Scalarworks LEAP Mount Review [100% Returns To Zero, Low Drag]

The Sclaraworks LEAP optic mount is by far the most rigid and best skeletonized lightweight optic mount available on the market today.

Available for Aimpoint Micro, Pro, ACRO P1, Trijicon RMR and MRO footprints.

Let's check it out in this Scalarworks LEAP review

Unboxing 

scalarworks leap mount packaging back
scalarworks leap mount unpackaging

Very nice packaging.

You get:

  • Welcome card with instructions
  • The mount in an air sealed bag
  • Compatible screws
  • Lengthened Hex bit

Build Quality

Clamp & Mount

scalarworks clickdrive thumbscrew shank
7075 t6 aluminum vs 6061 t6

Referenced Scalaworks

Rock Solid Overall Quality - Each Scalarworks mount is serialized and made with 7075 T6 aluminum without compromising an ounce of strength, and the attention to detail and the rigid quality is very noticeable when you pick it up.

The external edges are rounded to minimize stress risers, and the Black Nitrided finish gives it a solid look, and a pair of integral shear lugs was added to the clamp to further improve lateral impact resistance.

scalarworks leap mount bottom
scalarworks leap rail mount contact
scalarworks leap mount long screw bit tool
scalarworks leap mount screw driver

Provided a long torx screw bit to help you mount the optic, if you don't have anything that long in your existing tool box!

Quick Detach In Seconds - The ClickDrive QD mechanism is low profile and doesn't stick out for a very streamlined setup on a rifle. It means no protruding levers, bolts, or knobs to rap your knuckles, or get caught on things in the surroundings.

scalarworks leap mount tightening

New re-designed clamp features discreet hardened steel pins and a stopper to indicate when it's sufficiently open to clear a Picatinny rail.

Hand Tight even With Gloves On- The user can hand tight the serrated ClickDrive until the wheel stops turning for a rock solid mount even wearing gloves in the cold.

ClickDrive doesn't need massive amounts of imprecise torque, and is not dependent on unreliable friction. A low profile recessed thumbwheel deflects external impacts, while letting you take the mount off in under 3 seconds, with or without gloves

Frame Structure

sig romeo5 mount footprint
scalarworks finite element analysis
During its development, the Leap mount was subjected to dozens of stress tests before a single prototype was ever made. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) helped extract every bit of performance from every gram of material. This cutting edge design process has resulted in the most efficient mount design possible.

Referenced Scalarworks

scalarworks leap mount holosun aimpoint micro
scalarworks leap mount with sig romeo5
scalarworks clickdrive wheel top view
trijicon rmr on scalarworks leap mount

The skeletonized frame looks good and feels rock solid. I have used the original one for over 4 years now, and the newer model just felt more sexier with that forward angle aesthetics.

The forward lean design provides more room for magnifiers by just a couple inches to give flexible magnifier eye relief distance, and chamfered side pockets for improved thumbscrew access. 

The mount is capable of exerting up to 1500lbs of force, and analyzed load versus displacement data for each. We then used everything we learned from these tests to refine our original design, culminating in the Leap; a quick-detach mount that is both the lightest and strongest on the market today.

ScalarWorks

Weight

The Scalarworks LEAP mount has overall the lightest weight by itself among other brands. Check out this chart below provided by Scalarworks:

scalarworks LEAP Mount weight comparison

Referenced Scalarworks

Height

mk18 with aimpoint micro h1
kriss vector SMG sig sauer romeo 5 red dot sight

Scalarworks LEAP mounts offer different heights for various optics.

You can get:

  • Absolute cowitness 
  • 1/3 
  • Night Vision height - Actually works better than 1/3 cowitness height

Depend on the type of rifle you have and how it fits you, all options are available to the user for the best optic distance to eye and cheek weld position to get a good sight picture.

Return To Zero

Zero repeatability is important when attaching / deattaching optics on and off rifles. We seen the data provided by Scalarworks, but we did out own test anyway on 3 different guns, MK18, SCAR17 and X95.

We basically just shoot, take it off, put it back on, shoot, take it off and remount for 3 - 7 times

There is no top receiver rail damage, every optic was zeroed, torqued to the factory recommended torque value, and we see consistent group before any stress test was performed.

Be sure to torque screws to 10 in lb max. Use a torque wrench to accomplish this, and we recommend the REAL AVID Smart Torq

Final Verdict

Overall, it's a very good experience using the mount. It's super lightweight, robust and slick looking. 

Highly recommended for anyone looking for a non-snag and rock solid optic mounting system for a low drag high speed gun setup.

Ying Xu

US Air Force veteran nuclear weapon officer. Aerospace engineering bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. Experienced as a certified NRA range safety officer. Working as a search engine expert for BadAssOptic.com