Shot Show Optics: Aimpoint’s new 3X and 6X magnifiers

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Aimpoint, a maker of red-dot sights for the US military, updated their magnifier lineup during Shot Show 2016. Aimpoint was the first optic company that developed a magnifier to use with their red-dot sight. The original Aimpoint 3XMag, a 3x magnifier, was released almost a decade ago and it’s still the best on the market today in term of optical performance.

 

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As the follow up to the 3XMag, Aimpoint released not one but three different magnifier models. The new milspec 3XMag-1 model is the direct replacement of the original 3XMag. The 3X-C model as shown in the picture is the commercial model with a MSRP of $307 and to my surprise, it still features the Schott glass lens. The 3XMag-1 military model has better seals, stronger housing and it’s build to a higher spec, but it’s also at double the cost at $704. Both models offer 7 degree field-of-view.

 

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At the top end, the new 6x magnification Aimpoint 6XMag-1 magfifier. At 6 inch length, it’s 1.4 inch longer than the 3XMag-1 and 1.9 inch longer than the 3X-C models. However, the weight difference is less than 1 ounce between the 6x and 3x models. The Aimpoint 6XMag-1 is not cheap with its $907 price.

 

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Optically the Aimpoint 6XMag-1 is very good from my very brief use at the range. Its field-of-view is 3 degrees, which is good for a 6x power optic. Compared to the 3x models, the eyebox is a lot tighter on the Aimpoint 6XMag-1. Which is not unexpected on the higher magnification. I was told the 6x is optically optimized for use with the newer Aimpoint Micro T-2 and H-2 red-dot sight. It completely eliminated POI shift when using the 6x magnifier.

 

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Also unveiled by Aimpoint is the flip-to-side mount for their magnifiers. It’s actually an add-on top-half to their existing Twistmount, which I’m not a fan of. While it’s quit expensive at $260 just for the top-half or $361 for both pieces, with the new mount, the shooter now has the options of either flip the magnifier to the side or taking it off completely via the Twistmount.


Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • For $307 MSRP (presumably like $250-$270 street), I think I can live with a twist-mount. This is going to be a really great option for PRO users.

    • Blake

      You might want to try the Vortex magnifier. I ordered it alongside the Eotech offering to test with my Eotech XPS3-2 (wanting the best offering since the -2 reticle has the 500 yard dot) and ended up returning the Eotech. The Vortex is $200, comes with a flip-to-side mount (with both absolute and 1/2 cowitness heights), and had better clarity and eye relief than the Eotech version. I couldn’t be happier.

      • Timothy G. Yan

        Aimpoint Magnifier = Euro optic like Zeiss, S&B, Swor level. EOTech = Japanese glass, very good for the $. The Vortex magnifier is made in China and it’s a good entry level optic. If you can’t tell the difference than save your $. FYI, I have all of them.

  • ClintTorres

    So it’s 3X and 6X on the pricing from what regular people can afford.

  • The article mentioned there was no POI shift with the Micro T-2 when using the 6x magnifier, but what about when using the 3x magnifier?

  • Alex

    In my opinion the EOTech G33 magnifier was substantially better than the classic 3x aimpoint magnifier. I look forward to trying these out.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    As much as I love Aimpoint, I don´t see why you would opt for this configuration rather than a 1-6x variable scope.

    • Orion Quach

      Tons of reasons really with hunting and trecking hillsides.

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      Oooooooooor a Leupold D-Evo

  • Dual sport

    Regarding the first picture, is that Larry Vickers in the background? If so, he is probably calling for a boycott of Aimpoint since he was not first in line.

    Back on topic. I will probably pick up a magnifier with the Aimpoint I buy this year. I don’t know which one I will buy but I wish it was the new 3 to 6 power zoom they could make.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      LoL, that’s one of the Aimpoint staffer. The 3X-C seems to be a good performer and a bargain if it indeed uses German Schott glass. The Milspec ones are overkill for the average folk and those comes with a government price tag.

  • Cap’n Mike

    Great news.
    I have a primary arms magnifier behind my PRO in a Larue flip to side mount.
    I could never justify the $600 for the Aimpoint magnifier.
    $300 is a lot easier to take.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      The $700 version is the bomb-proof military version. Most don’t need it. That’s why they now have the commercial version.