Impact Weapons Components (IWC) quietly rolled out three new additions to their excellent SMC Light Mount line. The original SMC Light Mount was, and still is, the ideal light mount for use with the pre-MLOK MOE Hand Guards from Magpul. It’s design allowed it to bolt easily to the MOE slots and cantilever the light forward and up, freeing up space on the hand guard and placing the light in the ideal solution for the support hand thumb.
When you look at the SMC, which predates the IWC/HSP Thorntail series of light mounts, you can see the lineage of the IWC/HSP Light Mounts. This ability to extend the light forward has become a signature of IWC’s light mounting products.
On to the new products…
SMCXL – The SMC XL is basically just a longer version of the original SML. It places the light at the same height as the original but extends it forward further. This is especially useful on the new MOE SL Hand Guards and shorter versions of Magpul’s MOE AK Hand Guards. Like the original, it accepts Surefire Scout lights directly and can be used with IWC’s flashlight rings in various sizes. It also accepts the new 45 Offset 1913 for the SMC/SMCXL.
It is available separately for use with the Surefire Scout lights, bundled with various sizes of flashlight rings, or bundled with the new 45 Offset 1913 rail.
45 Offset 1913 for the SMC/SMCXL – The new 45 Offset 1913 is a bolt on part for the SMC and SMCXL. It mounts to the same threaded holes used by IWC’s flashlight rings. This rail features 4 cross slots which makes it the perfect length for mounting lights like Surefire’s X300 series or the INFORCE WML. This not only extends the light up and forward but cants it at 45 degrees to make operating the switch more ergonomic.
It is available separately as an addition to your existing SMC/SMCXL, or bundled with either the SMC or SMCXL.
SMC M-LOK Adapters – This is the least obvious addition to the line but one that brings the SMC/SMCXL functionality to ALL available MOE Hand Guards. When you purchase an SMC or SMCXL Light Mount, you select which hand guard you will be mounting it to. If you select one that features M-LOK slots, two small spacers are included that simply slip into the SMC mount’s screw holes and fill the space in the larger M-LOK slots. They are very easy to use and they add nothing to the cost of the mount.
The release of these items is good news for MOE Hand Guard user but it is especially good news for those using Magpul’s Hand Guards on their AK pattern rifles. The SMC is the perfect solution for placing your light on the shorter MOE AK and AKM Hand Guard. They work especially well when coupled with a hand stop which makes the light easy to reach and operate. I have tried a number of light mounting solutions for my AKs and these are by far the best.