Is the Aimpoint ACRO a Trijicon RMR Killer?
Aimpoint was the original inventor of the red dot sight, and since then they’ve been on the forefront of making combat ready, go to war optics. Aimpoint red dots are known for being extremely well made, and capable of withstanding years worth of abuse. Aimpoint currently provides the Army with Comp M4 aka the M68 CCO. Whenever Aimpoint releases something new, the industry takes note. Aimpoint has just released the Aimpoint ACRO. This new optic is the second time Aimpoint has created a red dot for a handgun sized weapon, but its the first time Aimpoint has delivered a pistol red dot to the buying public.
The Aimpoint Nano was the first pistol sized optic, but unfortunately is being exclusively sold by B&T for the Universal Service Weapon. The Aimpoint ACRO seems to be a challenger to Trijicon’s domination of the handgun optic. The Trijicon RMR has been long considered the miniature red dot of choice for duty and military use. It’s a rugged optic that I even used on a machine gun during the last few years of my Marine Corps career. The Aimpoint ACRO is coming from a company known for making rugged and tough optics.
The ACRO P-1 is noticeably bigger than the Trijicon RMR. The optic is fully enclosed and nowhere near as open as competitive miniature red dot sights. The idea being this will be a tougher optic overall. For duty use, there are advantages for a stronger optic, but the big question I have is there a history of issues with the Trijicon RMRs design? Smaller sized optics are certainly more friendly to concealed carry guns.
The ACRO P-1 has been tested with 20,000 rounds on a 40 S&W pistol according to Aimpoint. The optic is also fully submersible up to 25 meters, so I guess its Navy SEAL approved for diving operations.
Aimpoint is also known for their battery sipping lives, and the ACRO is no different. The unit runs off a standard CR1225 battery and lasts for one year of continuous use. The reticle is a 3.5 MOA red dot with a total of 12 settings. 4 are for night vision use and 8 for daytime use. The sight has one extra-bright setting if you are patrolling Baghdad at high noon and need that extra brightness.
The optic appears to sit extra low when it comes to placement on the slide. One image almost makes it look like the optic sits low enough to co-witness with standard iron sights. This could be an excellent advantage for the ACRO. Until we get our hands on one, we won’t know for sure. Another thing we don’t know is what footprint will the optic utilize. The industry has yet to standardize entirely, but there are four big footprints used for miniature red dots. I’d love to know if the Aimpoint did the smart thing and made use of one established footprint to make compatibility simpler.
The optic doesn’t have a release date just yet, so we are waiting with baited breath to see how it all shakes out. Keep an eye on Omaha Outdoors for more information as it comes out.
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