“I am Spartacus!” a famous line uttered over and over in any good Spartacus movie tells of the time a group of Spartacus’ soldier all claimed to be him to save not only him but the idea of Spartacus and freedom. What does that have to do with ACOGs? Well, there is certainly a lot of companies out there producing ACOGs, or ACOG lookalikes. Unlike Spartacus’ slave soldiers, though, they are imitating the leader, purely out to sell a product.
There Is A Reason Behind Acog Price
The ACOG by Trijicon is an optic in a class by itself. Use by both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine corps the ACOG has proven itself through a decade of war as being a precise, accurate, and tough as nails piece of glass. The Trijicon ACOG has also become one of the most popular optics among civilian shooters for the same reason it’s beloved in the military.
Quality costs money, but like a gun, an ACOG is an investment. A cheap copy of the ACOG is in no way an ACOG, and can’t possibly touch the level of quality an ACOG. There are many reasons why one should avoid such an optic, but the best reason is it’s like owning a Corvette with a Honda motor. Sure it looks cool but does it perform? I get it, ACOGS are expensive, but it’s an optic that’s proven itself through mud, rain, through the harshness of combat. What has the Chinese made knockoff done?
Look at the best optic companies on the market Eotech, Aimpoint, Trijicon, and even budget optic makers like Vortex. they all produce optics with their own style and brand. They are proud of what they produce and try hard to ensure that people recognize the shape and look of their optic wherever it is. No serious optic company is going to copy the design, or even the look of one optics company for their own benefit.
Why You Should Not Trust Clones
The makers of knock-off ACOG are simply trying to steal one style to impress those folks who may not know better. These optics are often cheap, made from thin metal and plastic. Durability issues will make themselves apparent after kind of hard use. They rarely hold zero over a long period of time, and if you try to use a heavy caliber like 7.62 you’ll have even less luck.
Depending on one in a life and death situation is not advisable, in fact, I would just trust iron sights if I was given the choice between a knock off ACOG and nothing. These optics are rarely waterproof, and they certainly are not nitrogen purged or shockproof. It’s not even economically possible to produce anything that even remotely performs like an ACOG for 30 bucks.
I typically own guns for one purpose or another, and if that purpose is going to be self-defense, hunting, or competition I’m not going to rely on something that is often built overseas for rock bottom cost. Competition is what I consider the lowest priority of the three tasks I listed and if I couldn’t afford a real ACOG, a near bullet proof optic, I’d rather settle for a cheaper, brand name optic, than a knockoff.
The ACOG is a wonderful optic. It’s hard to beat it when it comes to strength, durability, accuracy, and proven performance, so i understand why it’s so widely copied. However, there are quite many low priced optics available for AR platform ( see them here) so its not like you have no choice, but to buy an ACOG clone.
The main question I want to ask shooters out there, is would they rather have a Daniels Defense AR, made in America, or a Chinese knockoff AR? Which would they put their lives on the line with? An optic is no different. Is there any time I would suggest a knock off ACOG? Sure, if your gun has Mattel Toy company stamped on it you’ve found the right optic for it.