Aimpoint ACO red-dot optic is designed specifically with ARs and other carbines in mind.
Aimpoint ACO red-dot optic is designed specifically with ARs and other carbines in mind.

October has turned out to be a busy month for Aimpoint. This should be good new for red-dot optics fans.

The Swedish manufacturer was the first to market an electronic version of the sight. The company continues to be at the forefront of the optic’s innovation. And with the release of the past month, it appears ready to carry on its tradition of being at the cutting edge.

In Aimpoint’s most recent expansion of its catalog, the company has introduced two new red-dot optics that appear right on target. In one case, the company has introduced a new generation of a popular compact model. In the other, it has given AR shooters an optic tailored to their firearm.

The Micro T-2 Sight should presently be available and is the updated version of the Micro T-1. The optic does have a few superficial differences from its predecessor, but Aimpoint was quick to point out in its press release that the T-2 also has some new design tweaks that should enhance its performance:

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.

Aimpoint's Micro T-2 is an updated version of an older red-dot optic, and comes with some intriguing improvements.
Aimpoint’s Micro T-2 is an updated version of an older red-dot optic, and comes with some intriguing improvements.

The 1x optic also incorporates a number of features advocated by users of the earlier generation. In particular, the accessory has a new sight housing that allows for the addition of flip covers and anti-reflective devices. And it boasts more rugged adjustment turrets and housing for internal electronic components.

Like the earlier generation of micro optic, the T-2 is designed to work with nearly any firearm – from pistol to shotgun to rifle. Aimpoint’s other new offering, however, is more specific in design.

As its name suggests, the Aimpoint Carbine Optic is engineered with tactical rifles in mind. At least from the high points listed on the company’s press release on the optic, it sounds to have some solid features:

The ACO pairs a 30mm aluminum alloy sight tube with an extremely rugged fixed height mount designed to provide absolute co-witness with AR-15 backup iron sights. A two minute of angle (2 MOA) red dot is utilized to allow maximum target acquisition speed and accuracy at all distances. The ACO is completely waterproof, and offers one year of constant-on use from a single 1/3N battery.

The other selling point Aimpoint boasts on the ACO is its price point. With a MSRP of $393, the optic is among the more affordable in the company’s catalog. The Micro T-2, on the other hand, has a steeper price tag with MSRP of $846.

Micro T-2 Specifications
Magnification: 1x
Red dot size in MOA: 2
Adjustment 1 click: 1/2″ at 100 yards.
Battery: One 3V Lithium battery, type CR2032
Battery life in hours: 50 000 (over 5 years of continuous use)
Material housing: Extruded high strength aluminum
Length: 2.7″
Weight (sight only): 3.4 ounces

ACO Specifications
Magnification: 1x
Red dot size in MOA: 2
Adjustment 1 click: 1/2″ at 100 yards
Battery: One 3V Lithium battery, type 2L76 or DL1/3N
Battery life in hours: 10,000 (over 1 year of continuous use)
Material housing: Extruded high strength aluminum
Length: 5.1″
Weight sight only: 7.8 ounces


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