Video: The Aimpoint Red Dot Sight – For Sport Shooting

Make sure you watch the first 20-30 seconds of this video from Aimpoint – it’s full of action!

It features real in-competition clips from IPSC Practical Shooting with handgun, rifle and shotgun by some of the World’s Best Shooters.

I spot at least three shooters holding current IPSC World Shoot medals.

I spot a few JP Rifles in 223 and RnR Target Saiga Shotguns, as well as a modified Akdal 1919.

The video then continues into explaining how the technology behind the Aimpoint works, with 2 and 4 MOA dots.

In case you ever wondered how the Aimpoint Red Dot works, make sure you watch the full video.

I does look a bit awkward (with special effects rather than real gun fire) and slow compared to real time, but it’s for demonstration purposes. You don’t see any ejecting brass or movement from the bolt, but I think you’ll get the idea.

I use Aimpoint Micros on my rifles as secondary side mounted sight, or Micros or CompM4s as main. I use the H1 or H2 as it gives me 10 light settings. I don’t have any NVG so it makes no sense other than Tacti-cool to use the T2. The further away the rifle is set up to shoot, the smaller the dot I chose, i.e. 2 MOA for main optics.

For my Molot Vepr 12 shotgun I use the H2.

When it comes to handguns I have tried the Aimpoint Micro, but it’s not for me.

Like I mentioned, don’t miss the beginning of the video.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Black Dots

    Ooohhhhh. So that’s how red dots work.

  • Bub

    Eric, do you find the larger M4 faster on target than the Micros or does it really matter?

    • Eric B

      Never really used the M4 for that, but don’t think it would matter much. I use Micros for side mounted on a main optic or for 9 mm carbines. The M4 is more for a main optic, where your Government can’t afford that Zeiss or Swarovski for you…

    • Rasputin

      I use both. What you are really paying for in the M4 is the ridiculous robustness. I mean, the Micro will last a sport shooter or a hunter a lifetime, but the M4 will survive GI after GI. The weight is also thereafter.

    • IME straight on the stock, they are even. Where the M4 shines is when you are in unusual positions. The larger window means you have more area to see the dot.

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    The use of green screen looks super dumb, but actually allows the video to get a ton of good information across. I wish I had come across this video when I was first getting into guns. I really like how they show a person shooting a pistol w/ irons vs a pistol with red dot.

  • Other than wishing that they make a larger dot, I find the Aimpoint Micro works on Open Guns well. And that it has overall the lowest mounting possibilities with the least overall obstruction of the target.

  • Old Tofu

    you lost me at 30 second mark with the fake muzzleblast , not watching any of it after that crap

  • gusto

    the fieldsports youtube channel has a good long visit to aimpoint with much of the same graphics but shooting driven game-targets on the range and even alotta clays and other ground targets

    Larry Vickers also visited aimpoint and has a video

  • ReadyOrNot

    Will Aimpoint ever introduce a circle dot reticle into their lineup?

    • noob

      once they name themselves “AimCircle”

  • noob

    If you’re interested in how to make a light with battery life that’s measured in years, search for Ted Yapo’s hackaday articles on #TritiLED and the #Quarter-Century Lamp that’s carefully built and encapsulated to run continuously on a lithium battery for 25 years.

    Also on hackaday, Manuel Rodriguez-Achach made a home made nuclear battery by putting a bunch of tritium fishing lures sandwiched between a pair of photovolatic solar cells.

    Now, if you put the two circuits together…

  • Martin T

    Didn’t aimpoint just announce a mini red dot like the Triji RMR?
    I would imagine they would use this opportunity to showcase it on a pistol…

  • Anthony “stalker6recon”

    After OSUT at Ft. Knox, I got to my unit in Germany, and the first thing they hand me, is my Colt M4 w/ M68 Aimpoint sight. I learned very quickly how much better this was to the iron sights that I used in training, with the M16A4 they issued. I called it “shooting for dummies”, and found that in a pinch, I could shoot another battle buddies rifle, and still be on target.

    Back then, we were one of the few outfits (Cavalry Scouts) that were issued these “high speed” sights and even M4’s. I loved it. I am pretty confident though, that most of the red dot sights out there today, are just as good and accurate once zeroed, the only question is durability and money. I am broke, so I will have to take what I can get, and this is likely way out of my range, but damn I do miss it!