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Top 6 Best Aimpoint For AR15’s Of 2020 Reviews & Buying Guide

If you own an AR-15, then you would probably agree that that platform it is particularly well suited for a red-dot optic. And, further, you likely also would agree that one of the best in the business at making red dot optics is Aimpoint.

Am I right? Of course!

The only real question, then, is which is the best Aimpoint optic for your AR-15?

Aimpoint makes several different models. Which feature-sets and models stand out?

Which one should you buy to top your AR-15?

That’s the question we have set out to answer in this post. We have reviewed the top 6 Aimpoint Red Dots, so that we can share with you the leader of the pack.

So, which is the best? You’re about to find out!

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Top 6 Best Aimpoint For AR15’s Of 2020 Reviews

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1 Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic 

We begin today with a middle of the road Aimpoint; the Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic. Don’t be confused by middle of the road. I am comparing Aimpoints to Aimpoints. This unit is still far better than many red dot optics made by other manufacturers. Aimpoints have phenomenal battery life, and this one is no exception. Even with the always-on feature, you should get around 3 years of life. The always on feature is nice because you just grab your AR and go; no fiddling with switches to turn it on.

The build-quality is excellent. The hard-anodized aluminum alloy can take a beating. It is also waterproof to 150 ft. This is an all conditions, battle ready red dot.

The mount isn’t integrated, it’s modular. That is nice because you can swap it out for other options. However, the included mount is high quality and can be attached without tools with its convenient twist knob.

The mount is all set for a standard co-witness height. That means you can use your iron sights through the red-dot optic and you have an instant backup plan in case of sight failure. For non-AR applications (for e.g., to put this on a shotgun) you simply remove the spacer for a lower mount.

This is a larger Aimpoint. It looks huge next to the Micro Aimpoint line! But it is not too big for tactical use, and it hardly adds any weight to your shooting platform.

Last, and probably least, is that this optic comes with flip up caps. That’s a nice bonus feature, to a great optic.

This is a value-minded option, and it is still 100% Aimpoint quality and function.

Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

  • Excellent value
  • Great build quality
  • Waterproof to 150ft
  • Larger form factor that some other Aimpoints

2 Aimpoint M4s QRP2 CompM4

From the middle of the road model we go to the top of the line Aimpoint with the M4s QRP2 CompM4. You’ll notice in the nomenclature that “M4” is mentioned twice. That’s a hint that this was specifically designed for the M4/AR15 platform.

The glass quality is outstanding. If you like looking through a clear glass window, with no fingerprints or smudges at all, you will like this sight picture. It is crystal clear.

The coating on the front lens is high tech and keeps nearly 100% of the light from the emitter in the optic. That translates to a bright and crisp red dot reticle.

As with most Aimpoints we are reviewing, the CompM4 is fully compatible with every generation of night-vision tech on the market. That’s great if you’re into night missions, or hog hunting in Florida!

This one is built like a tank. Maybe even stronger than a tank. The hard-anodized finish is not only durable, it looks great too.

You’re going to want to invest in a good quality AA battery. Because if you do it will give you about 9 years of battery life (80,000 hrs). You can keep a back up battery in your pack… if you really want to.

The quick-release mount is nice for getting the CompM4 on and off your AR15 quickly, though we can’t understand why you would ever want this unit off your rifle. The mount is built to the same high standard as the Aimpoint itself.

One thing this model has going for it is its simplicity. It isn’t cluttered with buttons and dials. Some people like the clutter, but operators almost always agree that simple is best. There is just too much going on to have to think about the settings of your optic.

  • Very high quality
  • High-tech lens coating
  • 9-year battery life!
  • Pricey

3 Aimpoint 200018 Micro H-1

This classic optic has a lot going for it. It is small, just as the name implies. It is also simple and very high quality. It is built Aimpoint-tough (that should be a term!).

The emitter paints a very clear and crisp reticle dot on the front lens, with very little distortion. That is owing in part to the high-tech reflective coatings of the front lens, and in part to the technology behind Aimpoint emitters.

Due to Aimpoints proprietary ACET technology, this one will get you up to 50,000 hours of battery life! ACET means Advanced Circuit Efficiency Technology. The simple way to describe this tech is that the optic manages the power when in and not in use, maximizing the battery life.

It has 12 brightness settings, so you can use this in a variety of applications; from daytime ops to use with night vision technology. By the way, this one is compatible with all night vision gens.

A word needs to be said about Aimpoint nomenclature, for those less familiar with the Aimpoint product lines. The ‘H’ in the Micro H-1 stands for ‘hunter’. The H line Aimpoints are marketed towards civilian markets. Whereas the T (T = tactical) is intended more for LEO and military shooters.

The turret caps double as the windage and elevation adjustment tools. And the low mount is integrated. You will have to purchase a spacer or an elevated mount separately if you prefer a lower 1/3 co-witness set up. That would have been a nice feature to throw in, Aimpoint!

The design of the mount is unique to Aimpoint and they have a patent pending on it. It is designed to absorb recoil. That would be handy if you plan to throw this on your AR10 or your 450 Bushmaster AR.

This is a tried and proven design, and one of the best-selling Aimpoints. You cannot go wrong with the Micro H-1.

Aimpoint 200018 Micro H-1
Our rating:3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

  • Quality
  • 50,000 hr battery life
  • Waterproof and durable
  • No co-witness mount included

4 Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO)

Many shooters shy away from Aimpoint for one simple reason: price. And it is true, Aimpoints don’t market themselves as the least expensive options on the market. They appeal more to the buyer who knows you get what you pay for, when it comes to optics.

Still, it is nice that Aimpoint has some lesser costing models, such as the ACO. ACO stands for Aimpoint Carbine Optic, and this is the entry-level Aimpoint for budget minded shooters.

Don’t let entry-level fool you though. It is kind of like discussing an entry level Rolex. The ACO is still an Aimpoint and it fully lives up to its name. It is built to exacting standards, with great glass and an excellent feature-set.

The two biggest differences are battery life and size. The battery life on the ACO is only 1 year. That means that this will be a more expensive optic to run, since each year you will have to fork over the cash for an AA battery. You better budget for that.

The size difference is definitely worth a mention. The ACO is way bigger than the Micro line. It isn’t obnoxious, but the user will know it is there. Take a look at some images of it mounted before ordering. I don’t mind the size, but some users surely will.

The sight picture and dot are still Aimpoint-awesome. It has a crisp, clear dot with minimal internal reflection. They don’t advertise this, but I think that is because of the high-tech coatings on the inside of the front lens.

It holds zero, even after a lot of recoil and not a small amount of abuse. The housing is completely waterproof if swimming to your shooting place is your thing. It is an all-weather, all-conditions optic. Just like all Aimpoints.

If you’re looking to get into Aimpoint, but are on a tight budget, then this model might be perfect for you. I wouldn’t hesitate slapping this on any of my AR’s.

Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO)
Our rating:3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

  • Great value
  • High quality build
  • Crisp and clear dot reticle
  • Battery life only one year
  • Larger than other Aimpoints

5 Aimpoint 200185 Standard Micro H-2

On the higher side of the Aimpoint lineup is the Micro H-2. This is a proven upgrade from the H-1. It is loaded with features and very high quality – I almost don’t need to keep saying that. This one is also at a higher price point.

While the H-1 and the H-2 are both very small red dot optics, the housings are not the same. The H-2 has built in protection for the turrets in case you like to bang up your rifle.

As I mentioned above, the H means that this is aimed at the civilian shooting and sporting market. The big differences between this Micro, and the T-2 (reviewed below) is waterproofing and the night vision compatible brightness settings on the T-2.

The H-2 is only rated to 5 meters of waterproofing. For dry missions that is plenty, no matter the conditions. You can drop this in the river or purposely submerge it and as long as you don’t go too deep, it will be fine.

The H-2 also comes with clear (i.e., look through) flip-up lens covers. This, in my opinion, is lens cover perfection. They are good to keep off the dust and moisture. But your rifle is still instantly in play when the need arises, since you can use this fine with the covers engaged.

This one “only” has a 5-year rating on battery life. It has the same ACET technology that I mentioned before, and that many Aimpoints have (this is lacking on the ACO). Note that the 5 year rating is on a mid-intensity level. You might shave a year or two off if you keep your sight hyper-bright.

My only gripe with the H-2 is that it doesn’t come with a co-witness mount. All Aimpoints should have that included! This has an integrated low mount. You’ll have to purchase a spacer separately to mount it higher.

Aimpoint 200185 Standard Micro H-2
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

  • 50,000 hr battery life
  • Waterproof to 5 meters
  • Clear flip-up lens covers
  • No co-witness mount
  • High price point

6 Aimpoint 200170 Micro T-2

And last, but not at all least, is the Micro T-2. This optic shares many features – including the housing – as the H-2. So, you get the same 50,000 hr battery life and the same protected turrets with ½ MOA adjustments.

One very noticeable difference is the Aimpoint logo is blacked out on the side. That is cosmetic, but it adds to the low profile that this optic is trying to maintain. Military operators don’t want those white letters to give away their location.

One huge difference is the waterproofing of the T-2. It is rated down to 25 meters (80 feet)! That means that you never have to worry about getting this one wet, not matter the mission. You can literally swim up to your op theater (and we’re pretty sure many have done that with this optic).

A clever trick is to freeze this optic in a bowl of water and leave it a week. We aren’t going to replace anyone’s damaged optics if they try this, but we did it and the Aimpoint T-2 didn’t skip a beat. The crisp red dot reticle was visible through the ice (which was super cool!).

The T-2 has three brightness settings designed to work with night vision. That is important if you plan to use this sight for night operations or hunts (check local laws).

The integrated mount is designed to absorb recoil energy. That adds to the durability of this optic. The fit and finish are fantastic. And the lens quality is also excellent.

If you’re looking for a co-witness sight, the T-2, at least out of the box, will disappoint. It comes only with the integrated low mount. You will have to buy a spacer to raise your optic up to the place it is supposed to be on an AR.

Aimpoint 200170 Micro T-2
Our rating:3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)

  • Everything
  • Waterproofing
  • Night vision settings
  • Pricey
  • Flip-up covers aren’t clear
  • No co-witness mount included

Best Aimpoint For AR15’s Buyer’s Guide

So which Aimpoint is best for you? One good answer is all of them. But you still want to pick a model to buy. And I think it comes down to two things: size and price. We’ll sort them out into those two categories.

best aimpoint for ar15s

If you don’t mind a large optic, then you can consider one of the two larger models:

  • Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
  • Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO)

Not surprisingly, the two largest optics are the two least expensive. It costs more to manufacture smaller high tech optics.

If you want to go small, then these models will work best:

  • Aimpoint 200018 Micro H-1
  • Aimpoint 200185 Standard Micro H-2
  • Aimpoint 200170 Micro T-2

But the real buying factor is price, isn’t it? The least expensive, more entry models are:

  • Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO)
  • Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
  • Aimpoint 200018 Micro H-1

And on the other end of the scale:

  • Aimpoint M4s QRP2 CompM4
  • Aimpoint 200185 Standard Micro H-2
  • Aimpoint 200170 Micro T-2

If you are worried about battery life, the only one we reviewed that you should probably skip is the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), since it is rated for only 1 year. All the other optics are between 50,000 and 80,000 hrs of continuous use.


Which one do I think is best? I am glad you asked! I firmly believe that you get what you pay for when it comes to optics. That is why I opt for higher end ones, like Aimpoints. And if you’re going for an Aimpoint, I think going higher end is better.

That is why I think the Aimpo int M4s QRP2 CompM4 is the hands-down winner in the Best Aimpoint for the AR15 contest. It has a mind-blowing 80,000 hrs of battery life, tiny form factor, and bullet-proof (not literally) design and build.

You can’t go wrong with Aimpoint. But you still need to think through all the options and pick the best Aimpoint. That is what we have tried to help you do.

Aim small and miss small, old timers say. And you can’t help but to aim small and miss small with an Aimpoint.

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