ACOGs, Variable Magnification Scopes, and RDS Magnifiers
Mr. Vickers, I know of your involvement on the solicitation of Schmidt & Bender for what would eventually become the short dot, and you spoke highly of it in the article on your site. I was wondering if with the seemingly ever increasing number and quality of 1-4, 1-6, and even 1-8 variable magnification scopes, whether gun sights like the ACOG (3x, 3.5x, 4x magnification especially) still perform an important role in meeting the modern day warfighter’s needs.
The ACOG as I understand it was originally purchased by the Army and Marine Corps for use on DMRs, and was then adopted by the military at large when it was found that they increased the ability of the warfighter to get accurate hits on target, especially in the longer range engagement distances common in Afghanistan. Do you believe that newer 1-x variable magnification scopes are now preferable to the traditional ACOG in either the designated marksmen or general infantry roles, or do you believe that the ACOGs due to their survivability are still preferable for most warfighters? What about for civilian shooters? Finally, does the addition of a mini-RDS (offset or on top) in your opinion assist with any of the issues caused by attempting to use an ACOG at close range or do you prefer to simply use the Bindon Aiming Concept?
Also, in a related question, what are your views on flip to side and removable magnifiers for red dot sights? I recall you stating that because of your eyesight you had trouble with distortion of the dot, but other than distortion do you see any other drawbacks? I understand weight can be an issue with this setup just like in the case of a variable power optic and cost isn’t much better, but are there any other issues one should consider?
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken
Last edited by BH321; 05-03-12 at 23:23