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Eotech or Aimpoint
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I've already got an Eotech 552 on one of my ARs but I've been wondering if I should pick up an Aimpoint PRO to put on my daughter's rifle. I'll freely admit to really liking the Eotech but I'm wondering if there would be any advantage to using that Aimpoint to train my daughter. All input welcome.
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#2
Like many things I think this decision boils down almost entirely to personal preference. I prefer Aimpoint. Does your daughter like the Eotech that you currently have?

I personally find the Eotech reticle to be a little distracting, whereas the Aimpoints seem to have a nice clean crisp dot. Perhaps some regular shooting would resolve the issue, I don't currently own an Eotech so my experience is based off infrequently shooting a rifle that doesn't belong to me.

The other reason I prefer Aimpoint is battery life, both the Micro and the Pro are "always on" optics.
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#3
I'm also torn on this decision. I love both..., I have a feeling that the lasik I had in 2007 may affect the sharpness of the different dots, so I'm just going to have to see what works for me and make a decision. But I've been hmmming and hawing about it for months now. My tax stamp still has about 3 months to go so I have more time to think.

I like the long battery life of the aimpoints, particuarly.

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#4
I have both, honestly been thinking of getting rid of them and getting variable power scopes. Better for older eyes. And young eyes too.
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#5
What does she like? Usually the best way to figure these things out but...

How old/young is she? If she's old enough to fully understand more than pulling the trigger makes a loud noise and a hole, then I say start her with iron sights. If she's older or more experienced than that then see my above and below questions.

A few other important questions, what kind of rifle is it going on? (I'd assume AR?) what is her current level of experience? what distances are you shooting at? What is the goal of training?(self defense, bench rest competition, just basic handling)
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#6
I like the control on the Aimpoint. Notice I didn't say "controls." It has one knob with nice tactile clicks. That's it. Turn it one way for brighter, the other way for dimmer. It couldn't be more simple.

I like that a lot better than "push this button, or that button, or both together, or hold them for so many seconds..."
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scruff;91419 Wrote:I like the control on the Aimpoint. Notice I didn't say "controls." It has one knob with nice tactile clicks. That's it. Turn it one way for brighter, the other way for dimmer. It couldn't be more simple.

I like that a lot better than "push this button, or that button, or both together, or hold them for so many seconds..."

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I have an AR with an Eotech XPS mounted on it & one with an Aimpoint M3. For ease of use, battery life, etc; I prefer the Aimpoint. My AP stays on 24/7 & the last battery lasted a bit over 5 years.

I do think that I'm able to get on target slightly faster with the Eotech's 65 moa ring & 1 moa dot though. That is if the thing is turned "on" in the first place. The dot does tend to "bloom" more than the AP when the intensity is set too high.

If the firearm is going to be the "bump-in-the-night" HD gun, where it has to be ready to shoot when you pick it up, then I'd say either get an Aimpoint, or train to hit one the "on" buttons of the Eotech instinctively when you pick the gun up.

Either is a great optic for CQB. It's just a matter of preference.
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#8
I'm going to fall on an unpopular side and say its more than just preference. The Eotech offers you a much lower COG optic and the reticle was purpose designed for CQ and less than ideal light situations where supreme accuracy isn't a must. Most of them include a mount and that alone can save you a hundred dollars or more.

The Aimpoint has its bulk a little higher and will be noticeable if she or you plan on shooting a match with awkward positions. I also think the Aimpoint dot lends itself to a little bit more precision, especially the 2 Moa versions and they work great with the 4x magnifiers.

That said the controls come down to preference and the battery life vs commonly found batteries certainly owns some merit.

I had some soul searching to do on this very quandary a few months ago. I personally like the Dot reticle but I liked the controls of the Eotech. The battery life isn't a huge concern for me since I am not planning on any extended stays in far off corners of the globe. In the end I also came to the conclusion that I didn't need 100m depth capability and I had no plans to jump out of a perfectly fine aircraft with weapon in tow. I narrowed my needs down to reliability, features I wanted and a company willing to stand behind any defects I may encounter.

I chose a Vortex Strikefire.
http://www.vortexoptics.com/category/str...e_red_dots

It was half the price of the other two and it actually blended the two things I liked best about each optic. On top of that their customer service is beyond awesome. The one I ordered didn't come with a mount, I made one phone call and had one show up 2 days later no charge.

The coolest little feature is that the on switch is on the side of the unit, with a little practice I was able to turn it on with just a tap to the side of the scope. I had a Comp ML2 and an Eotech 552. They are certainly more stout and the Technology is awesome but I think for my purposes the StrikeFire has replaced them as my favorite.

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#9
Aimpoint has much better battery life, but eotechs are better for awkward field positions because of the large window. To go into battle or do practical rifle matches I'll take an eotech all day long.
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#10
nomad;91285 Wrote:I have both, honestly been thinking of getting rid of them and getting variable power scopes. Better for older eyes. And young eyes too.


you hit it on the nail variable power scope with 45 deg back up iron sights
ill put a aimpoint/eotech on a SBR
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