New mounting options ATN XSight4K and ABL Feb 14, 2020 13:00:06 GMT -8
Post by martint on Feb 14, 2020 13:00:06 GMT -8
I just found out that it is mentioned in the most recent version of the ONLINE instruction manual on the ATN site (not on the paper version you get in the box) that you can INSTALL THE ABL BEHIND the focus ring!
They show it with the Laser in the same orientation (on the side of the scope), but I took it a step further and rotated it so teh Laser sits on top now!
It shortens the whole setup immensly, and the weight is much more centrally distibuted, so that it is now very well possible to take off hand shots with it! (which was nearly impossible with the "normal" configuration because it was so F### front heavy....)
Some observations/suggestions/cautions if you want to go this route as well:
- Put some vinyl tape over the protruding markings on the side of the front bell (the type/name on one side and the magnification numbers on the other side.)
- Put 2 small flat rubberbands (like 1.5 or 2 inch bands) on the front bell, behind the focus ring where the forward part of the clamp will be gripping it so the ABL doesn't slip off. (the instr. manual talks about a rubber piece, but mine didn't have it in the box, so therefore the rubber bands)
- Remove the grubscrew on the clamp altogether (it will damage the bell when you leave it on and tighten it. it is not nessesary as the clapmping force over the rubberband is more than enough to keep it from moving. (Mind I'm talking airgun use here, the instr. manual talks about 50 torque pounds of tightening force of the clamp, which to me seems more oriented to powderburners. Your mileage may vary... Use at your own risk, Warning: California residents might get cancer from the rubberbands (and everything else there too...), bla bla bla, and all that other good legal stuff.)
- It MIGHT be nessesary to put a small piece of rubber between the aft merging ends of the clamp (so aft of the 2 clampingscrews in the gap that closes when you tighten the screws (I cut a small piece off of a bike tire inner tube and that was thick enough (one layer, not double). This angles the laser range finder enough downwards so the calibration happens (at 50 yards) with the laser more or less in the center of the display. Without the rubber piece the laser was too far in the top of the screen, so that I could not reach it with the red bracket during the calibration process.
- Move the ABL far enough BACK so that the protruding piece on the bottom/inside of the Laser housing (the piece that is normally in the recessed part of the sunshade) is BEHIND the forward bell, or else I think it will damage (crush) the bell.
All in all a huge improvement in my book!