Aimpoint Micro H-1 Review
The Aimpoint Micro H-1 comes with several accessories which are packaged in with it. You get the standard guides and pamphlets (2 total). However, you also get a rubber bikini lens cover, and even a little strange looking reddish tool or “micro tool” as Aimpoint refers to it. The pamphlets do a great job of describing the Micro sights in great detail. After reading the guide, you need to understand your Micro in and out. The rubber bikini lens cover is nothing specific but correctly covers the front and back lenses when storing or transporting your rifle. It’s rubber, so it fits over the optic lenses and body and stretches out a bit.
With measurements of 2.4″x2.4″x2.6″, it is not difficult to comprehend why it’s considered “micro.” In addition to being small, the H1 is additionally a featherweight in comparison with other similar red dots. It only weighs a measly 6ounce, with the LRP mount installed! So needless to say, in regards to the Micro series, there ought not to be any worries of taking away vital rail space or adding unnecessary weight to your rig.
I finally decided to mount the H1 to my custom-built contest rifle (Rock River NM upper/lower set), but have had it installed on all my rifles at one point or another. Formerly, I ‘d a Trijicon TA-33 mounted on this particular rifle which I positively adored…nevertheless, the magnification proved to be an issue at close ranges. Since that time, I have also installed several other items on my rifle to allow it to be more of a lightweight, fast and tight range shooter…so it just made sense to mount the H1 on it. The LRP mount operates quite directly.
The height was certainly perfect for all my various stocks once I installed it. Cheek wield was right on the money, and when I shouldered upward, the dot was totally in the middle of the field of view of the H1. I don’t have to correct my face on the stock, which I find myself doing with lots of other optics. And co-watching wasn’t an issue either. You can readily co-witness your iron sights (Milspec stature) which will provide you with a complete 1/3 co-witness with the built-in height of the riser, as well as the LRP mount. Although I’m not a real huge fan of a 1/3 co-witness, it works quite satisfied in the event your optic becomes faulty electronically or damaged beyond immediate repair.
Soon after installation, it was on to battery and the brightness settings. The brightness knob is on the right part of the optic body for the H1. It’s perfect in size as well as quite simple to control without being overly bulky or sticking out so much. The H1 has a total of 12 positions for the brightness settings of the 4MOA red dot
At the bottom end of the spectrum is the first setting or “1” and at the maximum end is “12”. The lowest setting is entirely black and may be barely seen, particularly when you’re outside or in a light room. As I usually do, although Aimpoint says that the H1 isn’t NVD harmonious, I took a peak on the bottom brightness setting with a military level PVS-14 NV monocular through it. It was undoubtedly useable with this unique NVD even though it was comparatively bright also on the bottom setting.
The brightness knob is also where your battery is found. It can be readily removed by merely unscrewing the battery cap and is encased inside of the knob. The battery cap could be removed with a tiny screwdriver, but I advocate using the microtool that was supplied. The end is made from polymer, which means when removing the battery cap, you will not have to worry about scratching or chipping away the fine finish. The cap also has a fine thick rubber seal, which keeps the optic waterproof in brutal conditions. The optic is powered by a sole 3-volt CR032 level battery, and surprisingly enough, one battery can last up to 50,000 hours (5 years) in the H1.
Now on the adjustments. The H1 has two small and handily located windage/elevation knobs. They’re not fastened with a wire tether as seen on most smaller optics, so take care when removing the caps particularly when in the field or at the range. They are tiny and are super easy to lose in case you drop them.
On the exterior of the cap, you’ll see two little nipples. These can be utilized when your microtool is not nearby for an on the fly adjustment tool. Just turn them upside down, fit into the fitting notches on the turret and adjust as needed. This sure beats using an auto or coin key when you by chance forget your tools on that range excursion! As far as alteration goes, the H1 has 1/2″ alterations at 100 yards or 13mm at 100 meters if you are a “meter” type of man.
The H1 is extraordinarily robust and will manage some rather ghastly conditions. The truth is, Aimpoint says 140F on the hot end and -30F on the chilly end! Wetness, water, and rainfall are something different. Aimpoint says the H1 can resist up to 15 feet of being completely submerged. Although I didn’t get a location which I could examine it underwater that was over 15ft deep, I did the next best thing and used my inlaw’s 6ft deep pool. Not only did I lay it on the base of the deepest end (6feet), but I left it there for 24 hours on the entire brightness setting. I left it overnight alone at the base of the pool and came back at the 24-hour mark to assess its status. The H1 had no leaks, and no wetness seemed to have made its way in the multilayer coating objective lenses. The H1 was as bright as could be and appeared to be entirely unaffected by the 6feet depth of the chlorinated pool.
Overall, I must say that I was nothing but impressed with the H1. It’s a great optic, even at its price. Very dependable when you want it, and it’s made to continue. Whether you wish to get one to guard your family or maybe you are a military, law enforcement, a competitive shooter, or just a shooting enthusiast, you can depend on the H1!