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Old July 5, 2007, 12:32 PM   #1
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Help a newbie choose a Red Dot / Aimpoint


Just picked up an M1A (Socom 16) and want to put a red dot / Aimpoint on it, but have no experience at all with them (have always used standard scopes).

I have no idea which one I should get, other than "you get what you pay for" and make sure it's parallax free....

Can anyone help me out with some suggestions. And how do you feel about Aimpoint vs Truglo, or would you choose a different company, and why?

Thanks in advance!
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Old July 5, 2007, 01:33 PM   #2
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I'll tell you what, I had a Tasco Red dot on my Colt Anaconda .44 mag and it preformed flawlessly! I know folks shudder when Tasco is mentioned, but I feel much better humping through the woods with an expendable scope rather than a $300 one. If Tasco can handle a .44 mag, it's good enough for me.

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Old July 5, 2007, 01:40 PM   #3
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i have a socomII with an EOTech 512. i mainly shoot indoors at 50 yds. shoots great. easy to sight in.
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Old July 5, 2007, 02:15 PM   #5
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I just went through the same search (except for a .44 SBH). The only "value priced" sight I could find that had no reports of being shaken apart from the magnum recoil was the Millett. I bought one and am now waiting on delivery of a Weaver mount.
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Old July 5, 2007, 09:59 PM   #6
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another +1 on the EOTech.

Some red dots use big, easy-to-see dots which cover up a good piece of target. Others use small dots for more precise shot placement, but those can be hard to find. EOTech gives you the best of both worlds by using a big ring with a small dot- very quick to acquire your target and also very precise. Parallax free, tough and really easy and fun to use.
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Old July 6, 2007, 07:53 AM   #7
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+3 for EOTech.

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Old July 6, 2007, 10:06 AM   #8
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From an upcoming article
I'll go out on a limb and call the Aimpoint M3 and M4 the best choices for a fighting Type I optic.
The EOTech has followers and is used in harm's way, however, the Aimpoint line trumps the EOTech
in several important respects: the Aimpoint's battery lasts much, much longer than the EOTech and
the Aimpoint can be turned on and off using only tactile feedback. The shooter needs to be looking
at the EOTech to determine if it's on. Market price for an EOTech or Aimpoint including
quick-release mount ranges from about $500 up to $700.
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Old July 11, 2007, 02:10 AM   #9
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My vote goes to Eotech also, as far as battery life the batteries seem to last forever on the 512 and when they do go I just go to the store and buy 2 more AA batteries for less than 3 bucks. I also have a buis on my AR-15 , even if my batteries did go dead I would still have the co-witness irons so it is a non issue for me.
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Old July 11, 2007, 05:54 AM   #10
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+1 on battery life with EOTech's that use the "AA" batteries. The ones that use the "N" cells may have a battery life issue, but not the 512 and 552 which are powered by "AA's".

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Old July 12, 2007, 11:37 AM   #11
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The problem with mounting an EOTech on a SOCOM is that it sits too high for proper eye relief.

If it was my gun, I would most likely go with an Aimpoint in a 10818 mount or the new Micro series from Aimpoint.

Just got two of these in and thought I would get some pics up. I must say that this is a really impressive optic for its size.



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Weight: 3.7 ounces with mount
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