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Today we’re going over the Aimpoint T-2 optic.
The T-2 is the successor to the Aimpoint T-1.
Now, I’ve reviewed the T-1 here previously and I made the bold statement that the T1 is the best red dot optic on planet Earth.
There are several reasons for that. The T-1 as well as the T-2, really are just bomb proof. If you guys watched Larry Vickers’ torture test where they blew that thing up. They dropped it, they buried it, they did all kinds of stuff to it and the optic just kept ticking.
I mean, it was really insane to watch
It’s something that none of us would ever do and the thing just kept on running.
Now, my experience with Aimpoint mirrors is that Aimpoints are super rugged, super reliable optics and T-2 so far has been exactly that.
It’s been awesome.
Now, the T-2 has some features that basically some of the T-1 folks were asking for.
They’re asking for certainly the flip covers and few other things that we’re going to get into here coming up next in the review.
Basic operation of the sight starts with the brightness knob here. On zero, the optic is off, and your first 4 settings will be night vision compatible. So, if you’re on like a PBS 14 you’re going to want to use one of those settings.
After that, we get into the daylight compatible modes, which is 5 through 12.
Most folks in most lightning conditions are going to find somewhere between the 7 -9 setting to be sort of optimal.
In those daylight settings I think you’re going to get 50,000 hours of battery life, which is roughly 5 years, which is just awesome.
So, you can just turn your T-2 on, leave it on, and never have to worry about it again.
Never have to worry about the heat of the night or when you wake up, if you will, haven’t turned it on. It’s always on, always ready when you need it.
Another nice thing about these micro sights is that there’re so many mounts available for them. This one here is from Scalarworks. Nice quick detach mount. Sort of just tighten down your fingers, pops right off. But, they make mounts for anything, lower 1/3rd absolute co-witness.
You can also find mounts out there that will be low rise mounts that you want to run it like on ultimak on ak8.
They make pistol sight mounts. They make all kinds of different mounts for these. So, really the sky is the limits in terms of how you want to mount these on whatever gun that you’re actually going to use it on.
It has a 2mm away goz and it is parallax free beyond 50m. They claim that it’s parallax free in general. But, all optics are going to have some parallax, at least at close distances between generally less than an inch so most folks will never notice it anyway.
But, it is made of extruded aluminum, the housing is.
And here on the bottom, one of the differences between this and the T-1 is that it does have the heel coils so that way you don’t have to worry about stripping a screw into the aluminum housing itself.
It’s going to give you some protection against that, which is always nice.
One thing that’s nice about this is that it has that small 2mm away dot. So, it’s very crisp. Even right now, we have it set on 9 just because it’s sort of bright out here.
It’s sort of like hazy bright if you know what I mean. Even at that setting it’s very crisp and you can reach out a distance, should you need to do so.
Zeroing the optic is done by removing your caps here for windage and elevation. It should be noted while we’re taking these off that the top here is changed from the T-1 that we have here.
So, the body of the sight itself, now we have this aluminum piece built in to protect your elevation adjustment which isn’t present on T-1. Some folks thought that might be a vulnerable spot.
Aimpoint went ahead and built the aluminum housing right around it to protect it.
Now each click on your windage and elevation is good for half mm away adjustment so that you calculate it when you’re actually dialing it in and it does tell you which direction you’re turning it when you do so.
The caps themselves are used to dial that in so you could just take these two little dots here, put it in, and then zero as needed.
And you can hear there are very positive clicks. You definitely know when you actually move it. It’s not sloppy like some of the red dots out there are. So, it’s certainly a good thing.
While we’re putting it back on, you should not that there are o-rings sealed as well the turrets, so that way it helps with the water submergibility that optic itself is submersible down to 80 feet.
So, pretty intense stuff. Most folks are really going to be worried about using it out there in the rain and for that you’ll be just fine. We can submerge it down to 80 feet.
The T-2 unlike the T-1 comes with these built-in flip caps.
Flip-caps there are clear, which is why you leave it covered and actually still use it. Of course, you’re going to have some distortion in your dot if you do that. But, it will still remain zero to the center.
So, it’s perfectly usable to do so.
Here, on T-1 they had these bikini caps which just suck. They get lost, they break. It was definitely one of the weak points of the T-1 for sure.
One thing to keep in mind though is if you’re going to be using these flip caps, make sure you leave enough room if you’re going to use a magnifier, because obviously it will need room to be able to work.
In addition to the differences we’ve already covered, there’s a couple of others that I’m not sure if they’re going to come across all that well here on camera.
When I look through the T-1, something I honestly never noticed until I got a T-2 is that the T-1 has a slight blue tint to it. That’s due to the multi-coated optics in lenses, I should say, that they have on there.
Now, this has it as well. But, the coatings are just a little bit better. In this one, the hue is pretty much gone. I can’t see it at all. So, looks almost identical to what you’re seeing.
Say, if we’re firing with both eyes open, both eyes are pretty much seeing the same color and contrast.
The contrast on T-2 as well as a little bit crisper, so that’s certainly nice.
A big difference though between the T-1 and the T-2 and both of mine are 2m away dots. The T-2 is going to have a crisper dot. You can kind of see it with your naked eye if you’re not using a magnifier.
But, I went ahead and put a magnifier behind it and used the EOTech which is very crisp magnifier. We put that one behind it and these pictures that I’m going to roll in will probably explain it better than anything else that I cannot say here, if you will.
So, on a T-1 there’s a slight sort a line to it. The dot is not exactly centered. Instead of being circular, it’s sort of a slash.
On a T-2 it’s not. It’s super crisp and it is completely circular. So, that’s certainly a very nice thing when you’re trying to get precise shots with a magnifier.
I know a lot of folks are running 3-5 power magnifiers out there. You’re definitely going to see a difference there.
Other difference is the big one. It’s going to be the price, right.
So, the T-2, generally speaking, as of right now while I’m recording this video anyway is going to be 50 – 70 dollars more expensive, just for the basic sight.
Now, if you go get some of the packages out there that’s going to vary.
But, generally speaking, the T-2…
At least when I checked in Amazon as of this morning and I’ll post links below so you guys can check out these deals I’m talking about.
It’s going to be somewhere between 730 and 750 and that’s very expensive for a red dot optic. Without question it is.
But, the lightweight option of this, the ruggedness of it, the sight quality in terms of clearness, and the ability to just leave it on, set it and forget it if you will, make the T-1 and the T-2 now, really, like I said, just sort of the best optics out there in terms of red dot.
I mean, there’s nothing in their class, in my opinion, now.
Certainly, the Comp 4 is a very good. The Aimpoint pros.
But, you know, obviously they’re larger weight than these.
So, if you’re looking for a light weight Aimpoint…
If you’re buying new, in my opinion, I’d probably grab the T-2.
You know, if looking for something used you can get a good deal on a T-1.
Hey, T-1s are still great. But, the T-2 definitely has some upgrades that I think are worth looking into.
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