Aimpoint CompM5 Coming Soon – Release at DSEi

Its approaching the lowly gun writer’s favorite time of the year – product release season. After a quiet summer where companies have buckled down across an industry slowdown and focused on research and development, we are starting the season where they release said products – either before Christmas to take advantage of hunting/present seasons or SHOTShow here in January.

Anticipated for some time, it looks like Aimpoint is going to fire one of the first shots across the bow with their CompM5 red dot optic. The Comp series is well-respected, including fielding by the US Army and various miltary units around the world. its use of the AA battery is appreciated for its COTS commonality, but the large housing taking up space and weight left the market clamoring for something a bit smaller.

Enter the CompM5, which is by almost all accounts going to be nearly identical, but opting for the smaller and lighter AAA battery size. My semi-keen eyes spot what may also be a change in footprint, opting for the “Micro” size just with a larger battery – judging by the photo including with their teaser press release.

No word yet on shipping dates or pricing, but knowing Aimpoint, it will be quick and expensive, respectively.

Malmö, Sweden – September 6, 2017 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in reflex sighting technology, will launch their new Aimpoint® CompM5™ sight at DSEI in London, England. The CompM5 can be viewed in the Aimpoint booth N2-229 during the show dates September 12 – 15. This is the newest member of the Comp Series and product details will be released on Tuesday, September 12th.

Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters worldwide. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served military weapons. For more information on the CompM5 or other Aimpoint® products, please visit the company’s webpage:


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  • st381183

    Aimpoint needs to consider making a budget minded red dot. By budget minded I mean $250 range. It seems that manufacturing should be stream lined enough and R&D should be paid for that one of the lower range optics the H1 or Pro could be lowered in price.

    • PK

      It would hurt their brand, that’s probably the line of thinking. Selling lower priced optics would devalue them in the public mind.

      Meanwhile, over in reality, other companies are doing brisk business in the sub-$500 world of red dots…

      They may honestly not want to produce optics for that cost, even if it’s doable, just to preserve the exclusivity and high value of their name, which is understandable.

      • Dan

        Pretty much the same reason why Ferrari and other exotic Car manufacturers don’t make “budget” cars.

        • KidCorporate

          Ferrari has no problem slapping their logo on all manner of crappy clothing, though. Hell, at this point they’re an activewear company that occasionally produces cars as promotional material.

          • Cory C

            True, but that doesn’t argue against his point. Ferrari does make most of its revenue from licensing its logo to be used on doodads (as opposed to making money from selling cars). But it’s only because their cars are so desirable (partially related to them only serving high-end clientele and maintaining exclusivity through price) that they can sell so many doodads with a prancing horse painted on them.

    • James Kachman

      They have an optic that retails for less than $400, the ACO. The ACO is probably the lowest you can get it without significantly compromising quality, or the perception of the brand’s quality.

    • TJbrena

      You can find ACOs for the low 300s if you look.

  • andrey kireev

    Why not put the battery housing near the bottom ? Or is it an excuse to make a separate S model again ?

    • Shlom Shekelsteen

      Its because of the different mounts.

  • Indianasteve

    With a new and improved model usually comes a higher pricetag. When I looked at the M4 it was over $800, and not by a little bit. I’m not saying they are not worth it, but they are not worth it for me. My money would be much more wisely spent on ammo and training. I am certain that would improve my shooting much more than one of these. Now if I ever spring for the training, maybe then …

    • pistol pete

      Allow me to say it then: They aren’t worth it.

  • Spencerhut

    Being a small gunshop that sold Aimpoint for many years I was disappointed to learn at the last SHOT show the dealer requirements were made much stricter for volume. We had to sell about double what we had been to stay Aimpoint dealers. I personally own 8 of the high end Aimpoints. But it’s getting harder and harder to sell them when Trijicon is coming in at ~1/2 the price with the MRO and Sig is putting out some great inexpensive optics as well. I’ve started to feel like Aimpoint’s attitude is beginning to resemble the bad old days of HK. Mil and LEO contracts it seems are all they care about these days. Shame, they do make great products.

    • PK

      Oh, good, so they aren’t just picking on some guys. I wondered if that was industry-wide.

      • Spencerhut

        Yeah,bit of a shocker when we’ve been selling them for 8 years and they tell us to take flying leap.

    • gurdeep gosal

      Mr Hunt, excuse me I’m from UK 🇬🇧, how is the current gun sale situation in US. Are you past the promotion and inventory situation anytime soon. Forgive me for asking

    • Gun Fu Guru

      I’m surprised that people were even buying the $450 Trijicon MROs when the Primary Arms MicroDots are $90.

  • cwp

    I look forward to picking up some used AimPoints from the guys who won’t have anything other than the latest and greatest.

    • Sabrina Higgs

      lol I agree with you all my “stuff” are one step below the “must have high speed low drag” doodads when I show up at the range guys would know that I’m quite knowledgeable (formar Marine here) about my AR15 platform. bottom line my Vortex optic/PSA AR shoot the same group as their “boutique” high dollar AR’s

  • marine6680

    If this is smaller than their PRO, maybe not micro dot small, maybe MRO small… AND they can bring this in for $500-550 with a mount…

    Then it will be a hit.

    Thier PRO is a great full featured optic for around $425-450. It’s designed to be tough, comes with a decent mount out of the box, it’s well made/high quality, and has great battery life. Maybe not T2 battery life but still great. (A bigger battery would have brought that up)

    The ACO sits around $400 from most places, it needs to drop to $350 across the board. It seems a good optic minus a few in the box features, but it’s so close to a PRO in price it is basically competing with it. It would sell better at $350

    With options in the $350-550 range, they will capture a pretty big section of the market.

    I personally really like the PRO, but it is a bit big. I really like the MRO, that slightly bigger than micro size keeps it trim, but with a better field of view… But the turret design is a weak point, in my opinion, they are mushy and I’m not as confident in them as I would like. I would also like flip covers for the MRO for use in storage, or setup like the PRO with a clear window… That don’t cost a crap ton. (Looking at you MRO Patrol, and also the lack of available options for separate purchase)

    So I personally, would be very interested in a higher end red dot, in the $500-550 range that is full featured, with a mount, and built well. It would blend what I want out a red dot, at a price point that I don’t feel is infeasible.

  • tony

    Meanwhile I will continue enjoying using my TRS 25

  • Blake

    The one thing I can’t believe optic makers haven’t taken advantage yet is the constant and un-breakable contact between the mount and optic (un-breakable unless the actual product is physically broken). You could easily have a cavity in the mount that a battery fits in, then use the alignment pins as electrical contacts. Viola! If I had the money I would create this product myself.

    • mig1nc

      The Vortex Sparc AR and Lucid HD7 G3 have their battery below the optic, in the mount. I think it’s a great idea, but it does limit your mount options. I think that’s ok though, since probably 90% of these go on ARs anyway.

      • Blake

        That’s because they use a fixed mount. I’m talking about keeping the mounts as a separate piece and using the indexing pins to transmit the power. It would be just as flexible as the previous way of doing things, assuming mount makers adopt the new standard.

  • SpartacusKhan

    When is aimpoint going to finally have a 1-moa dot?

    • Gun Fu Guru

      Yeah! And with a 65MOA ring around it. And maybe with a single lens. And possibly with holographic technology.

      • JohnB

        And shifting technology when you step into an environment above or below San Diego weather

        • Gun Fu Guru

          That’s a special feature to help you curve bullets! Haven’t you ever seen Wanted? When you get to be McAvoy-level certified, you don’t even need the optic!

  • cletussd

    Edit for my other post.
    Should say my MD-ADS has been turned ON for 2.5 years and still working fine.

  • Richard Lutz

    Not sure this is a good idea. Seems more like a marketing exercise. Surely the T2 is the better option for a compact red dot sight, and the PRO better if you want a larger tube.