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Old May 5, 2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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ACOG

Gonna look at a used(less than 1 yr old) ACOG tommorrow. I've been considering one for the AR for years. I have no expierence with them and am wondering if they are worth the money. Any good for hunting? What should I chk before I buy a used TA31? Any ex-military out there with a working knowledge of them?
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Old May 6, 2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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I have this ACOG TA31RCO-M4 on my .308 Stoner carbine because I found that I did not use the high magnification that was available to me with my Leupold VX scopes. An added feature of the ACOG is the super clear optics and fast tracking ability. The ballistics of my .308 168 grain ammo is so similiar to the .223 that this ACOG was designed for that I can use the sight chevron for ranges of 300 yards or less without adjustment.
I have heard nothing but positive statements about the ACOG's strength and durability from those that have used them in the sandbox.

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Old May 6, 2013, 09:08 AM   #3
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i use a similar acog on my aug clone. love it. gives you the tracking speed of a red dot with extra magnification, without having the extra weight of an added magnifier.
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Old May 6, 2013, 09:17 AM   #4
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I loved my ACOG that I had affixed to my M-4. We were given the option between an ACOG or the CCO, and when you look around and see nothing but mountains, the extra magnification starts lookin' mighty fine.

Never had any issues with it.

Best part about it, in my experience, is that the ACOG will hold your zero through anything, IED blast, falling over a wall that you tried to do your best Rambo jump over and couldn't quite make it, negative helicopter-ground interaction, anything, my ACOG still held zero and worked like a champ.

In my opinion, they are well worth the high price tag.

If I ever build my AR-15 modeled after what I carried, you can bet I'll spring for the ACOG.
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Old May 6, 2013, 09:22 AM   #5
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I have heard of counterfiet Acogs being sold. If you buy a used one how could you tell the difference? One might say trust the guy your buying it from but what if he really didn't know it was a fake himself.

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Old May 6, 2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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I also have an ACOG for sale gentlemen.
It's brand new but without the box. $425
Let me know if you want it, or know someone that does.
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Old May 6, 2013, 09:47 AM   #7
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I have heard of counterfiet Acogs being sold. If you buy a used one how could you tell the difference?
There might be some that are hard to tell apart, but the counterfeit ACOG copies I've seen were obvious; the quality difference was clear as soon as you looked closely at it.
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Old May 6, 2013, 01:18 PM   #8
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I had ACOG and it was built like a tank and the optics were second to none , but for me at the end of the day all I had was a very nice $1000.00 + fixed power scope. So I sold it and got a 4-16x Vortex Viper and couldn't be more happier.
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Old May 6, 2013, 03:38 PM   #9
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Oops

My mistake guys
It's an Aim Point, not an ACOG
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Old May 6, 2013, 04:14 PM   #10
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Don't know if they still do...but Trijicon got into a bit of controversy, with a quoted New Testament bible verse, about Jesus Christ --- not sure which --- on the right hand side of the ACOG bible verse scope mount.
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Old May 6, 2013, 04:16 PM   #11
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LOL... BIG Difference.

I have an ACOG, AIMPOINT, EOtech, Trij SRS... etc.

The AIMPOINT is pretty good, it still feel like I'm looking through a tube though compared to an EOtech or SRS.
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Old May 25, 2013, 11:46 AM   #12
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Update

I finally bit the bullet. Found a NIB TA31F on line. $1016 out the door. Mounted it to my RRA AR and took it to the range. I really love it! The red cheveron works very well, even with my old eyes. Gonna have to take it to the deer lease and try some long range shooting with it.
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Old May 25, 2013, 01:41 PM   #13
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Other than looking like a passable imitation of a transmission bell, I hear they work great. I haven't gotten to use one yet, but I hope to eventually.
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Old May 26, 2013, 12:41 PM   #14
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Other than looking like a passable imitation of a transmission bell,
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Old May 27, 2013, 02:01 PM   #15
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If you are in the military or retired military you can buy ACOGs through AAFES. They are $850.00. It is the TA01NSN. I got mine for $773.00 with a 10% off coupon. No sales tax and free shipping.
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Old May 27, 2013, 05:03 PM   #16
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I finally bit the bullet. Found a NIB TA31F on line.
Congrats on your purchase. I've enjoyed my ACOG for several years and looked forward to it lasting as long as I'm able to shoulder my AR.
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Old May 29, 2013, 09:26 PM   #17
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I think the TA11 is the way to go, I have a TA31 and the 11 has significantly better eye relief.
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Old May 30, 2013, 11:27 AM   #18
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The AIMPOINT is pretty good, it still feel like I'm looking through a tube though compared to an EOtech or SRS.
I always find comments like this strange. With both eyes open, I never perceive Aimpoints to be like "looking through a tube."
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Old May 30, 2013, 11:30 AM   #19
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Second on TA11, especially green horse shoe reticle. Comfortable eye relief and decent field of view
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Old May 30, 2013, 11:43 AM   #20
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I must be the only person who didn't really care for the ACOG. I find I am much faster with a Aimpoint or EOtech, the extra mag. of the ACOG screws with me at close ranges. At distance it isn't bad, but like someone else said... its still just a fixed power scope.

If you zero your EOtech or Aimpoint properly 300 yards is not really an issue.

My buddy has an ACOG on his rifle, he loves it, I prefer the EO-tech.
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Old May 31, 2013, 08:56 AM   #21
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As I mention earlier, I pretty much have all of the red dots and an ACOG. Lately, I've been moving more towards medium power scopes with a true 1x instead. My favorite right now is the first focal plane Super Sniper 1-6x, it's great at 300 yards and still pretty fast at 30 ft.
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Old June 2, 2013, 11:38 AM   #22
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I'm convinced that not everyone is able to use an ACOG with both eyes open. If your brain doesn't want to process the two images as required, it won't work for you, plain and simple. It doesn't make the ACOG any less an outstanding optic though.

That being said, the one thing I always had problems trying to use was the RMR perched on top of an ACOG. My buddy's AR is set up this way. Cheek weld is non-existent (at least for me) when trying to use the RMR. Given it's additional height above the rifle's bore, using it for any accuracy becomes quite a challenge since the POA/POI changes so quickly with distance.
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