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? We're 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.
Sight With Mount
Sight Without Mount
Straight off the bat, it’s easy to see that the T1 and T2 seem 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 equally high quality.
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!