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Aimpoint just announced a new red dot that’s to be released at the SHOT Show next week. The Acro S-2 is designed for use on shotguns with a vent rib. It’s geared toward bird and small game hunters and sporting clays shooters. Being that it attaches right to the vent rib (using a variety of optics plates) you can use it with your existing shotgun; you don’t need a new optics-ready one. As I crept past the age of 50 and started seeing my iron sights turn fuzzy, I’ve really come to appreciate how much a red-dot sight can help. I used to be in that group of guys who considered red dots new fangled contraptions for the young kids, and that would never replace irons. Age, and improvements in durability and battery life, have made me reconsider that point of view and realize that a good red dot is a handy tool no matter who you are. Check out the press release info below. If you’re headed to SHOT head on over to Aimpoint’s booth to get a first hand look.

Aimpoint announced the release of their new Acro S-2 sight for 2024. Designed specifically for use on shotguns with a ventilated rib, the Acro S-2 is built to enhance the hit percentage for small game, bird hunting and on the sporting clays course. The sight provides a compact, low-profile optic for shotgun hunters and sport shooters looking to enhance their aim.

The integrated carbon-fiber reinforced mounting system is designed to position the Acro S-2 on the lowest optical axis without adding unnecessary weight. The optic attaches directly to the ventilated rib and includes eight interchangeable adapter plates to accommodate most standard shotguns. The Aimpoint Acro S-2 is built without protruding features that might snag on brush or when casing the shotgun. The low optical axis of 15 mm allows for proper mounting of the gun to the cheek.

The large 9 MOA red dot is designed to simplify lead visualization, enhancing muzzle swing and barrel positioning, while the clear lens provides a wide-open field of view for both-eyes-open shooting. In fact, for shooters who are cross-eye dominant, this new sight allows a shooter to use their strong side eye while shooting without an ocular or having to switch sides all together.

“Adding the Acro S-2 sight to your shotgun provides invaluable feedback, as the red dot shows exactly whe­re the bore is relative to the target. It makes a superb training tool for beginners, shortens the learning curve and provides for immediate success,” says Brian Lisankie, president of Aimpoint.

  • 50,000 hours (over 5 years) of operation on one battery
  • Fits most ventilated shotgun ribs on the market
  • Ultra -low integrated shotgun rib mount – Interchangeable base plates included to accommodate most rib sizes (.24 to .47in or 6-12mm)
  • Height of Optical Axis 15 mm (0.6 in) measured from top surface of mechanical interface
  • 9 MOA dot size
  • Ultra -low integrated and carbon fiber reinforced rib mount – Interchangeable base plates included to accommodate most rib sizes (6-12mm
  • 10 intensity settings with higher maximum settings for bright sky condition
  • Waterproof, lightweight, compact, and fully enclosed protective housing
  • INCLUDES: Interchangeable Base Plates, Base Plate Selection Guide, CR2032 Battery, Aimpoint® Tool
  • MSRP: $755

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  1. They have this for pistols, too.

    I have an Aimpoint Pro on my AR. Maybe someone can explain this because the consensus says this is impossible. I swear I am not lying. I have a 3x magnifier with the Aimpoint Pro. Without the magnifier, my astigmatism is clearly apparent. With the magnifier, it 100% disappears and I see a perfect dot. The Internet and Holliday Inn Express Experts swear this cannot happen. My eyes say otherwise.

    Also – a green dot does not get rid of my astigmatism. It helps a little, I have a green dot on my carry pistol. But green doesn’t turn it into a crisp dot like the magnified red dot on my rifle.

    Anyway. Guess I’m a freak of nature.

    • “Without the magnifier, my astigmatism is clearly apparent. With the magnifier, it 100% disappears and I see a perfect dot. The Internet and Holliday Inn Express Experts swear this cannot happen. My eyes say otherwise.”

      Basically, in plain English:

      Its because the magnifier has a grated polarizing coating or lens or even possibly a glass defect that happens to match your particular type of astigmatism which is actually a little different for everyone with an astigmatism.

      What happens is, the reason people with an astigmatism see a distorted or blurry dot, has to do with the eye but it also has to do with how the dot is produced. In a red dot, yes even holographic sights, the point source light dot is produced in such a manner that the light the eye receives is not all in the same polarization (not all the light straight back towards the eyes) and some of it is hitting the eye at different angles which for people without an astigmatism isn’t noticed. The view changes a little with each persons particular astigmatism, although there are specific types of appearances that are common its this off angle polarization of the light from the dot that is processed differently by the astigmatism effect of the eye ‘defect’ (either due to age or cataracts or eye shape etc….) because the light is also hitting the eye at different angles rather than straight on in a narrow field of angle capture the eye is designed to see a point light source clearly and the eye can no longer simply ‘focus’ on that single point of light.

      A ‘polarizing filter’ of some type can get rid of these off-straight on stray light. Its why some with an astigmatism can use a pair of polarized shooting or sun glasses and see the dot clearly as a clear dot but not without those glasses. Although, not all ‘polarizing filters’ will work as it needs to match the off angle light to cancel it out via its ‘grating’ effect so that only the straight on light from the dot reaching the eye is seen and the off angle is cancelled out. You just happen to have gotten a magnifier that for some reason, either due to a lens or a coating or even a defect in the lens glass, happens to have the correct ‘grating’ effect to cancel out the off angle light from the point-source dot that suits your particular astigmatism thus letting you see the dot clearly with the magnifier and it has nothing to do with any ‘magnifying’ effect – this is not an unknown effect of a magnifier and although it is sort of rare but others have reported it. Its just for some it works out that way via chance.

      You really should see the doc about your eyes. Many times an astigmatism can be corrected, but the main reason you should see a doc about your astigmatism is because it can be an indicator of something else wrong in the body and not the eye. So visit an eye doc first, let them have a look, and if nothing found wrong in eye then its possible your astigmatism is an indicator of something else wrong in your body.

      • That’s super interesting, appreciate the comment. I had never heard of the polarized coating affecting an astigmatism (in a positive way), people always just get referred to etched reticles/prism sights and move on with the discussion.

  2. Yeah, a magnifier completely gets rid of my looks-like-a-cluster-of-dots astigmatism too. I’ve found that to my astigmatic eyes, triangle shapes look a lot crisper than dots. The old triangular Delta Point Pro reticle was great un-magnified, and the Primary Arms ACSS reticles are good too.

  3. $800 for a sight that goes on a scattergunm.
    Ohhhh,,,, .
    That bead up there is a whole lot faster. IMO.
    Yeah that’s cool and I’m going to buy 12 of them.
    No, 13.

    • Oh scuse me , I see that this if for people that can’t see so great.
      Been there with catalystaraks, so if it helps 800 really ain’t that bad.

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