Tired of messing around with “good enough” where your red dot is concerned? Have you been saving up your shekels so you could finally mount a top-quality compact optic on that carbine you love even more than your golden retriever? If you’ve had your heart set on an Micro T-1, Aimpoint has gone and complicated your life by giving you another choice – the Micro T-2. The difference: besides the front and rear flip-covers and tougher internals, Aimpoint says the T-2 has improved optics that give the shooter better clarity. The T-2 will set you back a little more, too. The T-1’s MSRP is $768 while the T-2’s is $846. Press release after the jump . . .
Chantilly, VA – October 1, 2014 – 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 mid-October 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. Feedback received from 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 devices, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.
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, our development group started with a completely new design” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “in terms of the optical components, 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 T-2 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.
I will happily buy your old useless Aimpoint T1 or H1 red dot for $300…
I’ll bid $301,
They got me with 5 years of battery life under constant use.
Yeah, maybe the T1s will drop to a reasonable price. The aimpoint PRO and the Meprolight RDS both look like better deals at the moment (more sight for less money, and similar quality).
That duo is exactly what I have. What I don’t have are any regrets. Both are solid choices.
I would have considered buying thisif they made the FOV bigger. But I already have three T1s, I won’t be replacing them with T2s. In fact, I may be able to pick up a couple more at even better prices.
That price is just a little too high for me. I’m inclined to agree with Scrubula, there are some options out there which are more reasonably priced.
I would also add that for some of us who assembled a $600 AR-15 it makes no sense to mount a $600 red dot. I have never understood why the average shooter would mount an optic that costs as much, or more, then the MSR itself.
The average shooter is a strange creature. It has tendencies to do strange things like covering every single inch of it’s rifle in vertical forgrips, lights, lasers, scopes, red dots and hell now even red dots mounted on scopes. The problem is the average shooter then forgets to but enough ammo to practice and not suck with all that tacticool ornimentation.
The traditional school of thought is that you should be willing to pay at least as much for an optic as you did for the firearm you plan to mount it on, and while I agree with that sentiment in regard to bolt action/precision rifles, I have a hard time applying it to red dot sights. Aimpoints are badass, don’t get me wrong, but I completely agree that I’m not rushing to pay $600/700 to opticize my $700 carbine. Maybe when I get a raise…
I have Aimpoint PROs on mine. Is there any big benefit of these over the size to the PROs beyond the extra two years of constant on battery life?
Not really. Smaller and great battery life is about it. Both of them are high quality and durable. I love my T1s, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the PRO.
I run an Aimpoint Pro and love it. Wish I could afford a T1.
I can buy an entire rifle for the cost of one of those things.
Maybe if I jumped out of planes and kicked in doors like a bad ass, I’d think about it.
Love my T1, hoping the price on the old T1s come down so I can buy one for my other upper.
Well that kills my plan to outfit three rifles with T-1s. At that price, I’ll probably just get Comp M4S’s for their ability to take AA batteries.
Why would that affect your plan to buy T1s? They don’t actually cost anywhere near MSRP. Arms Unlimited occasionally runs sales where H1s are $485 and T1s are $525 (no mount).
I run an Aimpoint Pro with a 3X magnifier and have been very impressed with the overall quality of the optic as well as the extended battery life.
Useless if you have astigmatism.
I hadn’t heard that before. How come?
No idea, I have astigmatism and micro red dots are my preferred and most precise optic. I use Primary Arms units on a lot of inexpensive rifles and have no issues with my astigmatism whatsoever. T1, PRO, etc are even clearer and sharper. The only optic that bothers me is the EoTech crackled/fuzzy reticle.
All red dots, including Eotech’s will starburst on you if you have astigmatism.
Of course astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contacts and probably laser surgery.
This is NOT true for “all red dots”. I have pretty bad astigmatism, and have no problem with the H1, so I bought a T2.
I run bushnell Trophy w/RG reticles, the best reticle on the market
I had a T-1 and while its weight is top in class and battery life really good, I simply did not like its small size or window size. Also I found that having only single 2 MOA dot was less effective than the Eotech 65/1 MOA dot system. The combo of small window and small dot was not my cup of tea. It re-sold well.
Not to start a Eo/Aimpoint war I just think besides battery life that the Eotech E/XPS line is a better all around “red dot”. The big window, 65 MOA for fast CQB (big fat dot on center mass) and 1 MOA dot for those longer range red dot shots (100-300yard shots). It also uses a CR-123 battery which is used in most (all of mine) flash lights and weapons lights these days. No need for multiple types. Lastly its made in the US which still means something to me.
I absolutely agree with this. I don’t mind the 2 MOA dot, but I don’t like the small FOV. The EOTech reticle is pretty sweet though, in my opinion. If the XPS line had the battery life of a T1, I wouldn’t have bought any T1s. The fact that I can leave my T1 on and it’s always ready is what sold me on them.
Note that if what you want is the flip-up covers for Aimpoint Micro, then they exist already, and cost $30:
I have two of those and they work great. Better than the usual flip-ups, actually, because once you open them and attach them to one another, they can’t get in the way.
I love my T-1 on my go to home defense AR. Will consider a T2 if I need another one. I have both Aimpoint and EO-Tech on different ARs. Like them both. My EoTech XPS2-2 is awesome on my 300 BLKOUT shooting regular and subsonic ammo. However, if you have actually run red dots under stress and at distance (out to 300 yards with/without magnification in my admittedly limited experience), you may find that the EO Techs get real busy with red ‘stuff’ real fast. I’ve had a similar experience with ballistic reticles on Acogs. Conversely, the Aimpoint is a single simple dot. With a 556, sighted in at 50 yards, you are good to go out to 200 yards with no holdover, thinking or figuring. You can easily score good hits zero to 300 yards aiming at center mass.
In my experience with high vs. low end red dots is that the difference is clarity out in the field in full sunlight or with magnification. I have a Primary Arms on a another rifle and it works great. However, the lower end units dots inevitably turn into a comet, figure eight or swirl the longer you stare at them, astigmatism or not. YMMV.
The distance comment puzzles me?? The Eotech with its 1 MOA dot in the middle trumps all Red Dots for distance shooting.
Yes the sight can be busy but honestly when shooting at targets past 50 yards with the Eotech I only see that single 1 MOA dot. When shoot less than 50 (and not sighting in) I only see the 65MOA dot.
I assume for $850 that it has X-ray vision?
Considering that I can buy 10 Bushnell TRS-25s for that price, “good enough” is plenty good enough.
800 bucks for a little RDS. My gosh. Nothing is that well-made.
It’s not the best value, but high value is not why people will buy it. People will buy it because it’s the best of the best.
I honestly think the T-1 and T-2 are so distinguished and in some significant ways so superior to other red dot optics that I don’t think they’re a bad value for what you get. Weight, battery life, durability, temperature range, water resistance, etc.
Thanks Dan. And commenters, great review and tips on saving a few bucks on comparables. Been thinking about a decent red dot and this points me in right direction.
Anyone have experience with the T1 on a shotgun with slugs over time?
846 dollars??? There better be some gold or precious metals in there.
PASS! 69 Dollar primary arms for me.
You can’t put a price on reliability or quality. Especially if it’s your life and the lives of others on the line.
That being said, aimpoint has, and it’s half a month’s pay for me at msrp.
Do I want the best of the best? You betcha. Is it worth that much in theory? Maybe.
Is that an afordable price for most entry and recreational shooters? Almost certainly not.
Sadly, what it’s worth, what I can aford, and what is reasonable for the average shooter to pay are different things.
I have an aimpoint T1 and a Pro they are both great, but the most recent optic that has blown me away is the Vortex SPARC 2. That thing is amazing.
Here’s a better idea: Primary Arms T-1 clone. Waterproof, 2 MOA dot, NV compatible, 50,000 hr battery life, $169
Getting 2 for my semi suto shotguns. The stonger internals will be a great improvement along with the extended bateery life. Off to order!