M1A optics?


March 26, 2008, 07:42 PM
ok so i want a reflex sight for my M1A

which of the above would you go with?

its a M1A standard 22inch and there gonna be on a scout mount

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March 26, 2008, 08:06 PM
You may need a cheek rest... that said, lighter is better - wait for the
Aimpoint Micro T to have a smaller 1 or 2 MOA dot and go with that :cool:

March 26, 2008, 08:08 PM
Aimpoint for durability and ease of use. Eotech for precision. Depends on which you want.

Really, the red dot doesn't play to the rifle's strengths, but I think it would still work juuuust fine with one.

March 26, 2008, 11:30 PM
BTW, what mount? I was stoked about the Ultimak mount until I heard that it was a solid pound. I may still be stoked about it, but not quite as much if that figure is correct. Haven't decided for sure.


March 26, 2008, 11:44 PM
i think the op means the scout mount that comes on the scout models, which can be bought and put on any of the m1a models.

i am a huge fan of the eotech and that is what i would reccomend. you don't have to worry about a mount it has an intregal one, so that will save you some dough, plus the 1 moa dot will assist you in getting good solid hits pretty far out there.

March 26, 2008, 11:53 PM
Something I just thought of...

The Aimpoint will allow you to get very low over the barrel/receiver. The Eotech sits higher, and may require you to use a cheek piece.


Wes Janson
March 27, 2008, 12:54 AM
It also depends on which mount you use. The Ultimak is definitely lower than the Springfield factory mount, as I recall. Then again, it does weight about a pound. The M1A is already a hefty rifle, and once you add a pound of rail, and a pound of optic, you're looking at roughly 11-12 pounds minimum, unloaded.

It's too bad there aren't any long eye relief ACOGs.

March 27, 2008, 02:38 AM
yes i do mean the scout mount from springfield mainly because its cheaper and lighter then the ultimak.

accuracy is a big player in this thats why i want a 2 MOA dot or less.

i have $550 ish to spend for everything.

March 27, 2008, 08:55 AM
If you don't at least look into a Trijicon Tripower, you're really missing out on what could be the perfect sight for you. I was blessed with open-ended opportunities to test all three on my M1A SOCOM before buying, (great friends are well, great). None of the three were perfect, but the Trijicon was the best of the three in my opinion. The Eotech had a tendency to wash under sustained fire, (the Scout mount gets toasty) and I feel they are better suited to the AR-15/M-16 platform where cooler heads prevail. Plus, the Eotech seemed too busy for me. The Aimpoint was really nice - solid and ergonomic, easy to sight in and held up well to the heat. The dot however left a lot to be desired. It tended to mirage - especially in bright conditions and forget about using it in the rain, unless you like to see red dots all over the place. Still, I found it to be a better sight for me over the Eotech, (which by the way is being recalled by US SOCOM due to electronic failures). When I mounted the Trijicon Tripower on deck, all felt right in the world. The chevron reticle is so natural to use and so instinctive on target. Setting a BSZ was a snap and you can tailor it to your shooting style and needs. Mine is set up to use the tip of the chevron for precise shooting close in, or cover for longer distances. I went from making decent shots with irons out to 200-yards and acceptable shots out to 400, to being able to lay fire reliably at all ranges. It's not a target scope - it's a battle sight obviously, but the Trijicon took my SOCOM-16 to the next level optically - the Troy MCS sealed the deal....It also stands up to withering fire, (no fade whatsoever) and has 3 sources of power. No batteries? No problem. I'm well into 10,000 rounds through the Trijicon and not only does it still hold zero, it's on it's first set of batteries! You owe it to yourself to give one a look see before you make a decision. I think any of the 3 will suit your needs - I just think the Trijicon will suit them better....Good luck.... :cool:

March 28, 2008, 10:32 PM
the tripower is just to much for me so its between the 2 Aimpoints

so out of the 2 what would you pick??

the c3 or the ML3??.

March 28, 2008, 10:42 PM
On my SA SOCOM, I mounted an ML3 2moa Aimpoint on an Ultimak mount via a LaRue RAS II ring (lowest LaRue makes for the Aimpoint). I have to raise my head ever so slightly, but, overall, a great fit. I could not be happier with this set up. I did not like the SA rail as 1) it was too high and 2) I have heard multiple reports that it is not to spec as a true picatiny rail. Even on the Ultimak, I feel that the Eotech sits too high. Like everything, though, that's just my opinion.

March 28, 2008, 11:10 PM
Out of curiosity didn't Randy Shugart use an Aimpoint CompB?

March 28, 2008, 11:35 PM
His character had an Aimpoint of some sort in Black Hawk Down, but I don't know if that was accurate or not.


March 29, 2008, 02:18 AM
A red dot is for speed over accuracy, and accuracy will certainly still be "minute of man."

If pinpoint accuracy is what you are after, you want a traditional telescope.

March 29, 2008, 03:08 AM
yes i know that buzzbox

i dont expect to shoot 1/2 MOA with a red-dot

i just need 3 inch's or less at 100 yards.

March 29, 2008, 05:01 AM
Randy Shughart most likely used an Aimpoint 3000.

In the movie his character is seen with an Aimpoint CompM model (this is just my best guess).

Kimberfan, my opinion is that Aimpoints are superior to EOTechs in nearly every way. The CompC3 and CompML3 are both very good. The ML3 comes with the rubber cover, lens covers, more waterproofing, and is more expensive. You'll want to get the CompC3 though since it comes with the Aimpoint High Weaver ring (which is actually a very low ring).

March 29, 2008, 10:21 AM
A Tripower is more expensive than an Aimpoint? I wasn't talking ACOG - they're two different sights. My Tripower was $450.00

March 29, 2008, 01:17 PM
what about the EOTECH 552 with the .308 ballistic reticle, then you dont have to spend more money on a mount ?

March 30, 2008, 02:23 AM

where did you get that?

cheapest i can fine is $502.

March 30, 2008, 03:29 AM
Just get the CompC3. You don't need the waterproofing, you don't need the lens covers (you can buy them later for $15 each), you don't need the rubber cover, and with the CompC3 you get a free ring of the proper height.

March 30, 2008, 01:22 PM
Wow...I haven't seen the prices on them lately. I bought mine when I bought my SOCOM-16 from Dan at West Texas Armory. Drop him a line and see what he can do.... www.westtexasarmory.com

March 30, 2008, 04:16 PM

thats what i'm going to do seems how i cant afford a tripower

cheapest i can find a c3 for is $375 and my mount will be $112.

March 30, 2008, 05:11 PM
What mount?

Don't Tread On Me
March 30, 2008, 05:25 PM
Tripower is nice due to the fact that you do not need a battery. It is super bright just being powered by sunlight or whatever light you have. In total darkness, it has the tritium. When you are in shade and do not have bright light above you, yet you are looking out toward a very brightly lit area - you hit the button and it uses the battery to illuminate eliminating the dreaded "washout" that MOST red dots suffer from (except EOtech and Aimpoint). Trijicon also has superior customer service over Aimpoint (dunno about EOtech). Trijicon will take care of you fast. Aimpoint is difficult to get a hold of, you usually get a machine, and they get back to you. Most fixes require shipping back to Sweden taking at least a couple months. Fortunately, they are one of the best and most never need any service ever.

Honestly, the absolute best price/performance red dot out there is the Aimpoint Comp C3. It's the same body and design as the M2 and M3 series, but it is a civilian version. What makes it civilian? Well, for one, it is rated at 17ft waterproof, vs. 75ft or more for the others. It doesn't come with flip up covers, nor does it have the adjustment cover tethers/lanyards. Compared to the M3, it also doesn't have the outer rubber body sleeve. Although, they sell these separately I've seen.

For all practical purposes, other than Navy SEAL use (scuba diving with it), it is just as tough as the others as it is the same thing. It has the same dot, same knob. Same 50,000 hour battery life. But you save at least $100 or more going with that. It should be perfectly fine for any kind of "combat" a civilian would see, whether it would be defense or TEOTWAWKI. It might even be useful for night vision devices as the first 3 settings are nearly invisible just like on the NV models, but I would NOT quote me on that - it may lack special coatings. Some people have said they had no problems with NV, however, that is internet hearsay.

If you want something more compact, look into the new micros by Aimpoint.

Going on an M1A, you will be pleased to find that the standard Aimpoint ring (comes with it) is the perfect method for mounting it (lowest). Whereas guys with AR-15's need to mount it higher adding costs by having to buy an expensive mount.

March 30, 2008, 05:31 PM
Don't Tread on Me, that was an excellent write-up.

I want to clarify though. The CompC3 doesn't have the tethers that are attached to each other, but the caps itself have tethers that allow you to change windage and elevation without having to take the caps away from the sight.

Bwana John
March 30, 2008, 06:34 PM
I think you should not buy optics, but instead spend the money on ammo, and enjoy shooting the finest open sights in the world on your MBR.

March 30, 2008, 07:52 PM

i'm just gonna get a springfield scout mount


March 30, 2008, 08:32 PM
The TA33 3 X30 ACOG's eye relief is 1.90". Works fine in an SEI #2005 mount.

March 30, 2008, 08:57 PM
I'd advise against that.

If I had my scout mount with me I'd send it to you for free along with my SAI handguard.

That's what I think of the SAI scout mount.

I'd much rather see you get an Ultimak. Even if it is heavier, it'll provide a much better platform for your optics and won't rub on your operating rod.

Don't Tread On Me
March 30, 2008, 09:26 PM
The TA33 3 X30 ACOG's eye relief is 1.90".

While that is exactly what Trijicon's site says, I and others have measured it to be more than that. It is a little over 3" of eye relief on that model (while still getting a max view). I don't know why it's labeled that way. Either way, ACOG simply won't work on a scout mount.

Andrewsky, You're 100% right. It doesn't have the M2/M3 style tethers, but it does have tethers that hold them to the optic so they do not get lost. I should have clarified. The thing is, people see the way the M2's is on the outside and it changes the look a little, whereas if you look at the C3, it isn't apparent - but it has them. The C3 does not have a tether to the battery compartment lid, only to the adjustment covers.

March 31, 2008, 12:19 AM
The ultimak weight a pound? Wow, i love mine. It's the lowest rail I've found, is well made and fits well.


After taking out my AR topped with an Eotech, and finding the batteries dead yet again, i am seriously considering switching to the AimPoint CompML3 or CompM4 for all my rifles. I have one CompML3 thats been on at intensity '6' since I bought it when they fiorst came out just to see how long the battery will last. So far, so good. Life is supposed to be around 50,000 hours.

April 29, 2008, 10:11 PM
ok i just got my ultimak

and its ALOT lighter then i thought

i really like it.

now i just need to get a red-dot:rolleyes:

so its now down to

a burris fast-fire


Aimpoint micro H-1

the Aimpoint is a little pricey

but if i sell a guitar i can get it.

i really like the burris though

what do ya'll think?

April 29, 2008, 10:34 PM

That's what I have. It is absolutely awesome.


Aimpoint CompC3 2moa 1x.

It comes with an Aimpoint ring that will allow you to co-witness your iron sights with the Aimpoint. It is not "quick detach" but you don't need that because 1) The CompC3 will never fail, 2) You have a co-witness if it fails (it won't), 3) If it fails (it won't:D ) you can get it off in under 10 seconds.

Once I get the cash I'm going to get one for my M1A Standard too.:D

April 29, 2008, 10:45 PM
While I am with Bwana John and personally enjoy the irons on my M1A, I would suggest a 2.5x EER scope. With a German #4 or Heavy Duplex reticle, it should be plenty fast, while offering a little added precision over the standard dot. Just a thought.

April 29, 2008, 11:01 PM
His character had an Aimpoint of some sort in Black Hawk Down, but I don't know if that was accurate or not.

about 60% of the Blackhawk Down movie was 'hollywoodized'. not a lot of it was real, just added for filler. a lot of products came out between the actual incident and the movie that were tested and practical for military use. in my opinion i do not think the delta snipers used aimpoints in somalia for their rifles. just a hunch

April 29, 2008, 11:14 PM
about 60% of the Blackhawk Down movie was 'hollywoodized'. not a lot of it was real, just added for filler. a lot of products came out between the actual incident and the movie that were tested and practical for military use. in my opinion i do not think the delta snipers used aimpoints in somalia for their rifles. just a hunch

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April 29, 2008, 11:24 PM
Just looked at this today. There seems to be a little confusion about my earlier post re the 3 x 30 compact ACOG and its mount. It is on a Smith Enterprises mount specifically meant for rearward, normal eye relief mounting of the bigger 3.5X ACOG. Nothing to do with "scout" type stuff.

As for eye relief, it is pretty generous and forgiving. Will probably go for a Karsten adj. cheekpiece for the slight rise needed.

At the moment the rifle and the mount are down at Tempe getting fitted up. Then we will see.

Based on almost two years experience with the compact 1.5 unit on an AR I have high expectations for it on this platform.

April 29, 2008, 11:28 PM

Will probably go for a Karsten adj. cheekpiece for the slight rise needed.

At the moment the rifle and the mount are down at Tempe getting fitted up. Then we will see.

Sounds good - you will love the SEI mount and installation.
Karsten does excellent work. Post pictures when it's done.

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