I was surprised when I looked at a Mk 14 Mod 0 Operator's Manual - no optic system is even specified (or shown). Typically SOCOM guys used two flavors of Leupold scopes that Crane/SOCOM had in their inventory, but optics were sort of "mission-specific" for SOCOM weapons, and thus a SOCOM operator had some discretion back in the MK 14 Mod 0 era (circa 2004-6ish). Night vision optics were also an option, if needed. So its possible that an offset sight could have been used on a Mk 14 Mod 0 w/ a Leupold 51850, but it would have been an individual operator's choice... That's my understanding.My question is...did they ever employ an offset piggy back RDS on the Leupold 51850 optic?
There's none listed in the Mod 0 manual and I don't think there's any photos of a Mod 0 being used with a piggybacked optic. If any were used, it would be an extremely rare circumstance. Looking at other EBR platforms isn't helpful, those are different weapons systems with different users. Until absolute proof of their use has been found, speculation on it needs to end. Anyone can be hypothetical about anything, proof is all that matters.I am building a 99% Mk14 Mod 0 clone...everything should be clone correct minus my muzzle device for my suppressor (YHM).
My question is...did they ever employ an offset piggy back RDS on the Leupold 51850 optic?
I bought a pair of the newly made Mod 0 rings last year, but ended up selling them because they're a little darker than I prefer. Even though they are within spec for the Navy SEAL gray color, they aren't a light silver finish like you see on the early ones and older chassis. A few of my friends even had some sets re-anodized to match their chassis. Please post pics when you receive them!Agree! I got all the correct parts minus the SEI 2003 and VFG...however seen Mod 0s with and without VFGs so until I source one...it is still going to be correct.
I was even able to source a NAVSPEC grey rings for it...Scopelist surprisingly had two sets left...as of this writing...one set remains...get it while you can:
Badger Ordnance 30 mm EBR Scope Ring NavSpec Grey 1.25" Issue Item 306-29NS USED for Sale - SCOPELIST.com
Obviously variability happened, I even put the Short Dot in my my original post. Even though we can find pics of the 1 or 2 Mod 0's that ever had a Short Dot or Trijicon, we still don't have any photos of a backup red dot sight. That should really put things into perspective.
Just sharing info that is all...I have the original 51850 SKU scope coming with the original ARD KillFlash...so no sweat on my end...Obviously variability happened, I even put the Short Dot in my my original post. Even though we can find pics of the 1 or 2 Mod 0's that ever had a Short Dot or Trijicon, we still don't have any photos of a backup red dot sight. That should really put things into perspective.
In regards to the other primary optics used on Mod 0's, I still wouldn't use any of them on a clone build, since 99.999% of the Mod 0's had a Leupold scope. Just because we have a few photos like the Short Dot pic doesn't mean that these scopes were widely used (or even used on a small scale). For all, we know one of these other scopes could have been thrown on a rifle for a specific mission and then never used again.
I thought I made my point clear in my first post, there's no proof that they were used, variability means absolutely nothing if there's no proof.