Aimpoint Micro Red Dot Sights – T1 & H1 Compared Video

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Hey! Thanks for tuning in to TWANGnBANG. If you’ve been watching my channel since I started almost two years ago, you’ve seen this oblique a lot. It’s my Aimpoint T1. I got it November 2011 and it had been living on my 300 blackout SBR up until the point where I got this great upper from Bravo Company, and now this is its home. It is absolutely my favorite optic for an SBR. It has a lot of uses beyond that and it’s not just its features or its size.

It is made of popular with a lot other top names in ARs. It’s also, its reputation for incredible durability. You might have seen Larry Vickers doing a torture test of a Daniel Defense rifle. And he shot the T1 that was on that rifle with a shotgun. He dropped it out of a moving vehicle. He ran it over and then he blew it up!

When he blew it up, it broke the rear lens. But the red dot still work still held zero. Then he took that broken optic on a rifle and he dropped them off of a building. He dropped them out of a helicopter and an Aimpoint T1 still worked. That’s just Youtube testing. There are plenty of real-world examples of unintentional abuse that show why the Aimpoint T1 is the gold standard for micro-sized red dots.

I was able to get an H1 from Aimpoint to compare the two. And that’s what’s coming up next on TWANGnBANG.

The T1 is a top of the line Aimpoint Micro Red Dot Sight. It’s a non-magnified reflex collimator sight was 0 parallax beyond 50 meters. And it’s available with either a two minute of angle or a four minute of angle dot size.

The T1 is the only micro that is night vision compatible with a special lens coating and low intensity settings not found on either the other micros. All micros use a CR 2032 lithium battery and can be left on for over five years at a level eight setting or an amazing fifty years at a night vision settings on the T1. The H1 shares the same basic features and construction as the T1 less the night vision compatibility. Both weigh only 84 grams and only 2.4 inches long by 1.6 inches wide by 1.4 inches high not including mount.

Like the T1, the H1 is suitable for use on anything from handguns to carbines to crossbows to shotguns like this sight 12. The turret caps on the micros are sealed by O-rings and double as adjustment knobs. They’re even label so you know the relationship between turns and changes and point of impact which I think is pretty slick. Each click equals one-half inch at a hundred yards. Aimpoint also includes this red tool which can be used to adjust the turrets or the torx screws on the standard Aimpoint mount.

The dot intensity is easily adjusted by the large knob on the right side. The T1 has four night vision and eight daylight settings. And H1 has twelve daylight settings. Setting 6 to 8 are best for most use with brighter settings for direct sunlight outdoors. The red dot in all Aimpoint micros is an eye safe LED focused at infinity so that it appears exactly at the range of your target. This gives micros zero parallax beyond 50 meters. And only minor parallax inside in that range.

The T1 and H1 are both made of high-strength extruded aluminium and hard anodizing matte black. They differ only in appearance at the logo which is white on the H1. And the lens which has a green mirrored as sharp angles on the T1. The green is an expensive phase shift coating that prevents the dot from burning in our night vision sensors. They can use H1 with night vision. It’s not recommended because the dot can damage imager electronics with extended use.

Aimpoint offers a lever release Picatinny mount that is keyed to the side body so the micros maintain zero even under severe recoil. Risers are available for the LRP including this one that allows absolute co-witness with AR15 Iron Sights.

A number of respected companies also offer mounts for the micro series including this one from LaRue Tactical. You can usually find them as a package that saves money compared to buying the micro in the mount separately. This is my favorite usage of the micro – close-up shooting with the short and light SBR. The dot is faster quire and useful in all lighting conditions.

Not to worry about the battery dying or the optic pulling because of any impact that my rifle is survived. You also find micros on a lot of competition. The fact that this GEN 4 G 17 is still cycling shows just how like this sights actually are.

Wow. It’s really easy to stack them on top each other when using a red dot. But what I really like about the T1, the H1 this is the big field of view is very easy to pick up the dot when you press out. That’s the biggest challenge that people have when they go from open sights to a red dot sights. With open sights, you always know where those sights are pointing because you can see the whole slide, you can see the front slot sight, no matter how far off it is from my lining up with the rear sight.

With red dots it’s not so easy. You have to have a good press out to be able to find that dot and with the size of the field of view, the T1, the H1, it makes it nice and easy. And as you can see this Glock had done nothing to it. I’m shooting training ammunition. This is not hot stuff and is having no problem cycling with the H1 on top. I love this thing, this is fantastic. J

Aimpoint includes bikini style lens cover with every micro though it’s easy to lose as it’s easy to use. Though many shooters choose to forego a cover all together, Tango Down offers a fantastic solution that protects the micro while keeping your lens covers handy for whenever you need them. They’re available in black, FDE, OD green and Foliage green. And have proven quite popular since their release.

One of the best features about the micro series is that the red dots are completely parallax free beyond 50 meters that means that regardless of your head position behind the optic, as soon as you see the red dot, you have really a good idea of where your bullets going to go. It’s not going to correct for the impact the form errors on your marksmanship. But it’s going to reduce the impact of having to make a snap shooting decision or finding yourself in a very awkward shooting position and still having to make the shot.

No optic is truly parallax free at all ranges. And if you move your head to extreme positions behind an Aimpoint micro, you will notice a slight parallax effect that short ranges. It’s important to keep in mind that if you get your head that far off a good cheek welds, your form will have a greater effect on your point of impact than the parallax. And with proper training, neither will be an issue you can’t overcome at the close range is real notices.

You probably notice that there is slight green or blue tint on the optic. And this is visible with both the T1 and H1. The tint is just enough to reduce glare and increase contrast between the dot in the target without being a distraction or reducing the amount of light coming through the sight. If you shoot with both eyes open like I do, the tint almost fully disappears even though it’s still doing its job, making the sight more effective.

You’ll find there’s about a fifty to sixty dollar difference in street price between the H1 and the T1. Of course, the T1 has the more expensive coating on the lens.

It has different positions on the rheostat so that you can use it with night vision equipment but I wanted to find out is there something more to the two of these that would result in the H1 being less desirable. Because if you read the specs, the use specs for the H1; it doesn’t have the same depth rating. It doesn’t have the same temperature range rating. So talking to an engineer at aimpoint, I found out this. The difference between the two optics comes down to the warranty. And that’s all I could nail him down to. That the warranty for the H1 doesn’t cover the same things that the T1 warranty does.

And so, you just need to look at the specifications of the H1 and see realistically does that cover the uses that you’re going to be putting it through? And for me, the answer is absolutely yes. I’m not going to be diving as a combat swimmer with either these objects. I’m not going to be going into the temperature extremes that the T1 is rated for but the H1 is not with either these optics.

So even though I have T1 because I got it at a great price when I bought it, I be just as happy with an H1 for my uses because I don’t use, I don’t have night vision equipment. If you want to learn more about the Aimpoint micro series, be sure to click the link in the description below. If you like this video, please take the time to log in and click the LIKE button or the plus button in Google+. Youtube needs to know that you like firearms or any programming. And be sure to click right here to subscribe so you can catch my next videos on bows, guns and other cool things. I really appreciate you watching TWANGnBANG and hope to see you next time.