“Paris, we have a problem”.
Well…the long promised FR-F2 scope base from Navy Arms arrived this week. And for those who don’t know, the French FR-F2 sniper rifles that came into the country didn’t have any scopes or bases. Why? The French Army wanted to keep them.
So what to do? Navy Arms, who imported the rifles, decided to have bases made in the US. That is what we have here. While it doesn’t have any trigger time under it to confirm these feelings, it appears to be very well made.
If you define well made by being heavy.
This thing is heavy. Surprisingly heavy. Like…tool in the toolshed heavy. Probably not the worst thing, and likely a benefit.
The other aspect of the base immediately…gives me…pause: It’s high. And I mean very high. Or at least it appears so on first glance. That could be a problem.
Here are the issues that might cause:
- I’m fearful any scope setup might be too high for a proper cheek weld.
- So that forces me to find rings as low as possible.
- But then that creates the problem of bell clearance. Meaning if I need to pull the scope rearwards for eye relief, the bell will probably collide with the front of the base.
- Which is usually mitigated with high rings.
- But putting high rings on this; I might need to file a flight plan with the FAA, for not having a cheek weld!
Summation: The high scope base could box me in on setting eye-relief for the eye-box. This becomes more of an issue with higher magnification scopes. You know, the kind of scopes people like to use on…say…sniper rifles.
F. Me. I thought this project was about done, and like some kind of weird French mafioso, they’ve pulled me back in!
UPDATE – 5-23-2022
I have removed the 1913 rail. It is attached through standard STANAG hard points. Also the set screws holding in the rail are just torqued. There is no loctite on the threads.
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