After completing my latest AR-15 build, I decided I had to add a light to it. With my newly finished AR-15 sporting a Geissele MkIII free floating modular forend, I became excited when I learned of the Brightshot Flashlight Mount from MHA Custom. What is so exciting and different about this flashlight mount you ask? Well, unlike many other mounts, the Brightshot installs directly onto my Geissele MKIII forend without the need for a separate rail section. Pretty neat, huh? I think so. Here is my personal experience and some additional information regarding the Brightshot Flashlight Mount.
I should mention right away that the Brightshot is available in two diameters (.825″ and 1″) and is currently only compatible with the following free floating forends (there may be more versions available in the future):
- Geissele MkI, MkII and MkIII
- Midwest Industries Gen 2
- Yankee Hill Machine Customizable
- Daniel Defense MFR
- Troy Industries V-Tac Battle Rail
- JP Enterprises Slotted Modular Handguard
- Barnes Precision Ultralite Handguard
One of the first things that first caught my eye with the Brightshot was its rigid and heavy duty appearance. This flashlight mount is one solid piece of metal (6061 T6 aluminum). When I held it in my hand I thought, “This feels beefy.” I placed the Brightshot on my scale and it came out to about 3oz.
As a person who is self-admittedly sensitive to aesthetics, I appreciated that the dark black type III anodized finish on the Brightshot matched the finish on the rest of my AR-15 build. This was unlike other mounts I have previously used. Another standout element of the Brightshot is its profile. Because it mounts directly to the forend, rather than onto a rail section, it is able to achieve a lower profile.
Installing this flashlight mount onto my AR-15 was just as easy as my normal rail section installation on my Geissele MkIII forend. I slid the attachment piece that came with my Geissele MkIII into place and screwed the Brightshot in with two screws. There was zero wiggle, wobble or movement after I got it screwed in. Once I placed my Surefire light into the mount, all I had to do was tighten one screw to lock it in place. Light installation was quick and easy and my Surefire felt like it was locked in place for good.
MHA Custom’s Brightshot Flashlight Mount has been on my newest AR-15 build for some time now. I have not experienced any issues with it loosening, falling apart or failing for that matter. I should note that even if the mount screws were to somehow back out on their own, perhaps from the vibration of shooting the firearm, the way the mount is designed prohibits the screws from coming out enough to allow the mount to fall off. This is a huge plus in my eyes because as we all know, unfortunate things never happen at fortunate times.
I can see this mount being popular for those individuals that want something low profile, strong and lightweight. Even at only 3oz, it may be slightly heavier by design than other mounts available (ex. polymer), but I have not yet come across one that is as sturdy and solid as the Brightshot.
Brightshot Flashlight Mounts are 100% U.S made and can be found on MHA Custom’s website for $75.00.