While we were waiting for the POV Mounting Systems GoPro camera mount to arrive, we were pretty skeptical. The last GoPro cantilevered mount we tested turned out to be a dud, needing a trip to the hardware store to get working mostly correctly. We didn’t have high expectations about this mount due to that.
I’m so very, very glad we were wrong. Very, very wrong.
The first thing we were happy about was that there are no plastic parts. This sucker is all metal. Knob, rails, mount point – all solid, lightweight, aluminum with excess material removed. And it’s so light that without a GoPro mounted, you won’t even notice it’s there. The fit and finish are excellent on this piece of kit. It is just wide enough to still allow easy access to the controls on the GoPro camera while mounted on your rifle or pistol, but keeps it close enough so you’re not bashing it around during maneuvers. And unlike the previous mount we tested, this one make it so no matter if you mount it to your top or bottom rail, your GoPro camera will be inline with your barrel and not above or below it.
The mount point for the GoPro camera uses the quick detach accessory by GoPro. It locks into the mount solidly – the camera is not going anywhere. One thing here is that the base of the camera mount point is skeletonized with four holes, but we spoke to the company about making it have a center hole there to allow use of a screw for non-GoPro cameras that use a screw-in tripod mount instead. They liked the idea and are looking into it for future versions. Until then, this is strictly a GoPro mount.
As for the Picatinny mount point, it’s damn near perfect. It uses twin metal posts as rails, with a screw in the center. This allows the side clamp to move smoothly to clamp tight against the picatinny rail. The knob used on the screw is all metal, thankfully! No worries about over torquing it by hand, like the last mount we tested. The only possible issue is that the clamp has no crossbar or set screw, so while it didn’t happen to us, the potential is there to slide under heavy recoil. We had the mount attached to AR15s, AR10s and 9mm pistols and the mount stayed firmly in place with all of them. I discussed this with the company, and we talked about how an optional set screw would be useful for those who wanted it. We’ll see how future versions pan out.
How about durability? Well, at a training class we did recently, a student had a steel casing stuck in his AR receiver. He hook of his upper and started smashing his charging handle against a tree to work it loose and slipped, smashing the mount against the tree instead. Mount took it like a champ with no damage. It’s student proof!
I’ve got to say, I love this mount. The Witness, as they label it, is a high quality mount perfect for anyone looking to mount a GoPro on a rifle or pistol. I have found the mount we will be running during all of our training courses. I’m the kind of guy that’s always looking for newer and better but I’m not going to bother looking for other GoPro mounts – this is perfect.
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