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Aimpoint Laser sights

Hello,

anyone have experience with their sights?

http://www.aimpoint.com/o.o.i.s/28

How good are they? Worth the money?

Thanks.

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Looks to me that these sights are for closer range shooting. What do ya do once the batteries have frozen up or died out on ya?? My opinion has always been this with regard to laser sights, and close range scopes: If you can't shoot well enough without it, you'll never shoot any better with it. There is much more to shooting accurately than having a scope or laser pointer.

A telescopic rifle scope will allow you to aim and shoot more precisely at longer range, but still won't do anyone any good if you don't know the fundimentals and basics of shooting.

I see new comers to this sport all the time at the range. They always seem to have their guns all tricked out with the latest accessories and can't seem to shoot worth a darn to save their life. That's been my observation. You can't expect technology to do it all for you. There are certain fundimentals and skills that must be learned first and then honed through constant practice. Doesn't matter what you are shooting, you still need proper trigger pull and trigger control, breathing techniques, proper shouldering and mounting of the gun, follow throught, steady hold, all that stuff. Just my .02 cents worth.

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WesternHunter wrote:
Looks to me that these sights are for closer range shooting. What do ya do once the batteries have frozen up or died out on ya?? My opinion has always been this with regard to laser sights, and close range scopes: If you can't shoot well enough without it, you'll never shoot any better with it. There is much more to shooting accurately than having a scope or laser pointer.

A telescopic rifle scope will allow you to aim and shoot more precisely at longer range, but still won't do anyone any good if you don't know the fundimentals and basics of shooting.

I see new comers to this sport all the time at the range. They always seem to have their guns all tricked out with the latest accessories and can't seem to shoot worth a darn to save their life. That's been my observation. You can't expect technology to do it all for you. There are certain fundimentals and skills that must be learned first and then honed through constant practice. Doesn't matter what you are shooting, you still need proper trigger pull and trigger control, breathing techniques, proper shouldering and mounting of the gun, follow throught, steady hold, all that stuff. Just my .02 cents worth.

Hey there,

thanks for the reply. I'm fairly new to all of this. So just researching. I do agree with you about shooting. Practice makes perfect!

tim
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Aimpoint Laser sights

I have an eotech sight on my m4. very fun and cool to look thru. They are made for cqb close quarters battle. Very fast target acquistion. Aimpoint would work good for turkey hunting. also most have a 4 moa red dot.

tim

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Aimpoint is considered top of the line for red dot sights. The military uses them largerly because the low magnifaction and no need for centering provides rapid target acquisition. As Tim said, they are preferred in close quarters combat with rifles and shotguns. They work quite well in low sight situations as well.

Hunters find them useful because the lack of magnifaction and simple targeting. People who have a hard time with optical reticles and iron sights usually find red dot sights fun and easy to use. The down side is they have little to no magnification thus making long shots on smaller objects difficult. For big game hunting they would be fine at less than 200 yards.

A MOA works out to roughly 1 inch at 100 yards. This means a 4 MOA dot will subtend a 4" diameter circle at 100 yards, 8" at 200 yards, etc. Thus at 200 yards a 4 moa dot will completely cover the vital area of a deer....

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bitmasher wrote:
Aimpoint is considered top of the line for red dot sights. The military uses them largerly because the low magnifaction and no need for centering provides rapid target acquisition. As Tim said, they are preferred in close quarters combat with rifles and shotguns. They work quite well in low sight situations as well.

Hunters find them useful because the lack of magnifaction and simple targeting. People who have a hard time with optical reticles and iron sights usually find red dot sights fun and easy to use. The down side is they have little to no magnification thus making long shots on smaller objects difficult. For big game hunting they would be fine at less than 200 yards.

A MOA works out to roughly 1 inch at 100 yards. This means a 4 MOA dot will subtend a 4" diameter circle at 100 yards, 8" at 200 yards, etc. Thus at 200 yards a 4 moa dot will completely cover the vital area of a deer....

Cool info! Thanks.

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Of course don't let me dicourage you from buying one if you were going to. Just offering my opinion.

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OK, these are red dot scopes. No lasers. I've got an old Aimpoint 1000 on my .41 Mag S & W Model 57 revolver. I love it. As stated, it would be fine for short range rifle shooting but probably not suitable for long range. It would be great on a slug gun or turkey gun, as mentioned. My batteries last a LOOOOOOONG time. I've only changed the batts once or twice since I've owned it. I would recommend carrying spares, though. Mine has a rheostat that changes the intensity (and apparent size) of the red dot. I leave mine on the lowest setting. That gives you a small dot. It's fine that way except under very bright sunlight, then you have to turn it up a couple notches. I've taken several whitetails with it including a 10 pt, 132 - 3/8 bruiser. Very easy to find the dot and put it on target. From a bench I have hit clay pigeons at 100 yds with it. Not every time, mind you, but darn close. I have only had one problem with it in 15 years of field use. The only issue I had was when I dropped it and it landed on the knob and broke it off. It was turned on and I still used it the rest of the season. I just took the batteries out at the end of the day. I sent it back to the factory and they fixed it. I turn it on in the morning and turn it off at dark. In short, I would recommend Aimpoint if you're looking for a red dot scope. Mine is also a little smaller than a standard scope. I would not, however, mount one on my elk rifles. It wouldn't be the right tool for the job.

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