Originally Posted by heirmossy
Dillinger, Thanks for the review. I got the 16" barrel. Would you give me a little direction on some good optics? I was thinking perhaps an Aimpoint M4 or ACOG. What do ya think?
Well, with the 16" G.I. barrel you are going to get decent accuracy, but nothing sub moa or anything.
I assume that since you reference both the Aimpoint and the ACOG, you are looking for a heads up, CQB style battle sight? Do you want the limited magnification? Or more of a sight system that is for close range work?
The Aimpoint has some nice features, but it's quite pricey. A quick check on Google shows me you are looking at around $700. I don't have any hands-on with this unit, so I can't recommend one way or the other. It looks like a nice piece though.
The Acog is completely over-priced in my opinion. It's a good unit, and it has been standard issue for the troops for a while, but you are going to be spending about the same for the unit that you did for the weapon. If you are really in love with the ACOG, you probably won't be talked out of it. I think it's a good unit, but I think Trijicon knows that and they are charging you for it. If you can find a good price on it, and you like the unit, I say go for it.
On my units I run the L-3 EoTech heads up model with the M-16 style hold overs for range. I have two of them and they both cost me less than $500. I am thinking about adding the new 3X.FXD, which gives you a 3x magnification, plus it goes on and off with an ARMS style throw lever. On & Off in less than 2 seconds. Probably not in the immediate future, but it's on the wish list.
The SWAT units in this part of the country run the L-3 EoTech on their entry and tac guns. They are very common place over in the big sand box. Catch any photos of the troops over there and you will see several on the tops of their weapons.
Outside of that - there are probably a couple of other choices that are available, but since you got yourself such a nice piece, you may as well put a top quality unit on it.
Look forward to seeing some pictures in the near future.