I’ve owned a number of Aimpoints over the years. None has let me down.
I sold my last remaining Aimpoint – a Micro T1 – last year. I’m not entirely sure why. It was a solid bit of kit, but I’ve always felt frustrated by airsoft Aimpoint Micro protection solutions. They either risk falling off, or change the silhouette of the Micro to the extent that it doesn’t look like an Aimpoint.
Enter the Micro T2 and H2. Now, I would imagine that airsofters are positively the last people Aimpoint would speak to in terms of end user feedback. But, it just so happens that whoever they have been talking to has led the company to implement the perfect BB protection, front and back on these optics.
Whereas the classic Micros came with an opaque slip-over rubber bikini cover, the newer Micros feature integrated flip-up covers, with a difference: the covers feature clear lenses.
Now, these lenses aren’t explicitly rated for BB strikes, but I’m willing to take the risk. In any case, the infrastructure is in place to use Tactical Optician replacement sacrificial lenses.
As well as the Micro T1, I’ve also owned an H1. The performance was no different. I decided to go for the H2 this time, because I don’t need NVG compatibility and it’s a bit cheaper than the ‘tactical’ T2 (the H of H2 is for ‘hunting’).
Needless to say, the Aimpoint Micro T1 is at large in the wild and I’m sure it won’t be long before the T2 is more widespread; particularly given Eotech’s monumental fall from grace with the US military.
No changes have been made to the underside of the newer model Micros, so mounts which work on the T1/H1 will work with the T2/H2 (aside from those zany mounts with built-in covers, which are now superfluous).
There are various articles on the web, which deal with the differences between the classic Micros and the newer models at length.
The main differences are:
- Integrated transparent lens covers
- Steeply-angled objective lens, which keeps the 2 MOA dot crisp when using a magnifier
- No 4 MOA option
- Low drag turret structure on top of optic, to prevent gear hang ups
- Low drag turret itself has flat head removable cover
- Stronger detente clicks on brightness adjustment wheel
- Enhanced light transmission for truer-colour sight picture (i.e. less blue)
What I really like about the Aimpoint Micro are two things:
- Form factor
In terms of form factor, the H2 is small. This means field of vision is excellent and it doesn’t take much to look ‘past’ the optic, both eyes open, to deliver an awesome sight picture. It’s also so light that it’s barely noticable; way different to the pendulum-like feel of an Eotech (even the XPS series feels like you have a brick attached).
Reliability is also key. Firstly, the Aimpoint Micro is extremely efficient when it comes to battery life. I’ve left one on for weeks, without the battery running flat. Some dislike the lack of an automatic shut-off option, but it’s been said that many people keep their Aimpoints on all the time; always ready. They really are that sparing with power.
Lastly, they just don’t break. There is less to go wrong in an Aimpoint and they are very robust. While I’ve had an Eotech which faded over time, Aimpoints just run and run.
I won’t get on to holding zero, because I don’t want to get any deeper into the debate about Aimpoint vs. Eotech; you can read all about Eotech’s woes online so I won’t repeat them here.
Suffice to say, I’m looking forward to using the H2 in the field, soon.