Aimpoint T1, T2, H1, H2 Comparison – Which is Best?

Aimpoint Micro Series – What’s the Difference?

There’s no question that Aimpoint has set the industry standard for red dot sights, so buying one is a no-brainer.

What’s the difference and which Aimpoint sight should you go for?

Sight With Mount

Aimpoint H1 vs T1

Aimpoint H2 vs T2

Sight Without Mount

Aimpoint H1 vs T1

Aimpoint H2 vs T2

This article is going to clarify the differences between both the T and H series as well as the 1st and 2nd generation in order to help you decide which one is best suited for your hunting needs.

T1 vs H1 (With Mount Included)

Aimpoint H1 2 MOA (With Mount)
Aimpoint H1 4 MOA (With Mount)
Aimpoint T1 2 MOA (With Mount)
Aimpoint T1 4 MOA (With Mount)
AimPoint 200018 Micro, H-1 2 MOA W/Standard Mount
AimPoint H-1 4 MOA Micro Sights without Mount
AimPoint 12417 Micro T-1 2 MOA with Standard Mount
AimPoint Micro T-1 4 MOA Night Vision Compatible Sight
Size (LxWxh)
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
Weight
105g
105g
105g
105g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
5m / 15 ft
25m / 80 ft
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
No
No
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
50,000 hours (5 years)
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
'Bikini' Style
'Bikini' Style
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint H1 2 MOA (With Mount)
AimPoint 200018 Micro, H-1 2 MOA W/Standard Mount
Size (LxWxh)
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
Weight
105g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
Night Vision
No
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint H1 4 MOA (With Mount)
AimPoint H-1 4 MOA Micro Sights without Mount
Size (LxWxh)
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
Weight
105g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
Night Vision
No
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint T1 2 MOA (With Mount)
AimPoint 12417 Micro T-1 2 MOA with Standard Mount
Size (LxWxh)
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
Weight
105g
Waterproof Depth
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint T1 4 MOA (With Mount)
AimPoint Micro T-1 4 MOA Night Vision Compatible Sight
Size (LxWxh)
69mm x 41mm x 41mm
Weight
105g
Waterproof Depth
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style

T2 vs H2 (With Mount Included)

Aimpoint H2 (With Mount)
Aimpoint T2 (With Mount)
AimPoint 200211 Micro H-2 MOA LRP Mount with 39mm Spacer
AimPoint 200170 Micro, T-2 2 MOA W/Standard Mount
Size (LxWxh)
79mm x 41mm x 47mm
79mm x 41mm x 47mm
Weight
136g
105g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
No
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
Lens Cover Type
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back
Aimpoint H2 (With Mount)
AimPoint 200211 Micro H-2 MOA LRP Mount with 39mm Spacer
Size (LxWxh)
79mm x 41mm x 47mm
Weight
136g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
Night Vision
No
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
Lens Cover Type
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back
Aimpoint T2 (With Mount)
AimPoint 200170 Micro, T-2 2 MOA W/Standard Mount
Size (LxWxh)
79mm x 41mm x 47mm
Weight
105g
Waterproof Depth
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
Lens Cover Type
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back

T1 vs H1 (Sight Only)

Aimpoint H1 2MOA
Aimpoint H1 4MOA
Aimpoint T1 2MOA
Aimpoint T1 4MOA
AimPoint 200026 Micro, H-1 2 MOA No Mount
AimPoint H-1 4 MOA Micro Sights without Mount
AimPoint Micro T-1 2 MOA Red Dot Sight without Mount
AimPoint Micro T-1 4 MOA Night Vision Compatible Sight
Size (LxWxh)
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
Weight
84g
84g
94g
94g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
5m / 15 ft
25m / 80 ft
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
No
No
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
50,000 hours (5 years)
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
'Bikini' Style
'Bikini' Style
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint H1 2MOA
AimPoint 200026 Micro, H-1 2 MOA No Mount
Size (LxWxh)
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
Weight
84g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
Night Vision
No
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint H1 4MOA
AimPoint H-1 4 MOA Micro Sights without Mount
Size (LxWxh)
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
Weight
84g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
Night Vision
No
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint T1 2MOA
AimPoint Micro T-1 2 MOA Red Dot Sight without Mount
Size (LxWxh)
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
Weight
94g
Waterproof Depth
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style
Aimpoint T1 4MOA
AimPoint Micro T-1 4 MOA Night Vision Compatible Sight
Size (LxWxh)
62mm x 41mm x 36mm
Weight
94g
Waterproof Depth
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
Lens Cover Type
'Bikini' Style

T2 vs H2 (Sight Only)

Aimpoint H2
Aimpoint T2
AimPoint 200185 Standard Micro H-2, 2 MOA, Complete
AimPoint 200180 Micro, T-2 2 MOA No Mount
Size (LxWxh)
68mm x 41mm x 46mm
68mm x 41mm x 46mm
Weight
94g
94g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
No
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
Lens Cover Type
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back
Aimpoint H2
AimPoint 200185 Standard Micro H-2, 2 MOA, Complete
Size (LxWxh)
68mm x 41mm x 46mm
Weight
94g
Waterproof Depth
5m / 15 ft
Night Vision
No
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years)
Lens Cover Type
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back
Aimpoint T2
AimPoint 200180 Micro, T-2 2 MOA No Mount
Size (LxWxh)
68mm x 41mm x 46mm
Weight
94g
Waterproof Depth
25m / 80 ft
Night Vision
Yes
Battery Life
50,000 hours (5 years) / (50 years on Night Mode)
Lens Cover Type
Flip-up lens, transparent on both front and back

T Series vs H Series

Straight off the bat, it’s easy to see that the T1 and T2 seems almost identical to the H1 and H2, with exception to a pretty noticeable price hike, so let’s focus on the finer details that really set the T series apart from the H series. First and foremost, the H series was designed with civilians in mind, whereas T1 and T2 were designed primarily for military use.

The T series can go about five times as deep in water and is also designed to be able to work at night and in extreme brightness, with 4 night settings, 7 daylight settings and 1 extreme brightness setting (for use with laser protection glasses or in bright desert sunlight).

On the other hand, the H1 and H2 sights have 12 settings for use in daylight and low light settings. Though that is the same number of light settings on both the T1/T2 and H1/H2, on the H series the settings are more condensed and so will allow for finer adjustments in daylight. This certainly makes up for the lack of brightness settings at the two extremes of the spectrum.

The only other key difference between the T1/T2 and the H1/H2 is the working temperature range. Whilst the T series can withstand temperatures ranging from -45C to 71C (-49F to 160F), the H series can take marginally less at -30C to 60C (-20F to 140F).

Whilst most of you probably won’t be taking yourself or your equipment to either of those extremes, if you think you might be, it could be worth opting for either the T1 or the T2 just for that additional peace of mind.

JUMP TO THE VERDICT

T1 versus H1 and T2 versus H2

When Aimpoint released the second generation for their Micro series, there was a lot of question about the changes and whether they were worth upgrading for. Though the changes made aren’t all that obvious, the subtle upgrades are definitely something to consider before writing off the T2 or H2 completely.

Perhaps the most obvious change made was to the sight housing. With the T1 and H1, the elevation knob was exposed, putting it at risk of damage, whereas with the T2 and H2, the elevation knob is built into the body, making far more protected and giving it a sleeker appearance.

Another appearance change made was with the lens caps. Both the T1 and the H1 came with a ‘bikini’ style lens cap which, whilst extremely lightweight and cheap to replace, is also very easy to lose and somewhat inconvenient to carry around when not on the sight itself.

By comparison, the T2 and the H2 both come with flip covers fitted; the T2 with a transparent back and black front, and the H2 with both a transparent back and front (meaning you could theoretically use it with both the lens caps still on).

Now whilst the flip covers certainly provide better protection than the ‘bikini’ style covers, they also create additional weight and length (an extra 6mm) meaning that if you choose to use a magnifier, it would have to sit further back, potentially affecting the balance of weight and subsequently your experience shooting. Having said that, the flip covers are removable if you did decide to use a magnifier.

JUMP TO THE VERDICT

The rest of the changes made are far more subtle, but still have a noticeable effect on user experience. Firstly, the brightness adjustment knob has much smoother turning with far more pronounced clicks at each setting. Though this wasn’t something people really complained about with the 1st gen. sights, it is a much-welcomed upgrade in the 2nd gen. sights.

Another subtle change made in the H2 and T2 sights is that they have a much more natural and life-like appearance with increased contrast versus the H1/T1 sights which had much less contrast and a slightly blue-ish effect to them. This will undoubtedly improve performance, especially when hunting more camouflaged targets or in low lighting. This is mostly down to the new reflective coatings that improve light transmission.

One key difference between the Aimpoint H1/T1 and the Aimpoint H2/T2 is the options available. Both the H1 and T1 sights are available in ether 2 MOA (minutes of angle) or 4 MOA, whereas the H2 and T2 sights are only available in 2 MOA. Obviously, this doesn’t make a difference if you prefer to use 2 MOA but is definitely something worth considering if you prefer using 4 MOA.

Aimpoint also fixed an issue that users experienced when using the H1 or T1 sights with a magnifier. Though there were no issues with the red dot normally, when using a magnifier the dot distorted slightly, making precise aiming much more difficult. This has been completely rectified with the H2 and T2 sights and the red dot is as high quality with a magnifier as it is without.

Which One Should I Get?

Hopefully the above information will have clarified things a little bit for you, but if you’re still wondering what you should do, fear not! All will be revealed.

If you don’t have a sight at all, the obvious choice would be to go for the 2nd gen. H2 or T2, but as explained earlier, though the changes made in the 2nd generation were good, they’re not the be-all and end-all, so if you were on a tighter budget, buying the T1 or H1 could save you a pretty penny that could be later spent on ammunition.

Specialist or Night Hunting

If you are going to be doing more specialist hunting (such as in the deep sea or at night) then either the T1 or the T2 would be ideal for you. The increased cost is a price worth paying for greater versatility in harsher environments.

Sale
AimPoint 12417 Micro T-1 2 MOA with Standard Mount
  • Waterproof to 80 feet
  • Windage and elevation adjustable ; Clear aperture: 20 millimeter (.78 inch)
  • 13 brightness settings. Ideal for rifles, carbines, shotguns, submachine guns, and handguns
  • 4 night vision compatible settings and 8 daylight settings. one extra bright for use with laser protection glasses or in bright desert sunlight
  • Precision adjustments for windage and elevation: top of protective caps fits into holes on adjustment screws.no other tool required
Sale
AimPoint 200170 Micro, T-2 2 MOA W/Standard Mount
  • Advanced optical lenses for even better light transmission
  • Front Flip-up lens cover is included
  • Transparent rear Flip-up lens cover is included
  • Clear aperture: 18 mm

Day Hunting

However, if you know that you’re only going to hunt on dry land and during the day, there’s no point splashing the extra cash when the H1 or the H2 are of an equally high quality.

Sale
AimPoint 200018 Micro, H-1 2 MOA W/Standard Mount
  • Lightweight - 84 g without mount and 105 g with mount, Integral Weaver-style base allows easy attachment
  • ACET technology allows 50,000 hours of operation on one battery
  • Fully waterproof
  • Precision adjustment for windage and elevation: top of protective caps fits into holes on adjustment screws - no other tool required
  • 12 settings for use in daylight and low light conditions
Sale
AimPoint 200211 Micro H-2 MOA LRP Mount with 39mm Spacer
  • Unlimited field of view
  • Parallax-free
  • Unlimited Eye relief

Upgrading from the 1st to 2nd Generation

If you’ve already got a T1 or an H1 and it’s working well for you, there’s no real need to upgrade to the 2nd gen. unless you really want to, as the subtle changes made to the T2 and H2 sights, whilst absolutely great, aren’t going to make or break your hunting experience.

If you were dead set on upgrading from a T1/H1 to a T2/H2 micro sight, you could probably find quite a good deal, as you would only need to buy the sight itself and not the mount, as all Aimpoint micro sights use the exact same mount, meaning you would only need one (unless, of course, you were planning on using both sights at the same time).

Hopefully, this article has clarified a few things about the differences between the various Aimpoint Micro sights and has helped outline a few of your options when it comes to deciding which sight to get. So with that, happy shopping and happy hunting!

*prices taken from Amazon USA and accurate at time of writing.