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Alternative to Trijicon ACOG

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Smiley, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Smiley

    Smiley Well-Known Member

    Is there a more affordable yet still quality alternative to the Trijicon ACOG? Looking for a fixed low power yet still quality sight ofr my AR.
  2. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    Have you considered the Compact ACOGs or the Trijicon Accupoints? The Accupoints are cheaper, have many of the same features and while not tank-like rugged like the ACOGs, are still plenty tough.
  3. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    It's not quite in the same league but the UK commonwealth "SUIT" or "Trilux" telescopic sight for the L1A1 (inch FAL) can be found for a couple hundred and is a military spec and quality 4x prismatic sight. It does not offer (in the form you'll find it) tritium and you would have to find a mount, but mounts are available.

    Burris has a newish prismatic sight that is precisely the type of thing you're asking for, but most of the reviews I've read on it are bad, talking about an off-center reticle and general fragility. YMMV.


    There are a lot of quality low-magnification telescopic sights in the sporting market that are in the couple $100 range. They aren't military and may not be quite as tough as a Trijicon ACOG, but unless you're jumping in and out of APCs all day they would likely work fine.
  4. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect Well-Known Member

    Aimpoint ML3 and Aimpoint magnifier in a Larue LT129 cantilever and Larue flip mounts. gives you 1x reddot and 3x that you can switch quickly or just leave the mag off if it isn't needed. I love this setup. Plus you can use the reddot on multiple rifles due to the QR mount.

    Unfortunatly it'll cost as much as an ACOG. LOL.......nevermind.
  5. steven58

    steven58 Well-Known Member

  6. badbadtz560

    badbadtz560 Well-Known Member

    i've heard good things about the primary arms ones too.. only that the 4x scopes haven't been i nstock for like half a year.

    Primary arms also sells cheaper version of those magnifiers though.. just incase you'd want to pair up an aimpoint with a primary arms magnifier
  7. Tully M. Pick

    Tully M. Pick Well-Known Member

  8. Wes Janson

    Wes Janson Well-Known Member

    There's a reason why Trijicon sells so many ACOGs.

    They work.

    And there's a reason why all of the Chinese clones cost 1/10 as much: they don't work.

    Buy once, cry once.
  9. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    USO has a fixed 4x, it's roughly the same price depending on how far you want to customixe it.
  10. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

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  11. smoothdraw

    smoothdraw Well-Known Member

    There's also another reason why ACOG sells.

    Looking at an ACOG is like watching blu-ray. Looking at other scopes will look like watching VHS or DVD at best. Try to use one and you'll love it. Do i have one? No because i do not have use for it and I use Aimpoint red dots for my intended purpose. But if i need a medium range scope then it will be ACOG.

    Really depends on your use. Also ACOG do not need batteries and autoadjust it's dot brightness. And get the chevron it is so useful for holds.
  12. GIJOEL

    GIJOEL Well-Known Member

    If your looking for a straight red-dot type sight C-mores are tough, and very well made, they have a few models that are specificaly for the AR platform. ACOGs are nice, but for the price I think there are better options for the civilan shooter.
  13. snakyjake

    snakyjake Well-Known Member

    I've been entertaining the thought of the Eotech XPS for $600. But as a poor civilian, $600 is way too much for something I may never use in real combat. So I'm hoping there's some Chinese/Russian price competition to control these runaway made in USA, government contract prices.
  14. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    Actually you can get a great deal on an Eotech if you shop around a little. The packages that GG&G sells are probably the best deal out there....
  15. Hmmm, that ain't gonna work since I want about 5 different kinds of ACOGs. Man I love these - they are worth the money IMO, if you aren't shooting a big boomer where you need the eye relief.

    The accupoints are variable, not fixed, but they are great optically like the ACOGs, and also very lightweight for their class, as scopes go.

    No reason not to get a variable IMO. The Millett on a budget, or the Accupoint on a bit higher budget but lower than ACOG-budget.

    A red dot plus magnifier is rather heavy - be forewarned.
  16. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Well-Known Member

    if your looking for rugged nothing is going to touch a acog. Not even an accupoint. Ive got both and theres a place for both but the rifle i use to protect my family has an acog on it. theres nothing at any price range that is any more reliable and rugged.
  17. Destructo6

    Destructo6 Well-Known Member

    The Eclan Specter M145 can be found on Ebay, regularly, for $350-$450. New, these are in the $1200 range. They are a very nice, 3.4x fixed power optic, with clear glass, and are very rugged. They are also illuminated by battery power, though you only need that under low light.

    The most common version is the M145C machinegun optic. Less common is the M145M4 for the M4. The difference is in the reticle.
  18. X-Rap

    X-Rap Well-Known Member

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  19. GunTech

    GunTech Well-Known Member

    The Burris AR-332 is another possibility. You can find them for around $300 and they look fairly decent. I haven't had a chance to really wring one out however.

  20. essayons21

    essayons21 Well-Known Member

    I like the Millet DMS http://www.millettsights.com/scopes/dms/

    MidwayUSA puts them on sale every now and then for around $200. Its not as bombproof as an ACOG or ELCAN, but for range and HD use it is more than enough.

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