Aimpoint Micro H-1 Review

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Looking to achieve precise target acquisition in your hunting, recreation, and range shooting expeditions, well, the only way guaranteed to offer you gratification is by using the best scope or red dot sight that allows accurate target acquisition. The Aimpoint Micro H-1 is a high-performance unit that enables accurate target acquisition thanks to the incorporated innovative and customizable features.

I wonder if I will be going against the current cool guy thought process by foregoing all other features in a sight and only settle for the size of the objective lens and its ability to be submerged deep into water but still retain structural and functional integrity. Because of the above, I had to comb the markets for a suitable sight, and I can’t deny that my vision was rather narrow as there are many other features, that enable accuracy and faster target acquisition.

The Aimpoint Micro caught my attention as it will yours, simply because it is the perfect unit that offers combined speed and accuracy.

Aimpoint Micro H-1 Review & Breakdown

Aimpoint Micro H-1 is powered by a 3V lithium battery, type CR2032 known to offer impeccable performance, the batteries have a long life thus you will not be in the need a replacement anytime soon. The estimated service to be expected from the high-quality batteries is 50,000hrs or up to five years or more.

The sight offers up to two aiming dot sizes (4 & 2), which then makes it highly versatile, the 4 MOA dot size will, therefore; cover 4 inches at 100 yards, while the 2 MOA dot size will cover about 2 inches at 100yards. The above then poses the question which between the high dot size and the small dot size is the best. Well, many shooters prefer a lower MOA rating as they tend to be more accurate for use in longer ranges.

The above then means that the higher MOA ratings are accurate in shorter ranges. For the Aimpoint Micro H-1, you will, therefore, benefit from both. A rather major disappointment with this optical sight is that it is not night vision enabled thus the lowest setting doesn’t really have much to offer when engaging targets at low vision. For daylight use, users will get up to 12 levels of brightness settings some of which come effective under the full glare of the sun.

The optical sight additionally, features a robust construction, which makes it useful when used in dynamic environments; it is also highly waterproof and can be used underwater for up to 15 ft deep.

What we like;

  • Equipped with an anti-reflex optical coating
  • The sight remains functional even when exposed to vibration
  • Can withstand the shock limits
  • Equipped with a high performing longer battery life
  • Lightweight at 105g with mount

What we didn’t like;

  • The sight is not night vision enabled
  • The dot resolution is rather poor
  • Retails at a high price
  • Aimpoint Micro is also a bit restrictive when it comes to positioning behind the rifle

Aimpoint Micro H-1 Specifications

Model
Aimpoint Micro H-1
Type
Red dot optical site
Optical magnification
1x
Clear Aperture
18mm
Housing material
High strength Aluminum
Weight configuration
Sight only 84g,  Lens cover + sight + mount ( 116g)
Aiming size
2 or 4 MOA dot size
Length sight only
62mm
Power intensity
1 off position, 12 daylight settings
Availability

Aimpoint Micro H-1 Features

Design and Structure

Featuring a matte black outer finish the Aimpoint Micro H-1 weighs a mere 84 g without the mount incorporated and up to 105g when used together with the mount. Attachment to the weapon is quite easy given the Integral weaver style base; the sight has a pretty simple design made from the high strength durable aluminum.

Adjusting the various levels of brightness settings is easy as the adjustment knob has been conveniently placed in close proximity with the shooter’s fingers. The 18mm clear aperture features an anti-reflex coating, which is a transparent film designed to reduce the intensity of reflected light.

Objective Lens Diameter

The large objective lens diameter equipped in the Aimpoint Micro H-1 provides a wide field of vision and lets in a lot of light, users can, therefore; expect to be provided with clear and high-resolution images. We must, however, note that a larger objective lens diameter doesn’t reflect very well on the weight of the sight, because it makes it much heavier.

And given that the Aimpoint Micro H-1 was designed with the hunter in mind this can be a major disappointment for individuals looking to cut off the extra weight. On a brighter note is that the larger objective lens diameter tends to have a greater light-collecting power, which consequently results in higher resolution and much brighter images.

Brightness level settings

Optical sights need to have brightness levels that can be adjusted, the various levels are to help with the provision of a clear sight thus enable accurate target acquisition. Remember that if a reticle is too bright then it will cause glare in the operator’s eye and they will, therefore, not be able to achieve an accurate vision in low light.

The Brightness levels in the Aimpoint Micro H-1 are 12 thus users are not limited to how much they can customize their optical sights. You must however note that this unit cannot be used in low light situations because it is not equipped with the night vision settings.

Waterproofing and submersion

The Aimpoint sights and scopes have been determined to be high performing, the company has built quite a reputation for itself by closely working with the best hunters and renowned marksmen, not to forget the military weapon system experts. The above then goes to prove that these sights are highly functional no matter the environment with which you wish to use, including inside the water.

The optical sight is highly waterproof and can efficiently work under a submersion depth of up to 15 ft. The unit can additionally be used, under moist environmental conditions, during the light showers or in the snowy areas.

Its robust construction has left out a few movable parts, thus restricts dirt, water, and debris from penetrating the lens. Even better is that you can use the lens cover to protect your lens in case of an accident or from attaining scratches.

Weight configuration

How heavy is your optical sight?  Well, the above is a concern for a huge number of long-range shooters and hunters. In theory, some shooters believe that a heavy sight on their weapons will add to the existing weight, and during shooting, it will help with recoil. Well, not many shooters share the same sentiments, as a good number prefer an accurate lightweight sight which will enable them to recover the dot easily and transition between targets with minimal effort.

The Aimpoint Micro H-1 weighs only 84g with the batteries included and up to 116g when used together with the mount and the lens covers. Well, we must acknowledge that the Micro H-1 still holds its position as the lightest red dot sight but tough and highly functional. The above then means that the sight when installed allows easy movement of the weapon, complete with transitioning and dot recovery.

Who is it best suited for?

The Aimpoint Micro H-1 was designed with the hunter in mind; the reason why it comes equipped with both the 2 and 4 MOA dot sizes, and can, therefore, be used for both the long and short distance ranges.

Are there any alternatives to the Aimpoint Micro H-1?

There are alternatives to the Aimpoint Micro H-1 be informed however that they don’t come low price tag.

Model
Holosun 503R
Aimpoint Micro T2
Holosun 515
Type
Red dot sight
Red dot sight
Red dot sight
Recommended for
Best for carbine and rifle applications
Best for shotguns, rifles, and carbines
Best for use with a variety of firearms
Weight
3.74 oz
3oz
6.7oz
Submersion
IP67
IPX8
IPX8
Objective lens diameter
20mm
18mm
20mm
MOA
0.5MOA/Clk
0.5MOA/Clk
0.5MOA/Clk
Battery Life
-100,000hrs
-50,000hrs
-50,000hrs
Operating temperatures
30°C – 60°C
-45°C to 71°C( -49°F to 160°F)
10°C – 50°C
Equipped with a lens cover
None
Yes
Yes
Availability

Final verdict; so should you get the Aimpoint Micro H-1

While there might be other alternatives to the Aimpoint Micro, it still remains to be the best unit that will offer accurate target acquisition, thanks to the large diameter objective lens that provides a wide field of view and the two 2 and 4 MOA dot sizes which allows for both long and short-range shooting. The sight is additionally, highly functional with up to 12 levels of brightness settings and is submergible up to 15ft.

FAQ’s

  1. My Aimpoint Micro H-1 does not show the red dot?

If you are missing the red dot, then the problem could be with the batteries, and you should, therefore, ensure that it is not discharged. Also, ensure that it is correctly installed and makes contact.

  1. Is the Aimpoint Micro H-1 night vision enabled?

Aimpoint Micro H-1 does not come with the night vision settings and can, therefore, not be used with NVD.

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Terrence Miller
Terrence Miller is a hunter by birth, picking it up from a lineage of hunters and will probably hand the skill down to his son. He has been hunting since he was a young boy and has knowledge of both the new and old hunting equipment. This goes to say that the information provided is very reliable and conclusive. Using the hunting rifles and getting the right hunting gear seems to be a challenge for many individuals who want to learn the skill of hunting. And the reason why the information presented by Miller has detailed coverage on the different types of rifles, and rifle scopes. When not in the wild hunting, Miller loves horseback riding.

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