Swedish company Aimpoint manufacture a range of red dot sights to suit pistol, rifle, shotgun and even compound bows and are excellent for quick target aquasition in normal and low-light situations.
Designed to be used with both eyes open, they offer quick and accurate shooting for close to mid range shots, especially in high stress situations. Commonly you will find the standard Aimpoint tactical sight and weapon combo - Aimpoint & AR15 mounted together, but the Aimpoint sights are available for many different model firearms in differing series such as the H1, H2, PRO, MICRO, T1, T2, Comp C2, Comp C3, 9000SC, H34L, H30S and R1 (plus many new modle Aimpoints in the pipeworks).
NOTE : There are many Aimpoint Red Dot knock-offs in circulation - the Aimpoint brand still holds true to the saying "you get what you pay for", and their products are worth every cent. If you see Aimpoint deals on their illuminated dot products advertised at a "to-good-to-be-true price", you're probably not getting the genuine product - an Aimpoint clone will never perform as the original..
Aimpoints advanced red dot laser sight control with outside adjust to match rifle gun scope. Perfect for every situation.
ABOVE LEFT : An Aimpoint CompC3, top, and 9000SC.
ABOVE RIGHT : A view through the Micro H1 - clear, intuitive, accurate and precise.
Progress is impossible without change. The founders of Aimpoint realised this as trailblazers in the field of electro-optic gun sights and the company has remained pioneers. For many professional shooters, Aimpoint is regarded as the only real option for hard-use, precision red dot optics. Since theearly 1980s, Aimpoint has been at the tip of the military spear, providing elite special operations forces units with a significant advantage over iron sights and low-power magnified optics for close-quarters target engagement.
The same technology and utility of Aimpoint sights that makes them so attractive to military units carries over to hunters and sporting shooters. At a recent Aimpoint Training Day, jointly presented by Aimpoint representatives from Sweden, clearly demonstrated this to industry members present. The intention was to introduce Aimpoint products to dealers and familiarise them with the operation and use of red dot sights an objective I felt was achieved.
Erik Jeppsson, Aimpoint's director of marketing and sales, and Erik As, an Aimpoint instructor, clearly highlighted the advantages of Aimpoint red dot sights over other sights in some real-world scenarios. Jeppsson's presentation outlined the key features of Aimpoint's products, while Mr As handled the practicalities of zeroing a Aimpoint sight and provided detailed marksmanship training that confirmed the capabilities of Aimpoint's range.
Jeppsson kicked off the day's training with a short presentation covering Aimpoint's philosophy and patented technology. The Aimpoint doctrine is simple: create a product that will create better shooters. This might sound simple, but achieving this in reality is a daunting task. That being said, Aimpoint's items are a direct reflection of its outlook.
ABOVE : A selection of Aimpoint optics, including an Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic) and a variety of Micro red dots.
The Swedish electronic/optical company's red dot sights allow hunters to shoot with greater speed, accuracy, precision, confidence and situational awareness than iron sights. The same could be said for most red dot sights, or similar electro-optic gun sights. However, some of the aspects which make Aimpoint superior include the unique, patented ACET technology, which gives its products a 50,000-hour Aimpoint battery life, and a complex lens and lens coating system that ensures a parallax-free red dot inside the sight, and Aimpoints excellent field of view.
Shooters with experience of red dot sights would know that it is impossible to centre the dot inside the sight. Furthermore, there will always be some movement of the dot relative to the target, as the shooter shifts their head. This movement is called parallax. Such parallax error increases as the dot moves further from the centre of the optic and is unavoidable in cheaper red dots. There was much talk on sighting in a Aimpoint electronic sight.
ABOVE : Erik As walking dealers through the basics of zeroing Aimpoint sights.
Aimpoint red dot sights are parallax-free. Once you place the dot on the target, you can move your head in any direction and the dot will remain steady. The stark consequence of parallax error is simple - the muzzle of the firearm will not be pointed exactly where the dot is aimed.
The Aimpoint advantage is that regardless of where the dot is in the sight, so long as the shooter can see the dot and place it on the target, the dot is exactly where the muzzle of the firearm is pointing. Although this might seem insignificant, parallax error in the optic combined with shooter faults will result in missed shots.
Aimpoint sights are also incredibly rugged. I am fairly certain more than a few dealers held their breath at the instructor's apparent mistaking of an Aimpoint Micro H2 for a tennis ball. The red dot isn't quite as bouncy as a tennis ball on carpeted concrete, but that did not stop the instructor from trying.
ABOVE : Zeroing with Aimpoint's zero target is quick and efficient, requiring a minimum of fuss and ammo.
I have destroyed a few red dots simply by dropping them, so the rough treatment of the Micro H2 spoke volumes about the confidence he had in the product. Even though Aimpoint offers a 10-year warranty, I suspect the sight would survive such abuse for longer than that.
While I appreciate the theatrics, the proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the shooting. When the roughed-up Micro H2 was correctly mounted onto a rifle, it zeroed and held zero perfectly. This is not my first exposure to Aimpoint's red dot sights. For myself, the performance of the Micro H2 was exactly as expected, but the ruggedness of the optic impressed the dealers.
Much of the training provided by the speaker was built from the ground up to leverage the positives of Aimpoint's red dot sights. Instructor Erik As's focus aligned well with the company's philosophies on accuracy and speed, and he chose a few outdated ideas and techniques, broke them down and explained some newer, better marksmanship techniques.
ABOVE : An Aimpoint Micro H1 mounted to James Cheung's Glock 17A using Aimpoint's OEM mount.
Some of the key principles covered included establishing a good, neutral stance; having a stable point of aim; gripping the rifle in a way that assists our natural proprioception capabilities; and breathing. The training was very advanced and for many dealers, an eye-opening experience, and rightly so.
By combining the application of human biomechanics, the fundamentals of marksmanship and Aimpoint's red dot sights, the instructor increased the skill level and shooting capability of many of the dealers. For close-range targets, Aimpoint red dot sights are superior to practically all other optics in terms of speed of sight acquisition, target monitoring and accurate, precise shot placement.
The presenters had on hand a variety of Aimpoint sights for dealers to familiarise themselves with, ranging from the budget-minded Aimpoint 9000 series to the newly introduced Micro T2 and H2 red dot sights. Crowd favourites included the H30S hunting red dot mounted on a rifle I brought to the event. The H30S, with a larger objective lens than other Aimpoints, had an extremely forgiving eyebox, which made the optic remarkably easy to look through.
The Aimpoint Micro H2, which offers some well-thought-out upgrades to the HI, including flip-up lens covers, a protected elevation adjustment knob and advanced lens coatings, was equally impressive. All Aimpoint sights have 2 or 4 MOA dots, so as to obscure as little of the target as possible, which yielded groups at 25m that would shame some shooters with magnified optics.
For budget-minded shooters and hunters, the Aimpoint 9000 series is a great choice - A great Aimpoint for hunting!. It features the same rugged construction and precision red dot technology as all other Aimpoint products, but won't break the bank.
The more expensive Aimpoint H30 and H34 series red dots would be perfect for hunters who value superior optical clarity, color contrast and a larger eyebox for easier sight acquisition.
The H30 and H34 Aimpoint series red dots would be an excellent optic for a bush gun or on a big - or dangerous-game rifle. For shooters who favour compactness, I would suggest the Micro H1 or H2, or the CompC3 and CompC4 red dots, as they are shorter than the larger hunting units.
Shooters who want to run an offset red dot or piggyback a red dot onto their primary magnified optic should seriously consider an Aimpoint Micro HI or H2. The difference between the Micro T and H series Aimpoints is in the lens coatings and brightness settings of the red dot sight. The Micro T red dots are nightvision capable, tuned for Gen 3 nightvision optics only and have a more rugged, anodised coating.
Essentially, the Micro T units are optimised for military use. For most of us, the Micro H red dots are more than adequate, and are Gen 1 and Gen 2 nightvision capable.
As far as mounting solutions go, Aimpoint has introduced several options including a factory mount for the Tikka T3 rifle, a Sako Optilok mount and a bridge mount that interfaces with Leupold QR bases.
The Aimpoint training day was a coup for Aimpoint and for the dealers involved. It was obvious that Aimpoint put a lot of effort into organising this event.
The most salient moments centred firmly around the marksmanship training, which validated the theory behind the products.
The training contributed to an increase in the overall technical and practical knowledge, as well as the skill level of dealers present.
Another great aspect of the day was the inclusion of regional dealers in the event. It was excellent to hear a variety of dealers, ask questions and learn from some industry experts in a candid Q&A.
The Micro H-2 is a result of feedback from hunters and shooters desiring an even more hardcore Micro sight. With a redesigned and reinforced house body, as well as flip-up covers protecting the lenses, the Micro H-2 can withstand all types of conditions. Thanks to new optical lenses and cutting edge lens coatings, the optical performance and the shape and clarity of the red dot are radically improved .
Various mounting solutions available for the Micro H-2 including:
MAIN FEATURES OF AN AIMPOINT SIGHT
NEW - Aimpoint Micro H-2 For Sale : This rugged little unit is a re-design of the Micro H-1 with a redesigned and reinforced body as well as flip-up covers to protect the lenses. New lenses and coatings make this red-dot sharp and clear, battery life- 50,000 hours, rotary switch, dot size 2 MOA, intergrated Picatinny/Weaver rail mount. Also available as a kit with Blaser original saddle mount.
The Aimpoint H34L For Sale : Made of high strength aluminium, these offer a 34mm tube, 47mm objective diameter with premium multi-coated lenses. Also offers 50,000 hour of constant operation via a CR-2032 battery, 2 MOA Dot. Fully waterproof, 12 position digital push button intensity adjustment, adjustment turret caps.
The Aimpoint H30S For Sale : Ideal for use on standard or short action rifles as well as shotguns and handguns. Length 179mm, 30mm tube construction, 43mm objective diameter and all the features of the H34L series.
The Aimpoint 9000 For Sale : Comprises of several different models with the choice of 2 or 4 minute adjustment and a total of 10 x brightness adjustment settings. Aimpoint's latest ACET-advanced technology diode reduces the power usage of the red dot and allows up to 50,000 hours of use through a single battery. This range includes the 9000L and 9000SC models.
The Aimpoint Micro H-1 For Sale : This model is even smaller and lighter than the 9000 series and ideal for shotguns, lever actions, pistols and bows. Very short and the Aimpoint weight is light, it features twelve brightness settings and has proven extremely accurate for fast point and shoot shots on moving game.
The Aimpoint Micro R-1 For Sale : This model is in silver metallic finish and built more so for the hand gunner. With its 4 MOA dot size, it would also suit stainless rifles as well. Featuring integral weaver style bases, these 1 x parallax free optics have 13 red dot light settings for use in either daylight or low light conditions.
The Aimpoint Comp C3 For Sale : This Aimpoint model is the lightest in its class and extremely lightweight. It will withstand the recoil of most hard kicking magnums and work under all weather conditions. Available in two illuminated dot sizes 2 and 4 MOA. This Aimpoint model mounts with a single 30mm ring that fits all weaver bases and ideal for close quarter shooting on rifle or shotgun. Aimpoint also offer a full range of mounting solutions to suit their sighting devices.