Cantilever Scope Mounts: Buyer’s Guide

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The word cantilever simply means a long protruding beam fixed only at one end. When lined up against other mounts, you can easily guess which one is a cantilever mount as it protrudes forward on one end. Cantilever scope mounts can either be a one-piece mount or two-piece rings. In both, the mount launches the scope ahead and facilitates more rail space behind the optic. 

Instead of over the receiver, a cantilever mount aligns more on the barrel. This may make your rifle heavier at the front, especially for the bulkier mounts. There are different types of cantilever mounts to cater to the varying needs of the consumer.  Below is an in-depth review of the top 7 best cantilever scope mounts available on the market today.

Vortex 2-Inch Offset Cantilever Scope Mount

This is a scope mount that allows one to load and use the AR-15 flat top rifles. Used for mounting 30mm telescopic sights, it helps maintain unmoving hold and eye relief when in focus. When firmly screwed, it will remain tight through several rounds. 

The Vortex Cantilevered AR-15 Scope Ring Mount is a single-piece item with the riflescope mount and two integrated 30mm diameter rings, which allow for a broader range of scopes. It has a tough exterior made of aluminum, and it is lightweight. 


  • Easy to install
  • Solid & stable
  • Tight fit
  • Holds zero nicely


  • Screws will require Loctite.

LaRue Tactical SPR QD Scope Mount 

The LT104 mount has vertical split rings made from an