I would like to start off by saying the ACOG was hard to justify. We all have bills, and $975 dollars was hard to justify, so I decided to put the ACOG on the credit card and make the leap. Was it worth it? While there are many cheaper options, the ACOG has been an eye opener. Yes, overall the money was well spent for my goal: I want to learn the art of the rifle. The question is… is such an expensive optic worth it for average Joe?
Average Joe AR15
I have been in the AR15 community for 11 short years. If your average Joe has caught the black rifle disease he may have obtained 3-4 (sometimes more) ar15s. He may have chosen accessories with a primary basis of cost concerns. When primary arms launches a new red dot, they receive a lot of buzz. It’s clear that costs are an issue in the community. Lets call the Average Joe AR15 owner someone who runs, at most, a mid range budget for accessories.
I will make an short argument that your average Joe AR15 owner needs at least one high end optical product. By high end I mean optics like the Trijicon ACOG, or a Vortex Razor HD, or a ELCAN Specter, or a Nightforce Variable. Just one. At least one. Why?
1) With a high-end optic like an ACOG, you are buying something that’s well made and will last decades. Just like a rifle, I intend to hand down my ACOG to my children because I know it will last that long.
2) If you are building a SHTF gun let me say this: without a quality optical aid, you won’t be able to identify a threat until it closes in to an uncomfortable distance. The simple addition of 4x ACOG with its fantastic resolution allowed me to see my silhouettes clearly at 400-500 yards. This was something I struggle with when using irons. Trying to focus on a front sight while keeping things centered on a tiny, blurry target at 400 yards is extremely difficult.
An ACOG Alternative for the Average Joe?
Wolf Performance Ammunition has announced a 1x to 4x optic with a function similar to the ELCAN which can be seen over at TheBangSwitch along with a few WPA night vision devices. I have also been waiting to see the Mepro 4X make its US debut. The Mepro 4X is another prism based fixed optic, but in so far it has not made it to our shores as of yet. I am hoping both of these optics can come to market at more “everyman” prices. They would be a major step up over the other low-end compacts and hopefully they can mix good quality with a bit better affordability. I am putting my coins on a Mepro 4x and, if I can, will compare it to the ACOG if it makes it to our shores this year. Keep your eyes peeled at SHOT for me.
There are many quality optical instruments available from many other manufacturers then what I have shared here. I hope I have made a simple argument to encourage others to have at least one high-end optic in their arsenal. Think of it as another rifle purchase. It will increase your hit percentage by the way.