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 Eotech vs. Aimpoint vs. Trijicon
Eycee  [Member]
4/11/2008 4:48:27 PM EDT
Im sure many have this question but i have yet to see it posted so here goes.

What is the better optic to use?? Eotech, Aimpoint or Trijicon?? What is the general use for each?? and in what situations or scenarios would either or be better to have and why??

What are the pros and cons of each??

This is something i have always wondered about, i am looking to get an optic for my AR and i have no idea which to get so i leave it to all of you to help me out and enlighten me for many of you have far more experience then me. I will be using the knowledge i obtain from your input in determining which optic i will be getting.

Thank you to all in advance,

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allenNH  [Team Member]
4/11/2008 5:02:45 PM EDT
ACOGs don't require batteries, reticles is illuminated day or night.

Aimpoints and EOTechs both take batteries and perform a similar function, though EO's are never magnified and the reticle is a larger obstruction.

Try a few and use whichever one suits you. Personally I have an ACOG. I may pick up an aimpoint some time, but I don't think I'll ever buy an EOTech; just don't like them.
threefeathers  [Team Member]
4/11/2008 6:02:09 PM EDT
Aimpoint and EO are both very rapid CQB optics that will put you on target so fast you won't believe it. ACOG has the advantage of magnification for a bit longer shot. However I've made many shots with an Aimpoint in the 200 meter range. I have Aimpoints on 3 AR's an EO on another and 2.5-8 Leupolds on another. My son't love their ACOGS and used them in Iraq.
fultoncoshooter  [Team Member]
4/11/2008 10:05:30 PM EDT
i prefer the Eotech(553) over the aimpoint(comp M4)

never tried a acog
clange  [Member]
4/11/2008 10:14:51 PM EDT
I had a couple eotechs (512 and 551). I hated the battery issue with the 551, and I wanted a lower 1/3 cowitness so it was either buy a larue mount for the 512 or go with an aimpoint. I got an M3 with a larue mount and its awesome. 50,000 hour battery life + rugged as hell = tough to beat.
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Eycee  [Member]
4/12/2008 4:53:00 AM EDT
ThreeFeathers......So the Acogs would not be that great for closer target acquisition?? but only for a distance shot??

I like the idea of not having to worry about batteries dying but thats just a minor thing i can remedy by keeping extra batteries on me if the optic required.

Fultoncoshooter.....Why do you prefer the Eotech over the Aimpoint??? Whats does the Eotech do better??

Clange......Do you have any problems with target aquisition with the aimpoint at all?? and is it good for distance aswell if the opportunity called for it???

i need something i can use for all round use.

Keep 'em comming please!!

Very much thanks to all who have answered so far!! it is much appreciated and is def. helping me learn. I look forward to hear from everyone else aswell so KEEP 'EM COMMING!!!!!!
Tomac  [Member]
4/12/2008 9:25:38 AM EDT
Aimpoint Pros: Very rugged, extreme battery life (5-8yrs of constant 24/7 duty on a single battery depending upon the model), combat-proven, very KISS (leave it on 24/7 so just grab & use w/only a moment needed to change reticle intensity if desired).
Cons: Price, some find the Eotech's circle-dot reticle faster on target than the Aimpoint's dot, less *perceived* FOV (YMMV). Optic is DOA in the unlikely event of battery/electronics failure.
Eotech Pros: Also combat proven, less expensive than the Aimpoints, greater *perceived* FOV (YMMV).
Cons: More reported problems than the Aimpoints, relatively poor battery life (1K hrs w/the AA versions), buttons not as quick/easy to use as the Aimpoint's rotary switch, must be turned on before use, some find the circle-dot reticle "too busy" (YMMV), also DOA if batteries/electronics fail.
Both are designed for fast, close-in target acquisition & engagement but can be used to engage targets at longer ranges, especially if used w/a magnifier. I prefer the Eotech's reticle but use the Aimpoint ML3 for the proven ruggedness, reliability & extreme battery life.
Which Trijicon are you considering and what's your intended use(s) for the optic?
threefeathers  [Team Member]
4/12/2008 1:00:17 PM EDT
I have all of them and I'm actually looking at putting a Meopta K Dot on my M-4.
4pranch  [Member]
4/12/2008 3:09:20 PM EDT
I too have been wanting to hear from those who have experience with all. I was wondering about a ta31rco m4 acog. sounds like an acog is worthless in a cqb setting. is that right? are they that much slower or what? thanks
Ryo  [Member]
4/12/2008 11:03:45 PM EDT
ACOG is magnified so it's harder to view through for CQC. Eotech and Aimpoint are X1.. so having both eyes open for peripheral vision is better.

I heard someone said that they prefered the ACOG when shooting farther out.. which makes sense due to the magnification.. But of course the Eotech and Aimpoint have magnification options
FMJ  [Team Member]
4/13/2008 4:19:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By threefeathers:
I have all of them and I'm actually looking at putting a Meopta K Dot on my M-4.

I wish I could put on on my Back Up M4
glockfan45  [Team Member]
4/13/2008 8:36:58 AM EDT
I prefer the EOTech to the Aimpoint. I like the larger sight window of it compared to the Aimpoints tube. I keep two spare batteries in my VFG for their main short comming. Find a dealer that stocks both and play with them to get a idea of what you will prefer.
chapperjoe  [Team Member]
4/13/2008 8:39:59 AM EDT
I want them all......

A heads up sight like the eotech with the battery life of the aimpoint and the reticle and backup of the tripower.

Just put all three of them in a room with some pornos and lock the door.

JC5611  [Member]
4/13/2008 8:41:48 AM EDT
I can't speak to the ACOG, but I have eotech and aimpoint. Can't go wrong with either, in my opinion. I like the eotech reticle better, but again, the more you read here, you'll see this is a personal preference thing. It is too busy for some shooters and they like the aimpoint. I'd definitely try them out so you can see whichever optic works best for you. Good luck.
Eycee  [Member]
4/16/2008 8:55:01 AM EDT
Thanks to all for you opinions and insight!!! it is much appreciated!!!

I would love to get an ACOG with the Red Dot Doctor optic attached to the top to cover all angles of shooting but i dont have 1,300 to spend on one right now lol. I Think id like to start out with either an Aimpoint or an Eotech for the prices are cheaper and then eventually work my way up to buying an ACOG.

Now the question is Which model AIMPOINT or EOTECH to get for a good price???

I look forward to your opinions and suggestions.

Thanks again to all in advance.
rparrish  [Member]
4/16/2008 9:52:56 AM EDT
I just bought an Eotech 512 from AIM Surplus for $377 shipped. It is the best deal I found while searching for an optic.
87GN  [Team Member]
4/16/2008 10:42:45 AM EDT
Aimpoint and EOTech are 6 of 1 and half a dozen to the other.

Right now I'm down to one EOTech and one ACOG, but might build another AR with an Aimpoint.

If you're on a budget, keep an eye on the EE. I've picked up (real) Aimpoints, in new condition, with mounts, for $250.
Eycee  [Member]
4/17/2008 4:55:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rparrish:
I just bought an Eotech 512 from AIM Surplus for $377 shipped. It is the best deal I found while searching for an optic.

Thanks i'll have to check that out. Have you shot with it yet? and whats ur take on it??
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