SHOT Show: Aimpoint CompM5B Red Dot Sight

Aimpoint CompM5B Red Dot Sight

Aimpoint invented the red dot optic, and they’ve been a company with a massive line up of excellent optics. Their optics serve police and military forces around the world including the US Army. At SHOT Show 2020 Aimpoint announced the new CompM5B, an addition to their M5 sight line. The CompM5B has two major changes to the M5 line.

Aimpoint CompM5B Red Dot Sight

The first and most obvious is they moved the (AAA) battery compartment from where it was located on the CompM5 to the bottom of the optic, similar to the CompM5S introduced last year. This arguably offers shooters a little better peripheral vision around the optic.

Aimpoint did this with the original M4 and the M4S and why they can’t seem to make their mind up as to where the battery compartment should be located is beyond me.

Aimpoint CompM5B Red Dot Sight

The next change is turrets. Aimpoint is shipping the M5B with finger-adjustable, caliber-specific turrets on the CompM5B to allow for windage and elevation adjustments in the field. The M5B is the first optic in the Aimpoint lineup to incorporate finger-adjustable turrets.

The caps are replaceable so if you move the sight to a rifle chambered in a different caliber, you won’t need a new sight. Aimpoint wouldn’t say which specific caliber turrets will be included, but we can assume we’ll see common rounds like 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK and .308 represented.

Aimpoint CompM5B Red Dot Sight

Like the other M5 sights, the Aimpoint M5B uses a 2 MOA red dot and is as simple as Aimpoint optics have always been. Here is what Aimpoint has to say about their Comp M5B. Cost is about $925 retail.

The Aimpoint® CompM5b allows the user to quickly adjust the position of the reticle to compensate for ballistic drop for the distance to the target. 
It comes with interchangeable turrets adapted for different calibers of ammunition at different target distances.

It also offers wind or lead compensation adjustment, and adjustment caps can be tailormade to meet requirements. 

The CompM5b™ is a high performance red dot sight developed to withstand extremely tough handling and environmental situations without adding much weight to the user’s equipment.

The CompM5b™ allows for unlimited eye relief and is compatible with Aimpoint 3XMag-1 and 6XMag-1 magnifiers as well as all generations of Night Vision Devices (NVD).

The battery life for the CompM5b™ is over 5 years of continuous use while at the pos. 7, more than 1 year of use at pos. 8, and more than 10 years at NVD settings (pos. 1 to 4).

comments

  1. avatar PTM says:

    Has anyone seen a good picture of the BDC reticle?

    1. avatar TravisP says:

      No BDC reticle just BDC turrets

      1. avatar PTM says:

        Ah…got it.

  2. avatar Texican says:

    Does that optic double as a hammer? Because for that price it should. 😉

    1. avatar PTM says:

      Holosun is calling you.

    2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      Agree, for that price it should eject a $ 20 gold piece after each shot ! Maybe they figure that they will not have to sell many to make a bunch of money.

      1. avatar PTM says:

        You do not know much about Aimpoints, do you? If you do not want one, do not buy one. Spare us the whining about price. You guys are just embarassing yourselves.

        The “poors” are triggered.

        1. avatar Steve Fleischer says:

          PTM :

          You are a HA’s.

        2. avatar Texican says:

          Nightforce testing one of their scopes.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bZZTa8M5wI
          At 1:58 into the video a guy uses it to hammer a spike into a log. That’s some proof in the puddin’!

    3. avatar Stuck in NJ says:

      That price is because it’s rugged enough that you could use it as a hammer, and it’ll still be just as accurate afterwards. You get what you pay for.

      On eBay, you can routinely buy Aimpoints that look like new, sold as “used”, for less than half price.
      Not sure why almost new, like-new ones are being sold “used” on eBay for half price, but I suspect it’s because they “fell off the back of a truck” somewhere… A U.S. Army truck, most likely…

      I know these “used” ones are genuine, because I’ve bought a couple of them, and you just can’t fake that Aimpoint quality.
      On eBay, the fake, counterfeit ones are sold as “new” for $99, shipped directly from China, and are easy to spot from their chintzy quality.
      The real ones are sold as “used” and sold at half price because they “fell of the back of a U.S. Army truck,” into some waiting eBay entrepreneur’s hands…

      1. avatar Great Balls of Fire says:

        Hey, don’t bother, the idiot poor here just love to whine about prices and they have zero idea what they are talking about, don’t care and will not be educated enough ever to offer anything close to an informed opinion. They are armchair warriors clicking away on their keyboards with no knowledge. They are hopeless a-holes.

    4. avatar American Patriot says:

      At the very least it should come with voice command….

  3. avatar PTM says:

    WARNING POORS!!

    Trigger alert. Trigger alert.

    Commence whining. Whine at will. Whine for effect.

  4. avatar eagle10 says:

    I’ll have a Pinot Noir! – oops wrong whine

  5. avatar P-Dog says:

    Color me unimpressed. Why don’t they offer a BDC or circle dot reticle? Maybe different colors? Titanium-materials, or make it super lightweight or a smaller footprint? Or a larger tube size?

    I suppose having a bunch of military contracts can do that to a company. You can get away with almost no innovation on a new product, slap your name on it, and sell it for almost $1000. I guess that money is paying some monkey to throw these optics on concrete, but I’m going to throw my money to a different company. Hell, even Eotech and Tijicon are coming out with more innovative stuff, and they also suffer from monopoly-itis in many regards.

    1. avatar WonderWorld says:

      Seriously? Are you real such an idiot you do not comprehend what a RDS is all about? It’s not about holographic laser wonder reticles…it’s a simple red dot. Nothing more, nothing less. You turn it on and leave it on. Put red dot on bad guy. Squeeze trigger. He dead.

  6. avatar RocketScientist says:

    “Aimpoint invented the red dot optic”

    Ummm… Mr. Howard Grubb and his patent, issued in 1900, would beg to differ (https://patents.google.com/patent/GB190022127A/en). They’ve been used on everything from aircraft, emplaced MGs, rifles, shotguns and the rest for about a century now.

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