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Post by kohlerpartsgod on 8/31/2018, 10:58 am

I want the Aimpoint H2, but my wallet says no. $700.00 + is a lot of money. I was looking at Optics Planet and found these, 

Romeo5 by SigSauer, $149.99

Trijicon MRO, $399.00

Holsun HS403A, $136.00

Any experience with any of these? I know the old saying, "you get what you pay for" but If there is a lower cost alternative,  I would sure like to know. Thanks

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Post by SW-52 on 8/31/2018, 11:30 am

kohlerpartsgod wrote:I want the Aimpoint H2, but my wallet says no. $700.00 + is a lot of money. I was looking at Optics Planet and found these, 

Romeo5 by SigSauer, $149.99

Trijicon MRO, $399.00

Holsun HS403A, $136.00

Any experience with any of these? I know the old saying, "you get what you pay for" but If there is a lower cost alternative,  I would sure like to know. Thanks

.45-Aimpoint H1,H2 

.22- Primary Arms MD-Ads

Note: i saw joe chambers page and he use Primary arms micro dots with excellent results. in .45 my choice is H1.
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Post by SteveT on 8/31/2018, 1:32 pm

Holosun works pretty good. My only real complaint is no 4MOA version. I haven't done any endurance testing, but it seems reasonably well built. The Romeo5 looks decent, except I don't think it would be easy to add sun shades if you want them. I haven't looked at the Trijicon.

See my review here
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Post by Chris Miceli on 8/31/2018, 2:01 pm

buy once cry once get the aimpoint.
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Post by james r chapman on 8/31/2018, 2:05 pm

Holosum still works on my Nelson.
Matchdot II on my .45 slide mount.
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Post by jglenn21 on 8/31/2018, 2:23 pm

The  cheaper Chinese hi copies all work Ok for a 22. Haven't had one last on a 45 yet.  Cheapest dot that works for .the slide mounted 45 is the sightron s30 for around 140


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Post by tray999 on 8/31/2018, 2:36 pm

How about the Ultra Dot HD Micro, I like them.......  Not sure if it small enough for you.

https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Dot-HD-Micro-Red-Black/dp/B00LTL01OE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1535743909&sr=8-5&keywords=matchdot&dpID=41vwv90iDyL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
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Post by Jwhelan939 on 8/31/2018, 5:22 pm

I had 2 of the ultradot HD micros. I was not a fan. The tube sits very high, the controls are finicky, and the dot is way brighter than it should be.

I now have 3 of the H1 dots. I really like them. Battery has been on for 3 years and is still going strong. Has never been turned off. Nice crisp dot with a great range of brightness. With the addition of a Kodiak Mount and tube shades it is the best dot I've ever had. I wait until ebay has their 15% off coupons and then hit eBay. I have not paid over 500 for any of my 3, nor my father's 2.

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Post by Oleg G on 8/31/2018, 6:06 pm

I installed a Romeo5 on my .22 pistol after Primary Arms failed in the middle of the match. Works great so far. have not tried it on a .45.
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Post by Wobbley on 8/31/2018, 7:58 pm

I have a romeo5 on an M4 carbine.  Works great.  Haven’t tried it on a pistol.
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Post by mikemyers on 8/31/2018, 10:37 pm

For whatever it's worth, I vote for the Aimpoint.

Read the article, and buy it here, and you save 15%.

https://bigtexoutdoors.com/blogs/product-guides/88201863-differences-between-aimpoint-micro-sights
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Post by zanemoseley on 8/31/2018, 11:09 pm

Yeah but the Romeo5 is only 20mm objective lens  Mad 

Of course I can't find a spec on the H1 objective lens diameter, might not be much bigger. I'm rolling with the 9000sc till I can't lift it anymore. I'm gonna try a Sightron S30-5 on a new 38 special 1911 to save weight. If aimpoint would make a 30mm micro I would be in love.

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Post by LenV on 8/31/2018, 11:44 pm

I just bought a Romeo4A. I got it on a steal for 175.00. 2moa and same size as my Holosun but built better (heavier anyhow). I have not had it long enough to endurance test it but super clear and controls are easy. No extra gimmicks on the A model but everything you need is there.
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Post by Doug Tiedt on 8/31/2018, 11:51 pm

You can do a little better on cost for the Romeo5 if that is your decision.  Brownells has them on sale today for $125, and Cabelas (Bass Pro), at least I think it was them, had them on sale for $130 some months back.  As with a lot of things, if you have the luxury of time, watch the ads.

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Post by Bigtrout on 9/1/2018, 7:27 am

I've had 2 HD Micro's.  Both failed to hold zero and adjusting became squirrely after 1000 rounds on my 9mm revolver.  To UD's credit they replaced the last one with a new Matchdot II.  My 3MOA Burris FF3 is still reliable after 2500 rounds on my RO9.  FWIW.
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Post by 10sandxs on 9/1/2018, 7:45 pm

I have a holosun 403b that has never been mounted. Either the "a" or "g" version is what I started with. The push in battery tray popped out, and after I got that resolved, it lasted about 1000 rounds on a 45 slide. The "new" one is the upgraded one the replaced mine with. It's for sale if your interested.

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Post by LenV on 9/1/2018, 9:10 pm

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sig-Sauer-Romeo-4a-Red-Dot-Sight-1x20mm-2-MOA-Dot-Reticle-SOR41001/142921985247?epid=901255892&hash=item2146d06cdf:g:CusAAOSwlUhbiDGX

Found this last night and forgot to post it. Pretty good price. These are normally around 300.00 new but you can find places like Optics Planet that is selling Demos for 190.00.

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Post by Jack H on 9/1/2018, 10:29 pm

No problems with a Sig STS-081 sight.  Had it several years now.
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