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Anyone who has given consideration to the purchase of a red dot sight has surely looked at the Aimpoint line, especially the Micro series of sights. Having spent some time behind them, I can tell you that they just always work, and are a great way to go in both eyes open with your rifle of choice. Looking to expand the number of long guns that you can rock an Aimpoint product, they’ve introduced the Micro S-1 for the scattergun shooters in the world.

The new Aimpoint® Micro S-1 was designed specifically for use on shotguns. The innovative carbon fiber reinforced mounting system positions the optic on the lowest possible optical axis – without adding unnecessary weight. The Micro S-1 sight attaches directly to the shotgun at any point along the ventilated rib, and interchangeable adapter plates are included to accommodate most popular shotgun rib sizes.

The Micro S-1 greatly enhances hit percentage for waterfowl and upland bird hunters, as well as on the sporting clays course, and provides a compact, low-profile optic for turkey and deer shotgun hunters. The big, bright 6 MOA red dot provides an optimal combination of target acquisition speed and visibility. This sight incorporates many of the design advances Aimpoint has learned over 20 years of service with the U.S. military, so reliability in the field is unmatched.

The Micro S-1 isn’t just a gussied up Micro H/T model. They’ve gone to a large dot (6 MOA), and done everything they can to make the optic lighter and bring it nearasdamnit to the bore as possible. Thanks to some carbon fiber wizardy, they’ve cooked up a 3.5 oz red dot that puts the aiming point 9/16″ of an inch above the bore.

Having shot an autoloader with an RDS, I can tell you that it’s a powerful concept, and one that actually makes sense. The problems of course are the mounting system, reliability, and the weight. Aimpoint seems to have addressed those pretty well. I’m in negotiations to get one for our man Jon Wayne Taylor in time for his spring turkey hunt. We should know MSRP by then as well. My guess is $750 with real world pricing somewhere below that.

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  1. Aimpoint has pretty much priced me out of even considering them. I put a $100 Bushnell FastFire 3 on my Mossy turkey gun and it made a heck of a difference. Easy to pattern, completely reliable, and I’ve blasted a half-dozen gobblers with it the past few seasons. I’m sure the Aimpoint is higher quality, but why in the hell would I go that route for $750?

    • “…but why in the hell would I go that route for $750?”

      Because you’re a politician and have lots of taxpayer money to burn that you can’t hide in the bank? (lol)

      • Yeah, no. Seriously, though, that FFIII did wonders for my 50-year old eyes when i’m turkey hunting. Can’t imagine using a red dot for dove or ducks, though.

  2. A RDS can make sense for turkey, deer, and similar types of shotgun hunting, although you can probably find a RDS that will be fine for those purposes at a lower price than this. For wingshooting, rabbits, clays, and similar, I just don’t see the value. For me, that’s instinctive point shooting – using this could just be a distraction. Maybe I’m wrong, but for that price I’m not doing my own testing.

    • On ANY doublegun! Having nightmares now thinking about what one of these would look like on my fine Boswell Pigeon gun……

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