GoPro Gun Mount

I’ve messed around with GoPro cameras since the Hero 2 version and for all their shortcomings, they’re a pretty neat camera.  Not essential by any means, but fun, and every now and then you get something good. Using what I had on my work bench, I cobbled together pretty simple mount for my shotgun that gives a little perspective too.  shotgun goproUtilizing some spare parts, I first stuck the flat adhesive mount (most often meant for a helmet) to the side of the receiver right behind the bolt.  Using the elbow connector, I attached the short end to the helmet mount clip and the long end to the camera.  Once attached to gun, I locked the elbow at 90 degrees which allows the camera to set upright beside the receiver giving the camera angle a look similar to the old video game Quake.

go pro gunmountI wiped the spot with acetone to remove any oil that would compromise the adhesion.  Having the camera mounted on the back of the receiver as apposed to the barrel gives the most unchanged feel in how the gun behaves when shouldered.  When you swing a shotgun with a GoPro mounted on the underside of the barrel, it feels weird and unbalanced.  Keeping the camera back on the gun allows for a more natural feel and swing through.  There is added weight but its impact is negligible.

gopro on gun

 

Here is a view from the back.  From this angle, the camera looks far more obtrusive than it is.  I’ve taken left and right crossing shots with this set up and it doesn’t impede your vision.  You’re actually looking past the camera and don’t really see it when you’re behind the gun.  The true test was when I shot a right to left fast crossing Starling at about 45 yards.  I felt like I gave the bird a good 5 feet of lead and when the gun cracked, the bird folded, yet I never saw the camera.  I wouldn’t see the camera getting in the way until you needed to apply more than 12 or so feet of lead to a target.  I don’t hunt dragons, so this isn’t applicable.

shotgun gopro

 

For the most part, the camera is out of the way.  The GoPro is shock proof so it works well when the gun goes off.  I tightened the mount up with some pliers just to be sure.  Overall, the camera angle gives a good perspective, its unique, and you don’t have to flip the footage right side up in post like some gun mounts.  And whats best, its made out of spare parts I had lying around.  20150116_210248_zpsq0uwjnkv

Now on to the negatives.  It fell off a lot when I tested it and I broke the clip that mounts to the adhesive base plate.  I think it might have had something to do with the fact that it was 18 degrees out.  The plastic may have lost some elasticity or become brittle.  Who knows.  I’m going to try again with another clip when it warms up.  What you can do for a more permanent fix is epoxy the clip to the adhesive base that is mounted to the gun.  Then you can screw the elbow with the camera right on.  That is probably what I will do on one gun.  hibityjibjab

So if you’re looking for that authentic Quake perspective, this is your mount.  Its cheap and simple and it works.  I’ll post up some video in the next few days that is shot with this setup.  Let me know if this works for you.  If you’ve got some cool video of your gun mounted GoPro, send me the link at john@huntingunderground.com and I’ll post it up here.

 

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