ACOG is a short telescopic sight and not a typical red dot sight.
I am a proponent of short scopes for combat exactly for the reasons you've listed. Set it on 1X or 1.5X for contact distances and crank it up to 4X for longer ranges.
Originally Posted by eracer
I bought an AR with the intention of using a carry handle and a pinned A2 front sight.
I did this for the reasons FAAWRENCHBNDR stated above. Namely:
Iron sights do not need batteries.
Iron sights rarely, if ever, break or fail.
Iron sights are always there, not in a pack.
Then I decided to put my ACOG on it instead. Why?
ACOG's do not need batteries.
ACOG's rarely, if ever, break or fail.
ACOG's are always there, not in a pack. (assuming you keep them on the rifle.)
And ACOG's are far more versatile than iron sights. (Especially at distance with these tired, old, astigmatic eyes.)