Aimpoints do not magnify. They show you the world as it is without any enlargement, so you will not get your usual dose of Xs when you look through one, but they have other advantages: Except for the lenses, they are pretty much indestructible. They have survived fire, prolonged immersion, war, and United States Marines. I was invited--seriously--to throw my loaner Aimpoint H34L against a rock by way of proving this. I declined, but the Aimpoint people were not kidding.