Aimpoint Micro: Seeing Red Everywhere

A guest-written gear review by Executive Editor Mike Toth

Aimpoint

The PR: Aimpoint [ www.aimpoint.com ] has introduced their lightest—3.6 ounces, including battery—red dot sight. The Micro H-1 version (there are two other types, one made specifically for competitive handguns and one tactical model) is small enough to be mounted on any firearm on which iron sights can be used, and can even be used on a bow. The battery life is 5 years continual, meaning you can turn it on today and it won’t lose power until 2012. (That’s due to the lighting system; it uses a standard lithium 3V battery.) It has Weaver-style mounts, is submersible to 15 feet, and has stop- click adjusments.

The Takeaway: The lack of bulk on this model will appeal to many shooters. As with other sights like this, unlimited-eye-relief, parallax-free sights mean you can get on target quickly and shoot as soon as the dot is on the target, even if the scope isn’t perfectly aligned with your eye. The Aimpoint people had one piggy-back mounted on a riflescope, where it could serve as a quick-aiming device for hunters who jump deer.

The Cost: $650.—Mike Toth