Introduction

We have again made a test between two very popular products. This time we decided to make it between two very expensive full-tube red dot sights, that are designed for hunting purposes. The first one comes from Aimpoint, a Swedish company that produces red dot sights already for more than 40 years and is very successful in this field.

The competitor comes from Germany, from the company Blaser, which is a total newcomer in the field of optics. But as we know from our last tests, all their products have an extraordinary quality, since they are made from specialists that produce optics for many years.

Size and weight

A: Aimpoint Micro H2

B: Blaser RD 17

Weight (with the Blaser mount)

263 g

245 g

Length

79 mm

84 mm

Length with Blaser mount

88 mm

88 mm

Height

36 mm

37 mm

Height with Blaser mount

56 mm

57 mm

Height to the center of the lenses (red dot position)

34 mm

37mm

Width

42 mm

40 mm

Diopter setting:

/

/

Parallax adjustment:

No

NO

Different mounting solutions

Yes

Yes

Number of Colors:

1

1

Because both devices we got had Blaser mounts on them, we could make a perfect size and weight comparison. Since both are full tube red dot sights, the dimension differences are extremely small, except in the length, where the Aimpoint Micro H2 is for a half-centimeter shorter. For hunting purposes, I think that the dimension differences do not represent an advantage for any of these products.

Both devices are available only in one color, which is matte black on the Aimpoint and a bit shinier matte black on the Blaser. The Blaser features also brown flip-up caps, a brown battery tray, and brown illumination adjustment buttons. This makes the Blaser look very specific, but in my opinion very attractive. This combination fits also perfectly on the Blaser R8 Professional Success rifle.

Aimpoint Micro H2 vs Blaser RD 17

Aimpoint Micro H2 vs Blaser RD 17

The one big advantage of the Aimpoint is definitely the big selection of available mounts. It can be mounted on almost all popular rifles and rails. The Blaser RD 17, on the other hand, was mainly designed to fit only on the Blaser mount, but it has an Aimpoint Micro footprint, so it can also be mounted on other mounts to fit the most rifles on the market.

Optical properties

A: Aimpoint Micro H2

B: Blaser RD 17

Minimal magnification:

1x

1x

Maximal magnification:

1x

1x

Zoom factor:

1

1

Maximal Field of View:

/

Minimal Field of View:

/

Minimal eye relief:

Unlimited

Unlimited

Maximal eye relief:

Unlimited

Unlimited

Light transmission – declared:

/

Tunneling effect at low magnifications:

No

No

Central sharpness – subjective impression 1x magnification – 1 1x magnification – 7
Edge sharpness – subjective impression 1x magnification – 3 1x magnification – 5
Inner reflections 1x magnification – 1 1x magnification – 7
FOV – subjective impression 1x magnification – 2 1x magnification – 6
Eye-box at 1x magnification – 5 1x magnification – 3

Overall – subjective impression:

2

6

All in all (48 total points)

14

34

Because these are red dot sights which are designed for close-range hunting, they do not have any magnification. This is very important because if the device has no magnification, the user can aim with both eyes open, which increases the field of view and ensures a fast and intuitive target acquisition. The eye-relief is on both devices unlimited, so the red dot can be mounted anywhere on a weapon.

Like always, we tested the red dots with our friends, which do not have any knowledge of optics and do not know both of these companies. In this test, 8 people were present, and the end result they made is quite impressive.

With more than double the points Blaser RD 17 won the test against the Aimpoint Micro H-2. The biggest difference was in the central sharpness comparison and in the inner reflections, where Aimpoint got only 1 point. After the test, only 2 of 8 testers would buy an Aimpoint and the other 6 testers the Blaser.

THE DOT

The red dot is, like we would expect it in so expensive devices – perfect. It’s very sharp, big 2 MOA and perfectly round. Even on the strongest settings, the dots stay nicely rounded, with no rim on the edge of the lenses as we noticed in our last test when we compared two low priced red dots.

The intensity of both red dots is very precisely adjustable, so the user can adapt for any lightning conditions. The Aimpoint has 12 intensity levels, which are easily adjustable with a rotatable turret on the right side of the device.

Also the Blaser RD 17 has a precisely adjustable intensity of the dot. All in all are 10 levels, 8 from them are designed for daytime use, and 2 for low-light. The adjustment can simply be done by pushing the buttons on top of the device. One nice feature the RD 17 has is the automatic turn off, which shuts the red dot off after 3 minutes if it doesn’t sense any movement. When you grab it, it immediately turns the dot on, at the same intensity setting it was adjusted before.

The intensity setting adjustment is better designed, in my opinion on the Aimpoint, since you can more easily adjust it when wearing gloves.

One big advantage of the Aimpoint is in the dot selection since the user can choose what size dot does suits him the most. From the introduction at 2015, 2 sizes were available, 2 MOA and 4 MOA. Since 2018 also a bigger dot is available with 6 MOA. At Blaser, only the 2 MOA dot is available.

General properties

A: Aimpoint Micro H2

B: Blaser RD 17

Made in:

Sweden

USA

Introduced in:

2015

2018

Available original accessories:

Yes

No

Warranty period:

10 years

5 years on electronics, 10 years on mechanical parts

MSRP Price:

729€ (949 with Blaser mount)

780 € (with Blaser mount)

Like I previously said, Blaser RD 17 is fairly new on the market, like all optics from this company. It was introduced in 2018, on IWA Outdoors Classics in Germany. The Aimpoint Micro H2, on the other hand, is on the market already since 2015. Whatsoever, Aimpoint produces the Micro H2 in their own production facility in Sweden, not like Blaser, which lets them manufacture in the United States in the Sig Sauer facility. Even if that seems strange, but Blaser and Sig Sauer are subsidiaries of the parent company L&O Holding.

For the Aimpoint a rubber bikini lens cover is available as an accessory, but they offer the Micro H2 with many different mounts for various platforms, which is, in my opinion, a big plus against the Blaser. Both devices come with flip-up covers – the ones on the Blaser are high-quality and made from aluminum and plastic, but the flip-up covers on the Aimpoint are softer and are transparent, so in a fast situation, the user can quickly aim for the target without opening. When it’s raining or snowing, these covers are also a small advantage since the lenses don’t get dirty.

Blaser offers a 5 years long warranty on electronics and for the mechanical parts 10 years. Because of this, the point goes to Aimpoint, because the warranty period is 10 years long, and it doesn’t matter what gets defective. Because both brands are well-known, i am sure that they provide great customer service even after the warranty period. 

One of the most important data is definitely the price. The Aimpoint is at the start less expensive with 729€, but this is without a mount. The end price depends on the mount, which varies from 789€ (weaver / Picatinny) to 989€ (Sauer 404). In this comparison, we had the Aimpoint with the Blaser R8 mount, which price was 949€. This is very expensive, if you consider that the Blaser RD 17 comes with an original Blaser R8 mount for just 780€.

The Housing

Both devices have a very strong housing which can withstand a lot of torture. Aimpoint features also a stainless helicoil on the bottom of the device, which acts as a reliable recoil stopper. The turrets on the Aimpoint are protected from the housing, which is nice for driven hunts, where it can often happen that you hit small branches when going through bushes. The turrets on the Blaser, on the other hand, stand out from the housing so they are more exposed to hits.

On the Aimpoint, only one turret cap is designed to adjust the point for zeroing. On the Blaser, you can use both turret caps to do so. Because the turret caps on both are not secured with a wire, they may get lost. If this happens, a multi-tool is provided in the box, which is designed to open the battery tray and also to adjust the turrets. This is a small drawback because you don’t carry the tool with you all the time when hunting. 

I know the battery on both devices lasts for 50.000 hours, but many hunters do not replace the battery when they need to.

Conclusion

In this comparison, we tested two of the most expensive full-tube red dot sights available which were designed for hunting purposes. The quality is definitely noticeable if you compare them to some low priced ones, especially optically, since no rim on the edge is visible. The construction is like expected in this price class at the highest level.

Whatsoever, both devices are not perfect and have some room for improvements. The biggest advantage of the Aimpoint is definitely the big selection of various mounts for different weapon platforms, but the glass could be better, so it can be more comparable to the Blaser. Especially for the extra price you pay, the difference shouldn’t be so big. It is really interesting that Blaser features a better glass quality, and comes for a lower price.

Disclaimer

We would like to thank Optics-Trade.eu for letting us use and test the above-mentioned products. We also thank them for letting us use their videos.

This featured test is impartial and we always try our best not to prejudice and favor one product over the other. Our team of enthusiasts who tests these products and writes these articles is doing it from dedication, as rifle scopes are our big passion. We also feel a great amount of joy and satisfaction when we know that we have contributed and shared with you our experiences. We try not to be biased and try to be as accurate as possible when interpreting our sightings. We will do our best to described things as they really are.

How the testing is done:

Our team comprises of two enthusiasts who write the articles for hobby and our very helpful unbiased friends who help us make the evaluations, such as the optical characteristics. As we are volunteers/enthusiasts we are not always present in the same numbers. Our ranks can fluctuate from 5 to around 8 people at the time of a test. Other than the two of us who are responsible for writing the articles our friends have almost zero experience in red dots. They have no prejudice and are as such perfect for our objective observations. None-the-less we always try our best to hide all the labels that can give away the products ID. For that reason, we mount the red dots in parallel on a special stand and cover them so the brand names are not visible.

After we are sure that the test can be done without preferations, we ask our volunteers to test the following parameters:

  • Central sharpness
  • Edge sharpness
  • Inner reflections
  • FOV
  • Eye-box

In this article, we tested optical properties with 8 volunteers, which have no experiences with red dots and have no bias towards any of these two brands. To be exact none of the volunteers even knew any of these two brands before the test. Both scopes were mounted in parallel and people observed trees and buildings about 50 – 100 meters away. From 8 volunteers 7 were men and 1 was a woman.

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