Is this a real ACOG?

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  1. Girodin

    Girodin Member

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    The seller states it is an older ACOG TA11 with very dim tritium. Do you think this is a real ACOG? If so what would you value it at, seeing as it is used and has "very dim tritium?" Thanks.

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  2. Chris-bob

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    Looks like it. If you go to the Acog site, they have a FAQ for how to tell if it's the real thing.
     
  3. MaterDei

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    Says so right there on the side!

    Seriously, looks legit to me.
     
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  4. Dr.Rob

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    There are airsoft made knock offs marked exactly the same, check Trijicon's site.

    Recharging the tritium is a couple hundred bucks, the exact cost will be on their site as well.
     
  5. Girodin

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    I looked on Trijicons sight. Their picture were a bit small for my eyes and neophyte ACOG understanding.

    Do you have a link to that? In trying to find that info it seemed that everyone was saying Trijicon does not quote the price but rather tells you to send it in. It seems many reported it being done free others reported paying various amounts. Perhaps that policy has changed. I didn't see a price on their site, but I may have simply missed it. Thanks.

    Further input and opinions are welcome. I will be able to inspect it in person, but I don't have a lot of experience with ACOGs. I don't wont to get passed a fake.
     
  6. Girodin

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    I think I'll contact Trijicon with the serial number. I have read elsewhere that doing so may be a way to sift out fakes. Sadly I cannot make out that serial number, so I may have to wait until I can see it in person and then nicely explain that I would like to call first. Of course I will have to wait to Monday as well. Which is maybe what I need to do anyways because I suppose I could have been sent pics of anything. I guess working in politics and criminal law has made me cynical. If this think looked like an obvious fake to those with an eye for such thing I figured it could save me the hassle of meeting, inspecting, calling, awkward moment with seller, etc.
     
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  7. Dr.Rob

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    Should be a government warning about tritium if it's the real deal.

    Service & Repairs
    Monday – Friday
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

    Phone: 1-248-960-7705


    I couldn't find an exact answer on pricing either. Should be able to give you an estimate on servicing based on model # and serial #.
     
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    I know zero about them, but the Trijicon name is Legend. So, looking at that rough casting seam on the rear of the top in the last photo would give me pause. I'd think that a huge name like Trijicon would put out nicer finished products than that.

    But like I said, I know nothing about them. Just my opinion. Quality products usually have a quality look. If there's airsoft stuff like that, I'd tread very lightly. Be careful.
     
  9. Girodin

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    Here is a pic of one from another site that someone posted to show a real one for comparison. It has the same mark.

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  10. wriggly

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    Just an opinion here, but I can tell you the older ACOG's were not all that great. The eye relief is horrible.
     
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    Agreed on that.

    Just make sure you don't pay for a new/used piece when you're going to have to have it serviced.
     
  12. Girodin

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    Thanks for the input wriggly. Any ideas on what an older one that may need service is worth?
     
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    Trijicon makes optics for combat, not for the polished blued steel and oiled wood types. I think the flash marks on mine are just as rough.

    Email Trijicon with the serial number. They've always responded to me quickly and they will confirm if it is a real number and how old the optic is.

    I'd knock a couple hundred off the normal used price on that optic if it immediately needs to go back for a refurb.

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  14. Bartholomew Roberts

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    My 2002 TA11 looks very similar but has an orange o-ring around the turrets and the white text is lower on that side. It also strikes me as unusual that an older ACOG wouldn't have a lot of hairline cracks/scratches in the fiber optic tube. Having said that, those are the only differences I noticed - it looks just like that otherwise.
     
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    With the gathering tube on top it should never go "weak".
    Seems it should say "MADE IN USA" in raised lettering.
    The serial number stampings are suspicious.
    The mount is pooh.

    Seems like a lot of potential to be hinky.
    i'd sure want to se it in hand before popping for it.
     
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    The whole thing looks kinda... plasticky. I would be real careful.
     
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    tape off the fiber optic tube and see if the reticle is still lit. I doubt a knockoff is going to use trinium. It would be way to expensive.
     
  18. Loc n Load

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    For real ACOG

    Get the SN# and call the MFGR. They can tell you everything abt that scope from the SN.
     
  19. Girodin

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    Well I called the Trijicon. Their customer service was very prompt, friendly, and helpful. They stated they do not have older serial numbers in their system. They also stated it cost $543 to get new tritium put in it. With the cost of having it updated, I think this is an optic I will have to pass on. I do believe after inspecting it that it was real, or an extremely good fake. I'm not sure they ACOG best suits how I shoot anyways and will probably look more towards the 1-4 and 1-6 variable optics. Thanks for everyone's input.
     
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    My experience matches what Bartholomew Roberts posted exactly.
     
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