The ALG Defense 6-Second Mount was designed when a counter-terrorism unit approached ALG with a strict set of criteria. When entering a linear environment (such as an airplane or bus) the team’s primary weapon was their pistol and they were looking for a fast sighting method that was rugged and robust. Red dot scopes mounted directly to the pistol slides were showing a high failure rate due to the extreme acceleration and deceleration of the slide. Additionally, the balance of the pistol was thrown off from the rearward optic mounting position.
The name 6-Second Mount came from a description used by one of the operators: “The fight lasts 6 Seconds, either they’re dead or you’re dead and aggression saves the day.”
Mounting an optic to your weapon decreases engagement time allowing for faster and more accurate hits on target. By separating the sight from the reciprocating slide it allows the pistol to function properly without the added mass of the optic sight and improves the overall weight distribution. Also, by removing the sight from the slide, the slide’s integrity is not compromised by machining.