I purchased a Leatherwood M14/M1A all steel mount with windage adjustment for my M1A scout rifle. This was the first time I had any dealing with scope mounts for the M1A rifle and was surprised at the number of mounts offered at such a wide variety of prices. I selected the Leatherwood M14/M1A all steel mount because of recommendations provided by the store where purchased and based upon Hi-Lux, Inc. ad indicating 37 years of experience mounting scopes on the M-14 rifle.
The Leatherwood M14/M1A all steel mount with windage adjustment has three primary components:
1. clip guide replacement (1)
2. Front Bracket (7)
3. Rail (11)
These three major components must be aligned correctly when interconnected on the receiver to form the actual mounting surface for the scope. For the average shooter this presents a number of difficulties because of the alignment geometries of each component. As assembly of the kit progressed securing the rail to the front bracket I found the flathead screw to be to long and the screw bore into the top of the receiver.
I then placed the shimmes provided with the kit under the front bracket and this resolved the problem of the screw digging into the top of my receiver. Following the instructions closely I managed to complete the assembly of the Leatherwood M14/M1A mount. I then went to the range to try out this new rifle, scope mount and scope. What a disappointment.
The first two rounds fired were 6ft to the right of the target and 3ft high. Not...