Just Announced: Hartman Optics MH1 Reflex Sight

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Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been talking with Jaime at Hartman Optics about this new reflex sight. This past Monday I had the privilege of a Skype call with Mikey Hartman who designed this sight and owns Hartman Optics. Mikey is also the CEO at CAA.

To give you some background Mikey was born in Memphis, Tn. and later moved to California. In the mid 1980’s he decided to move to Israel and join the IDF. It was a big decision for a young man but one that in the end benefited Mikey and the IDF.

Mr. Hartman also served as a sniper or designated marksman,as we would say, in the IDF. At that time the IDF used the Galil, then the M16 and finally the Tavor. The optics used were a variety of types with all falling short in some area of combat use. As an example the M-21 sight reticle would wash out when used in shadow with the target in bright daylight. On the range he even had the soldiers being trained move out to 25 yards so that they wouldn’t experience this reticle washout. This is something American shooters have talked about for years.

In the 1990’s he was placed in charge of the IDF marksmanship program which to us would be like being in charge of the training program for all IDF soldiers as well as the designated marksman and sniper programs. He headed this program for the next 17 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel.

Mikey is fond of saying all he knows how to do is shoot. A rather modest statement considering his experience. We move forward to the last couple of years and his work on a reflex sight that would solve the problems he encountered during his military career with other military sights.

Now we come to the present and the MH1 reflex sight which will be sold here in the US towards the end of the first quarter of 2016. He will also have the MH1 at the Hartman Optics booth during SHOT. If everything goes as planned I should be able to return from SHOT with an MH1 to test and put through it’s paces.

The MH1 with large objective and controls.

The MH1 with large objective and controls.

The MH1 has the largest objective of any reflex sight as you’ll see in the specifications. Power supply is unique in that the primary power is supplied by a USB connection allowing the sight to be charged in two hours by using a laptop, car adapter and really any other device we use today to charge our laptops and phones. The charge last 1000 hours of actual use. A backup supply is a single C123 battery inside the right rear of the unit should you need it.

USB charging port

USB charging port

Battery backup at the rear right. Windage and elevation at the right front and top front.

Battery backup at the rear right. Windage and elevation at the right front and top front.

One really neat feature is the PTT function. This is a strap with transmitter that fits on the front of your rifle allowing the user to use buttons on this remote to control the brightness settings and other functions of the sight. This is a first for sure.

After talking with Mr. Hartman for an hour or so I had a good understanding of the sight and why the features it has were incorporated into it’s design. One thing I can say is he is dedicated to making the best reflex sight he possibly can for the military and civilian shooters alike.

Features and controls

Features and controls

Models Offered

Models Offered

Rather than my continuing on and repeating what is said in the video lets just watch the video and let Mikey explain the MH1 and it’s features. Of course if you have any questions ask away! Also the MSRP will be announced soon. This video can only be seen on TFB and the Hartman You Tube channel. After a reader asked again about the price I was able to contact Mikey and the estimate is between say $650—$675. That includes the PTT device. Of course street price is frequently lower.

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • SoJohn

    Looks pretty cool, any idea on where this is made?

  • MR

    Cadillac styling

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    I like it. Since we are not all living in the post-apocalyptic wasteland the option of recharging the optic is useful for 100% of users… I suppose the question is, how tough/durable is it?

    • It conforms to mil-spec requirements for durability.. I believe the video addresses that as well.

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        Videos and marketing is one thing 😉

        • It is but I was talking about his information in the video where he mentions the mil-spec number and the fact it met that criteria.

    • iksnilol

      Crazy idea:

      just use rechargable standard batteries in your Aimpoint or something?

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        Off course, but then I´d have to buy charger and batteries as well. And these holo-sights have less batterylife than the Aimpoints so all I´m saying is it is a nice inclusion.

  • andrey kireev

    Any Idea on what one of those would cost ? I’m kind of interested =P

    • Well the cost isn’t written in stone yet but I will ask if I can get a figure for you that should be very close. I just emailed and asked. It may take a few hours with the time difference.
      I know we talked about it being less than an EoTech.

      • andrey kireev

        Ohhh nice, hopefully less than Eotech 512 (under $500)
        Thanks for looking into it Phil !

    • OK the tentative MSRP will be in the $650—$675 range. They are also doing a giveaway of the PTT with all pre-orders between now and SHOT. They can be pre-ordered on the website.

  • whskee

    I knew I’ve seen this guy before. He did an episode of ‘Future Weapons’ talking about the Tavor a few years ago. He was still at the school back then.

  • GaryOlson

    I would really like to see this in a green reticle. As one of the many men who has specific red/green blindness, red reticles jump out and attack my retinas. I never know if the reticle is just annoying or misaligned.

    Green I am partially blind to; and the proper green looks grey.. to me anyway. Very useful.

    I must be from a long line of successful hunters who were able to spot blood trails and ignore the fauna to bring home spoils of the hunt.

    • Kivaari

      I knew hunters that could see game like they were glowing. Me, I can walk right by them, they need to tell me I’m close.

      • INFI

        I know that feeling.

  • Bill

    Bill is interested. Bill wants to know if a small solar cell superglued to the top of it would keep the battery topped off. Bill needs to get one of those USB battery packs for his phone anyway.

    • That I have no idea. I kinda doubt it but that’s out of my ballpark.

    • NDS

      I have seen micro USB solar cells. Brilliant idea, I’m sure it would work

      • MR

        Great, out of the quadrail fad, directly into solar panels. ;-p

    • Markus

      The Zeiss Z-Point (aka Hensoldt Zeiss RSA-S for the military) already has/does that. A built-in solar cell on top is used as a hybrid power supply if there’s enough light so the CR2032 button cell doesn’t get drained while in bright daylight. Also, the automatic brightness control of the dot is a really nice IMHO…

  • Sianmink

    Putting remote controls on a reflex sight is brilliant. Same switching used for weapon mounted lights or lasers. Surprised nobody else has done that before. No more worrying about having it on when you need it. You grab the rifle, hit the button on the fore-end that’s already right there under your thumb or finger, and you’re ready to rock. Bonus being able to dial the brightness up or down without taking your hand off the rifle.

    Everybody will want to do this now.

    • Pretty cool huh:-)

      • MR

        Hackable?

        • I seriously doubt it. The distance the signal would go would be very short.

          • Dracon1201

            Anything that can accept a signal can be hacked remotely. Someone just needs to boost a similar signal, the optic would pick it up.

          • It’s just an IR remote. Definitely “hackable”, simple, cheap, and blockable by your body parts or shoulder strap. A nice solution though. Should be very long-lasting and affordable.

          • If you’re seriously worried about this, a piece of electrical tape should fix the problem.

          • Kivaari

            It’s not a radio, it is a tiny IR light.

        • Kivaari

          Who would likely be on a battle field that is trying to screw with your sight? If it so bad, then use the BUIS.

          • whskee

            People are getting wrapped up in the thought that it must be hackable…because technology? The statement says IR remote, so they would have to be within line of sight to do so. If it’s line of sight, I’m probably in the damn room, and if some nerd thinks turning my optic off is going to make a difference when I’m already in the room that turd is getting muzzle struck just for my own lulz.

            I think it’s a non-issue for intentional interference. I imagine it’s like a TV remote, only on when pressed, otherwise we might have a (very minor) counter-detection issue for enemy equipped with NVG’s. Does make me wonder though, if stacked up and the lead man makes an adjustment, could it trigger the next guys unit to change also?

          • Agreed I just don’t see where the concern comes from.

          • Mikey Hartman

            Whskee, each ptt is collaborated to its specific sight . Meaning each wireless ptt has its one and only ” partner” . It can not effect any other sight .
            You can disconnect the ptt function with your PC if the shooter wants to .
            Thanks

          • whskee

            Sounds to me like this optic was very well thought out. I just want to add, I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to address some comments here and wish more manufacturers were confident enough to do the same with their products. It shows you have confidence that you’ve built a solid product. Good on you, and I wish you the best moving forward with this and other ventures!

          • Mikey Hartman

            Thank you for your nice words, they are greatly appreciated.
            I truly believe we have created something special. I also see it as my honor to address some of these questions here. Its my hope that we will be able to generate a professional dialogue especially with those who disagree with what we did . Stay safe and i hope our paths cross one day

          • Kivaari

            It wont take a PC. Just don’t turn it on or attach to the fore end.

          • Kivaari

            Not likely. It’s like the barrel warp device on an M1A1 tank. Short range and directed at a detector. Shut if off if needed.

    • JSmath

      I find the choices of a strap as well as wireless to be at least a little questionable, but a remote in itself a definitely useful tool.

      • Sianmink

        Wireless is weird and perhaps unnecessary, I must agree.

        • Mikey Hartman

          The wireless was done for a few reasons. If you use a cable you are moving into possible problems with specific length which may not be comfortable to all shooters . Each shooter likes to place his or her weak hand in different places on the forward grip. Also a cable can get caught up in brush / walls / vehicles etc . The wireless gives you more flexibility.

          • Old Fart

            Very interesting optic! What’s the run time?

          • 1000 hours actual on time from the USB charge. After that the C123 takes over giving you plenty of time to charge it.

          • Old Fart

            Copy!

          • JSmath

            I understood the reasons why they — I mean, well s***, why you guys went with wireless, but it my head a number of concerns such as network crowding in particular come to mind. Disregarding normal operating conditions, I would suspect that if these were to ever proliferate, they’d be vulnerable to the same type of wireless hacking that has been successfully used to hack/open/steal modern proximity-wireless vehicles.

            While such a hack event wouldn’t be significant as, say, firing a nation’s nukes on itself, it’d be more than a little bit annoying to have your optic flicker between maxed and off, or continuously be forced to off. Then again, I imagine disabling the wireless is one of the customization options already in place.

            Maybe there’s a chance to attach a wired PTT strap that would plug into the USB port? I know most devices that charge through USB don’t have a controller, but since this can be configured on a PC, it seems like a given.

          • Kivaari

            It’s a sight. Shut down the remote and go back to affixed buttons.

          • Kivaari

            It isn’t a radio frequency issue, it is an infra red light. Unless the battle field is swamped with IR light jumping around the spectrum, I doubt much would effect it.

          • Former Deputy

            So don’t you think that using an IR remote could be a great target indicator for an enemy who might be using an NVG? Have you ever viewed how much of an indication an IR remote gives out through one?

          • bob987654321

            Or unless the battlefield is swamped with NIGHT VISION…

    • A pic of the remote. Fits on the front of the rifle.

      • INFI

        Needs a hard Picatinny mount. This Gentleman is certainly onto some great things here. Thank God for real innovation and engineers that make awesome possible. (EDIT I may be wrong, please tell me how?? )

        • No not at all. The picatinny mount may possibly be more secure than this. Maybe I can shed more light on that after testing it.

          • INFI

            Looking forward to that Sir.

        • Kivaari

          None of my rifles has a rail on top at the sight tower. This seems very adaptable to all the different fore ends.

    • MadMonkey

      Or you could just buy an Aimpoint and leave it on, and change the battery every year or two. And if you’re in a situation where you can’t take your hand off the gun to adjust your brightness, brightness is likely the least of your worries. Not to mention the remote has to be attached to the weapon somewhere, which adds bulk. Does the remote require a battery or recharging? Will you have to remember to put it back on the weapon after charging it? How many charge cycles will the internal battery for the optic last? How reliable is the movement sensor?

      What exactly is the advantage of this optic vs a tried-and-true brand like Aimpoint, aside from a remote control gimmick?

      • 11B

        Exactly. It takes less than a second to turn on an Aimpoint to the appx brightness, and if you have to fiddle with it, it’s the least of your problems. Not to mention they’re durable as all hell, accurate, and the battery lasts forever.

        The rechargeable batt. is nice though, and if it’s a LiPo or a LiIon battery it will last forever as well. That said, those need a trickle charge to stay topped up if in storage for a long time so it’s a tradeoff

        • It is a lith-ion battery. The two sensors turn it on automatically. Each sensor covers 30deg of movement so picking it up and placing the weapon parallel to the ground activates it immediately. Or as the video says placing the weapon in a shooting position.

      • Check the video–most of what you asked is in there.

        • MadMonkey

          Didn’t answer much of anything, actually.

          I just noticed the weight, too… 13oz. That’s even more than the Aimpoint PRO, which is already heavy for a red dot.

          Seems like multiple solutions for non-existent problems to me.

          • Kivaari

            The weight gives it ruggedness. An EO Tech is close to the same weight, so if it is held high on a carry handle it would be obvious. Low to the action should be well balanced.

          • Random Disabled Person

            Agreed. If the mount’s electrical components are in a dry/harden silicone style gel(lots of electronics are protected this way) that keeps them from rattling loose on the circuit board at the solider joints, that adds weight. Solid is strong but solid has weight. Not a lot of room to make geometrical angle cut outs on a sight….. That’s before you build a solid body and put in dampening for addition protections. Electronics and especially optic devices, do not like being slammed around, which is what we are asking for the very sight to do for a long service life. So weight for durability has always been a trade off.

            Just think in most of our life times the improvements that have been made in scopes and optics. Advances we would haven’t thought impossible or if so, they wouldn’t be affordable for the average consumers.

          • Kivaari

            I about 8 years old when I first saw the encapsulated electronics. An F-86 plane crashed near my dad’s woods crew. After the AF arrived and took the machineguns and engine my brother went to the site many times and brought back gear. Much was very solid construction. We had the HUD gunsight for years around the house.

      • Kivaari

        Look at some of the simple but very good sights from Lucid. Auto-adjust or manual override.

    • Bill

      My bratwurst fingers can barely manipulate the buttons on an EOTech under administrative conditions – adjusting the brightness while actually using the rifle is essentially impossible.

    • Yep it’s good stuff and I’m surprised nobody else thought of it before now.

  • Lance

    Another EO tech like optic…… YAWN!!!!!

  • Squirreltakular

    All of the meh.

  • INFI

    Wow this is a really well thought out sight, reticle, everything. Very interesting.

    • It really is. He put a lot of time into solving issues he and others experienced with other sighting systems. He’s the only one I know of that has addressed the cant as well as the accidental activation issue.

      • INFI

        See and that’s a huge thing, especially cant. Now if they could hack the 50,000 hour constant on, Aimpoint and Chinese made rds clones have. Not so sure about the chinese. But I think you see my point.

        • INFI

          Thanks Mikey I appreciate your work My Sir.

      • Don’t other sights have horisontal cross as an optional sight picture? I have a $60 Russian VOMZ red dot, and it has three different crosshairs, two of them with horizontal levels. What’s so special about those?

  • Leonardo Padrino

    Two questions, how durable is the rubber door leading to the usb port and how water resistant/proof is it? Second, I didn’t see any marking on the right side adjusment dial, i hope its not one of those gradual moa changing sights. it probably isn’t but I’d like some conformation, I’m really interested in this sight.

    • It’s pretty thick. I know they did submersion testing. 10 feet comes to mind but I’m not 100% certain. It could be more.

      • Submersion testing has nothing to do with the thickness of the USB cover. It was most likely 1M as IPX7 ratings are down to 1 meter submersion, anything more would put it into IPX8 which would be impressive if they were able to actually seal it to IPX8 ratings.

        I’m more interested if the USB cover is user-serviceable or not, rubbers always break eventually and even if they used the proper durometer and material eventually someone is going to try to pick their rifle up by it or snag it on something, even fatigue and environmental factors will eventually get to it. If they designed it to be user replaceable that would be fantastic.

        I would be interested in one for my Tavor, really love the styling on it.

        • It’s nice looking and has some appealing features. As far as that being user serviceable I will ask. I should post the answer in the morning sometime.

        • Well I have the answer for you and it’s how the sight should be put together. Here you go.

          “The rubber cover of the usb is replaceable by the user . No problem at all.

          The usb cover is not what makes it waterproof or submersion proof . The sight is sealed behind the usb port , the cover just keeps it clean .

          I hope i answered his question”

          • Bill

            Having lost every single rubber/plastic/shield/cover/door off of every camera I’ve ever owned, this is good

          • You do that to huh:-) I do the same thing. Lens covers get misplaced all the time.

        • Bill

          Increasing pressure as the depth increases might squash the door in tighter, increasing the apparently redundant sealing. Dust would be my main concern, infiltrating into the USB contacts.

          • Sand and such would be a problem if the cover was lost. It’s attached to the sight so unless it’s torn off you should be good.

  • nadnerbus

    Rechargeable batteries always start to lose their ability to hold a charge after a while. Is the lithium battery possible to replace down the road without sending the unit back to the manufacturer?

  • Squirreltakular

    With the Aimpoint T1/2 on the market, literally every other red dot seems pointless.

    • Bill

      No, they actually have points, as long as they are turned on.

  • Oxopoha

    >It comes in green
    Well, guess that’s going on the Christmas list.

  • Christian Hoffman

    Will one be able to change the reticle through the custom software?

  • Dave Spears

    Congratulations with your new product launch. Will there be any rain cover, ard or polarization filter available for it.

  • Yimmy

    So he move to Israel and joined the IDF. Well that’s just great that he decided to serve in another nations armed forces. It’s also equally great that he comes back and wants to sell his products and make money off of American consumers. Good luck to him, but I’ll support our guys here first.

    • Dual citizenship is how that works. He actually supports our guys here as well if you mean military. Thousands of our troops went to Israel before they deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. They got training from Mikey and the IDF. With the training in fighting in a desert environment they probably saved a good number of our guys by giving them knowledge that helped them survive. That mutual training went on for years.
      If you want to talk about money sent to Israel for the IDF the agreement is 90% of those funds come right back to the US to purchase equipment. It’s a win win for both sides.

  • FarmerB

    Phil, since you are now an Associate Editor and Moderator, I really think it’s time to learn about “it” and its usage – it’s not a big thing, but it says something about a writer.

    • Have been for a long time but what’s your point? This is a product introduction not a review. The review will come later as is normal. I’ll know a lot more by the time the review is posted. One thing about it I refuse to guess or make things up like some most certainly do. I’d rather be honest and say I don’t know or I’ll find out.

  • Mc Cain

    Rechargeable optic? Well, that’s certainly a new one.

    Intriguing site!

  • Bill

    Add auto-dimming and an app so things like power, reticle and brightness can be set from a phone while the rifle is still racked. Maybe presets for BDC and such.

    Because everyone will position the sight differently a locking car mount wont really work as a straight power plug-in, but a cord could certainly be integrated into a vehicle rack.

    Then have it fill out my daily activity reports.

  • What’s funny, the remote control thingie is simply IR, like a TV remote. So it’s not so much hackable but simply prank-able =) Most likely, the signal from the remote can be recorded and recreated by any high-school tinkerer, and even flashed at large groups of people from large distances.

    Now, there may be military, heavily coded IR protocols, but first, it seems unlikely to me that the sight uses anything more than the off-the-shelf standard IR decoder chips; and second, the signal is still plain and visible to any camera or recording device – it’s just plain flashing LED.

    Hilariously, this also means that you can easily block either the transmitter or receiver windows* with your thumb (in a TACTICAL GRIP!) or with a strap, leading to xtreme operator frustration =) Of course, I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s civilian gear. No one would spend the time and energy to “hack” people’s sights at the range. Although… it WOULD be pretty funny.

    *(In the video, you can see both plastic windows on the back of the remote, and on the front of the sight.)

  • It impresses me that you could write this article without once mentioning the MSE AQC, which TFB panned in their review.

    As for the MH1, it looks nice, but the combat-grade Mepro Tru-Dot RDS is running $335 street. The MH1 does bring a couple more things to the table, but it’s unclear to me that they’re worth $150-$200 more, especially with no military or police usage.

    • I don’t know if the IDF is looking at the MH1 or not. I didn’t see any reason to since it’s an older sight not being made that I’m aware of.

  • All right that’s pretty neat

  • Sam

    So… did I miss the mention of battery life? How many hours does it last at the brightest setting?

    Also, it’d be great if EOTech could incorporate a brightness memory setting into their optics.

  • Glock Guy

    What is the price point?

  • Zach

    So this is basically the next gen MSE optic. Same idea with the toggle remote switch. It seems much more useful to be adjusting brightness on the fly than reticles on a reflex sight. If it deals with parallax issues as well as the MSE did, this could be a real winner.

    • It does handle parallax issues well. That was actually a high priority design feature. As Mikey said no sight is 100% parallax free but you can get very very close.
      The video shows them moving the sight around a target and you can tell how well it handles that.

  • For a good number of years——-

  • Kivaari

    After watching the video, I am left wanting one. I have a fine EO Tech EXPS2 already. The builders created an jump forward in technology. Now if I were 30 years younger and still on patrol, I’d need one. I know using the word “need” is like swearing in church, but I need one.

  • The guy

    Won’t join our military while we’re at war, but will take our money? Lol

    • Hello last time I checked we weren’t at war in 1988 when he joined the IDF. Geez what’s the big deal with doing business. We buy German products, Swiss products, Belgian—so what!

  • Rick5555

    Yeah I want one of these. I like the reticle pattern on this reflex sight too. Israel puts out a lot of quality items. If priced right, these optics will do well. Especially. with the ability to customize the optic and the PTT switch. I like those two features quite bit.

  • Giovanni Orlando

    MicroUSB is a mistake.

    • Why in the world would it be a bad idea? Heck all of our phones, action cameras and many other things we use daily have MicroUSB ports.

      • Giovanni Orlando

        It’s not the strongest connector from my experience.

        I’ve known more people who’ve had microusb fail than other connections, and USB type C is supposed to be more durable to my knowledge, and is reversible.

        Aren’t most gopros mini USB?

        The ubiquity of micro usb is a boon though, I hadn’t thought of that.

  • sliversimpson

    Awesome and innovative. To the people worried about other IR devices activating/deactivating/adjusting your brightness – A little tape on the IR received might fix the issue, and a future USB update might allow a software deactivation. If nothing else, I would rather have more options rather than less!

  • I always hate to start talking MSRP before the actual product launch or near to it. Things change sometimes and prices can go up or come down.
    I did get an updated MSRP earlier today. For the US market the MSRP will be $650 and no higher. Of course the street price will always be lower to some extent.

    • MR

      Seems reasonable to want to know an approximate price for an item one’s interested in buying. That’s why they’re making announcements, to stir up interest, right? Maybe they should wait to make any announcements until they have their ducks in a row.

  • Joe Velazquez

    This is one outstanding, got to have optic!!!!

  • Jon Hammett

    Another cool, but unaffordable sight that this college kid wants.

  • bob987654321

    This looks like a pathological liar marketing Chinese crap to me.

    • Read a bit closer. It is not Chinese–made in Israel.

      • bob987654321

        YOU read a bit closer. Nowhere on the site or in this article does it say ‘made in Israel’. Nor was it mentioned in the video, that I can recall. There’s a ton of ‘located in Israel’ and ‘Mr Hartman lived in Israel’, but NOWHERE does it say the product is MADE in Israel. Furthermore, the looks of the product and its feature set are definitely typical of crap you find on alibaba. Who’s going to pay $700+ for a sight that’s not even water resistant?? You’ve been had.

  • Matt Shermer

    God Bless the IDF

  • BigFED

    Yes, I AM a cantankerous old phart and as such my emphasis is always on a two plan system. Plan “A”, good solid set of NON-ELECTRONIC sights! Plan “B” any other sight one wants. And under Plan “B” are those electronics that are simple and WORK! At 72, I try to keep up to date on all the new stuff. And in the most recent years, all kinds of electronic sights have come out and many claim to “fix” or be better solutions that the others. Having been in the business of “fixing” things, one thing that was rule 1, KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID!!!

    AimPoint wins!!! Just like walking into a dark room, one switch in one place, turn it on or off! Put dot on target, shoot, kill target! And if it is so dark one can’t see the sights, one probably should NOT be shooting at anything! Exceptions for those “free-fire zones” in the sandboxes and then sights usually don’t matter!

    In all that I have read about and of all the sights I do have (a BUNCH), the AimPoint is my goto. Battery life measured in months, not hours or days. BUT, the most important part is what I DID not read!!! No where did I ever find anything that said there was any valid reason to NOT use an AimPoint!!! That they didn’t work or had a failure rate higher than any of the others or any valid reason that made an AimPoint a bad choice!

    JM2C!

  • Former Deputy

    It seems like a well thought out RDS. But it still lacks what in my humble opinion is the most important characteristic of a sight whether it is a powered optic, RDS or BUIS: SIMPLICITY. It is a fact of life that the more bells and whistles that you put on anything, the number of points-of-failure increases. This usually translates to more unannounced visits by Mr. Murphy at the most inopportune moments.

    I have a half dozen Aimpoint micros (various models and dot MOAs) because it is one of the simplest RDS out there. It’s ruggedness and battery life only adds to that simplicity. The most complex part of the Micros are the lens covers. I have never had one fail even though them all running. I also keep a spare battery in the each rifle’s pistol grip compartment just in case.

    Basically, I don’t have to worry about pushing a button to turn it on, any shut-off feature that might kick on when I don’t need it to, having to recharge it every thousand hours, polymer housing that may or may not withstand a drop, or an IR remote that can be lost or get damaged when you need it the most. FWIW, I have twice seen someone deliberately drop their rifle from about 4-feet, onto a concrete floor right on its mounted Aimpoint Micro without any affect
    whatsoever.

    But then again, I’m just going to keep my eyes and ears open on how this and the new Trijicon MRO does for the next couple of years. If they amass a record that is comparable to the Aimpoint Micro, then maybe I will more seriously consider giving them a try. IMHO, I do find the two horizontal lines on both sides of the dot that lets a shooter know when they have their system canted, though.

  • There has been some discussion concerning the signal transmission from the PTT to the sight. Mikey wrote this information to answer readers questions on this subject. It should cover any concerns.

    We were already aware of any possible IR interceptions which might occur, thought about them and dealt with them prior to production:

    The PTT’s transmission is based on IR communication, using non-common frequencies and our own unique protocol, unknown to any interceptor or adversary .

    Every sight has its own unique and proprietary transmitter..

    Pairing must be done prior to use to communicate between the sight and the PTT.

    We use a Rolling Code to prevent recording and retransmitting of the PTT.

    We also use encryption to transmit the information, which prevents someone who is unauthorized to activate the sight.

    There is an actual and physical protection on the transmitter and the receiver, as follows:

    On the PTT transmitter: The transmission beam is very narrow, which makes is extremely difficult for interception.

    On the Sight receiver: The reception beam at the opening is also very narrow.

    In any case, the PTT’s activation can be disabled at any time.