The Aimpoint H2 Vs The Aimpoint T2 Red Dot Optic: Which is Better?

Chris G.

Aimpoint has long been a trusted name synonymous with reliability, precision, and cutting-edge technology. Two standout models from their lineup, the Aimpoint H2 and T2, have garnered significant attention among shooters seeking top-tier optics for their firearms.

As an experienced competitive shooter, I have personally experienced the exceptional clarity and durability of both models. I will explain in detail the characteristics, features, and performance of the Aimpoint H2 and T2 to determine which of these red dot sights stands out as the superior choice.

By the end of this article, I hope I can guide you toward the sight that best aligns with your specific needs and shooting preferences.

Technical Specifications and Features

Let’s begin with the basics—the technical specifications and special features of the Aimpoint H2 and T2. For this test, I used a Colt LE6920 for my long arm and a SIG Sauer P320 X-Five pistol.

Aimpoint H2

The Aimpoint H2 is a high-performance red dot sight designed for quick and accurate target acquisition. A second-generation micro dot sight from Aimpoint, the H2 is a design that blends simplicity, speed, durability, precision, and reliability.

Specifications

Let’s take a closer look at the specifications and features of the Aimpoint H2. Altogether, they make the Aimpoint H2 an optic of exceptional functionality and reliability.

  • Size: 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 oz
  • Dot Size: available in 2, 4, or 6 MOA
  • Dot Color: Red
  • Magnification: 1X
  • Diode LED: eye-safe Light Emitting Diode (LED)
  • Daylight Settings: 12
  • Optical Coating: Anti-reflex coating on all surfaces and multilayer coating objective lens
  • Material Lens Covers: Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
  • Lens Covers: Flip-up Lens Covers (Front and Rear Transparent)
  • Adjustment: 1 Click = 13 mm at 100 m / 0.5 in at 100 yds
  • Battery Life: 50,000 hours at daylight setting 8 
  • Power Switch: Rotary Switch
  • Battery Type: CR2032, 3V, Lithium
  • Surface Finish Housing: Anodized, Semi-Matte
  • Material Housing and Tube: High Strength Aluminum
  • Color Housing: Black
  • Submersible to 5 m / 15 ft

Special Features

  • Available in 2, 4, and 6 MOA dot sizes
  • Front and rear transparent lens caps. That means you can close the caps to protect the lens from water, dust, and debris while still seeing the reticle
  • Reinforced turret protection for improved durability and ruggedness
  • Integral Weaver- and Picatinny-style base allows you to attach the optic to most firearms
  • Compatible with all Aimpoint Magnifiers
  • Can be operated in harsh weather conditions
  • Anodized high-strength aluminum housing

Aimpoint T2

The Aimpoint T2 is a top-tier red dot sight renowned for its exceptional durability and performance. Launched in 2014, the sight’s advanced optical technology provides a precise and highly visible red dot, making it a preferred choice for military, law enforcement, and discerning civilian users. 

Specifications

  • Size: 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 oz
  • Dot Size: 2 MOA
  • Dot Color: Red
  • Magnification 1X: No Magnification
  • Diode: eye-safe LED
  • Daylight Settings: 8
  • Night Vision Device (NVD) Settings:  4
  • Material Lens Covers: Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
  • Optical Coating” Anti-reflex coating on all surfaces and multilayer coating objective lens
  • Lens Covers: Flip-up Lens Covers, Front Solid and Rear Transparent
  • Adjustment: 1 Click = 13 mm at 100 m / 0.5 in at 100 yds
  • Battery Life: 50,000 hours at daylight setting 8
  • Power Switch: Rotary Switch
  • Battery Type: CR2032, 3V, Lithium
  • Surface Finish Housing: Anodized, Semi-Matte
  • Material Mounting: Solution Aluminum
  • Color Housing: Black
  • Submersible to 25 m / 80 ft

Special Features

  • Ideal for most types of firearms including rifles, carbines, shotguns, submachine guns, and pistols
  • With flip-up lens covers. The front is solid, and the rear is transparent. You can shoot with both eyes open. With the front lens cap closed, you can eliminate possible light reflection in case you need to conceal yourself.
  • Reinforced protection of the turrets for excellent ruggedness
  • Integral Picatinny-style base allows you to attach the optic to any firearm with a Picattiny rail
  • Standard mount for Weaver / Picatinny
  • Anodized high-strength aluminum housing, semi-matte black
  • Can be used as a standalone sight or used in conjunction with larger magnifying, thermal, or night vision optics
  • Night vision device compatible

Comparison Between the Aimpoint H2 and T2

When comparing the Aimpoint H2 and T2, there are several important factors to consider. Let’s discuss each of these in detail.

Durability

When comparing the durability of the Aimpoint H2 and T2, both models are designed to withstand tough conditions and heavy use. Their electronics are encased in a durable, lightweight aluminum housing designed to be shockproof and fog proof. This provides you with reliable performance in challenging environments. Additionally, the lenses on both sights are scratch-resistant, providing clear visibility and protection.

The H2 can operate normally at a temperature range of – 30°C to + 60°C. The T2 has a considerably higher temperature operating range at – 45°C to + 71°C, making it more suited to extreme weather conditions.

Both are waterproof, but the levels are different. The T2 has an advantage when it comes to water exposure. While the H2 is submersible up to 5 meters, the T2 can be submerged up to 25 meters. It is unlikely that you’ll take both red dots to such depths, but the T2 is a better choice if you anticipate shooting in extremely wet conditions. For normal on-land operations, either the H2 or the T2 works just fine.

Reticle

Both Aimpoint H2 and T2 feature a 2 MOA dot reticle. However, the H2 is also available in 4 MOA and 6 MOA options. The reticles are generated by an eye-safe LED.

The Aimpoint H2 offers 12 daylight settings but doesn’t include any options for night vision. On the other hand, the Aimpoint T2 provides only 8 daylight settings, but it also has 4 night-vision compatible modes. This means the T2 can be used along night-vision goggles or scopes, accommodating a wider range of lighting conditions.

In this comparison, the Aimpoint T2 takes the lead due to its versatility in offering night vision capabilities. This feature allows users to adapt the reticle to limited lighting scenarios, making it a valuable asset in various situations.

Lens

The lenses of both the Aimpoint H2 and T2 are impressive. They feature multi-layered coatings that ensure optimal light transmission, creating sharp and clear images even in low-light conditions. I’ve noticed that the T2 tends to provide a slightly sharper image. This is probably due to its higher average image transmission of 70% in the range 420 to 900 nm in comparison with the H2’s 60 percent.

Both are parallax-free and offer unlimited eye relief.

Illumination

The Aimpoint H2 offers 12 brightness settings specifically designed for daylight conditions. This wide range ensures a clear and precise reticle, regardless of the surrounding light.

However, the H2 lacks night vision compatibility, a feature that the T2 has. The T2 provides 8 daylight settings and an additional 4 settings for night vision, making it more useful in shooting activities in limited lighting or darkness.

Windage and Elevation Adjustments

Both the Aimpoint H2 and T2 provide ample windage and elevation adjustments for precise sighting in any environmental conditions. The H2 and T2 have a range of +/- 1 meter at 100 meters in windage and elevation, allowing you to make precise adjustments.

With 12 and 13 W&E settings respectively, both sights offer flexibility in fine-tuning your aim. The T2 has an extra setting, giving it a slight edge in customization. 

However, both models have tactile and responsive adjustments, ensuring a smooth and reliable sighting experience.

Battery Life

Both the Aimpoint H2 and T2 have an impressive battery life of up to 50,000 hours on a single CR2032 battery. This showcases their efficiency and reliability.

However, the T2 has an added advantage over the H2. It features a power intensity dial with settings for night vision devices, providing more versatility in different lighting conditions. This makes the T2 worth the extra investment for those who require night vision compatibility.

If night vision isn’t a necessity, the H2’s battery life will still serve you well.

Mounting Options

Both the Aimpoint H2 and T2 are similar when it comes to mounting options. Both feature the Micro™ Standard Mounts for weaver or Picatinny rails. Thus, these can fit most firearms with Weaver or Picattiny rails.

Mounting either of these optics to your firearm’s sight requires 1.35 Nm of torque. Mounting each to your firearm’s built-in rail requires 2 Nm of torque. 

Price

When compared to other red dots in the market, the Aimpoint H2 and T2 are on the higher end of the spectrum. The H2 typically sells for around $750, which may be more expensive than other micro red dot sights.

The T2 tends to be priced around $850. This higher price is justified by the T2’s additional night vision settings. However, it’s important to note that both models provide excellent value for money, delivering unmatched durability and performance.

If budget isn’t a constraint, the T2’s enhanced features make its higher price tag worthwhile. But if cost is a concern, the H2 still offers exceptional quality.

Firearms Compatibility

Both the Aimpoint H2 and T2 red dot sights are versatile and widely compatible with various firearms.

  1. AR-15 and AR-10 Platforms such as
    • Colt LE6920, Daniel Defense DDM4, BCM RECCE, Aero Precision M5
  2. AK-47/AK-74 Rifles such as
    • Arsenal SAM7, Century Arms C39V2, Zastava ZPAP
  3. Shotguns such as
    • Mossberg 590, Remington 870, Benelli M4
  4. Hunting Rifles such as
    • Ruger American Rifle, Tikka T3, Remington 700, Winchester Model 70
  5. Pistols with Red Dot Sight Mounts such as
    • Glock MOS series, Smith & Wesson M&P CORE, SIG Sauer P320 X-Five, FN 509 Tactical
  6. Submachine Guns such as
    • H&K MP5, B&T APC9, CZ Scorpion EVO
  7. Designated Marksman Rifles (DMRs) such as
    • LaRue OBR, FN SCAR 17, Knights Armament SR-25
  8. Law Enforcement Carbines such as:
    • LWRCI IC-Enhanced, Noveske N4, SIG Sauer MCX Virtus

Other Similar Red Dots

Several other red dot sights on the market are similar to the Aimpoint H2 and T2 in terms of quality, durability, and performance. Here are some notable alternatives:

  1. EOTech EXPS2 and EXPS3: EOTech holographic sights are known for their large field of view and rapid target acquisition. They are popular among military and law enforcement users.
  1. Trijicon MRO (Miniature Rifle Optic): The Trijicon MRO is compact, durable, and features a wide field of view. It’s designed for both close-quarters and mid-range engagements.
  1. Holosun HS503C: Holosun offers a range of quality red dot sights. The HS503C, in particular, is known for its solar panel technology, long battery life, and multiple reticle options.
  1. Vortex Optics Sparc AR: Vortex is known for providing high-quality optics at various price points. The Sparc AR is a compact and robust red dot sight suitable for AR platforms.
  1. Leupold DeltaPoint Pro: Leupold’s DeltaPoint Pro is a versatile red dot sight with a wide field of view and motion sensor technology for extended battery life.
  1. Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic): Another offering from Aimpoint, the PRO is a budget-friendly option with a similar rugged design to the T2, making it popular among law enforcement professionals.
  1. Bushnell Trophy TRS-25: The TRS-25 is an affordable and compact red dot sight with a reliable performance, making it a popular choice for budget-conscious shooters.
  1. Sig Sauer Romeo5: Sig Sauer’s Romeo5 is a compact and durable red dot sight with a motion-activated illumination system and a variety of mounting options.

Conclusion

Both the Aimpoint H2 and T2 are excellent sights that offer durability, clear reticles, and lenses. Personally, I prefer the T2 due to its night-vision-compatible settings. But either of the two is ideal for everyday shooting. But ultimately, the choice between the Aimpoint H2 and T2 ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. Both red dot sights offer exceptional performance and share many key features.

Whether for tactical use, hunting, or recreational shooting, both the H2 and T2 exemplify Aimpoint’s commitment to providing high-quality, parallax-free red dot sights that excel in quick target acquisition and maintain accuracy in diverse shooting scenarios.

About the author

The name's Chris. Just a regular dude who loves firearms. I've been shooting since I was a kid. My old man taught me the ropes.

I'll never forget the first time I missed an easy shot on a buck, thanks to a bum scope. The image was fuzzier than my dog's butt. After that, I got obsessed with understanding scopes. What makes the good ones tick and the bad ones trash. After a few years and a few thousand bucks, I learned what separates the winners from the losers. Once I had a good stockpile of knowledge, I launched this site.

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