History: How this mount came to
Bill Bassett is the owner and operator of
Bassett Machine located in Dripping Springs, Texas. He has worked in,
run or owned a machine shop since 1951 (except for 4 years while he
served in the Marine Corps). Today he is still running his own machine
shop in Dripping Springs, producing prototypes and short-run production.
He has experience in local law enforcement and
national shooting competitions. He was a member of the National
Benchrest Shooters Association (NBRSA) and competed at the national
level matches, winning in the Unlimited Class Competition in 1969 at the
Annual Speer Match put on by Speer Bullet Co.
In the early 80’s, Bassett bought an M1A
rifle. He put a Redfield 3x9 scope on the rifle (using the mount that
came with the rifle) and took it out for a test. Almost immediately, he
noticed deficiencies in the mount system because it would not hold zero
or stay in place on the rifle for three consecutive shots.
Out of his passion for shooting accurately, he
designed and built his own scope mount to cure the shortcomings he found
in the one he bought with the rifle. And guess what? It worked.
And it’s still working 28 years later.
It out-performed five top brand mounts for the
M1A/M14 in an
independent comparison test.
The testing found:
the bolt he designed held the mount
the material he chose held up to the
beating of the recoil; and
the design gave sufficient clearance for
empty case ejection.
This testers also found:
all five top brand mounts failed to return
to zero after being removed and reinstalled;
four showed significant wear to the
positioning bars after firing several magazines of ammo; and
two mounts of softer material simply could
not withstand the recoils.
For more details on the study results, see
Since the initial introduction to the market,
Bassett slightly modified the Standard scope mount twice to make it
easier to use and more user-friendly. These minor changes make this the
most functional M1A/M14/M21 scope mount on the market. It provides
clearance for windage and elevation knobs, and has a more useful
While the bolt fits the combination tool,
Bassett designed the Torque Tool™ for mounting and remounting the
mount-and-scope unit to further assist in repeating the same torque in
each install. Army AMU personnel, Camp Perry Hi-power Masters and law
enforcement personnel found that if reinstalled to the original mounting
torque, it will return to battery within a half-minute of angle at 100
yards. Just one more advancement toward the cause of accuracy.
The Torque Tool™ was also designed to fit into
the large end of the combination tool for storing in the buttstock.
A Torque Tool™ is included with each scope mount order, and is also
available for purchase individually.
In August 2008, Bassett introduced the Bassett
Picatinny Rail Scope Mount. It uses the same attachment method as
the original standard mount and has the same easy remove and replace
repeatability. It allows for more military application, accepting
ACOGs, and is compatible with Mil-Standard 1913 and STANAG accessories.