So, we’re home safe and sound from Israel. Had a great time over there in the country. We got to see a lot of cool stuff.
Now the reason we went over there was tour the IWI factory, which we did. Also, got to spend some time on the range with some really cool IWI weapons, including the X95, which is the evolved version of the Tavor rifle.
Now, we also got to shoot the machine gun, Uzis and all sorts of cool stuff. I’ll share that video with you in a couple of weeks.
It’s going to take us a while to pull all that footage together and get it up on the website for you. But, we will soon.
Why we’re out here this afternoon is because I want to talk about red dot sights for the Tavor.
This is my black rifle. This is the first rifle I picked up. I also have a flat dark Earth rifle.
This rifle’s wearing the SRS Trijicon sight which I’ve had a lot of problems with. I’m going to be honest with you.
I’m not impressed with the sights. It’s a very expensive sight. Now, the problems that this one’s having are common.
It seems to be a common problem with a lot of the early sights.
Now, I’ve been told there’s a fix for it. I’ve contacted Trijicon, they’re pretending like they don’t know of the problem. I’m going to send it back to them then they’ll have a look at it and hopefully they can fix it and I can do a full review on the sight.
Meanwhile, if you want to find out about the problems I’m having, you can go by thebangswitch.com.
I put a link in the description below, which is our blog. I’ll talk about some of the problems I’m having.
So anyway, I want to take a look at some different sight options for my flat dark earth rifle.
I’m going to leave the SRS on here for now. That’s what I want to talk to you guys about this afternoon.
Different sight options.
So, let’s get it going.
Here are some of the sights that I’m considering.
This is the XPS-2 from EOTech. I do like the EOTech sights. The only thing I don’t like about them is their battery life. But, they have large screens, which makes it really ease to pick the dot up. I also like the radical. It has a very fine radical that works well with magnifiers.
The only thing I don’t really like about the XPS-2 is how tall it sits on the rifle.
Now, this is the Aimpoint Comp M4. We’ll talk about that here in a second. Actually, this is the sight I want to talk the most about this afternoon.
But, here’s the little EOTech sitting on top of Tavor.
If I can get it to sit on there.
There we go.
Now, it’s not any taller than the Comp M4, it’s just blockier looking. And I’m being nitpicky here, it’s just…
It’s kind of goofy looking to me. I don’t think it looks good esthetically on the rifle.
But, functionally these are very solid performing sights. They work well in the military. They’ve been beat up and they’ve been proven performers.
And also, again, they work really well with magnifiers, although I’m not a big fan of the magnifiers. But, if you’re looking for something like that. The EOTech is probably the way to go.
If you can get around the block-y, not very good-looking line to the particular sight.
The other sight I’m taking a look at is the Aimpoint Comp M4. I’ve been a big fan of Aimpoint sight. As a matter of fact, the default sight that I want to go back to all the time is the T1 Micro. I’m not going to show you that here this afternoon, because that’s the one by default, I want to put on any rifle including this one. But, I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit here.
So, the Comp M4 we’ll talk about it here in more detail. We’ll talk about the technical specifications. But, you can see it’s a big sight as well.
It’s based on the same 30mm design of the Comp M2 and M3, except it has its own integrated base and a few other features. Like I said, we’ll talk about here in a few minutes.
So, that’s what this one looks like on a Tavor.
And then the other sight, I’m giving very serious consideration to, isn’t a red dot sight. It’s the Trijicon ACOG. This is the military version.
Now, traditionally I don’t like magnification on my rifles. I think red dot sights are great all the way up to 200 meters on man-sized targets.
I like how fast they are.
I like that they work well with both eyes open.
But, of the four by sights, this is one of the few that I really like and have had on my possession over the years for quite some time.
But for whatever reason, I’ll put it on a rifle in the beginning and I’ll take it off and replace it with a red dot sight.
But, once again I’m giving serious consideration to it. I really do like the sight.
Then the last but not the least is what I’ve talked about already is the Trijicon SRS. If this thing didn’t have the problems that it’s having, I would really like this sight.
I bought it because it does have solar power. You can take the batteries out of it and it’ll run with ambient light giving you a dot. Of course, if you don’t have a battery in it at night it’s not going to have a dot.
But, that works great during daylight hours. Plus, it has a great battery life.
Now, the battery life on Aimpoint is one of the reasons I like the Aimpoint so much.
The Comp M4 probably has the most advanced circuitry of any of the previous generations of Aimpoint sights. This thing is good for almost 8 years on a double A battery.
Which is just absolutely amazing.
That’s why you don’t see me buying Tritium powered sights anymore. They were all the rage before the electronics caught up in these modern red dot sights, because it can go for ten years before you had to replace the Tritium.
The god shit there though is, once that Tritium dies, it’s pretty expensive to have it replaced and it can take quite some time.
Now, that the sights like Comp M4 have come along and you get basically almost a decade of battery life out of the batteries. And all you have to do without taking the sight off the rifle, just take the old battery out put a new one in.
I don’t see any reason to use Tritium powered sights anymore.
So anyway, let’s take a closer look at the Comp M4.
I’ll talk about some of the features it has.
So, let’s take a closer look at the Comp M4.
Now, the Comp M4 has a standard 30mm style tube. So, it’s about the same size as the original Comp M2 and M3 sight.
It’s a little bit longer and it’s a little bit beefier, because the battery compartment here on the top.
Now, this is an optional battery compartment. This compartment can be on the top as you see here, or they sell another version where the battery compartment’s down low.
So, this is the high battery compartment version.
This is the QRP 2 setup, so it comes with, what they call military grade rubber caps, to cover the lenses.
And it comes with this mounting system that you see here.
Now, the base is integrated into the sight. The original Comp M2 and M3 sights, you could put 30 mm rings on them and change the mount with 3rd party aftermarket rings.
This comes with a built in base system that’s also a shock absorber that absorbs recoil in the sight.
You can buy different spacers to set the sight at different heights
This sight is designed to work with the 3x magnifier very well.
Very well with 3x magnifier that aim point sells for their series of red dot sights.
Now, the QRP 2 also has this large knob on the side. It’s improved the original QRP sight.
What this allows you to do is to tighten…
It’s a quick release system, but it allows you to tighten it down. But, it only allows you to get it so tight. It’s auto setting tightness.
To unscrew it, you just turn it like you normally would the knob and it’ll come right off the rifle.
And then when you want to replace it back on the rifle…
Take a look at it there.
When you want to put it back on the rifle, you just line it up with the 1913 rail, set it down, and as you turn this it has a ratcher mechanism that once it gets to certain tightness, the ratchet will break over.
You’ll hear a pop.
And you can’t tighten it anymore.
So, it sets it to the perfect tension.
And the sight’s soundly mounted on the rifle.
They have another version I’ve seen that has a throw lever on it.
Now, let’s talk about the battery compartment. Again, there’s a single AA battery in here and has a voltage regulator that will allow it to run with any type of AA battery that you can find.
Standard AA, alkaline, Lithium ion, whatever.
It works with any AA battery you can stick in there.
Now, again this sight will last for about 8 years on a single battery, which is really impressive.
That’s a standard, not at its brightest setting but at an average daylight setting which you would use.
Now, the sight does have 9 daylight settings and it has 7 night vision settings.
The sight is designed to work with 3rd generation night vision devices.
On the top, you have…
An elevation adjustment
And then over here on the side, you uncover this and it has large slots in it where you can use coins or things like that, the rims of cases to tighten them down or unscrew them.
But, it has click adjustments that are very positive. You can feel them.
It’s marked up and down, has tick marks. I believe each click, we’ll have to double check this, is a half m away to hundred yards.
It’s weather sealed.
This thing can be submerged to 145 feet in water.
So, these are o-ring sealed and you have little rubber cap holders on them so you won’t lose your caps.
And you can just thumb tighten it down.
Everything’s o-ring sealed including the battery compartment.
The dot on this sight is a two limb away dot. I really like the two limb away dots. They work well in CQB and they work decently out at range.
Couple of hundred meters, it’s working just fine. It’s not going to completely obscure your target.
The EOTech does have a finer radical, which is 1mm away which, again, works very well with magnifiers.
And if you like just a finer radical, the EOTech’s the way to go.
The Aimpoint the smallest you can get is 2mm away.
Now, shooting this sight is interesting. You’ll notice it’s a big sight. So, it’s designed to be operated with both eyes open. But, when you’re doing that with both eyes open there’s a lot of black stuff around the field of view.
It’s not a very clean sight picture.
Certainly not as clean as a T1 micro, or something like in EOTech
That’s probably one of the only dings I would give this sight is the fact that it’s just kind of big and it obscures your field of view a little bit.
There’s just a lot going on.
Once you get used to it, you won’t notice it. But, it’s like the first thing I noticed when I put this thing up to my eye. It clutters my field of view a lot more than any of the other red dot sight I’ve used previously.
You’ll notice it’s also really big on the rifle.
It’s not a small sight by any means. But, it’s not heavy. It’s not crazy heavy. It balances nice when you put it on or take it off. You can’t really tell it…
You know, the weight difference is…
The bias is shifting whatsoever.
So, it’s not super heavy.
It’s all aluminum body and again, it’s military grade so it’s very tough. That’s the thing about Aimpoint, you can take them out, beat them up, drop them, kick them off buildings, drag them behind cars, you’re just not going to break them.
Larry Vickers was throwing one of the T1 micros on an AR15 out of a helicopter and even though it broke the lens, the dot still appeared.
So, it’s a very durable sight. That’s one of the things I really like about Aimpoint.
When you get out on the range with a Comp M4, you’ll want to turn the sight on. That can be accomplished with the knob right here.
Also, depending on where you turn this knob is where your settings are.
You have the 7 night vision settings, the 9 daylight settings which you can select from here.
I’ve found that you have to turn it fairly bright on a sunny afternoon to be able to see that dot. But, the dot won’t wash out bad at all.
I’ll also point out, the front of the sight is threaded and you can put accessories on there. The QRP2 version that came with this mount actually comes with a kill flash ARD.
This is, what looks like something of a screen door
This screws in to the sight. And what that’s designed to do is the front lens is kind of iridescent and kind of not natural looking in nature.
So, the kill flash ARD will remove any lens glint that an enemy down range might see if they’re looking back at your position.
The Sun hits it just right, you may a glint off the front of the sight. That won’t happen with the kill flash ARD. And that’s why people use them.
However, it does change the sight picture of the red dot sight when you’re looking through it. It looks like you’re looking through a screen door. You’ll see a mesh over the end.
But, you’ll get used to that after a while. It’s not too distracting. You can learn to focus past it with your eyeball.
That’s not too bad.
I’m going to go ahead and leave it in there.
So, you’ll notice with the sight I have set about midway down the picatinny rail. Another thing that you’ll notice is that the backup sights work perfectly.
Perfectly co-witness through the sight with its base setting that you have here. You can use the iron sights, the dot sits perfectly right on top of that front sight.
So, it works nicely.
This is a standard AR15 height on the sight. So, if you put backup sights on there like Magpole, or Troy’s, or Midwest Industry backup sights on this rail system, they’ll co-witness just fine through this sight.
So, let’s do a little bit of shooting with the rifle. And I’ll explain to you what it’s like, if I can, to use this particular red dot sight on a Tavor.
So, when I’m looking through this sight…
If you’re used to Comp M2s or Comp M3s, it’ll be a familiar sight picture. However, it is more crowded. It’s more like you’re looking through a tube. It’s certainly not as open as a T1 Micro and that’s one of the things I really like about the T1 Micro.
When I’m shooting with the Comp M4, there’s just a lot of black and there is like a tunneling effect as I’m looking down it.
Now, you’re doing the shoot with both eyes open.
So, that’s a little bit different.
And the lens just seems really small as compared to other…
Like the Comp M2 and the Comp M3.
May just be an optical illusion to me, but it definitely seems just smaller and more tube like.
I like the openness of the T1 Micro. However, again, it balances nicely, doesn’t change how the rifle handles whatsoever. It’s very quick for snap shots.
Just bring it up and fire.
It’s the perfect height with this base on it.
So, overall I do like this sight but it’s just a little bit off for my taste.
Let’s put some more rounds down range.
Alright guys, it’s time for some final thoughts on the Comp M4 and where it stands with winding up being the final red dot sight that I use for my dark Earth Tavor.
I like the sight.
It cost 813 bucks from optics planet. It’s not a cheap sight. It’s probably one of the most expensive red dot sights you can buy.
But is this the sight I’m going to wind up using on the rifle?
Let me tell you why.
If I had to take my pick between this and the T1 micro, I like the T1 micro better.
It’s smaller, lighter, I like the field of view that it gives me.
It doesn’t have the same tunneling effect that I find with this particular red dot sight.
But, overall I don’t think this is a bad sight. I think it’d go great on an AR15 or something like that.
I think it’s just a little bit big looking…
Again, I’m being kind of goofy about how a sight looks on a rifle. But, if I’m going to spend a thousand bucks or 800 bucks on a sight system for my rifle, I want to like every aspect of it.
I want to like how it looks esthetically on the rifle. I want to like how it functions.
Functionally, solid sight. I don’t think you can pick a more durable or better made red dot sight. However, esthetically this isn’t the sight I don’t think for the Tavor.
So, at 813 bucks it’s definitely at the higher end of the red dot sights. There are definitely more affordable sights out there. Even T1 micro is going to be less expensive than this particular sight. But, that again, depends on the base that you buy for.
Just the basic T1 micro would be less expensive. But, once you pick something like a GG and G base, you know price starts to go up a little bit.
So, it might be a competitive price.
But, overall if you’re looking for a good red dot sight, you certainly will be well served by this sight.
Long battery life.
8 years on a double A battery, which is impressive.
Very well made.
Compatible with night vision devices.
Pretty much a full featured red dot sight.
But for me, I don’t think it’s going to be the final sight on my Tavor.
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