Aimpoint with 3x Magnifier question.


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tarosean
March 14, 2013, 02:37 AM
Since I posed this question in a thread that quickly went down hill. I will ask it again in my own.

Question:

For those that run a Aimpoint with a magnifier is the gap between the two effected by sunlight in a great degree? Dawn, Dusk, High Noon, etc.

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SabbathWolf
March 14, 2013, 02:47 AM
Nope. Not anything any more significant than the Aimpoint alone when the sun hits it just right. Are you asking if the magnification makes the glare "brighter?"

tarosean
March 14, 2013, 07:04 AM
Are you asking if the magnification makes the glare "brighter?"

Not really brighter. More so can the gap make you unable to see clearly in certain light situations.

Ive never looked through a "split" scope like that. However, I am in need of magnification and intrigued by the swing out of the way possibilities instead of just being a 3x scope.

PlaneJain
March 14, 2013, 07:53 AM
You will be losing some quality in clarity by using a magnifier. The extra glass lenses as well as any dust that gets on the outsides of each side, so the viewing field will never be as sharp as looking through a single sight alone. If the magnifier is a cheap chinese knock-off, then even more lens distortion will be introduced.

SabbathWolf
March 14, 2013, 02:55 PM
Not really brighter. More so can the gap make you unable to see clearly in certain light situations.

Ive never looked through a "split" scope like that. However, I am in need of magnification and intrigued by the swing out of the way possibilities instead of just being a 3x scope.
Generally speaking, the gap is irrelevant to a certain degree. If you were in an awkward position where the sun was having a negative impact on your Aimpoint, it would be effecting your magnifier as well...and vice versa. You'd have to reposition yourself or the weapon either way. You can adjust the size of the gap to be pretty small though (if you want to) on most flat-tops to where they are almost touching each other.

The types of mounts both have their Pros and Cons. It would come down to personal preference and trade-off really.

The twist and remove mounts always seemed more solid and sure to me...BUT....then you are left standing there with a magnifier in your hand trying to figure out where to put it when not in use.

The flip to the side mounts keep the magnifier on the weapon at all times...BUT....can come loose and flip/flop around when you don't want them to under harsh conditions when you snag them or bump them on something.

Keep in mind though that I've not used one of these since 2009 when I retired from the army. There may be new mounts on the market now that address these issues that I myself am not aware of. Either way, it's a handy lil product though. Good luck and have fun.

tarosean
March 15, 2013, 01:52 AM
Thank you for the information, and thank you for your service to our country.

SabbathWolf
March 15, 2013, 02:08 AM
You're welcome. But...did I answer your question, or am I missing something still?

tarosean
March 15, 2013, 02:18 AM
You gave me more information from a user perspective which was what I am after. Too many articles, etc. are biased toward the product. Basically trying to decide between this setup and a Trijicon. Either would be mounted with LaRue mounts.

SabbathWolf
March 15, 2013, 02:42 AM
You gave me more information from a user perspective which was what I am after. Too many articles, etc. are biased toward the product. Basically trying to decide between this setup and a Trijicon. Either would be mounted with LaRue mounts.
If you mean the ACOG specifically...I've used them too....lol
Again this is just user preference, but I hate them with a passion.
Other people love them. So it's just personal opinion really.

The ACOG is nowhere nearly as user friendly as your original Aimpoint set-up idea.
You are stuck @ 4X all the time with the ACOG. That's wonderful for 75 meters and beyond, but up close in CQB situations, it sucks.

Eye relief on the ACOG is very temperamental too.
To close, to far away, a little left or a little right with your eye...and it blurs and blacks out.
On a target gun when you have all day to get it perfect, that's no big deal.
But, under stress it's a problem (for me anyways.)

Your Aimpoint set-up is much more versatile and user friendly.
You have more options for close range and farther away, and, the red dot itself has unlimited eye relief for the most part under stress.

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