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Oct
2014

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part I: Picatinny Rail Mounts

posted Monday, October 20th 2014 at 12:05 PM by

GoPro Weapon Mount Review Part I: Picatinny Rail Mounts

So I wanted to find a GoPro mount that would fit nicely on my rifles. When looking for examples or reviews online, I didn't find much that showed how they attached or what the images would look like. So I decided to try a couple and post the results. Enter the contenders:

Background

Gun Rail Mount by The Accessory ProPicatinny Rail Mount from Rec-Mounts
Gun Rail Mount by The Accessory Pro Picatinny Rail Mount from Rec-Mounts
$18 on Amazon Prime $29 on Amazon Prime

Overall the price points weren't bad. I picked up the Gun Rail Mount from The Accessory Pro thinking it would meet the majority of my needs. I also got the Picatinny Rail Mount from Rec-Mounts because it seemed like a better option for handguns.

Initial Impression

First of all, both seemed well made. The Amazon reviews I read about them stated some concerns about the GoPro attachment point (being aluminum for both) not being able to clamp down tightly on the plastic GoPro pieces. I hoped that wouldn't be a problem, since at some point a metal rifle mount does need to interface with a plastic GoPro component.

Both seemed well constructed, and I was pleased that the Rec-Mounts version had a thumb screw for quick attachment and detachment. I imagined a GoPro rifle mount would be something that would be added, ajusted, and removed frequently. I was a bit disappointed that The Accessory Pro Gun Rail Mount didn't have a thumb screw, which actually became a pain when doing this review and moving it back and forth between different rifles.

Also, with The Accessory Pro mount, it took a bit of force to make sure the GoPro mount snapped into place securely. The mount is made from 6061-T6 Aluminum, so it doesn't have the same flex as a normal GoPro mount. Not a big deal, just make sure it clicks into place firmly. Check out the images for an example.

Rec-Mount on an AR15

Rec-Mounts Picatinny AR15 Mount
Rec-Mounts Picatinny AR15 Mount

I had intended to mount it on the bottom rail, but with the VFG in the center position there wasn't enough room to add a rail on the bottom. I liked the position of the VFG and I didn't want to move it just for a temporary video spot. So instead, I mounted it on a rail at the 2 o'clock position.

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I found the two o'clock mounting position to be less than ideal. It involved more GoPro connectors than I wanted to use, which add additional failure points where each one could come loose during firing. Overall I wasn't too keen on it, but with the right rail setup it might work just fine.

The Accessory Pro on an AR15

The Accessory Pro AR15 Picatinny Mount
The Accessory Pro AR15 Picatinny Mount

With the Rec-Mounts version, I had to mount it at the 10 or 2 o'clock position. As far as I'm concerned, 10 and 2 are only for driving! I wanted to find a way to mount this from the bottom rail. Personally I had a lot of trouble mounting this on my AR. I liked the position of my vertical grip and didn't want to move it, and the smallest Magpul rail was too big to fit the open spaces on the bottom.

I finally decided on using a Magpul cantilever mount, facing rearward, to give me the space I needed to mount it. Its a bit non-traditional, but it works!

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Overall it took some weirdness to get it mounted, but that was mostly because of my VFG position. I liked it, but I'd better test it out on something else to confirm its less headache without a full carbine length rail. How about an AK?

The Accessory Pro on a Railed AK

The Accessory Pro AK Picatinny Mount Forward View
The Accessory Pro AK Picatinny Mount - Forward View

Nice! It mounted easily when I had rail space available. Overall very secure, and only occupying 3 rail slots.

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Much more straight forward to mount on a hand guard that I had space available. I liked both the forward and rearward camera facing options on this setup. Something that wouldn't be as easily attainable with the Rec-Mounts.

Rec-Mount on a Glock 23

Rec-Mounts Picatinny Glock Handgun Mount
Rec-Mounts Picatinny Glock Handgun Mount

I picked up this mount thinking I would primarily use it for handguns. It seemed to fit the bill nicely, secure mounting with minimal interference. No issues here, seems to work great!

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The only thing to note is the image will be inverted, so change your GoPro settings to invert it or fix it in editing. Also, there isn't a good way to photograph the user, since the camera would only be pointing backwards at their knuckles.

The Accessory Pro on a Glock 23

The Accessory Pro Glock Handgun Mount
The Accessory Pro Glock Handgun Mount

I actually liked this mount better, since it allowed me to capture video of the user also. I did need to use the GoPro offset mount to keep the camera behind the muzzle. I was concerned that repeated concussions would be bad for the camera, or at least fill it full of powder and debris.

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Overall I liked this mount better. It allowed me to both film forward and backward, so I could get shots of the target and shots of the user. It also allowed me to position the camera so I could get action shots of brass flying.

Final Thoughts

While they were both good mounts, I would definitely pick The Accessory Pro mount over the Rec-Mounts mount. It offered more flexibility in mounting options, and gave me better options for filming both the target or the user. I'd gotten the Rec-Mount thinking it would be ideal for handguns, but as it turned out I liked The Accessory Pro mount better. Both were well constructed and served their purpose, but even so, The Accessory Pro also beat Rec-Mounts in price and options. Hands down it was the winner.

Stay tuned for Part II of this review, where I try and figure out ways to mount a GoPro to rifles without rails! So uh, does anyone have some duct tape?

Want to see a different mounting setup, review, or photo? Got a some GoPro shooting tips to share? Let me know in the comments and I'll put together another review!

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