AimPoint Announces the T-2 Micro Red Dot Optic

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AimPoint has announced the upcoming release of the Micro T-2. The Micro T-2 will be produced alongside the existing T-1 and will be compatible with all T-1 bases and mounts.

The T-2 was developed in response to feedback on the T-1. Notable changes include: “a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti-reflective devices, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.”

The first shipment is currently expected in September 2014. No word yet on pricing or red-dot specs, but I would hazard to guess that they will mirror existing T-1 offerings.

My take: The T-1 is going to get a price break and become the “entry-level” micro dot sight (like the PRO for the full-size optics). The T-2 will be at or around the current T-1′s pricing structure.

Full Press Release below:

New sight offers additional features and enhanced performance

Aimpoint, the originator and world leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has announced the addition of the new Micro T-2 sight to the company’s professional product line. The Micro T-2 will be available for shipment in September, 2014, and will be offered alongside the company’s existing Micro T-1 product.

Since its introduction in 2007, the Aimpoint Micro sight has become the worldwide standard for compact reflex sights. Law enforcement and military end users have embraced this sight for its compact size, durability, and extremely long battery life. Product reviews with professional end users identified a series of desired product enhancements that have now been added to this new product. These changes include: a new sight housing which allows the addition of front and rear protective flip covers and anti-reflective devices, additional physical protection for the sight’s adjustment turrets, and
increased ruggedness for the sight’s internal electronic components.

The most important development in this new sight however, is enhanced optical performance. A newly designed front lens, incorporating an important breakthrough in reflective lens coatings, provides a noticeable increase in the clarity and performance properties of the Micro T-2. This ensures that no matter what angle or conditions the shot presents, the user is able to get on target quickly and accurately.

“Instead of merely making improvements to an existing product, we started with a completely new design” said Lennart Ljungfelt, President of Aimpoint AB. “As a result, the Micro T-2 takes the level of performance available from a compact sight to an entirely new level. It also provides features and performance formerly available only in much larger optics.”

The Micro T-2 can be mounted on nearly any individual weapon platform, and can be used with all existing mounts that fit the Micro T-1. This sight is compatible with all generations of night vision devices. The Micro T2 is ideal for use with Aimpoints wide range of accessories including the 3X Magnifier, and Concealed Engagement Unit (CEU). The Micro T-2 can operate for up to five years of constant-on use, using just one CR-2032 battery, and is waterproof to 25 meters.

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  • echelon

    I’ll wait for the Primary Arms version for 1/5 the cost.

    • Dukke1ine

      And 1/5th of the durability, build quality and what, 1/100th of the battery life?

      Buy once, cry once.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Aimpoint makes nice products, but the fact the T2 came about tells me it’s not as nuke-proof as some say. Besides, Aimpoint never said what power setting the 50,000 hours was tested for which makes me think more about this: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/06/23/calling-surefire-elzetta-looks-fl1-standard/

        • TiC

          Actually, they’re very clear about the setting used for those battery life estimates. For the T2, they specifically claim 50,000 hours “at room temperature & at setting 8 out of 12″.

          http://mobile.aimpoint.com/us/products/all-products/product-singleview/product/Micro%20T-2

          • Rusty Shackleford

            I was actually referring to the settings for the T1 model. I haven’t been able to find the info for it on their website, but maybe I just missed it.

        • Quach

          Uhhh this is an improvement over the T-1 to be multi-nuclear proof with some nice add ons. The rate of failed T-1s is so small, no one ever talks about it.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            I got my hopes up that the T2 would be cobalt bomb-proof but I’ve been let down by Aimpoint.

        • anon

          I have personally run an H-1 for 3 years and 11 months on a single battery before it died (on setting 8 or 9, IIRC). So not quite 35k hours. The 50k claim is reasonable on a dim setting like 6 or 7.

      • joe

        You’ve never seen the torture tests of the primary arms sights have you…

      • mike hoffman

        Has anyone ever torture tested it to destruction along side a primary arms and see which dies first or are we just assuming that its 5x as durable because it costs 5x as much ?

      • echelon

        Myth. I’m “in the business” and I’ve seen plenty of high end optics and firearms fail. I’m not saying PA optics are the best ever but for the average shooter who isn’t out in the sandbox or out on any two way range the PA optic will be more than adequate.

        I’ve personally torture tested several of mine and have had no failures. I’ve also had three Eotechs break. Does that mean Eotechs suck? Not necessarily. Purely anecdotal stories for sure and YMMV.

        Many of these companies take advantage of the fact that the military uses their product and they know they’ll have scores of tactical tommies lining up just to buy the “military grade” accessories on that alone.

        • Dukke1ine

          Indeed. But the OP I replied to is comparing apples to oranges for the exact reasosns you describe in your first paragraph.

          Comparing a 100 USD optic to a 500 USD optic does not make sense even though they do the same job.

          I don´t consider myself a tactical timmy, but I prefer the “buy it once” philosophy.

          • echelon

            And that’s perfectly fine. I’m just saying I’ll personally wait and save my money as I think the “buy it once” philosophy is a myth. I’ve seen too many high end products, not just firearm related, that fail. Sometimes after warranties have ended and/or customer service and replacement is a nightmare.

            My philosophy is not to rely on anything man made or just go on name value alone. Especially not on something that I might depend on to save my life. So If it would cost me $1500 to have three Aimpoints or $300 for three PA sights I personally am ok with that. LIke I said, YMMV.

          • Curious_G

            “Comparing a 100 USD optic to a 500 USD optic does not make sense even though they do the same job.”

            By your own definition (they do the same job) the comparison makes sense.

          • Dukke1ine

            Just as much sense as comparing a Audi Q7 and a Nissan Leaf I´d recon. They both get you from A to B, but once you go offroad, one is gonna get left behind in the end.

          • Curious_G

            Yep…no reason at all to compare two red dot sites with the same form factor and magnification (or lack thereof) which “do the same job”. Please.

            Your analogy might hold water, putting it politely, if we were comparing open iron sites with a 3-9 power variable scope.

    • http://suburbansdomain.blogspot.com Suburban

      They already sell with an ARD Killflash type device. More than half way there already.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Yea… Save money where you can and never buy quality gear.

      If it’s a range toy, the PA is fine. If it’s a serious use weapon and you want a cheaply made Chinese sight for it… Well, enjoy.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        The nuts behind the butts of the “serious use weapons” have their gear bought for them. For the rest of us, most are not going to launch out of an ASDS or go on 15 day missions, so the tier 2 gear is plenty.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Sure… Second rate gear is FINE…. Until it isn’t.

          • echelon

            I place no faith in any man made product, period. It will inherently break at the worst possible moment. If you go into a situation with the mental attitude that your $3000 gun, $4000 scope and $500 red dot are invincible then you’ve already got a bigger problem on your hands, IMHO…

          • Geodkyt

            That’s why my red dot is set to absolute co-witness with my fixed (not spring loaded folding) irons. If the sight just up and DIES, I don’t have to do ANYTHING (not even adjust my cheek weld) to keep shooting without pause.

            And with magnified sights, it’s the same story — only my BUIS are folding, and I accept the fact I’ll have to jettison the scope.

            There is NO accessory on my rifles that interfere with them working properly, even if the accessory itself fails.

      • echelon

        I’ve run around in the woods and played tactical tommy with my PA gear and I’ve never had it fail yet. It’s not on a safe queen range toy. I’ve had it in a river and it’s all beat to hell as is the gun it’s on.

        I would venture to guess that most people won’t even try to torture a $500 sight and just take it at face value that it’s bomb proof. My PA optic and QD riser mount were $89 total plus shipping. I’ll beat the hell out of that and replace a battery here and there and won’t come close to $500. And even if it does break I’ll just throw down another $89 bucks. Hell I’ll just buy 5 of ‘em and have back ups.

        This is purely anecdotal. You are free to buy overpriced American kit and fell like an operator if you want. That’s why America is a “free country”. Hahahahahahahahaha.

  • Twinkie

    T2?

    I want your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.

  • conjecturer

    More conjecture-if T-1 has lower price point (thinking H-1 pricing), hoping that H-1 will be even more affordable.

    • Sam Schifo

      They’ll probably come out with an H-2, to complement the T-2, and drop the price on the old H-1s.

  • http://suburbansdomain.blogspot.com Suburban

    Hmm. I notice the caps over the adjustment screws have coin slots, not the two studs for making adjustments to the sight. What’ve they done?