Originally Posted by ar-15 fanatic
I was just wondering if anybody has used a clone aimpoint X3 magnifier behind a real aimpoint red dot, does it work good because i don't want to spend $1000 on a sight and magnifier when i could spend that same amount on a trijicon X4 ACOG.
Realizing that cost is often a factor, the reality is quality isn't inexpensive. "Buy Cheap, Buy Twice" as Pat Rogers' father often stated is very applicable. One of the reasons Aimpoint sights cost more that poorly designed and built competitors is that they use extremely high quality European naturally aged glass in all of their optics. This is the same glass used by the best European optics.
Prices listed are MSRP and not what they are often sold at via reputable dealer. They are definitely not as expensive if you properly shop around. These prices are 2007 cost comparison that has been posted elsewhere. FYI, Aimpoint CompM4 and Micro T-1 prices did not increase for 2008.
Military Combat Optics – Total Life Cycle Costs
Aimpoint CompM4 w/3XMagnifier & Twist Mount MSR + Life Cycle Cost $1486
Life Cycle Cost - 80,000 Hours w/ AA Lithium Battery
CompM4 MSR $780 + 3X Magnifier MSR $535 + Twist Mount MSR $171
Weight - CompM4 335g + 3X Magnifier w/Twist Mount 300g = 635g
Micro T-1 w/LT660 Mount w/3X Magnifier & Twist Mount MSR + Life Cycle Cost $1455
Life Cycle Cost – 50,000 Hours w/CR2032 Lithium Battery = 2 Batteries X $0.99 = $2
Micro T-1 MSR $650 + LT660 Mount MSR $98 + 3X Magnifier w/ Twist Mount $706
Weight – Micro T-1 w/ LT Mount 177gr + 3X Magnifier w/Twist Mount 300gr = 477gr
Trijicon TA01NSN-DOC MSR + Life Cycle Cost $1605
Life Cycle Cost – 10 Years Tritium + 17,000 Hours CR2032 Battery = 5 Batteries X $0.97 = $5
TA01NSN-DOC MSR $1600 + Life Cycle Cost $5
Weight – 424g