An ML2 is going to run $375-400 and an M2 is going to run you about $425-450. I love my aimpoints. I also love my eotech's. It is hard to say which i like better. Have you considered buying an aimpoint clone from e-bay? You can get them for under $100 and then you'd get the feel for the real deal. I have 2 clones and to be honest, they are not much different than the real thing. Now, if i was in the sandbox or leo, i wouldn't compromise, i'd get the real thing but just to punch paper, the clones work fine.