Picture this: A carbine with an IR laser mounted not at the traditional 12 o’clock top rail but instead toward the rear, right in front of your optic. Wait, what? You might be raising an eyebrow, perhaps envisioning this setup as counterintuitive or even prone to obstruction. That’s precisely why we’re here – to shatter myths, question the norm, and delve into the tactical brilliance of an alternative approach.

Step into the shoes of an operator, Jeff Gurwitch, who walks the uncharted path, a mere 5 percent of those who march to a different beat. Gurwitch has served twenty-six years in the US Army, nineteen of which he spent in the Special Forces. This article tackles why unconventional doesn’t necessarily mean ineffective and how a seemingly bizarre placement can lead to an unmatched combat advantage.

Like any other thing in the world, innovation often thrives on pushing boundaries and challenging conventional wisdom. Such is the case with the placement of infrared (IR) lasers on carbines and rifles. While most Special Operations personnel opt for the tried-and-true 12 o’clock top rail positioning, a distinct minority, including Gurwitch himself, have found triumph by mounting their IR lasers towards the rear, right in front of the optic. This unorthodox approach, which initially sparks confusion and skepticism, has proven advantageous for certain combat scenarios.