds or so the little bugger has NOT moved at all.
I removed it and put it back on and by the lazer bore sight it did not change the aim :D
so now it will be duracoated with the rest of my cheap bastard FAL

Bug Tussell
April 06, 2006, 13:51
Way cool. Thanks for sharing.

April 06, 2006, 20:57
Very nice idea and good looking work!:bow:

April 06, 2006, 23:34
As always, the ideas shared by fellow WECSOGers never ceases to amaze me.
Well done, I live an hour from GG&G and count this as a good bargain.
If you get zero wobble (as when these are used in their original design) I think you have broken new ground! Thanks for the great idea!