Last year, Trijicon won our coveted TTAG Reader’s Choice Awards for their 300 BLK ACOG. This year Aimpoint’s taking home the proverbial optical bacon for their Aimpoint Micro T-2. As the press release [below] points out, the all-new-from-the-ground-up Micro T-2 builds on the success of their already outstanding Micro T-1. The Micro T-2 boasts “a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti – reflective device, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.” In other words . . .

the T-2’s everything the T-1 was only tougher. We like tougher. We also like better. Yeah, the T-2 does it better. It offers “a noticeable increase in the clarity and performance properties of the Micro T-2.” How much would you pay? Don’t answer! The sight’s battery’s good for five years of constant-on performance. Now how much would you pay? Primary Arms sells the Micro T-2 for $761.

That’s a lot of scratch for a red dot, but TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia reckons it’s worth the price of admission. So do we. Congratulations to Aimpoint for the win.

New sight offers additional features and enhanced performance

Aimpoint, the originator and world leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has announced the addition of the new Micro T-2 sight to the company’s professional product line. The Micro T-2 will be available for shipment in September, 2014, and will be offered alongside the company’s existing Micro T-1 product.

Since its introduction in 2007, the Aimpoint Micro sight has become the worldwide standard for compact reflex sights. Law enforcement and military end users have embraced this sight for its compact size, durability, and extremely long battery life. Product reviews with professional end users identified a series of desired product enhancements that have now been added to this new product. These changes include: a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti – reflective device s, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.

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The most important development in this new sight however, is enhanced optical performance. A newly designed front lens, incorporating an important breakthrough in reflective lens coatings, provides a noticeable increase in the clarity and performance properties of the Micro T-2. This ensures that no matter what angle or conditions the shot presents, the user is able to get on target quickly and accurately.

“Instead of merely making improvements to an existing product, we started with a completely new design” said Lennart Ljungfelt, President of Aimpoint AB. “As a result, the Micro T-2 takes the level of performance available from a compact sight to an entirely new level. It also provides features and performance formerly available only in much larger optics.”

The Micro T-2 can be mounted on nearly any individual weapon platform, and can be used with all existing mounts that fit the Micro T-1. This sight is compatible with all generations of night vision devices. The Micro T2 is ideal for use with Aimpoint’s wide range of accessories including the 3X Magnifier, and Concealed Engagement Unit (CEU). The Micro T-2 can operate for up to five years of constant-on use, using just one CR-2032 battery, and is waterproof to 25 meters

TTAG Readers’ Choice Awards methodology

The poll was conducted using a custom polling application which presented each respondent with a list of options for each category. Respondents could either select from the list, choose not to respond, or add an additional option at the bottom. Any added items would be displayed to all subsequent respondents (any item worthy of “Item of the Year” would, in theory, be added fairly quickly by respondents). Items which were not relevant (outside the time frame or irrelevant responses, like “my homemade ammo” for best ammo of the year) were periodically removed, and all associated votes for that item in that category were eliminated as well. Respondents were discouraged from voting multiple times by having their IP address recorded and banned from making subsequent responses. The polling period lasted 7 full days and elicited 1,104 responses.

12 Responses to TTAG 2014 Reader’s Choice Award, Best New Optic: Aimpoint Micro T-2

  1. I’ll stick with something that costs less than my rifle. Good optic, but out of my price range. I’ll be on the lookout for another T1, hopefully now coming down in price after the T2 launch.

    • Nope, Aimpoint is keeping the T1 around at the same price. They just priced the T2 higher because it’s better.

      Given the utter lack of innovation in the T2, I’m stunned that anyone could vote it optic of the year. Holosun has a way more interesting offering, IMHO.

      • Yeah, don’t get caught up so much in the Holosun brand. I bought one from Primary Arms during this past summer.

        Here is what I found:
        – The elevation and windage knobs did nothing
        – The battery is held with a flap of barely attached rubber or neoprene (no way this is waterproof as claimed at the time)
        – The battery contacts are 2 thin pieces of quarter sized, copper coated plastic
        – Each contact is connected to the board by a barely soldered thin wire

        None of this was documented or pictured on Primary Arms. Holosun’s website had no documentation at the time.

        Called Primary Arms and they explained sometimes the elevation and windage knobs are not installed correctly and that I could perform the fix myself or have it sent back, repaired and returned. I elected to have it sent back and used the refund to buy a Aimpoint PRO and a free magnifier with mount and free shipping for $400.

        My understanding is Primary Arms intends to use Holosun to produce their Primary Arms red dots, if not already. I regret missing the boat on the Primary Arms red dots prior to this announcement. I don’t regret purchasing the Aimpoint PRO.

        • That is too bad. I have 4 different (older) PA red dots that I’ve use on my boys trainers (and one on a M85NP just for fun). After reading the one article on tacticalsandwich where the fellow beat the living snot out of a sample MD06 I bought one of the last ones (PA was already out, but AIM had a few left on clearance). I gave it to the boys and told them ‘go beat it up’.

          They played street hockey with it (poor puck performance). Threw it down the street, kicked it about, ran over it with their bikes and scooters… And while it looks like a Mad Max survivor it still runs.

          Will I be replacing any of my Aimpoints with them? No. But it is nice to know just how rugged those older PA red dots were.

          Wish we could post pictures on here, they really tell the story.

  2. if it did more than just a dot for that much cash I think I would go for it. But for that price I think i’d rather buy just about anything else.

  3. For some reason the new red dot thing has me thinking of Lou Reed, “Waiting For My Man.” I can’t imagine why…

    I’m waiting for my dot
    700 dollars in my “new toy” pot
    Here comes FedEx with a tiny little box
    But only this dot guarantees my AR rocks
    I’m waiting for my dot

    Hey baby, don’t you holler, don’t you dis my dot
    I’m feeling good, I’m gonna work on my shot
    I’m feeling good, feeling so fine
    Until the next dot, but that’s just some other time
    I’m waiting for my dot
    I’m waiting for my dot

    • They’re not, particularly if you cut your teeth on iron sights. But they sure make things hellavalot easier. I was never a great shooter, but generally I performed better during Army qualifications with a RDS over iron.

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