Aimpoint Carbine Optic

Aimpoint ACO

Aimpoint announced a new red-dot type sight for the AR-platform rifle. Called the Aimpoint Carbine Optic, or ACO, the sight uses a 2 MOA dot and comes with a fixed height mount to allow for co-witnessing with backup sights.

The ACO is waterproof and is said to run for a full year in a constant on mode on a single 1/3N battery. The MSRP on the ACO is $393, and the optic should be available at most of the Aimpoint dealers by the end of October.



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  • Jeff S

    So, what’s the actual street price going to be? You can get a PRO for around $400-415… I’m not sure why you’d want the ACO unless it’s going to be significantly cheaper than the MSRP.

    • mig1nc

      I got my PRO for $369 with a coupon code during a free shipping sale from PSA last year. The ACO is less capable than the PRO in terms of battery life and NV settings. They’ll have to go for less than that to make it worthwhile.

      • Frank

        Well Duh, it probably will, not counting outstanding deals. It retails for less. This is probably targeted more at casual shooters as the PRO was targeted as a low cost for LE model. For that you’re getting something way up on the quality of a cheaper asian made optic.

        • mig1nc

          Yeah, but if it’s like a $10 difference at retail between the two, why not get the PRO? I’m also thinking about competition from the Mepro RDS at that price range. It’s still a little new though, so I’m curious to see some long term testing results.

        • Cymond

          I would gladly pay an extra $10 for a PRO with 3 year battery life over a ACO with 1 year battery life. I hope the ACO has other advantages, or there’s no reason to choose one over a PRO for +- 3% price difference.

          • Curious_G

            The speculation is that they will move the Pro up in price.

    • Garret

      The MSRP on the PRO is $462 so knowing that I would think the ACO could be found for around $350 if the MSRP/Street price ratio stays about the same.

  • FireTwoSeven

    Either this or wait the extra couple months to save up for the EOTech.

    • Curious_G

      Because an Eotech i better than this?

      • FireTwoSeven

        Yes.

        • Curious_G

          In what objective measure (hint: objective is not your opinion)? Battery life? Weight? Price? It is hard to argue Aimpoint’s track record for durability and the ‘dot’ i more friendly to anyone with an astigmatism.

          In many regards, waiting a couple months and spending more does not net a better product (who knows which of the many Eotech models you think he should save up for).

          • FireTwoSeven

            Well, the EOTech 552 can repeatable return to zero at 1MOA. It uses standard AA batteries vs the specialized 1/3n battery the Aimpoint uses. The EOTech is not only waterproof but submersible (which isn’t a huge thing, but shit happens). It’s also got a wider FOV than the Aimpoint and 19 more brightness settings. Also, subjectively, the EOTech is the choice of far more police and military units than the Aimpoint.

            That said, there’s nothing WRONG with the Aimpoint, it’s fine, but a couple hundred more dollars and you get the better sight.

          • Curious_G

            AA batteries would be nice (but there is still a trade-off in runtime). Aimpoint is also submersible if I am not mistaken (no one will claim anything is waterproof, by the way).

            I am still not convinced a 552 is “better”. To each his own.

          • FireTwoSeven

            Actually the 552 is submersible to 1ATM or 33 feet for up to an hour and up to 10 ft indefinitely. That’s EOTech’s claim anyway.

        • John

          I own 3 Eotechs (557, 517, Xbow) and 2 EOTECH 4x magnifier and so many AImpoints I lost count (PRO, CompM4, 9000 2X, and many vintage ones like Mark III – still super). But you know which is best??? Mepro TRUDOT RDS. My current favorite by far.

    • John

      Optic wars aside, Aren’t they more or less the same price? Both have entry level (Carbine/Partrol for Aimpoint at ~$400, 512 for EOTech) as well as higher up models at comparable price points (CompM4, XPS3, etc)

      • FireTwoSeven

        Yeah. The EOTech 552 is what I had in mind. It’s in the upper $500 range. Add the dual laser (visible and IR) battery cap and it’s almost $1000

        • Fred Johnson

          Ouch.

          Well, if you have the money for the night vision gear, you probably have the money for a night vision capable sight. 😀

          • FireTwoSeven

            That’s true, but the base model is about $560, that’s not a huge jump from $400 to get a better, much more rugged sight.

  • Fred Johnson

    Interesting. That looks very promising for use with the latest “econo” ARs like the new Ruger AR556. Removing night vision settings looks to be a good move and battery life is still better than many of the competitors out there.

    Now, let’s see those new Aimpoints pop up on the net for $320. (Hope, hope)

    • It’s like an Aimpoint PRO, but with much shorter battery life.

      If you are going to be putting a red dot on a recreational gun, why not go with one of the many sub-$150 sights?

      I really don’t get this one. I’d either buy a PRO, a used M2 or M3, or one of the Primary Arms sights.

      • Fred Johnson

        I figure some people out there would put their $500 to $700 AR to “home defense” use as well as recreational use. As much as I like the sub $150 red dots for fun times, I really have little confidence of them for possible serious use. And I own cheap dots, too. Yet, they don’t get the call on a home defense gun in my house.

  • Curious_G

    We keep seeing variants on the same theme – I really wish Aimpoint would take a crack at a more affordable H1-style sight.

    • Jeff S

      Sounds good to me! And here I was hoping for the T-1 price to drop when its replacement came out. Oh well.

    • Quach

      The H-1 is already affordable….

      • Curious_G

        Huh? Not in the context of the PRO or this thing.

        • Quach

          The PRO is a budget Comp M3/M4 and the H-1 is a budget T-1 so your asking for a budget of a budget optic from Aimpoint. The H-1 is affordable at $550. Eat out less, splurge less, and save your dollars. I’m a 3rd year undergrad living on my own so unless your worse than me, you can save up for it, even if it takes 2,3,4,6 months.

          • Curious_G

            Thanks for telling me what to do – you certainly know what’s best for everyone!

            By your logic, there is no reason for the Pro (which is more like the comp2) or this either then. Just save up for the M4. Or an elcan. Or a porsche. Why would anyone every buy a Honda Civic?

            The jump from a $400 price point to $550 is decent from a percentage standpoint.

            You do whatever is best for you.

          • rabrooks

            Screw that! Just get a Vortex and splurge on good ammo….

  • TFB Reader

    Absolute co-witness, in case anyone was wondering.

  • As a big fan on Aimpoint, I am actually kind of underwhelmed by this. Its just a stripped down PRO with a cheaper mount and a few less features. Price wise, you might as well get a PRO. While I get that street price will probably be down around $300 or so, you might as well get a PRO for $400 and get some better features and battery life. I know they are trying to compete with the SPARC, but I don’t think this is the way to do it. The SPARC is more along the H/T-1 lines. If anything they should bring a less expensive version of those to market to compete with Vortex.