Side Mounting a Sight to a Marker
by Aaron "Ghost" Grubin
When I was in High School, my Electronics teacher told us about living during the Great Space Race. He told us of the great leaps and bounds in technological advances to send a man into space. He told us that the United States spent hundreds of thousands of dollars researching, designing, developing, and testing a pen that would write in the micro gravity environment of space. The Soviets took a pencil. They used a simple solution and beat the West into orbit. In keeping with that spirit, I've tried to adopt that kind of design philosophy in what I design and build. Thank you Mr. Stiller. In an effort to keep this simple, cheap and effective, all the parts are reasonably cheap, at a few dollars each, and easy to find at hardware stores and a gun shop. Here is a short list of items that you will need for this project.
1- Dremel Moto tool with grinding disk
or Coarse Sand Paper
1- Scope Top Mount Bottom
1- Epoxy or Strong glue
2- Scope Top Mount Bottoms
2- ¾-inch Scope Mounting Rings
1- 6-inch length of ¾-inch wooden dowel
The first step is to use a grinding wheel, or coarse sand paper to remove
the anodizing from the Scope Top Mount Bottom. Only remove the anodizing from
the point where you want the mount to stick to your gun. You want the clean
surface to be rough. All those small scrapes and gouges will give the epoxy glue
more surface area to cling to and strengthen the bond.
Next, decide where you want the scope to sit on your gun. I chose the
left side because I felt to would be more comfortable for me. You have to decide
that for your self. When you decide where you want the scope to mount, you have
to remove the anodizing by grinding or sanding. This may emotionally cripple
those who are extremely proud of their pretty colored gun. Sorry, but if you don't roughen the surface up,
the mount just won't stick well. Sometimes, sacrifices must be made.
You now have two prepared surfaces to bond. Glue the Scope Top Mount
Bottom to the spot you've cleaned off on your marker. Have the mount pointing ALMOST
parallel to the barrel. Pointing it down slightly will compensate for the fact
that a paintball drops shorter than the rifle bullet your scope was intended
for. Let it point down by anywhere up to five degrees. Not too much, but use
your judgment. Wait for the epoxy to harden, and attach your scope according to
the manufacturer's recommendations.
To orient the cross hairs, loosen the rings that hold the scope on the
marker, and rotate the scope until the crosshairs line up properly. Tighten and
you're good to go.
Optional Installation of Sights That Can Not be Rotated
Use the grinding wheel or sand paper to remove the anodizing from the
second Scope Top Mount Bottom, and epoxy it to the dowel.
Slide the scope mounting rings on to the piece of 3/4-inch dowel. Do not
tighten them down, this will come later.
Final assembly; place the wooden dowel on the side mounted scope mount as
you would a scope.
sight then mounts to the rail on top of the dowel, and is rotated in place to
properly align it. Tighten the scope rings on the dowel and you're finished.