Tech Tuesday begins! This week, let’s talk about the Aimpoint Micro series of optics.
For the purpose of this article, we’re going to treat the H-1 and T-1 as the same, as the only functional different between the two is the T-1 has an extra coating on the glass that allows it to be used with night vision, whereas the H-1 does not.
While most at home on a rifle, I predominantly use the Micro on my Steel Challenge pistols. I’ve used a few different scopes in the past, but I’ve had the most luck using the Micro because of it’s brightness, battery life and consistency of adjustments.
All Aimpoint scopes use a version of their Advanced Circuit Efficiency Technology (ACET) diode emitter. The largest dot size that is offered in the Micro is 4 MOA, and this concerns many people when they mount it on a pistol, as larger dot sizes (6-10 MOA) are traditionally used for pistols. However, with the better diode technology that Aimpoint uses, the dot is so bright and clear that it appears to be the same size as a 6 MOA on some other scopes. Crank the scope up to max brightness and you might feel like you’re looking into a small sun inside your scope. The same ACET also allows for some pretty incredible battery life. I generally replace my battery about once a year, and that’s mainly out of my own paranoia, as the rated battery life is about 50,000 hours.
Consistency of Adjustments:
Ever pulled your gun out of the bag only to find it’s now shooting 2″ right? How about spending an hour chasing your zero back and forth? Well, that’s other really nice thing about the Aimpoint. The mechanical adjustment system is exactly 1/2 MOA per click, and doesn’t like to move once it gets there. I’ve seen a CompM2 that was returned after being blown up by and IED and would still hold the adjustments when Aimpoint tested it.
So, whether you need red dot for your competition pistol, or something for your new AR you got for Christmas, the Aimpoint Micro is a great choice!