The Aimpoint series of red dots are some of the most proven optic systems on the market. The T2 is no joke. Extremely durable, excellent battery life, night vision compatible, and with lots of brightness settings so you can adjust for visibility in varied light conditions, or dim for longer-range engagements requiring greater precision.
In our experience, it is best to leave the T2 set on 11/12 for optimal use during the day, while 9/12 is good at night. Keeping it fairly bright is important if you’re running a weapon light (you should be), which can wash out on a dimmer setting. Count on changing the battery at least once a year if you follow this SOP.
2 MOA red dot for precision and fast target acquisition
Feature list: – Battery life: 50,000 hours (over 5 years) of constant operation with one battery on setting 8 – Flip-up lens covers – front is solid, and rear is transparent – allowing the user to shoot with both eyes open and lens caps closed in an emergency situation – Advanced optical lenses for enhanced light transmission and ultimate dot clarity – Reinforced protection of the turrets for even greater ruggedness – Hard anodized non-reflective surface – 12 brightness settings: 1 off position, 4 night vision compatible settings, and 8 daylight settings – 1X (non-magnifying) operationally parallax free optic – Submersible to 80 feet (25 meters) – Temperature span -49°F to +160°F – Weight 3.0 oz / 84 g (sight only)
View the User ManualHERE and the Product Sheet Technical SpecificationsHERE.
Aiming Dot Size
Visible against a background luminance of 0.1 to 55,000 1x
No optical signature is visible at 10 meter distance, front side, on appropriate settings with NVD
Peak Wavelength 655 ± 15 nm
Anti-reflex, all surfaces and multi-layer. NVD-Compatible 1, 2, 3.
0.71 in. (18 mm)
3V lithium battery, type CR2032
Battery life – Day Time Use
5 years (50,000 h) of continuous use at pos. 8 and over 10 months at pos. 10. Responds to >500,000 hours at NVD setting (pos. 2)
It sure is. But it’s one of the most reliable optics on the market. If you think about it, the quality of your sighting system on a rifle should be a major priority. Don’t drop $1500 (or more) on a rifle, but then stick a $90 optic on it. That is not effective management of the tools at hand. Yes, many of those $90-$200 optics work out-of-the-box, but how will they function after a high round count? Or getting hit if your rifle takes a fall? Will it hold zero? The last thing you want is a sighting solution that you can’t rely on. After all… it’s literally how you shoot stuff. And the T2 is as reliable as they come.
I hear people talking about how small the FOV is on the T2. Is it an issue?
In our opinion, not really. It all comes down to training. For example, on a right handed shooter, your right eye will pick up the optic/reticle. Your left eye sees past the weapon at the area you’re shooting into. Your brain essentially overlays both images together. So you’re still seeing everything around the target with your left eye while your right eye picks up the reticle. At that point, FOV doesn’t matter that much. If you were only shooting with one eye it definitely would.
How fast can you shoot a T2?
A simple standard for us is to achieve a single head shot in under 0.50 from low ready on a USPSA target at 5 yards (5″x5″ hit box). We shoot this same standard with EOTECHs, Razors, Vudus, etc. With training it’s very easy to pick up the 2 MOA dot while moving the gun fast.
Should I leave the optic powered on?
In our opinion, yes. If your rifle is a dedicated home defense gun, counter-active shooter setup, yep. The battery will last about a year on the higher settings that are daylight visible. A few bucks for a new battery is worth it for an optic that is on 24/7. No worrying about turning it on when you go to grab your rifle.
How does the T2 compare to an EOTECH?
They are both good, but for different reasons. You can read more about the pros of each here.