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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:31:45 PM
Do any of you guys have one of these? Do you like it? Does it work well? I'm thinking about buying one and putting it behind my Aimpoint M2. The thought of spending $500 for an aimpoint magnifier is revolting to me. The mako one is about $150 ish. I know you get what you pay for sometimes but would like some input from you guys that own one!

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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:34:53 PM
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If you do get one, try going through user makodefense. He took good care of a guy on the EE a while back, and went the extra mile when it wasn't even his deal. He is a registered dealer here.

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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:35:45 PM
I had one of their 3x magnifiers, and it was absolute garbage. HTH.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:36:43 PM
It's okay, But I can hardly tell the difference in magnification between it and my vortex, which is 3.25 X, also the vortex is brighter and takes less space as well.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:37:05 PM
Originally Posted By joedirt1977:
I had one of their 3x magnifiers, and it was absolute garbage. HTH.


Can you expand on this a little bit? I've been considering one as a range toy/monocular.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:37:27 PM
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If you do get one, try going through user makodefense. He took good care of a guy on the EE a while back, and went the extra mile when it wasn't even his deal. He is a registered dealer here.



I will thank you for the lead!!
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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:38:47 PM
Originally Posted By NUcadet07:
Originally Posted By joedirt1977:
I had one of their 3x magnifiers, and it was absolute garbage. HTH.


Can you expand on this a little bit? I've been considering one as a range toy/monocular.


This! Why was it garbage?
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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:39:02 PM
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Originally Posted By NUcadet07:
Originally Posted By joedirt1977:
I had one of their 3x magnifiers, and it was absolute garbage. HTH.


Can you expand on this a little bit? I've been considering one as a range toy/monocular.


Blurry and no way to center the reticle. Maybe garbage is a bit harsh, maybe over priced for it's quality is a better description. I hear that Primary Arms has some decent inexpensive magnifiers. Can't vouch for that though, never used one.

ETA: No way in hell I'd pay for a genuine Aimpoint/Eotech magnifier. Way too expensive.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:40:34 PM
Originally Posted By SO758:
Do any of you guys have one of these? Do you like it? Does it work well? I'm thinking about buying one and putting it behind my Aimpoint M2. The thought of spending $500 for an aimpoint magnifier is revolting to me. The mako one is about $150 ish. I know you get what you pay for sometimes but would like some input from you guys that own one!

Thanks


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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:42:00 PM
Originally Posted By 3Trip:
It's okay, But I can hardly tell the difference in magnification between it and my vortex, which is 3.25 X, also the vortex is brighter and takes less space as well.


Friend of mine has a vortex with the magnifier and I liked it very much! I just don't need another sight! I'm running aimpoints on 2 of my AR's and want to QD magnify them.
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Added a link in my post above.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 4:55:53 PM
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I have one sitting behind my Primary Arms M3 red dot, it works great. The glass is clear and you can focus it to get a crisp image from 1x to 5x magnification. Come to think of it it was also purchased from Primary Arms so it may be there own brand. Contact Marshall over there (Primary Arms) he will set you up with a nice rig. I have purchased many products from him with no complaints.

Linkey...

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Posted: 11/30/2011 5:04:31 PM
I've got one ,had it for 2 years , It had some ( dirt? ) spots in the lower portion of the view , didn't interfere with anything. I finally took it apart about a month ago and cleaned the lens . It works fine for me , I'm still alive anyway
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Posted: 11/30/2011 5:16:33 PM
Hmmmmmmm primary arms. Forgot about them. I have one of their T1 clones on an sbr and love it. Ima give them a look see I think.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 5:20:41 PM
Yea they have a 6x rig now for $99.00. If you add a flip to the side mount its another $44.00 or so, can't beat that.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 5:23:18 PM
Originally Posted By SO758:
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It's okay, But I can hardly tell the difference in magnification between it and my vortex, which is 3.25 X, also the vortex is brighter and takes less space as well.


Friend of mine has a vortex with the magnifier and I liked it very much! I just don't need another sight! I'm running aimpoints on 2 of my AR's and want to QD magnify them.


sorry, Should of mentioned the word, Magnifier, vortex makes a 3.25x magnifier, and that was what I was talking about.
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Posted: 11/30/2011 6:54:09 PM
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Yea they have a 6x rig now for $99.00. If you add a flip to the side mount its another $44.00 or so, can't beat that.


Saw that! Think I may buy that rig!

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Posted: 11/30/2011 7:05:56 PM
I have a vortex and it works well for what it's meant. I'm just not a magnifier guy I think.
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Posted: 12/2/2011 4:05:05 PM

Originally Posted By SO758:
Originally Posted By NUcadet07:
Originally Posted By joedirt1977:
I had one of their 3x magnifiers, and it was absolute garbage. HTH.


Can you expand on this a little bit? I've been considering one as a range toy/monocular.


This! Why was it garbage?

I can expand. It was garbage because we had an issue with the factory that built them for us. We contracted with a factory to build the magnifiers for us. The prototypes and first runs met our specs. Then we got a large shipment and found when we tested them that they no longer met our specs. They had dropped the quality on us. Unfortunately, the magnifiers were backordered and as soon as we received them large numbers had been sent out, especially to distributors. The result was that there were hundreds of these things in circulation before we caught the issue. Here are the problems that we found:

Some were not sealed and purged. In fact, we could fill them with water by running them under a faucet.
The lenses fell out of some, or internal lenses turned, sometimes under recoil, sometimes just from shipping.
Magnification was not at all what it should have been. Just comparing them with a quality scope, I could tell that some 5x were more like 3.5x
There was debris in some.

The problem is that many are very good, and some are very bad, and there is no easy way to tell the difference.

We immediately found another manufacturer who would build magnifiers for us an keep to our requirements. Meanwhile, the original factory sold the magnifiers they were making for us to several different companies, and continues to make them.

To make the difference obvious, we added a coloured ring to the new magnifiers - if the magnifier has a coloured ring with our name on it, it is from the new production. If it does not, it is from the old production, and may or may not be good. The current production magnifiers have the correct magnification, are nitrogen purged and waterproof/fogproof, and are very sturdy.

Keep in mind that our intention for these is to be a sporting/competition or range optic. While they hold up well and we know that soldiers are using them in combat, we do not consider this to be a combat optic. In fact, it is one of only a couple of products that we do not consider to be military-grade products.

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By the way, the magnifiers all have a lifetime warranty. Send it back and we will replace it with a new one.
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