Okay, sorry for the obvious play on words in the title, but the debate among the AA crew in relation to real v replica optics continues to rage on, as it does with many of you out there, and we’ll be taking a look at optics used by the team in THE CAGE on Friday as Issue 137 goes live!

With this very much in our mind we’re still pretty interested to find out more about the new AIMPOINT DUTY RDS; Aimpoint tell us that;

“The Aimpoint Duty RDS is the red dot sight solution the world has been waiting for – offering Aimpoint quality at a more accessible price point. This compact, high-grade reflex optic was designed to meet the demanding needs of the modern law enforcement officer. The Duty RDS™ (Red Dot Sight) offers a bright, crisp 2 MOA dot that’s ideal for short to medium range target engagements.

All new windage and elevation adjustments are flush mounted and waterproof, eliminating the need for protective caps. The turrets provide audible “clicks” when zeroing the optic. The dot brightness intensity switch is a digital keypad with intuitive buttons that can easily be manipulated while wearing gloves. The pressure forged aluminum alloy housing provides durability against extreme abuse and drastic temperature changes. The sight is vibration and shock resistant and submersible up to 80 feet.

It is powered by a single CR2032 battery and ACET technology provides over 3 years of constant-on use at daylight position 7 and even longer on the night vision settings. The Duty RDS comes with a one-piece torsion nut mount and the optic features flip-up lens covers – the front is solid and the rear transparent. The sight is fully compatible with all generations of night vision devices.”


2 MOA red dot for precision and fast target acquisition
Battery life: 30,000 hours (over 3 years) of constant operation with one battery on setting 7
Battery type: CR2032 battery (included)
One-piece Torsion Nut Mount
Flip-up lens covers – front is solid, and rear is transparent
Advanced optical lenses for enhanced light transmission and ultimate dot clarity
Windage and elevation adjustments are flush mounted and waterproof – eliminating the need for protective caps
Hard anodized non-reflective surface
10 brightness settings: 1 off position, 4 night vision compatible settings, and 6 daylight settings
1X (non-magnifying) operationally parallax free optic
Submersible to 80 feet (25 meters)
Temperature span -49°F to +160°F
Weight 3.8 oz / 108 g (sight only)
Length x Width x Height 2.7 x 1.5 x 1.7 in / 68 x 37 x 43 mm

This certainly looks pretty cool to those of us that like a “real optic”, especially on our GBB carbines and rifles, and whilst the price is not exactly “bargain bucket” you will get all the benefits of buying a superb optic from one of the industry veterans along with everything that entails!

Sadly it’s only available to the US market right now, but we can only wish…