Originally Posted By Tomac:
Okay, someone give me the final nudge:
Give me reasons why I should give up my Aimpoint H1's for the Meprolight M21?
Also, any downsides to the "X" reticle?
You are looking at this all wrong - never give up your Aimpoints. Just put M21's in their place, and then buy MORE weapons to mount the homeless Aimpoints on! Then get more Aimpoints . . . . this cycle could go on forever!
All seriousness aside, you really can't have to many firearms . . .
I can give you the advantages of the M21, but will not really contrast it specifically with the Aimpoint, since I don't want to talk about another companies' products in any way that may seem unfavorable (with the exception of clearly unethical companies or knock-off products). Additionally, I have used Aimpoints more than any other reflex optic due to training and combat use, and I really like them, though I have probably now used the M21 almost as much, since much of my time in combat was with a sniper scope.
The advantages to the M21:
• You won't bump a switch and run the battery dead - there is no battery.
• You won't raise your weapon on a target and find the battery is dead - there is no battery.
• You won't have problems with batteries draining quickly or providing too little power in very cold weather - there is no battery.
• The reticle is always on - you won't bump a switch and end up raising a weapon to fire only to find out that the reticle is turned off.
We had a guy in one of our courses recently firing a drill that ended with a transition from carbine to pistol, back to carbine after reload, and fire on a moving threat/hostage target. Since the target was moving during reload, there was very little time to engage. During transition to pistol and moving with the pistol, the switch on his sight was bumped, and he had no reticle when he engaged the last target, nor time to turn the reticle on.
• Brightness of the tritium is warranted for twice as long as Trijicon and other optics.
• Reticle automatically adjust to the ambient light - moving from bright sunlight to a dim room does not leave you with a reticle that is too bright, and moving the other way does not leave you with one that is too dim - you never need to adjust it.
• Even if the tritium illumination was somehow lost, the fiber optic illumination will work in almost any light other than total darkness, when the tritium would be required for night vision use. If there is enough light to see the target clearly, the fiber optic would usually give you enough illumination to see the optic. If the Tritium illumination is lost or dim, it can be replaced at the factory.
• The sight is very simple and very robust - it is very difficult to break it.
• The QD mount is very sturdy, and can be adjusted to fit very tightly. At normal adjustment, it can be released with a thumb, but fits tightly and gives a repeatable zero. If the mount is tightened further, the release levers have to be released by prying with a lever, or loosening the adjustment.
• The bullseye reticle is very fast at close range, while precise at longer ranges, and can be used to determine range.
What I love about it: It is always on, and always right - I never have to think about it.
By the way, I am always honest in my opinions of our products. If I really like something, I will say so. If I don't, I will say so as well. Most of our products I like, a couple I am not so hot about - some just because I don't have a good use for them, while others really have a need for them. The M21 is one of those products that I really like.
The X reticle vs. the Bullseye
The X reticle is a good reticle. It leaves the point of aim clear, since it is bracketed in the center of the X. The Bullseye reticle was chosen as the standard reticle for import into the US because it works better in the most challenging light conditions, is faster in CQB, and is easier to use for determining range.