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July 26, 2011  |  by Scott Smith and A.J. George


Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO)

One of the biggest advances for the military and law enforcement has been the advent and widespread use of red-dot sights. In nearly all the photographs you see of GIs and cops with long guns you will also see a red-dot sight. This is because they improve first hit probability, are nearly indestructible, and make teaching basic marksmanship skills easier. Aimpoint's Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO) is no different.

Aimpoint has been the industry leader when it comes to tube red-dots. The company's Comp series of sights has been accepted and used by the military for years. The Comp is tough, has an incredible runtime, and has proven itself time and again. Some folks balk at the Comp Sights because they say they're too pricey for the average street officer. To this I say, consider the PRO.

This past year Aimpoint introduced the Patrol Rifle Optic, a complete red-dot for duty. When I say complete, that means with flip-up covers, mount, and sight with a runtime of more than 30,000 hours on one battery. If you work around water you will be glad to know the PRO is also waterproof to 150 feet, so fear not getting stuck in a downpour or dropping the sight into a puddle.

To test and evaluate the PRO I mounted it on my LW Daniel Defense M4 carbine. The sight mounted securely and quickly, and the half-inch at 100-yard adjustments for windage and elevation were positive and smooth. Each increment clicks as you turn the knob with a coin or screwdriver.

The Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic is easy to use and will not break the bank. This is a good buy for an optic of this quality, and it's even ready to mount. -Scott Smith

Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO) Stats

Battery Life: Up to three years

Waterproof: Up to 150 feet

Red Dot Size: 2 MOA

Dot Intensity: 6 Daylight, 4 night vision

Length: 5.1 inches

Weight: 11.6 ounces including mount and spacer

Ring Diameter: 30mm

Price: $440

Scott Smith is a former federal police officer for the Department of Veteran's Affairs who currently serves as a reserve officer.

Officer A.J. George is a motor officer and firearms instructor for the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department.

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