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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I am looking for an Aimpoint clone for my AR.

So far I have found ADCO, 1337Tactical, and SPOT.

Does anyone have any experience with these?
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
scalce said:
I am looking for an Aimpoint clone for my AR.

So far I have found ADCO, 1337Tactical, and SPOT.

Does anyone have any experience with these?
I've got the SPOT, 3 MOA dot. It's great. I have it on my AR.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
save your money, and buy an Aimpoint on the used market.

if and when you ever get buyers remorse (you wont) you can re-sell it for 100% of your original cost.

Buying GOOD gear actually SAVES you money. because you are lucky to get 15 dollars out of a used Fakepoint.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
The 1337 Tactical works great. I got it on new e-bay for $54 and do not have buyers remorse. I would have if i had spent $400-$600 on an Aimpoint. Check out one of the other forums, like AKforum.net or one of the AR forums.

The AR guys tend to be come across as elitist. I guess it is because they can't face the reality they paid $900+ for an inferior EBR, MUST be CLEAN to work. Great for match. bad for anything else. HAHA! LOL
 
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I take nothing away from Aimpoint. Good product. I read extensively on the SPOT before buying it. And the reviews have been shown to be true. It's rugid, well built, holds zero, easily visible in daylight conditions, and works well. I recall seeing on the AR forum a video of a torture test of it versus Aimpoint and it faired as well as the Aimpoint. I wish I could find the link. I'd go to the AR forum and ask for it. It also came highly recommended from a guy at the range that I frequent, who had it on his AR.

Where it falls short of Aimpoint is the coating on the optics, which was also stated in the reviews that I read. The view through it has a slight bluish tint. In daylight, it's not noticable. In dark conditions, it is noticable. It's not objectionable, IMO, but it is noticable. For me, the difference here is not worth the delta in cost of jumping up to an Aimpoint.

Lastly, it's not a "cheap" clone. You might be able to get one for around $160, if you shop.
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
The other issue with these optics is Point of Aim shifting based on cheek weld. Most folks don't see it standing on the line at the range, but give it a whirle poking around a barrier with your body out of "propper" alignment.

They are worth the extra couple of hundred bucks for the real one. The knock off's are great for deciding if you're going to get the real one!
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Badshot said:
They are worth the extra couple of hundred bucks for the real one. The knock off's are great for deciding if you're going to get the real one!
To be honest that is what I am doing.

I don't want to get a $400 one and hate it.

I don't mind spending the money for quality gear.

I bought a Tango Down VFG for like $60 when I could have gotten a crap one for $15.

I am not in the military or LE so I don't need the best with bells and whistles for NVG and tacticool stuff like that.

It will be used mostly at the range.
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
scalce said:
I bought a Tango Down VFG for like $60 when I could have gotten a crap one for $15.
You paid sixty bucks for a vertical forend grip? Talk about diminishing returns...
 
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Polymerhead said:
You paid sixty bucks for a vertical forend grip? Talk about diminishing returns...
It is solid and is not going to loosen up after every 100 rounds like the cheap ones.

It also fits my hand better then some of the cheaper ones.
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
I have the 1337 tactical clone and it has never let me down. I am investing in a better mount though because the one that comes with it can come loose unless you want to locktite it. I would locktite mine but I switch between a scope and the red dot frequently.
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
scalce said:
I am looking for an Aimpoint clone for my AR.

So far I have found ADCO, 1337Tactical, and SPOT.

Does anyone have any experience with these?
yes. all are crap, buy the real thing.
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
nsnate02 said:
The 1337 Tactical works great. I got it on new e-bay for $54 and do not have buyers remorse. I would have if i had spent $400-$600 on an Aimpoint. Check out one of the other forums, like AKforum.net or one of the AR forums.

The AR guys tend to be come across as elitist. I guess it is because they can't face the reality they paid $900+ for an inferior EBR, MUST be CLEAN to work. Great for match. bad for anything else. HAHA! LOL
had one, it broke. no comparison to the real deal. its ok if you REALLY baby it.
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Several people have asked about the battery life of the Aimpoint clones.

I purchased one from eBay, mounted it on my AR15 and promptly forgot to turn it off. The battery lasted about 5 days or ~ 120 hrs. It was still visible when I looked through it indoors, but was not visible in bright sunlight.

Battery life definitely isn't it's strength, but for ~$50 instead of ~$450, you can get a lot of batteries or a better memory... doh!

Cheers,
 
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