The Micro Dot at Primary Arms: https://www.primaryarms.com/
At Midwest Industries: http://www.midwestindustriesinc.com/
Smaller isn’t always better. When it comes to our guns, though, we tend to lust after the smallest package we can slap together. People buy shorter barrels, shorter stocks, smaller grips, and microscopic optics. There is a point where this becomes counter productive. You lose area to grip, you sacrifice length of pull, and you lose field of view with smaller optics.
When choosing an optic for your rifle there are many things you need to consider. What is this weapon’s intended use? At what distances will I be engaging targets? And will it ever be used in a low light/ no light situation? Depending on your answers there are plenty of option for optics. You might decide that a nice 3×9 is right for you, or that iron sights will fulfill your needs. But if you’re looking for the optic that does it all fairly well, Primary Arms has the sight for you.
The Primary Arms Micro Dot Classic is a budget red dot optic that is built with hard use and compact design in mind. The design should be familiar to fans of the Aimpoint Micro When compared directly to the legendary Aimpoint, the Micro Dot does come up short. Its battery does not last five and a half years. It can’t accompany you on your next dive to the deepest depths of the ocean. But when was the last time you left your optic on that long or took your rifle on a scuba dive? The point here is that there are a lot of similarities between the two, and some notable differences–the biggest being price.
The Micro Dot is a capable optic with more than adequate performance. The battery lasts over 1,000 hours. The sight projects a crisp 3moa red dot into the center of glare resistant front lens. The optic is also adjustable giving you 11 intensity settings to optimize performance in low light or extreme light situations. The Micro Dot is waterproof (if not submersible), something we tested fairly well during this range session.
AK or AR the Micro Dot is capable of being mounted to cowitness. The Micro Dot features a removable base, allowing you to utilize any mount designed for the Aimpoint Micro. Using the supplied mount, the optic easily attaches to an Ultimak AK gas tube. If the AR-15 is your rifle of choice, the Micro Dot will need a quick addition of a riser and its good to go.
I personally have been running this optic on every rifle I have reviewed over the last two years and have had zero issues. Shotguns with heavy recoil. Hot running AKs. Precision ARs. I’ve abused the Microdot. Yet still it chugs on. It should be noted that I changed the battery once in 2014. I’m actually at a point now where I am just leaving it on to see how many months it will last before it needs service. 3 months in and so far so good!
One last thought–I’ve been working on this article for quiet some time. During my endless testing of the Micro Dot, this model has actually been discontinued and has now been replaced with two other models. The direct replacement for this model is no surprise, just a newer version of the old workhorse. Retailing for $89 it gives you an even more precise 2 moa night vision capable dot. The other new model is the Advanced Micro Dot. It has a 2 moa night vision dot, 50,000-hour battery life and waterproof capabilities! The Advanced retails for $169 and may or may not give the Aimpoint Micro a run for its money. Check back in later months for a follow up review on these two new sights.
- The front lens is COATED and ANGLED to prevent glare
- Brightness adjustment knob stops at 0
- Illumination knob is on the right hand side
- removable base.
- Ultra sharp 3 MOA dot.
- 1,000+ hour battery life at medium setting.
- Uses 1 CR2032 battery (included).
- 11 brightness settings
- Visible in bright sunlight.
- LED emitter on the side (4:30) for better cowitness.
- Fits any industry standard Micro mount.
- One year manufacturer warranty
- Bikini covers included.
- Only weighs 4.5 ounces.