Aimpoint aims to add to its market share of red dot sights with the addition of their new Carbine Optic. The Carbine Optic is specifically designed for the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR), and introduces a quality red dot sight to compete in the mid-level price range.
The Aimpoint Carbine Optic combines the proven Aimpoint designs and features, and is ready to mount and shoot straight out of the box. The Carbine Optic will have a 30mm aluminum alloy sight tube with a fixed height mount designed to provide absolute co-witness with the chosen AR-15 back-up sights. Offered with a 2 MOA red dot, the Carbine Optic provides accurate targeting with maximum target acquisition. Typical of Aimpoint reliability, the Carbine Optic will be completely waterproof and offers a 1-year constant-on use from a single 1/3 N battery.
Any time a red dot sight is used, it is important to have back-up sights ready in the event the sight goes down for some reason. The Aimpoint Carbine Optic is designed so that a shooter can immediately sight their back-up sights through the optics tube. This is a feature that any serious red dot sight must have.
The Carbine Optic comes pretty straight forward, but dealers will have an assortment of accessories available as well. These include front and rear flip covers, an anti-reflection filter, and a spare battery holder. The Aimpoint Carbine Optic will have an MSRP of $393, and will be ready for purchase from dealers by late October.
The Carbine Optic (ACO) has several similarities to the very popular Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO). Both have a similar tubular sight body with a 2 MOA red dot. However, the (ACO) does not come with a 3-year battery, included lens covers, or a QD rail mount. Considering that the (PRO) had an MSRP of $440 when it debuted in 2011, and is now available for around $400, I’m confident that the (ACO) will be available to shooters in the mid $300’s as soon as it reaches the dealers. At that price, despite it’s bare appearance, the Aimpoint Carbine Optic is sure to have strong success into an ever increasingly competitive market.
Naming an AR-15 as an MSR is both marketing and recognition of the diverse expansion of the rifle beyond the original “black rifle” tactical application. Today, AR-15’s are extremely popular in shooting competitions like 3-gun, hunting, target shooting, and home defense. They have come a long way from their military and police tactical beginnings.