So, I’ve had my AR for a while now and, you know, I’ve put a bunch of stuff on it. Had the Aimpoint Pro and sometimes I use the 3x magnifier back here.
Not actually all that much, but when I get all this stuff piled on here it is quite the heavy rifle.
8.1 pounds, I think.
Without the stuff it’s 6.8 pounds, I think when I measured it.
So, I started thinking, you know. You take this to a course, you carry it around all day, and it gets a little heavy
So, what could I do to make that a little bit lighter?
This Aimpoint Pro, which is a great optic, it’s big and it’s heavy.
So, I thought well maybe there’s some other options from Aimpoint that I could get that are a little bit smaller. So, I started looking into it and…
Get this out of the way.
The option that I came up with, right here another Aimpoint.
Picked it up from LaRue Tactical.
Quick little un-boxing as long as long as we have it.
So, the stuff LaRue sends you a couple of little goodies. They send you a nice LaRue tactical hat.
They have some bumper stickers.
Extremely rightwing and God bless out troops, especially the snipers.
I might not put that on my car though.
Dillo Dust dry rub.
LaRue is from Texas, so they have sent you some food along. Rub it on meat and cook.
Nice little touch from LaRue.
10th Annual international sniper competition DVD.
Take a look at that.
Beverage entry tool.
Useful for, you know, getting into your beer or whatever else you want to get into with that.
I am opening this for the first time here. So, we’ll see.
So, here is hopefully my answer to my heavy rifle problem.
The Aimpoint micro H-1.
Let’s have a look at some of the features of this Aimpoint Micro H-1. Now, it’s very similar to the micro T-1. The big difference is that the T-1 has night vision modes and the H-1 does not.
I never do night vision stuff, so I went with a little bit cheaper H-1 over the T-1.
When this initially came out, it came out with a 4 m away dot. There was some clamoring, I think people wanted smaller dot and this is…
Now, as you can see here 2m away dot they recently came out with.
This thing is super lightweight. 84 grams for just the optic itself.
Put it on one of the mounts about 105 grams, so almost…
I mean, it’s just super lightweight.
Because of that, because of its lightweight and its size you can mount on a lot of things.
Obviously, you can mount it on a rifle. But, people will also mount this on handguns, and bows, and lots of difference uses that you would not be able to put a larger optic on.
Some of the construction of it…
Over on this side, this is the battery cap here.
The battery cap and…
It turns it on and off.
The battery is under here. The way you get to it is you take the tool which comes with it, you put it in here, and you can then twist that battery cap off and get to the battery.
Battery has a life of 50,000 hours, which about 5 years or actually if you do the math 5.7 years. But, the idea I think from what they claim…
You leave it on a medium setting, it will stay on for about 5 years. You don’t need to turn it off.
They actually tell you to leave it on.
I think the idea is that, you know if you need in some type of emergency, it’s going to be on. I admittedly turn mine off probably between it when I remember to.
But, point being you get a super long battery life out of this compared to some of the EOTechs that have a much shorter battery lives.
Big selling point for that on this.
Comes on the mount.
Two different mounts.
I went with the LaRue mount.
Now, you can get it as either a lower 1/3rd or a full co-witness. Just to explain that, let me pull the cap off here just to show you the cap here.
They recommend that when you take it off, you pull it down here, that way it doesn’t fall off. It will get kind of caught under there and it won’t fall off the thing.
Lower 1/3rd and a full co-witness
What that is, is that when you are looking through it…
This being a full co-witness, if this pen is your backup iron sights, full co-witness, the iron sight is going to be right in the middle.
Right over the dot in the radical
A lower 1/3rd, the mount and the optic are going to sit up higher and therefore your iron sight is going to be down in the lower 1/3rd of the window that you’re looking at.
Now, it’s very much a personal preference which you go with. There are people that will argue quite ferociously on both sides, which is better.
Some practical matters
It depends partially on how your cheek is, how you hold the rifle.
Also, if you have a fixed backup iron sight and you don’t want that being in the way of the dot all the time, I think that’s where a lower 1/3rd co-witness would pull that backup iron sight down out of the way.
For me, I have the flip up iron sights which, they’re middle or usually down. So, I don’t really mind it.
But, again, it’s also
It just depends on how you hold your rifle, what you like, it’s very much personal preference.
Neither is right.
Neither is wrong
Looking through the tube there, as long as we have it here.
It’s a 20mm tube. It’s a little bit smaller and I had some reservations about this smaller tube compared to the Aimpoint pro that I had. But, it’s really not bad at all
I thought, you know, it was going to be smaller. I’m not going to be able to see through it. I’m not going to be able to find things.
But, it’s really not bad. One of the advantages of this that Aimpoint points out is that because the tube itself is smaller, you have more field of view around it with your other eye, because the idea is that when you’re using this type of scope that you’re supposed to leave both eyes open.
You put the dot on the target with your right eye or left eye, whichever way you’re shooting.
Your other is open also visualizing the target and your mind will superimpose that dot over the target on both eyes.
The settings here go from 0 up to 12.
You don’t get much until you get up around 7.
I don’t know if you can see much with the camera.
But, 6-7 is probably where you start finally getting some useful stuff at least in bright daylight.
Don’t look at that dot on the camera there.
Avert your eyes.
Look at the wall.
Put the dog, because that is way blow out of proportion by the camera.
It’s actually a nice, small, fine 2m away dot.
This is the LaRue mount and it is very well constructed.
The way it works is this little piece right here. You take it off to loosen it. Pull this piece back, and what that does is it pulls this little piece right here out of this little ridge and you can then twist it open.
The way it functions is that when the mount is closed, this here keeps it snug under the rail. You put this little tab here between the rails.
This holds it firm on there and then when you open it up, that slides out of the way for easy removal.
Windage and elevation.
Elevation on the top.
Windage on the side.
A couple of ways that you adjust that.
Inside here there are these two little holes and on the top of the caps there are those 2 little nubs. You can take those nubs, put them into the holes, and twist it.
Alternatively, the tool that comes with it has those little nubs sticking out there. You can put that in there and use it to twist it.
One thing I do wish, just because occasionally when I haven’t set this in a long time I always have trouble remembering which is windage, which is elevation.
It will be nice, in some of the other ones they have it marked up and down, right and left on them.
On the inside of the cap here, they do have which direction it’s going. So, this is…
The counterclockwise is either up or to the right, depending on which of these you’re doing.
The way it try to remember it is that the radical will move in the direction of the adjustment you’re doing.
So, the one that’s on top here will make it move up towards it or push it away from it. The adjustment that’s on the side will move it to the side towards it or to the other side away from it.
Just the way I remember it, might help you out.
You know, once you get it set it should be fine. You shouldn’t have to worry about it.
But, if I haven’t set it for a while I always have trouble remembering which was which and that may help you.
When you do the adjustments, one small note, it is a very fine amount of adjustment distance-wise.
So, one turn, one twist of that is a half inch at a hundred yards.
Quarter inch at 50 yards.
So, when you’re twisting it you really have to go quite a distance to, you know, get it to really move any large distances. But that way you can really zoom it in or…
Or that way you can really zero it in and get some nice fine adjustment to that.
Alright, let’s look at how the mount is on the rifle.
So, you can see here I have my backup iron sights. This is where my 3x twist mount goes.
Then you take this, open it up, put that on wherever you’d like and then just spin this around, and lock it in place. It locks very firmly in place.
Push that forward and there you have it mounted on the rifle.
It is nice and small in there.
Just to give you an idea what it looks like with the 3x magnifier.
There you go.
With this 1/3rd co-witness, it actually seems to sit just a little bit below the magnifier. But, looking through it, it aligns up pretty well.
When you’re going to take these off, you can just put them down here out of the way.
They won’t fall off.
They won’t get in the way.
That way you won’t lose them.
It is nice on some of the other ones where they have flip up and out the way. You don’t lose them, you just flip them back down.
Nice and easy.
This is a little bit more cumbersome to get them on and off but, not a huge deal in the end.
Looking through it when you’ve got the rifle it is really not that big. Just to give you an idea of the co-witness.
Just to give you a little bit of an idea.
That’s how the co-witness is going to work.
It’s going to be roughly right in the middle with the full co-witness.
Lower 1/3rd, it’s going to be down a little bit.
But, that just gives you kind of a basic idea of how it is going to go. But, you can see it is very small on the rifle.
It is very lightweight.
Very easy to use.
Price on it, with the mount, 599.
So, it’s not cheap. But, it’s great quality for it you get.
You actually get a deal when you buy it through LaRue, because that packaged deal with the mount it saves you money.
And when you need to tactically break into your beverage, secretly bust into it, you get your beverage entry tool.
Sneak up on it.
Bust on into it.
And just some great service from LaRue.
So, check it out.
The Aimpoint Micro H-1.