Welcome back, everyone. Today we’re going over what I consider to be one of the finest combat optics ever devised – the Aimpoint T1. I‘ve had this one for a long time – years now. I still never changed a battery, which we will get into more coming up. I ran out a lot of guns from shotguns, to ARs, to everything in between and still going strong.
So keep slinging some wood downrange and get into it. I’ll show you a little bit of more up close and personal coming up next.
Aimpoint has been around making quality red dot size for a long time – decades, but this is one of the relatively new offerings that was released in 2007, and features what they call the advanced circuit efficiency technology. Basically, that is a fancy term for saying, all the electronics within there are insulated in a way that they can take shock, absorption and impact in ways that most optics just can’t. They’re also going to last an extremely long time, being extremely efficient with their batteries that they use.
This optic right here is rated for five years of battery life on setting number eight; honestly I prefer a lower setting map and even that setting is very bright and it’s supposed to last five years but like I said these came out in 2007, and I know guys that I have never changed the battery on them since they’ve come out and they’ve always left them on so it’s probably going to last even longer than that.
The red dot itself is a two or four MLA dot. Let me turn it up there so you guys can see it on camera, you obviously don’t need to keep it that bright for actual use, but very clear dot; very crisp dot – that’s one of the things out there that you’re going to notice out there if you have a lower quality, knock-off kind of this. The dot will not be anywhere as crisp as what you’re going to see on the Aimpoint, in fact, not even close. In that, you’re going to see that the electronics in there and codings on the lenses that help stop the starburst effect that you’re going to see on a lot of lower quality optics.
A case on it is a hard, anodized aluminium. It is type three anodized so it is going to match well with a lot of your AR and other rifles out there, which are going to have similar types of anodizer. The T1 is compatible with all generation of night vision devices, and settings one through four are the night vision settings. If you buy one of these and you’re wondering why you can’t see it on that setting when you first get it in, that’s why. Once you get to five, it is visible with the naked eye and most folks are generally going to keep it on settings six through eight – somewhere in there, and if you get extremely bright sunlight if you’re out in the desert you might turn it up to nine or 10, but beyond that you’re generally going to keep it somewhere in the middle there.
When you’re looking through there, it is a parallax-free optic so no matter where your head is in relation to the dot, the dot’s going to stay in the same place. You don’t have to worry about it moving or having to get proper head position, proper cheek to get the shot on target. The optic itself is submersible to 80 feet and like I said, with their battery life, they [inaudible] at 80 feet, they’ve been tested, I’ve dropped, I’ve for them, and it still maintained its integrity.
When you get the optic and it comes with this set of lens covers. As I said everything that comes with this is quite top-notch besides these things. They pretty much suck.
They have to go. That said, Tango Down is now producing a cover for them that are much better, and we will have a review of that down the road. You also get an adjustment too. A red adjustment tool, but, that said, you really don’t need it. If you look at the elevation and knobs you’ll notice these two little dots, also when you look in here you’ll notice the direction and it will tell you which way you need to move your dot depending on where impact is. A good thing about these caps is that the caps are also inside the adjustment tool so you can actually stick the little button in there, it will lock in, and you can make your adjustments.
Your adjustments are roughly equivalent to half an inch at 100 yards per each click, so if you’re shooting closer than that you can just do the math yourself in terms of how much you need to adjust it.
Besides the lens cover which is really a minor issue, the only downside I can really see to the T1 is the price for most folks. If it wasn’t for the price, which generally, without any sort of after-market balance, you’re going to get you one if you were to look from somewhere from $550 to $650. So, it is very expensive. If it wasn’t for that, my guess is that every rifle in America would be wearing T1, at least, those that are not designed for any sort of squad designated for rifle. For most guys who are expecting engagement from 200m and in, I don’t think there is a better optic on the planet than the T1 in my opinion. It’s just excellent. It’s a standard I judge all the red dots by. You turn it on, leave it. I’ve seen videos of guys online shooting these things, doing all kinds of crazy torture tests to them and they just keep on ticking.
I’m never going to put them through anything like that, at least I don’t hope to, but it’s good to know that if it happened, it will still be there and it will still be working and I can count on it.
That’s pretty much the Aimpoint T1. It is a fantastic Red Dot and it really is a standard, at least in my opinion. If there are any questions about this optic, anything else to talk about here on the channel, you can feel free to post them in the comment section. You can also post over at my Facebook page. As always, guys, thanks for watching, thanks for subscribing and I hope to see the next video.