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Posted: 9/17/2003 12:42:47 PM EDT
Been thinking about this for a while. I am considering taking the covers off my Aimpoints. They are just one more thing I have to mess with in order to get my rifles into action. I like for my rifles to be ready to be picked up and used. THEN.

Acogs dont have covers.
Reflex's dont have covers.
EOTech's dont have covers.

Sure, you can get covers for the above, but they are rarely, if ever, seen in actual use. So tell me why my covers should stay.
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 1:46:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2003 1:47:33 PM EDT by Va_Dinger]
Are your rifles used for anything other than home defence, hobby, or a toy?
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 2:09:06 PM EDT
I am wondering the same thing.. I bought the Aimpoint and one of the things I liked was the covers. Keeps the mud out and dust off while at rest or in transit.. BUT!!..... Today at the range I had a problem with the cover on the front of my Aimpoint... It seems that the spring inside the cover has come loose and now the cover will not open with authority like it did before.... I have to open it all the way by hand. I am pissed off beyond limits with this... I have NO idea how it happened since I was bench shooting trying to sight-in my M4gery... My weapon is for home defense and I am wondering if I should just remove the covers from my site too. Tim
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 2:14:23 PM EDT
Ive been battling with taking them off ever since Ive had an Aimpoint. I do like protecting the lenses. Blastech, same thing happened to me. My fix for that: [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=18&t=163434&w=searchPop[/url]
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 4:03:26 PM EDT
Yup! I just fixed it Lumpy! Works like a charm! Thanks again! Tim
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 4:52:36 PM EDT
Keep em on, leave em open. This way if you need them for some reason you will have them. But leaving them open they will never be in the way.
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 5:39:50 PM EDT
I'm thinking about buying one of those ARD (anti reflection device?) for my Aimpoint and TA31 ACOG to help protect the front lens, and forget about the cover.
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 8:31:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2003 8:31:26 PM EDT by tivoli410]
Originally Posted By MaverickMkii: I'm thinking about buying one of those ARD (anti reflection device?) for my Aimpoint and TA31 ACOG to help protect the front lens, and forget about the cover.
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killflash (for the Aimpoint)
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 12:59:05 AM EDT
Leave 'em on. I only close 'em when the weapon will be sitting for a long while to prevent dust/dirt buildup.
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 4:23:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By new-arguy: Keep em on, leave em open. This way if you need them for some reason you will have them. But leaving them open they will never be in the way.
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Thought of this, but my concern was that they would still be there to get hung on stuff, tore off, etc.
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 4:40:11 AM EDT
Hawkeye, it sounds like your covers flip up to open. Am I correct? I changed mine so the covers flip down and rest on the flattop of the upper when open. This keeps them from blocking my vision, getting hung on things, no worries about if a spring fails and the cover falls down, etc. I'd leave them on and keep them open if you like. But they're there in case you want (or need) to close them to keep out dust, dirt, etc. Hope this helps.
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 4:50:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2003 4:52:27 AM EDT by tequilabob]
i also turned mine around so they lay flat , keeps them out of the way [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=8989[/img]
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 5:11:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BookHound: Hawkeye, it sounds like your covers flip up to open. Am I correct? I changed mine so the covers flip down and rest on the flattop of the upper when open. This keeps them from blocking my vision, getting hung on things, no worries about if a spring fails and the cover falls down, etc. I'd leave them on and keep them open if you like. But they're there in case you want (or need) to close them to keep out dust, dirt, etc. Hope this helps.
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[img]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid63/p510d840c6c3a4749e561ef3dcf1ccb50/fc128888.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid74/p0d2abf87326ef3e42f115064671e68f0/fb62d227.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid75/p38db7af7f67e16311f8258436b93f356/fb570a04.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid78/p276e19aaab037ff81f08ae8d7a72c8a7/fb2844e1.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid78/pdbfc97670161f5a564ab2a35a98b14cf/fb2844c4.jpg[/img] [;)]
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 5:20:57 AM EDT
Well, that answers that question. [:D]
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 5:49:36 AM EDT
[:D]
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 6:01:05 AM EDT
I would suggest leaving them on. You definately don't want scratched lenses! Go to a camera store and get what I call a puffer brush, one that has a squeeze air chamber with soft bristles for cleaning your lenses. As for glare on your objective lense, you can use a kill flash or simply leave the front cover closed and fire with both eyes open. Your non-firing eye assumes the entire field of vision and the dot is still visable and on target. Definately turn the covers to flip down. It keeps them out of the way and out of your field of vision. Good shooting! DG
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 12:00:47 PM EDT
I recently attended a carbine course where Aimpoints are highly regarded. Check out this thread for some Aimpoint/lens cap issues [url]www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=13&t=202724[/url]. Even the experts disagree[:D]
Link Posted: 9/23/2003 5:46:06 PM EDT
how do you turn the caps so they open downwards?
Link Posted: 9/23/2003 6:13:57 PM EDT
Elbow grease using thumb pressure on the side of the cap pivot point.
Link Posted: 9/24/2003 9:30:30 AM EDT
I just removed the back cover. the front i like on (and turned to open down) cuz even if the front cover is closed on the lens you can still use the site as an ocluded eye gun site(sp)
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