Gear AfterSHOT: New Aimpoint Magnifiers David Reeder January 28, 2016 Join the Conversation Red-dot optic manufacturer Aimpoint recently announced three new accessory magnifiers to their product line. They're designed to work in conjunction with the company's reflex sights and will come in 3 flavors: one is 6x magnification, two are 3x magnification. Both styles feature diopter adjustment (so it can be “tuned” to the individual eye). They can be used with the new Aimpoint FlipMount or their QD TwistMount to either swivel into/out of the optical axis or take it off the firearm completely. All are protected by a shock absorbent protective cover doubles as the foundation for an ergonomic grip. Says Aimpoint VP of Sales Matt Swenson of the new Aimpoint magnifiers, “These magnifiers open up some interesting new opportunities for users of Aimpoint sights. Our standard grade 3X-C is a great magnifier at a very reasonable price point. On the professional side, the Aimpoint 6XMag offers 50% more magnification than existing US military combat optics, and allows an operator to quickly transition back to their non-magnified Micro T-2 sight for CQB.” The Aimpoint 6xMag-1 was designed for use with their Micro T-2 and H-2 red dots, though of course it (like all the new magnifiers) can be used as a monocular. Its variable diopter is -3 to +3, it's NOD capable and it has a 3° field of view. The 3xMag-1 can be used with all Aimpoint's sights. It too has a -3/+3 diopter and is NOD capable and it has a 7° field of view. The 3-XC can likewise be used with all Aimpoint's sights. It is perhaps somewhat less robust than the dash-1, being developed for civilian users, but as Ms. Stalvey says, it's still an Aimpoint. The 3X-C's variable diopter has a -2/+2 range. It is NOD capable and it has a 7° field of view. Because Aimpoint sights use a red dot as their aiming reticle, there is no need to re-zero when shifting between magnified and non-magnified shooting, although as with any optic it's always a good idea to confirm zero periodically, particularly if your optic is being used anywhere more dangerous than a one way square range. Here are a couple videos from SHOT Show 2016. One has inferior production quality, the other is a little self-congratulatory, both have great information. Aimpoint is online, on Facebook, on the Instagramz (@aimpointusa) and on YouTube. Go to www.aimpoint.se/ if you want to read more and have it sound like a viking is talking. ##### Follow us on Instagram, @RECOILmagazine and keep an eye out for these hashtags: #recoilmagazine, #recoil, #shotshow2016, #mediadayattherange and especially #recoilSHOT2016. Monitor this frequency for more SHOT Show related post in the coming days; there was way too much material to cover in just one week. 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