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Clip-on Adapters Mounting Standards

Note: This article is updated constantly. Last update: 6 October 2023.

1. Introduction

A clip-on makes it possible for the user to transform a day riflescope into a night-time usable device. Once a suitable clip-on adapter is installed, this can be done in a matter of seconds. The option of quickly switching between both technologies makes such a setup incredibly popular – clip-ons are sold in great numbers and are widely used. The assets of these devices are recognized by hunters, police, the military, and in other fields. Clip-ons are frequently referred to as front and rear attachments, based on whether they are mounted on a riflescope’s objective (front) or eyepiece (rear). Countries in the EU are still not uniform when it comes to the legality of the use of these devices for hunting purposes. The outbreak of swine fever in Europe has caused many countries to alter their laws regarding the use of night vision and thermal technology for hunting because these devices make it easier to control the wild boar population.

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2. History of clip-on devices

The evolution of technology that is based on infrared light is almost a hundred years old. The military was the first to use night vision and thermal devices. Gradually, their assets have been recognized in other fields. Hunters started to notice that certain game, such as wild boars, red deer, and most predators, does not come into the open until night falls, rendering daytime optics useless. This led to the introduction of night vision and thermal devices in the field of hunting, which changed the hunting market for good. The first companies to produce NV and thermal devices for the civilian market were Dedal, Pulsar, and Dipol. Over the years, the performance of these devices has improved immensely.

3. Rear-mounted clip-ons

These are mounted on a riflescope’s eyepiece (at the rear), which is why they are often called rear (rearward) clip-on devices. They are quite scarce, only a few manufacturers produce them. For safety reasons, it is not recommended to pair rear clip-on devices with hard-kicking rifles. The most important parameter to know before purchasing the correct adapter is the eyepiece diameter of the riflescope.

A mounting solution by Rusan for Pard NV007S
A mounting solution by Rusan for Pard NV007S
Pard NV007S, mounted with an adapter made by Rusan
Pard NV007S, mounted with an adapter made by Rusan

3.1 Unusual forms of rear clip-on adapters

For the adapters to fit some of the riflescopes on the market, adapter manufacturers must make certain adjustments to them. Swarovski Z6i and Z8i riflescopes, for example, have the illumination adjustment knob on the eyepiece. For PARD NV007 devices to be mounted on these riflescopes, the adapter must be designed so that it grips the illumination compartment along with the eyepiece.

Rusan Pard NV007 adapter for Swarovski Z6i gen II riflescopes
Rusan Pard NV007 adapter for Swarovski Z6i gen II riflescopes
Pard NV007S and Swarovski Z6i need to be paired with a special adapter
Pard NV007S and Swarovski Z6i need to be paired with a special adapter
Pard NV007S and Swarovski Z6i paired with a special adapter made by Rusan
Pard NV007S and Swarovski Z6i paired with a special adapter made by Rusan

4. Front-mounted clip-ons

These are mounted in front of the riflescope, either on the riflescope’s objective (front scope-mounted clip-ons), or on the rail in front of the riflescope’s objective (front rail-mounted clip-ons). They are often collectively referred to as front (forward) clip-on devices.

4.1 Front rail-mounted clip-ons

These clip-ons are mounted on a Picatinny rail in front of the riflescope. Most of the rail-mounted adapters available on the market are quite long, so you need a rifle with a Picatinny flat top to mount them. Only a few adapters on the market are shorter, taking up a shorter section of the Picatinny rail. Examples of rifles with a Picatinny flat top are Steyr SSG M1 and CZ 600 Trail. The first front-mounted clip-ons were all mounted this way until objective mounting became a more popular choice. Certain manufacturers are switching back to the rail-mounting option because there is no stress on the scope.

Pulsar Core FXQ50 can be mounted on a Picatinny rail with a suitable adapter
Pulsar Core FXQ50 can be mounted on a Picatinny rail with a suitable adapter
Pulsar Core FXQ50 mounted on a Picatinny rail in front of a riflescope with a suitable adapter
Pulsar Core FXQ50 mounted on a Picatinny rail in front of a riflescope with a suitable adapter
Pulsar Core FXQ50 mounted on a Picatinny rail in front of a riflescope with a suitable adapter
Pulsar Core FXQ50 mounted on a Picatinny rail in front of a riflescope with a suitable adapter

Certain adapters designed for clip-on rail mounting take up a smaller portion of the Picatinny rail when mounted. Pulsar’s PSP-V adapter for Pulsar Krypton is a great example.

Pulsar's special rail-mounted adapter for the M35x1.0 thread
Pulsar’s special rail-mounted adapter for the M35x1.0 thread
Pulsar Krypton FXG50 mounted in front of a riflescope with a special rail-mounted adapter
Pulsar Krypton FXG50 mounted in front of a riflescope with a special rail-mounted adapter
Pulsar Krypton FXG50 mounted in front of a riflescope with a special rail-mounted adapter
Pulsar Krypton FXG50 mounted in front of a riflescope with a special rail-mounted adapter

4.2 Front scope-mounted clip-ons

These clip-ons are mounted on the riflescope’s objective, meaning that you need a suitable adapter to pair a riflescope with the clip-on. It is necessary to know the outer objective diameter of the scope when purchasing an adapter

4.2.1 Mounting a front scope-mounted clip-on with a single-piece adapter (a one-piece mounting solution)

Some clip-ons can be mounted on a riflescope’s objective with a single-piece adapter. Most adapter manufacturers make adapters for the M52x0.75 mounting standard in all possible objective diameter values. Clip-ons that use this mounting standard can be paired with a riflescope directly, without an additional reducing ring. Furthermore, adapter manufacturers produce single-piece adapters for certain mounting standards (Pulsar Forward mounting standard, for example) in combination with the most common outer objective diameter values (50 mm, 56 mm, 62 mm). Producers of thermal optics sometimes also offer single-piece adapters for the mounting standard that they use on their devices.

A one-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455
A one-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455
A one-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455
A one-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455

4.2.2 Mounting a front scope-mounted clip-on with an adapter and a reducing ring (a two-piece mounting solution)

Not all adapters are made of a single piece. In some cases, a reducing ring is needed to pair a riflescope with a clip-on. It is placed between the adapter and the clip-on to convert the mounting standard on the adapter (usually M52x0.75) to the one on the clip-on. A two-piece mounting solution is the only option with rarer clip-on mounting standards and/or unconventional objective diameter values. Below, you can see a reducing ring used that converts the M52x0.75 mounting standard on the adapter to the M35x1.0 mounting standard on the clip-on Pulsar Proton.

A two-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455 (an adapter + a reducing ring)
A two-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455 (an adapter + a reducing ring)
A two-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455 (an adapter + a reducing ring)
A two-piece mounting solution by Smartclip for Pulsar F455 (an adapter + a reducing ring)

4.2.3 Differences between the one-piece and two-piece mounting solution

People often ask if the one-piece mounting solution is superior to the two-piece mounting solution. The answer is no. There is no difference between the two options in terms of robustness and recoilproofness – a combination of an adapter and a reducing ring is just as sturdy as the one-piece adapter mounting solution.

4.3 Add-ons on front clip-on adapters

Some adapters provide the user with an option of mounting accessories on the surface of the adapter. Rusan modular adapter, for example, allows the mounting of a Picatinny rail on its surface. Users can mount useful accessories such as a an illuminator or a power bank on the rail.

Rusan adapter with a Picatinny rail slot
Rusan adapter with a Picatinny rail slot
Picatinny rail mounted on a Rusan adapter
Picatinny rail mounted on a Rusan adapter
An illuminator or any other accessory can be mounted on the Picatinny rail
An illuminator or any other accessory can be mounted on the Picatinny rail
An illuminator or any other accessory can be mounted on the Picatinny rail
An illuminator or any other accessory can be mounted on the Picatinny rail

5. Technology in clip-on devices

There are two main types of clip-on devices – night vision and thermal. Night vision devices are further divided into analog and digital night vision devices.

5.1 Analog night vision

Analog night vision devices feature a light-sensitive surface called a photocathode. When photons, fundamental particles of light, strike this surface, they are converted into electrons. After electrons are multiplied by a photomultiplier, they hit a phosphor screen, creating tiny flashes of light, visible to the human eye. Based on their ability of light enhancement, analog night vision devices are divided into generations 1–3. 1st generation devices are affordable but obsolete, whereas those of generations 2, 2+, 3, and 3+ are much more expensive. Analog night vision devices generally work best with illuminators that emit light with a wavelength of around 850 nm (the most expensive ones are an exception as they even work with illuminators that emit light with a wavelength above 900 nm).

Meopta Meonight 1.1, an analog night vision clip-on mounted on a riflescope
Meopta Meonight 1.1, an analog night vision clip-on, mounted on a riflescope

5.2 Digital night vision

Digital night vision devices work differently. They are equipped with a sensor that converts light into electrical signals. The signal travels via various converters to the screen, where it is converted into light, visible to the human eye. The better the resolution and sensitivity of the sensor, the better the image quality. These devices work best with illuminators that emit light with a wavelength of 915–940 nm.

Pulsar F455, a digital night vision clip-on, mounted on a riflescope
Pulsar F455, a digital night vision clip-on, mounted on a riflescope

5.3 Thermal

Thermal devices do not need any light to function, which is why they are not equipped with an infrared illuminator. The sensor of the device detects infrared radiation which is emitted by the objects around us. The warmer the object, the stronger the radiation. The detectors on the sensor measure the temperature of the radiation – the information is converted into electrical signals. These are transferred to the screen of the device and converted to the corresponding colour, visible to the human eye.

Steiner Nighthunter C35, a thermal clip-on, mounted on a riflescope (source: Steiner Optik)
Steiner Nighthunter C35, a thermal clip-on, mounted on a riflescope (source: Steiner Optik)

6. Pros of clip-on devices

Clip-on devices are often compared with stand-alone NV and thermal riflescopes in terms of usability. Even though the latter have many advantages, clip-ons boast some features that should not be overlooked.

6.1 Better day performance of optics

With a clip-on mounted on a riflescope, hunters are prepared for both day and night hunting since you can install or remove the clip-on device in a matter of seconds. Use the riflescope for clear vision during the day, and pair it with a clip-on to see during the night. NV and thermal riflescopes cannot outperform standard riflescopes during daytime yet.

6.2 Better eye relief

This applies to front attachments only. Rear clip-ons, naturally, are an exception to this as they are mounted on a riflescope’s eyepiece. Standard riflescopes have better eye relief when compared to NV and thermal ones, which is why a combination of a riflescope and front clip-on attachment provides better eye relief than a night vision or thermal riflescope. This is especially useful when the NV and thermal technology are used on a hard-kicking rifle.

Notes

Please note that there might be some errors in the following list. Even though we strive to check the mounting standard on each device in person, it is difficult to obtain all of them (some are quite rare, some are long discontinued, etc.) With some devices, we relied on the information provided by either the adapter manufacturer or the clip-on manufacturer. If you find any errors or would like to make a contribution yourself, e-mail me at [email protected]

7. Front Clip-on adapter mounting standards

7.1 Scope mounting standards of front-mounted clip-ons

7.1.1 Dedal mounting standard (M52x0.75)

This mounting standard was first used on Dedal 540. Many other NV and thermal device manufacturers have used it since. Because it has been so frequently used throughout the years, most adapters are designed to fit directly on it, without the use of additional reducing rings (converters). Reducing rings are generally used to convert this mounting standard to any other.

Dedal mounting standard (M52x0.75) on Jahnke DJ8 1x48
Dedal mounting standard (M52x0.75) on Jahnke DJ8 1×48
Dedal mounting standard (M52x0.75) on Jahnke DJ8 1x48
Dedal mounting standard (M52x0.75) on Jahnke DJ8 1×48

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Andres Industries TigIR-6M
Andres Industries TigIR-6Z+
Dedal 540
Dedal 541
Dedal 542
Dedal 543
Dedal 546
Dedal 552
Diycon DNVC-3 Black Mamba
Gutzeit Front-Max Ultra
Heimdall Fokus 35
Heimdall Fokus 50
Hikmicro Thunder TE19C 2.0
Hikmicro Thunder TH35PC 2.0
Hikmicro Thunder TQ35C 2.0
Hikmicro Thunder TQ50C 2.0
Infiray CD35
Infiray CH50 V2
Infiray CH50W
Infiray CL42
Infiray Mate MAH50
Jahnke DJ8 1×48
Jahnke DJ8 1×56
JSA Nightlux NV Dwarf
Lahoux Clip 42
Lahoux D-545
Lahoux Elite Clip 50
Lahoux Horus
Lahoux Horus Elite
Lahoux LV-81
Leica Calonox Sight
Liemke Merlin 42
Liemke Merlin 50
NightSpotter MR 2.0
Noblex NW100 35
Noblex NW100 50
Zeiss DTC 3/25
Zeiss DTC 3/38

Mounting possibilities for Dedal standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.

Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

7.1.2 Dipol mounting standard (M49x0.75)

Dipol was the first to use this standard. Their adapters fit directly onto the thread. With other adapter manufacturers such as Rusan and Smartclip, a reducing ring (converter) is needed.

Dipol Mounting Standard (M49x0.75) on Dipol DN55 XT
Dipol Mounting Standard (M49x0.75) on Dipol DN55 XT
Dipol Mounting Standard (M49x0.75) on Dipol DN55 XT
Dipol Mounting Standard (M49x0.75) on Dipol DN55 XT

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Alpha Photonics Lynx 1×53
Dipol D400 DNS
Dipol DN55 XT
Dipol DN200
Dipol DN300
Dipol DN-33
Dipol DN-34
Dipol DN-37
Dipol TFA 2.0
Dipol TFA 2.8
Dipol TFA1000
Dipol TFA1200
JSA Nightlux TV Mau V3

Mounting possibilities for Dipol standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Dipol mounting standard (M49x0.75) can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.3 Meopta Meonight 1.1 mounting standard (M46x0.75)

Meopta uses this mounting standard on their Meonight 1.1 analog night vision clip-on. It is also used by some other well-known night vision and thermal optics manufacturers such as Lahoux. The adapters made for this standard often combine a M52x0.75 adapter and a M46x0.75 reducing ring (converter).

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Mounting possibilities for Meopta Meonight 1.1 standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Meopta Meonight mounting standard (M46x0.75) can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.4 Swarovski TM 35 mounting standard (M44x0.75)

Swarovski was the first to use this mounting standard on their TM35. There are both options of mounting it with an adapter and using a combination of an adapter and a reducing ring.

Swarovski TM 35 mounting standard (M44x0.75) on Swarovski TM35
Swarovski TM 35 mounting standard (M44x0.75) on Swarovski TM35
Swarovski TM 35 mounting standard (M44x0.75) on Swarovski TM35
Swarovski TM 35 mounting standard (M44x0.75) on Swarovski TM35

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Swarovski TM 35

Mounting possibilities for Swarovski TM35 standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

7.1.5 Night Pearl mounting standard (M43x0.75)

This mounting standard is used on certain Night Pearl and Liemke devices.

Night Pearl mounting standard (M43x0.75) on Liemke Luchs 1
Night Pearl mounting standard (M43x0.75) on Liemke Luchs 1
Night Pearl mounting standard (M43x0.75) on Liemke Luchs 1
Night Pearl mounting standard (M43x0.75) on Liemke Luchs 1

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Liemke Luchs 1
Liemke Luchs 2
Liemke Merlin 35
Night Pearl Seer 35 Elite
Night Pearl Seer 35 Pro
Night Pearl Seer 50 Plus
Night Pearl Seer 50 Plus II

Mounting possibilities for Night Pearl standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Night Pearl mounting standard (M43x0.75) can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.6 Armasight mounting standard (M39x1.0)

This mounting standard is used predominantly on Armasight clip-on devices. As it is quite rare, there are no single-piece mounting solutions on the market. Commonly, a M52x0.75 adapter is combined with a M39x1.0 reducing ring (converter).

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

  • ATN PS22
  • Armasight Co-MR
  • Armasight Mini
  • Lahoux LV-21

Mounting possibilities for Armasight standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Armasight mounting standard (M39x1.0) can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.7 Pulsar Krypton mounting standard (M35x1.0)

We first noticed this mounting standard on Pulsar Krypton, hence we named the standard after this device. Pulsar manufactures an adapter that fits directly on this mounting standard, whereas other adapter manufacturers mostly offer a combination of an adapter and a reducing ring.

Pulsar Krypton mounting standard (M35x1.0) on Pulsar Proton FXQ30
Pulsar Krypton mounting standard (M35x1.0) on Pulsar Proton FXQ30
Pulsar Krypton mounting standard (M35x1.0) on Pulsar Proton FXQ30
Pulsar Krypton mounting standard (M35x1.0) on Pulsar Proton FXQ30

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Andres Industries PumIR-6M+
Andres Industries PumIR-6M+.5
Andres Industries PumIR-6Z+
Andres Industries PumIR-6Z+.5
Pulsar Krypton 2 XG50
Pulsar Krypton 2 XQ35
Pulsar Krypton XG50
Pulsar Proton XQ30

Mounting possibilities for Krypton standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Krypton mounting standard (M35x1.0) can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.8 Guide mounting standard (M33.5×0.75)

Guide was the first company to use this mounting standard. Generally, a combination of an adapter and a reducing ring is needed to mount a clip-on with this mounting standard on a riflescope.

Guide mounting standard (M33.5x0.75) on Steiner Nighthunter C35
Guide mounting standard (M33.5×0.75) on Steiner Nighthunter C35
Guide mounting standard (M33.5x0.75) on Steiner Nighthunter C35
Guide mounting standard (M33.5×0.75) on Steiner Nighthunter C35

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Bering Optics Hogster
Burris BTC35
Burris BTC35 Gen 2
Burris BTC50
Guide TA425
Guide TA435
Guide TA450
JSA Nightlux TA435
JSA Nightlux TA450
Lahoux Clip 35
Lahoux Clip 50
Nitehog Viper
Steiner Nighthunter C35

Mounting possibilities for Guide standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Guide standard can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.9. Infiray CTP13 mounting standard (M30x1.0)

We first noticed this thread-type mounting standard on Infiray CTP13. It is found on compact clip-ons. Usually, a converter from M30x1.0 to M52x0.75 is supplied with the device, hence there are not so many aftermarket adapters available. The ones that are available are two-piece versions.

Infiray CTP13 mounting standard (M30x1.0) on Infiray CLM25
Infiray CTP13 mounting standard (M30x1.0) on Infiray CLM25
Infiray CTP13 mounting standard (M30x1.0) on Infiray CLM25
Infiray CTP13 mounting standard (M30x1.0) on Infiray CLM25

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Infiray CML25
Liemke Merlin 25
InfiRay CTP13
Liemke Merlin 13

Mounting possibilities for Infiray CTP13 standard

7.1.10 Hikmicro Thunder mounting standard (bayonet)

Hikmicro designed this bayonet-style mounting standard and uses it on their Thunder clip-on devices. To mount a device with this mounting standard on a riflescope, you need a combination of an appropriate adapter and reducing ring.

Hikmicro Thunder mounting standard on HikMicro Thunder Pro TE19C
Hikmicro Thunder mounting standard on HikMicro Thunder Pro TE19C
Hikmicro Thunder mounting standard on HikMicro Thunder Pro TE19C
Hikmicro Thunder mounting standard on HikMicro Thunder Pro TE19C

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
AGM Rattler TC35-384
GPO Spectra TI35
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-L
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-R
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-RL
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TE19C
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TQ35C
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TQ50C
Hikmicro Thunder TH35C
Hikmicro Thunder TH35PC

Mounting possibilities for Hikmicro Thunder standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Hikmicro standard can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.11 Pulsar DFA75 mounting standard (bayonet)

This mounting standard was first used on Pulsar DN55 and DFA75 devices. It is similar to the Pulsar Forward standard but the bayonet consists of two notches instead of four. Once the adapter pins are inserted into the notches, they have to be turned counterclockwise for the adapter to be fixed in place. Some manufacturers offer adapters that can be placed directly on the bayonet, while a reducing ring is needed with others.

Pulsar DFA75 mounting standard on Pulsar Core FXQ50
Pulsar DFA75 mounting standard on Pulsar Core FXQ50
Pulsar DFA75 mounting standard on Pulsar Core FXQ50
Pulsar DFA75 mounting standard on Pulsar Core FXQ50

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Pulsar Core FXQ38Discontinued
Pulsar Core FXQ50Discontinued
Pulsar DFA75Discontinued
Pulsar DN55Discontinued

Mounting possibilities for Pulsar DFA75 standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Pulsar DFA75 standard can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.1.12 Pulsar Forward mounting standard (bayonet)

This mounting standard was first used on Pulsar Forward F135 and F155. The bayonet is similar to the one found on Pulsar DFA75 and Core devices but features four notches instead of two. Some manufacturers offer adapters that can be placed directly on the bayonet, while a reducing ring is needed with others.

Pulsar Forward mounting standard on Pulsar Forward F455S
Pulsar Forward mounting standard on Pulsar Forward F455S
Pulsar Forward mounting standard on Pulsar Forward F455S
Pulsar Forward mounting standard on Pulsar Forward F455S

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Pulsar Forward F135Discontinued
Pulsar Forward F155Discontinued
Pulsar Forward F455Discontinued
Pulsar Forward F455S

Mounting possibilities for Pulsar Forward standard

Notes

With Smartclip, Rusan and Recknagel adapters, choose the size based on the outer objective diameter of your riflescope.
Our list of riflescopes and their outer objective diameters is available

Rusan reducing ring for the Pulsar Forward standard can be paired with Rusan, Smartclip and Recknagel adapter for the M52x0.75 mounting standard.

7.2 Rail mounting standards of front-mounted clip-ons

7.2.1 Hikmicro Thunder rail mounting standard

Hikmicro utilizes this specification for all their first-generation Thunder devices, clip-ons and riflescopes. It includes two screw holes with a distance of 29 mm from center to center, and a thread size of 1/4″ – 20.

Hikmicro Thunder mounting standard on Hikmicro Thunder TH35C
Hikmicro Thunder mounting standard on Hikmicro Thunder TH35C
Hikmicro Thunder TH35C mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)
Hikmicro Thunder TH35C mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)
Hikmicro Thunder TH35C mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)
Hikmicro Thunder TH35C mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)

Clip-ons that share this rail mounting standard:

Clip-onProductDetails
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-L
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-R
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-RL
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TE19C
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TQ35C
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TQ50C
Hikmicro Thunder TH35C
Hikmicro Thunder TH35PC

Mounting possibilities for Pulsar Forward standard

7.2.2 Pulsar Core rail mounting standard

The Pulsar Core rail mounting standard is an adaptation of the Pulsar Trail mounting system, seen in many of Pulsar’s discontinued thermal riflescopes. While the Trail system incorporates four screw holes, the Pulsar Core standard features just two, with the same M6 thread size. Mounts designed for the Pulsar Trail standard can be used for the Pulsar Core standard as well, with an added degree of flexibility (the device can be mounted on any of the two adjacent holes on the mount).

Pulsar Core FXQ38 mounting standard on the bottom of the device for rail mounting purposes
Pulsar Core FXQ38 mounting standard on the bottom of the device for rail mounting purposes

Clip-ons that share this rail mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Pulsar Core FXQ38Discontinued
Pulsar Core FXQ50Discontinued

Mounting possibilities for Pulsar Core mounting standard

7.2.3 Infiray CML rail mounting standard

The Infiray CML mounting standard is present on compact clip-ons. This system features two screw holes, spaced 19.2 mm from center to center, with an M3 thread size.

Infiray CML mounting standard on Infiray CML 25
Infiray CML mounting standard on Infiray CML 25
Infiray CML25 mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)
Infiray CML25 mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)
Infiray CML25 mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)
Infiray CML25 mounting standard on the bottom of the device (rail mounting)

Clip-ons that share this rail mounting standard:

Thermal RiflescopeProductDetails
Infiray CML 25
Liemke Merlin 19
Liemke Merlin 25

Mounting possibilities for Infiray CML mounting standard

8. Rear clip-on adapter mounting standards

8.1 Pard NV007 standard (bayonet)

The first device to feature this standard was Pard’s NV007. Adapters on the market fit directly onto the bayonet. No reducing rings are needed.

PARD NV007 mounting standard on PARD NV007A
PARD NV007 mounting standard on PARD NV007A

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Pard NV007
Pard NV007A
Pard NV007V
Sytong HT-66

Mounting possibilities for Pard NV007 standard

8.2 Pard NV007S standard (bayonet)

Pard’s NV007S was the first device to feature this mounting standard. Adapters on the market fit directly onto the bayonet. No reducing rings are needed.

Pard NV007S mounting standard on Pard NV007S
Pard NV007S mounting standard on Pard NV007S
Pard NV007S mounting standard on Pard NV007S
Pard NV007S mounting standard on Pard NV007S

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Pard NV007SDiscontinued

Mounting possibilities for Pard NV007S standard

8.3 Pard NV007SP mounting standard

Even though the bayonet on the NV007SP is similar to the one on NV007S, the adapters designed for NV007S do not fit properly on the bayonet of NV007SP.

Pard NV007SP mounting standard on Pard NV007SP
Pard NV007SP mounting standard on Pard NV007SP
Pard NV007SP mounting standard on Pard NV007SP
Pard NV007SP mounting standard on Pard NV007SP

Clip-ons that share this mounting standard:

Clip-On DeviceProductDetails
Pard NV007SP
Pard NV007SP LRF

9. Conclusion

If you have an NV or thermal clip-on attachment that is not listed in this article, or if you have found any error, please send an e-mail to [email protected] – help us expand our database. We greatly appreciate everyone’s help!

This article is regularly updated with new information and user contributions. We aim to create a collection of useful data that will be of great help to users and potential buyers of NV and thermal clip-ons, and those who are looking for a specific adapter for their thermal & NV device.

10. List of all NV and thermal devices

NV/Thermal DeviceMounting StandardProductMounting OptionsDetails
Armasight Co-MR
Armasight Mini
ATN PS22
Lahoux LV-21
Andres Industries TigIR-6M
Andres Industries TigIR-6Z+
Dedal 540
Dedal 541
Dedal 542
Dedal 543
Dedal 546
Dedal 552
Diycon DNVC-3 Black Mamba
Gutzeit Front-Max Ultra
Heimdall Fokus 35
Heimdall Fokus 50
Hikmicro Thunder TE19C 2.0
Hikmicro Thunder TH35PC 2.0
Hikmicro Thunder TQ35C 2.0
Hikmicro Thunder TQ50C 2.0
Infiray CH50 V2
Infiray CH50W
Infiray CL42
Infiray Clip CD35
Infiray Mate MAH50
Jahnke DJ8 1x48
Jahnke DJ8 1x56
JSA Nightlux NV Dwarf
Lahoux Clip 42
Lahoux D-545
Lahoux Elite Clip 50
Lahoux Horus
Lahoux Horus Elite
Lahoux LV-81
Leica Calonox Sight
Liemke Merlin 42
Liemke Merlin 50
NightSpotter MR 2.0
Noblex NW100 35
Noblex NW100 50
Pard NV007SP
Zeiss 3/25
Zeiss 3/38
Alpha Photonics Lynx 1x53
Dipol D400 DNS
Dipol DN55 XT
Dipol DN200
Dipol DN300
Dipol DN-33
Dipol DN-34
Dipol DN-37
Dipol TFA 2.0
Dipol TFA 2.8
Dipol TFA1000
Dipol TFA1200
JSA Nightlux TV Mau V3
Bering Optics Hogster
Burris BTC35
Burris BTC35 Gen 2
Burris BTC50
Guide TA425
Guide TA435
Guide TA450
JSA Nightlux TA435
JSA Nightlux TA450
Lahoux Clip 35
Lahoux Clip 50
Nitehog Viper
Steiner Nighthunter C35
AGM Rattler TC35-384
GPO Spectra TI35
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-L
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-R
Hikmicro Cheetah C32F-RL
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TE19C
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TQ35C
Hikmicro Thunder Pro TQ50C
Hikmicro Thunder TH35C
Hikmicro Thunder TH35PC
Infiray CML25
Infiray CTP13
Liemke Merlin 13
Liemke Merlin 25
ElectroOptic Nivex Digital
Lahoux DigiClip
Lahoux DigiClip Pro
Lahoux Hemera
Meopta Meonight 1.1
Nitehog Caiman TIR-M50
Liemke Luchs 1
Liemke Luchs 2
Liemke Merlin 35
Night Pearl Seer 35 Elite
Night Pearl Seer 35 Pro
Night Pearl Seer 50 Plus
Night Pearl Seer 50 Plus II
Pard NV007
Pard NV007A
Pard NV007V
Sytong HT-66
Pard NV007S
Pulsar Core FXQ38Discontinued
Pulsar Core FXQ50Discontinued
Pulsar DFA75Discontinued
Pulsar DN55Discontinued
Pulsar Forward F135Discontinued
Pulsar Forward F155Discontinued
Pulsar Forward F455Discontinued
Pulsar Forward F455S
Andres Industries PumIR-6M+
Andres Industries PumIR-6M+.5
Andres Industries PumIR-6Z+
Andres Industries PumIR-6Z+.5
Pulsar Krypton 2 XG50
Pulsar Krypton XG50
Pulsar Proton XQ30
Pulsar Krypton 2 XQ35
Swarovski TM35
Pard NV007SP LRF
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Clip-on adapters mounting standards
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Clip-on adapters mounting standards
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An adapter is needed to pair a riflescope with a scope-mounted clip-on. The list in this article will help you choose the appropriate one.
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