The red dot, the Army, the legacy. The legacy that is the Aimpoint Red Dot is known of by every airsofter. It seems that one must have a red dot to make their gun look more "special forces" or "cool", and I'd say that's an understatement. WARNING: Lots of pictures ahead.
Here's a little background on the real Aimpoint: It is called the Aimpoint ML2, which is the military version of the scope. It was the only model certified by the Army after rigorous testing, such as dropping from 12 feet, waterproof to 75 feet, and boasts a 5,000-10,000 hour battery life. That's right, you just read that. You could leave the real one on for a YEAR and still have battery power to spare.
The Airsoft version
Now on to the airsoft version, I bought the G&P 30mm Military Style Aimpoint Replica. I know it's a mouthful, but I decided to include it's full name. It is also simply known as the "G&P Aimpoint" for short. I bought it off of Redwolfairsoft for $53 shipped, it costs $33 without the shipping. I ordered on Sunday, it arrived on Thursday. It really was Wednesday, but there was nobody at my house at 10:30 A.M. I ran through the rain after school just to come see this thing.
I got home, and saw a FedEx package on the floor inside my front door, and immediately went up to my room and ripped it open. Here's what I saw:
No indication of the packaging of what's really inside. When I picked the box up, it felt heavy and was bigger than I expected. I tenderly opened the box to see the following contents:
It includes the Aimpoint fully assembled (with batteries in and everything!) and an allen wrench for removing the mount from it if needed. I immediately opened the plastic bag and picked up the Aimpoint. Here's a picture of what it looked like:
Construction and Build Quality
I first noticed the full metal construction, this thing felt like a solid piece of kit! It is big and hefty, weighing a fairly heavy and solid amount. I felt like I was holding a real Aimpoint in my hand, it felt nearly indestructable. Almost the same feeling I had when I first held my Surefire flashlight. It has a nice matte black finish, kind of similar to a real USP slide. It has a metal mount that is a quick detach style, just screw it on. It comes with two flip-up covers pre-installed, and I'd have to say they're nice quality. They flip up when you flick them, due to spring loaded action.
Well, enough about how it looks and feels, but how well does it work? I found that the knob facing me adjusts the brightness. Clockwise makes it brighter, counter clockwise makes it dimmer. The dot has 5 brightness setting, with the last being "super-bright". It's very easy to see in dark lighting on 1 and 2, 3 should be fine for general indoor/outdoor use, 5 being for when there is a lot of sunlight. Here's a picture of the dot (can't remember what setting):
Every penny of my $53 was definately worth it. This thing considerably reduced aiming time and target acquisition (from my own bedroom) and I can use it with both eyes open. Definately a positive, no more aligning iron sites and closing one eye. The dot also stays in the same place wherever you more your head (called no parallax) and where the red dot is, the BB should go. I haven't had a chance to use this in the field, but I'll update after Saturday's game and let you guys know. The dot can also be adjusted by using a screwdriver.
I have a Tokyo Marui M4A1, and decided to mount it right away. All I had to do was take off the carry handle and put the red dot on there and tighten the mount. The mount will fit on any standard 20mm rail. And after I tightned the fit on the rail (the rail itself) there was no wobble and it was absolutely solid. I love aiming with this thing, it brings a smile to my face. I can definately say this has a place in my heart. Here's a picture of it mounted to my M4:
Pros and Cons
This is a great red dot. I am in love with this thing. Here are my pros and cons of this nifty little sight:
Full metal construction
Durable, feels like a rock
Cheap for such a good replica ($53 shipped from HK, $110+ in US)
5 brightness settings, visable dot
Easy to mount and remove
Easy to find batteries
Flip-up covers definately a plus, don't get in way either
Can be mounted to almost any gun that has a 20mm rail
Easy to aim, very easy
Best addition to any M4/M16 rifle
Dials can't be lost thanks to the rubber holding them together
Flip-up covers may fall off (due to tiny metal rod holding them to the sight
Lense MIGHT be able to get damaged by BB (simple $10 BB mesh/net found on websites can cure this)
Red glare from sun might give you away in the forest
Doesn't clear the front sight......
This is a great value for a great sight. I would definately recommend it to any M4/M16 owner. Adds a great deal of "coolness" to your rifle. I can see it will help in the field and will be my most used accessory. Here's some awesome pictures to finish off:
Thanks for reading!
Edited by kicjow4116, 09 March 2006 - 08:20 PM.